Little kids love cutting out hearts, just as they enjoy cutting snowflakes. Often, they just don’t quite “get” how to cut a heart, and wind up being frustrated because it just doesn’t work. Using a simple template makes it easier for kids to experience success and can help motivate them to work on scissor skills. I had a great response to my snowflake cutting templates, so I have created some heart templates for Valentine fine motor practice.
A template or cutting pattern is something that you can easily create on your own with some bright paper and a marker, but my free templates will be really simple for you to print and copy on the copying machine for a whole class. I have included two different styles of heart cutting and hole punch templates.
The templates print two per page, so you can print, cut the pages in half, then fold the small paper in half.
Kids can use the templates to practice their scissor skills, and you can use them for cutting assessments. For more fine motor practice, kids can use a hole punch to punch holes into each of the circles on their paper hearts.
I love to watch a child’s face when he or she opens them up…..so sweet!
You can easily fold a bunch and place them in a container. Add a scissors and a hole punch….an easy little cutting center for your home and/or classroom.
If you want your kids to enjoy a little more freedom, you can always use the template without the circles. Kids can just use a hole punch to punch holes anywhere on their heart. My kiddo, however, would be more easily motivated by having the circles on the template. On the blank template, he would only use the hole punch 1 or 2 times, but the template would give him a goal and more fine motor practice.
To get your free copy of heart cutting templates CLICK HERE. I hope that your kiddos enjoy using this Valentine fine motor activity. To find more activities for Valentine’s Day from Early Learning Ideas, CLICK HERE.