Motivate kids to practice their scissor skills by making paper snowflakes. To help them experience success with their snowflake creations, use snowflake cutting templates.
I love making paper snowflakes with kids. When you use snowflake cutting templates, you can help ensure that young kids experience success with their snowflake creations. The templates also provide a great way to motivate kids to practice scissor skills
Do you remember making snowflakes when you were a kid? I loved making them! I made LOTS of them.
Use a Template for Snowflake Cutting Success
Cutting paper snowflakes can be a great way to help children practice using scissors. Many young children, however, become frustrated when they try to make their first snowflakes. They are so excited to open them up, only to see them fall apart in their hand because they cut in the wrong places.
You can help kids experience success while creating snowflakes by providing them with a snowflake cutting template or pattern. This method of cutting simple snowflakes is also a great way to motivate kids to practice their scissor skills. The picture above shows a printable sample, but you can make your own too. To create a snowflake pattern, fold a sheet of paper into fourths and draw a simple snowflake design on one of the sections. If you unfold and photocopy, you can make a whole bundle of templates. Use color or patterned paper to create more interest.
Placing a bunch of templates in a center along with some scissors will provide kids with some motivation to work on scissor skills. Once they understand how to make a paper snowflake with a cutting template, they might be able to soon make their own design.
Some of you might argue that using templates will not provide an opportunity for creative expression. No problem! Add some pencils and hole punches to the center so that children can customize their templates. You can add crayons, stickers, crayons, background paper, and glitter too. Check out this post to see how kids can take their snowflakes to the next level. This is also a perfect snow day project for kiddos at home. Parents have told me over and over again that kids LOVE making beautiful snowflakes with templates.
If you are interested in printable snowflake templates, you can find a set at my TPT store.
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