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Scissor Skills with Junk Mail: An Everyday Fine Motor Material

July 23, 2014

We are no strangers to fine motor activities around here and today I am sharing a fine motor activity to go along with Still Playing School's Everyday Fine Motor Materials A-Z Series!  Today we are sharing an activity for the Letter J....
...J for Junk Mail!

Something we all get right?!  Nothing like walking out to the mailbox to get the mail only to find ads, mailers, application forms,... etc. But! Don't just toss it!  Start up a junk mail stash because it makes a great everyday fine motor material!
Give your child a pair of scissors and have them practice their scissor/ cutting skills! And if they aren't at the cutting stage yet, it's never to soon to build those finger, hand, wrist, arm muscles needed for writing-- have him/her tear it up for you.
This activity kept my 3 year old busy for nearly a half hour!  She was very content to just cut any way she wanted; however, you could suggest that your child try to cut out a letter and/or picture, make a shape, cut fringe, or draw lines for your child to cut over.
Junk mail is a great and *free* way to work on those scissor skills!  I especially loved that my daughter wasn't just cutting up our nice construction paper only to be thrown away later.  However, if your junk mail was especially colorful, you could bring out the glue and make a collage, too!

And if by some crazy chance you do not have any junk mail, but your child needs some scissor practice check out our other cutting activities:
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Devany LeDrew said...

This is so fabulous, Kristina! What a great idea!

Mud Puddle Soup said...

Great idea to use the junk mail!

Emma Craig said...

I love the last sentence of this post especially - although sometimes it is hard to remember that isn't it? The pretend play and opportunity for exposure to new words makes this a great activity!

School Time Snippets said...

Thank you, Mud Puddle Soup! Great way to recycle and get some extra use out of it, too : )

Sinea said...

I teach preschool and we practice cutting a LOT! This is a great idea that I am going to include in our lessons. If you have time to stop by, I would love it if you'd share this and other posts at our Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks 'n a Row!!!

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