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Creative Scissor Skills Practice: Paper Plate Lion's Mane

Our latest preschool learning activities were inspired by the circus.  We worked through a circus themed number puzzle for math, vinegar and baking soda eruptions in animal cookie cutters for sensory play, and threw in a color matching activity, a simple letter sort, and a scissor skills activity we are sharing with you today!

Before getting into today's Fine Motor Fridays post, I'd just like to mention that this first friday of October marks the ONE YEAR "anniversary" of Fine Motor Fridays!!!!  Oh. My. Goodness!! If you followed along for a year, bless your heart! We hope you have enjoyed the series... and if you are just popping over, Welcome! and please take a moment {or several} to rummage through our old FMF posts!!  The other FMF co-hosts have been a joy to collaborate with! 
lion's mane cutting activity

As you may know already, Little Sis LOVES scissors and cutting!  Thankfully she has kept to cutting paper; often times as soon as we are in the school room, she grabs a pair of scissors and construction paper and starts snipping away! 

If you have a young child who enjoys cutting too, check out our other activities: 

So yes, it should be no surprise that we have another cutting activity for you : ) As mentioned, this activity was inspired by our Circus Theme Preschool Week.  Little Sis practiced her scissor skills by cutting/ creating a lion's mane.  

To set up this activity to practice cutting skills, you'll need: 
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First, have your child paint the paper plate.  I grabbed yellow, orange, and brown paint as I just couldn't decide what color our lion should be!

Once you have given it time to dry, add your googly eyes, a nose, mouth, and whiskers with a black marker.

Next, encourage your child to cut into the sides of the paper plate to create a mane-- cut straight lines around the paper plate.

Such a cute and fun activity for a circus theme... or just because!  My preschooler loved this activity-- she was so proud of her lion and I loved that this creative craft activity allowed her to practice those much needed fine motor skills!
zoo or circus themed cutting acitivity

Take a moment to see what other fine motor activites are being shared today! Thanks for stopping over this Fine Motor Friday!

Fine Motor Pumpkin Patch from House of Burke
Salt Painting from Powerful Mothering
Googly Eye Pumpkins from Craftulate
Spidery Fine Motor Activities from Little Bins For Little Hands

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