Spiders are a high-interest topic for many young children. But I wanted to design some free printables for young children who are frightened by spiders as well as for young children who love spiders. I decided on cutting strips with beautiful photographs of spiderwebs.
Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now
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My daughter, Christina (a former Montessori child), and I are partnering to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. (Note: Christina has some sweet themed kids’ fitness printables that are great for homes or classrooms!)
The printables are typically themed and use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler to use them). The cutting strips use photographs or realistic images to emphasize reality. Preschoolers love to learn proper terminology, so I typically tell you the name of the objects or animals featured whenever I can. The spiderwebs are just listed as spiderwebs, though.
Free Spiderweb Cutting Strips
To download, click here and then click on the file image in the upper right corner of the PDF to save to your computer (just choose where you want it saved).
Montessori-Inspired Activities Using the Spiderweb Cutting Strips
Cutting skills are so important for preschoolers. Two year olds can begin working on them, too. When children are first working on cutting skills, they’ll have an easier time cutting cardstock than paper. So, in the beginning, I recommend printing the strips on cardstock. Printer paper is fine for children with more advanced cutting skills.
But even before using cutting strips, I recommend using an easier object to cut, such as strings of beads. You’ll find lots of tips and ideas for teaching scissor skills in my post on developing scissor cutting skills with Montessori-inspired activities.
For home use, I like to have a small container to catch the paper scraps. I used a wooden box we had, although you could use any small container. For younger children, I recommend keeping the basket or tray up out of reach when it’s not being used.
For classroom use, you might want to use Ziplock bags to catch the scraps. Children have fun taking their scraps home in a bag … or saving them to paste onto a collage.
You’ll find ideas for home and classroom setups in my post on Montessori-inspired paper cutting activities.
Free Raccoon Cutting Strips
These free raccoon cutting strips can be used for a forest unit at any time or a Kissing Hand unit at the beginning of the school year.
Free Ant Cutting Strips
Many young children either love ants or are frightened of them. These free ant cutting strips can be helpful and high interest in either instance.
Free Snail Cutting Strips
Snails are fascinating creatures for many young children, and I have a post with free snail cutting strips.
Free Car Cutting Strips
Cars are a popular topic with many young children … and I have a post with free car cutting strips.
Free Recycling Cutting Strips
I have a post with free recycling cutting strips … a great way to focus interest on recycling!
Free Butterfly Cutting Strips
I have a post with free butterfly cutting strips … perfect for spring and summer activities!
Free Frog Cutting Strips
I also have a post with free frog cutting strips.
My granddaughter loves using the cutting strips to develop her scissor cutting skills. I hope your child (or students) enjoys using the cutting strips, too. 🙂
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