Valentine’s Day was always a special homeschool holiday when my now-adult kids were little. They got special valentines from their stuffed animal friends. These animal valentine cutting strips would have been popular when they were preschoolers!
As usual, this free animal valentine cutting strips printable is an instant download and super-easy to download and prepare.
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Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now
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. These cute animal valentines using real animal photographs are courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management.
Preschoolers love to learn proper terminology, so I tell you the name of the objects or animals featured whenever I can. You can read about the then-and-now Inuit homes and water transportation on the credits page. The second page has an Inuit mother and baby doll. I don’t know the age of the handmade dolls, but they appear to be wearing traditional Inuit clothing.
Free Animal Valentine 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 Animal Valentine 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.
For home use with the cutting work, I like to have a small container to catch the paper scraps. I used a small 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.
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More Montessori-Inspired Paper Cutting Activities
You’ll find ideas for home and classroom setups in my post on Montessori-inspired paper cutting activities.
You can see my entire list of free cutting strips here. The follow printables are the free cutting strips published before this set.
These free Inuit cutting strips are perfect for an Inuit unit or a general Arctic unit.
These free peace cutting strips contain images of the peace rose, peace crane, peace sign, and peace dove.
These free solar system cutting strips are perfect for a solar system or space theme.
These free firefighter cutting strips are perfect for a fire safety unit or community helpers unit.
These free brain cutting strips are perfect for an anatomy unit or a focus on concussion prevention.
These free constellation cutting strips are perfect for an astronomy unit.
These free ladybug cutting strips are perfect for a ladybug or insect theme!
These free golf cutting strips are fun for summer!
These free seasons of an apple tree cutting strips are perfect for a tree theme, apple theme, or seasons theme.
These free duckling cutting strips are perfect for a duckling theme, Make Way for Ducklings theme, farm unit, or bird unit.
These free nest cutting strips are perfect for a bird or nest theme with images of different types of nests with baby birds.
These free panda cutting strips are great for a panda theme, bear theme, Asia theme, Chinese New Year theme, or study of China.
These free winter sports cutting strips are perfect for a winter sports and/or Winter Olympics unit.
These free bear cutting strips can be used with a bear literature-based theme, hibernation theme, or bear unit.
These free magnet cutting strips can be used for cutting practice and to encourage magnet exploration.
These free alligator cutting strips have two pages with a variety of skill levels on the second page.
These free honeybee cutting strips are a good way to help children learn more about bees and become less afraid of them..
These free turtle cutting strips are great for a turtle-, pond-, or ocean unit.
These free eat-a-rainbow cutting strips are a good way to encourage healthy eating.
These free lamb cutting strips are great for a March, farm, or “Mary Had a Little Lamb” theme.
These free penguin cutting strips are perfect for a penguin- or Antarctica unit.
These cutting strips focus on animals from the Arctic rather than Antarctica and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere.
Here are some free cutting strips for a holiday bell theme.
These free dinosaur cutting strips are perfect for a dinosaur theme. They include two dinosaurs and their skeletons.
These free spiderweb cutting strips are perfect for a spider unit or Halloween. Because of the beauty of the spiderwebs, they’re also great for children who are afraid of spiders.
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.
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.
Snails are fascinating creatures for many young children, and I have a post with free snail cutting strips.
Cars are a popular topic with many young children … and I have a post with free car cutting strips.
I have a post with free recycling cutting strips … a great way to focus interest on recycling!
I have a post with free butterfly cutting strips … perfect for spring and summer activities!
I also have a post with free frog cutting strips.
Again, you can see all our free cutting strips as we publish them here.
I hope your child (or students) enjoys using the cutting strips. 🙂
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