I’ve been so excited to see the fun my 3¾-year-old granddaughter has had with a science theme this past month. She’s loved our magnet activities, and she continued to be excited with the magnet cutting tray I added yesterday. The cutting tray includes free printable magnet cutting strips with a variety of skill levels. I added magnets and a compass (which Zoey fell in love with) to the tray.
As always, the cutting strips are an instant download and are very easy to prepare. Children can cut apart the traditional Montessori-style cutting strips along with magnet cutting strips where they cut their way to the magnet on a variety of cutting paths.
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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. These cutting strips can promote lots of discussion about magnets, including a compass, which is magnetic. The credits page tells what each picture is.
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 Magnet 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.
I used a Multicraft tray for the magnet cutting strips. I’ve always used Fiskar scissors for kids, which are sharp enough to cut paper easily. I also added magnets from our magnet kit and a compass for exploration. Zoey was so excited to see that a magnet could move the compass needle.
I added the magnets to the tray for free exploration. Your child might notice that part of the scissors is magnetic and part isn’t! This could also be a fun time for your child to make his or her own compass.
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.
Magnet Printables and Activities for Preschoolers-Early Elementary
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The Best Way to Begin Working on Scissor Cutting Skills
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.
You’ll find ideas for home and classroom setups in my post on Montessori-inspired paper cutting activities.
All Our Free Themed Cutting Strips
I’ve arranged the following gallery in alphabetical order. Just click on an image to go to the post with the related free printable!
I hope your child (or students) enjoys using the cutting strips. 🙂
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