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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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.
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.
More Montessori-Inspired Paper Cutting Activities
You’ll find ideas for home and classroom setups in my post on Montessori-inspired paper cutting activities.
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.
Zoey loves using the cutting strips to develop her scissor cutting skills. I hope your child (or students) enjoys using the cutting strips, too. 🙂
Magnet Printables and Activities for Preschoolers-Early Elementary
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