I wanted to make these tree cutting strips extra versatile. So I designed them to be used for a tree theme, apple theme, or seasons theme … free seasons of an apple tree cutting strips! As usual, these free cutting strips are an instant download … super easy to download and prepare.
You’ll find both traditional Montessori-style cutting strips and tree cutting strips with different cutting paths and seasons of an apple tree images. The second page is perfect for a variety of skill levels.
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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 typically use photographs or realistic images to emphasize reality. The images on the second page of the seasons of an apple tree cutting strips don’t use photographs, but they’re a sweet reminder of the seasons of an apple tree.
Preschoolers love to learn proper terminology, so I typically tell you the name of the objects or animals featured whenever I can. I didn’t go into great detail on the credits page for these cutting strips, but you’ll see that the photographs show an apple orchard for each season.
Free Seasons of an Apple Tree 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).
More Tree Resources and Activities
- Free Tree Printables and Montessori-Inspired Tree Activities
- Montessori-Inspired Arbor Day Activities
- The Ultimate Guide to Montessori-Inspired Leaf Activities and Resources
Montessori-Inspired Activities Using the Seasons of an Apple Tree 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’m not sure where I got the basket, although the small Multicraft tray would work, too. I’ve always used Fiskar scissors for kids, which are sharp enough to cut paper easily.
Optional: You could add a small magnifying glass to the basket so children could study the details of the apple trees through the year.
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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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.
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!
You can see all our free cutting strips with the latest at the top here.
I hope your child (or students) enjoys using the cutting strips. 🙂
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