We do this project toward the end of the session, after the children have been with us for many weeks. At this point, they are used to following directions to create projects and are familiar with the materials we use.
A big goal of this project is to get the children more comfortable with their cutting skills. This is a difficult skill to master, but by making strips of paper thin enough to cut easily, and clearly describing to the caregivers how to help, the children are often successful.
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Age Level: 3-5 years
Gain cutting skills
Learn letter recognition
Work on gluing technique
Patterned paper (such as scrapbooking paper)
Marker or grease pencil
9” x 12” sheets of construction paper
- Show the children a completed project and explain they will do it in a couple of steps.
- Demonstrate to the children how they will first be cutting long strips of paper into small squares.
- Have them select two (“one for each hand”) strips of paper from a supply table set up nearby.
- Go through step-by-step instruction of using the scissors
- “Thumbs up” to properly place their fingers
- Have a caregiver hold the strip so that the child only has to concentrate on cutting
- Ask them to cut small pieces off to make squares 5. Once the children have created a pile of squares (roughly 20 or so), hand out each child’s initial to him or her. We often enhance the pre-reading/letter recognition aspect by holding up each letter and asking the children to yell out each one. Then we ask whose name starts with each letter and get everyone involved.
6. Once all the kids have their initial, the teacher can pass out glue sticks, or have students pick them up from the supply table.7. Demonstrate gluing the squares onto their letter, talking about interior and exterior spaces of each initial.8. This project dries quickly and can be taken home at the end of the class session.