Cutting Bin

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My kids have always been obsessed with scissors ever since they were little. Instead of trying to constantly take it away from them, I have taught them how to use them properly so that no one gets hurt. My one year old is still learning those rules but I’m sure in a few months he will be happily cutting paper. 

This sensory bin is a great way for children to practice their cutting skills while working on their fine motor skills and strengthening their hand muscles. By putting items of different texture, they are learning how to cut things that are hard, soft, flexible, etc. It was interesting to see what my children gravitated towards in this bin.

The great thing about this sensory bin is that you can put whatever items you have around the house into it. It’s basically a scraps bin! Make sure to try to put items that have different textures so your children get to experiment with cutting. My children had lots of fun with it and my 4 year old even pulled out the glue and made some fun creations. 

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Here’s how to do it:

 

Supplies: 

  • Any scraps that you have around the house. This is what I used: 
    • Empty toilet paper tube
    • Foil
    • Parchment Paper
    • Yarn
    • Coupons 
    • Straws
    • Recycled cardboard
    • Foam paper
  • Scissors
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Step 1: Gather your items and place them in the bin.

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Step 2: Let your child cut as many of the items as they want!

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