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Cut Me a Tree

Contributed by Lyndsay Miller

Purpose

This activity involves tracing and cutting, and is great for the development of visual motor skills.

Materials

Construction Paper, Foam Sheets, Glue, Stickers

Skills

Bilateral Hand Use (?)The use of both hands simultaneously, in a controlled manner, to perform an activity (i.e. clapping hands, using your one hand to hold a pencil while the other is used to stabilize the paper). , Crossing Midline, Cutting, Fine Motor Control, Pincer Grasp, Visual Motor, and Visual Perception

Description

For this activity you will need to use brown and green construction paper.

Have the child trace your hand on the green paper, then trace one or two of their own. On the brown paper, ask the child to draw a large rectangle (depending on the child's developmental skills, you might have him trace or copy the rectangle). Let the child cut the traced hands and rectangle he drew.

On a large piece of construction paper, have the child glue the large hand on the rectangle, fingers pointing down, then the other hands, fingers pointing down as well (for a blooming tree, have the child glue the traced hands with the fingers pointing up). Using colored foam sheets, let the child draw and cut other shapes, then glue them on the tree as ornaments or flowers. To promote pincer grasp, have the child use the stickers for additional decorations.
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