Cutting with scissors takes a lot of coordination and hand strength. Playing with play dough is a great way to strengthen hand muscles so combining scissor skills and play dough seems like a perfect idea.
Ms. Tiger loved this activity! Not only did she get to play with play dough (great sensory play), she got to use her scissors to cut it which was exciting because she was cutting something other then paper. Once her cookie was cut out she set to work decorating it (great fine motor skills practice). I loved watching her work, she looked like a little baker busy creating yummy treats. She even made up a little song to sing while she worked.
This post is part of the Creative Preschoolers series. Please make sure to see what other fun scissor skill activities they have come up at the end of this post.
Sequins or jewels
Cookie cutters (simple shapes and patterns would work best)
1. Have child roll the play dough out flat with the rolling pin, and use the cookie cutters to make an indentation on the play dough. Don’t push the cookie cutter all the way down.
2. Have child use their scissors to cut along the indentation to make their cookie. I shared some tips for learning how to use scissors on our scissor skills sun craft here.
3. Decorate cookie with sequins.