Realistic Insects Cutting Strips For Toddlers And Preschoolers (Free Printable)

These beautiful Montessori inspired insects cutting strips are a fun way to practice cutting with toddlers and preschoolers. Free printable with 3 levels of cutting practice.

These beautiful Montessori inspired insects cutting strips are a fun way to practice cutting with toddlers and preschoolers. Free printable with 3 levels of cutting practice.

Last week I printed our insects 3 part cards. I was about to start cutting them when my daughter woke up from her nap.

She came to my desk, saw the printable on my desk and said: ” wait mama, I bring my scissors and I help you to cut them”.

She is amazing at cutting but still only 2 years old. So as good as she is, she also gets too excited cutting and the cards always end up missing a part when she cuts them.

There is nothing I adore and value more than the sweetness of Tutu wanting to help.

Honestly, I wouldn’t have any problem with her cutting the printables but I was out of photo paper and I needed the printables for this week’s 12 months of Montessori series.

And in this perfectly pinterested world, the photos of my post wouldn’t do well if the three part cards were missing piece, would them?

So with deep sorrow, I redirected Tutu to make play dough and promised to make new cutting strips for her

Montessori inspired insects cutting strips.

Did I mention that Tutu has become amazing at cutting?

Simple cutting strips don’t represent any challenge for her anymore. So, this time I made cutting strip with three levels of difficulty.

How to make your own insects cutting strips

Download the printable at the end of this post.

Print it. Preferably in thick photo paper like this one ( I prefer photo paper because it is thick and easy for little hands to hold straight)

Cut the rows and invite your child to cut the strips.

Benefits of using cutting strips

  • This Montessori inspired bug themed strips are made with real photos so they are an ideal material to work on language development.  Before your child starts cutting (or when he is done cutting) show him the photos and talk to them about what you are seeing: this is a ladybug, ladybugs are red, they have 6 legs.
  • As I mentioned I made this insect cutting strip with 3 levels of difficulty, thinking in younger toddlers and preschoolers (my daughter is about to turn 3 ao she is somewhere in between). Young children can learn to cut along the line while older ones can learn to cut zigzags and curves.
  • Develop creativity: invite your child to make a collage when they are done cutting.

Want More?

Check out my A to Z beginning letter sounds cutting strips for toddlers and preschoolers on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Montessori inspired insects cutting strips with 3 levels of difficulty for toddlers and preschoolers

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Note: The activities on this page should be done under parental supervision and discretion should be used to determine if this activity is age appropriate for your child.

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