Arts & Crafts

Basic Papercutting

Basic Papercutting
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This activity helps to develop fine motor skills while also demonstrating patterns and symmetry.

0 minutes
24 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


  • 1 pair Scissors (Child Safe)
  • 2 pieces Construction paper (Contrasting colors)
  • Markers
  • Crayons


  1. Fold sheet of construction paper in half.
  2. Bring outside edges in to align with center fold, creating three folded edges and four segments.
  3. Crease so folded paper lays flat.
  4. Demonstrate drawing, on the top facing quadrant, a design that will leave portions of the folded edges uncut. Half circles and irregular shapes placed on the edge work well.
  5. Provide markers and have child decorate the top of their folded paper.
  6. Next demonstrate cutting, leaving portions of the folded edges uncut.
  7. Provide child with folded paper and scissors and assist them cutting around their design.
  8. Open paper to display cut design.
  9. Mount completed art piece on contrasting paper for display.
  10. Date and label on the back.
For younger children, fold the paper and assist with cutting.
Older children may fold their own paper and experiment with fan folds, to create more repetitions of design.
Tips & Tricks
Hearts, snowflakes, hand-holding figures and connected spirals like found in nature can be created using this paper cutting technique..

Developmental skills