Are you looking for a fun and festive way to work on scissor skills with your kids? This Frankenstein-themed Halloween cutting activity is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit while practicing fine motor skills.
This homeschool Halloween activity is not only fun, but it will also help strengthen your child’s hand muscles, preparing them for more difficult tasks down the road.
Print out this free activity and start having some spook-tacular fun! It’s perfect for use at home or in the classroom, and is geared toward preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary-aged children.
Halloween Cutting Activity
In this Frankenstein-themed Halloween cutting activity, kids will cut along dotted lines to strengthen their motor skills.
This is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit while preparing them for more advanced motor activities.
To prepare for the activity, just print out your desired pages. If your child has a hard time cutting traditional printer paper, try printing them on cardstock.
Cardstock is sturdier than printer paper so your little ones may have an easier time holding it properly to cut it.
Once you’ve downloaded the pages (at the very bottom of this post), you can print these out over and over again to provide your little ones with as much practice as they need.
benefits of practicing scissor skills
There are many benefits to practicing scissor skills with young children.
For one, it helps develop the muscles in their hands and wrists. This is important because these muscles will be used for tasks such as writing later on.
In addition, cutting also helps improve a child’s eye-hand coordination. This is the ability to use our eyes to guide our hands in activities such as this one.
And finally, working on scissor skills is a great way for kids to develop their fine motor skills. These are the small muscle movements that we use for tasks such as writing, buttoning a shirt, and zipping up a jacket.
Cutting activities like this one are a great way for kids to work on all of these things while also having fun.
Halloween Worksheets for Kids
If your kids enjoy these Halloween worksheets, you don’t want to miss the Halloween printables featured below. They’re perfect for use alongside this cutting activity.
- Halloween Sequencing Worksheets
- Printable Halloween Emergent Reader
- Halloween Beginning Sounds Cut and Paste
- Halloween Color Sorting
- Halloween Worksheets for Kindergarten
I love to incorporate movies and videos into our unit studies whenever possible. They’re perfect for sick days or rainy days. Here are a few ideas for kids:
These Halloween Lacing Boards are designed to make learning fun. They’re great for teaching kids fine motor skills, precise hand movements, and how to focus their attention. Your children will have so much fun with this toy, they won’t realize they are learning.
This LEGO set features a Vampire with large fangs, movable claws, vest, bow tie and a billowing black cape, plus a small pet bat with movable wings!
BOOKS ABOUT HALLOWEEN
It’s never too early to start getting into the Halloween spirit! Check out this list of great Halloween books for first graders.
From spooky stories to playful poems, these books will have your little ones giggling with glee.
You should be able to find these books at your local library. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan – When Splat goes to the pumpkin patch with Seymour, he’s determined to find the biggest pumpkin ever. But when he finally does, Splat finds out the real challenge isn’t the pumpkin picking—it’s how to get the pumpkin home!
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete – Pete loves Halloween and candy but not so much scary surprises. Follow Pete as he goes trick-or-treating from house to house and discover what is waiting behind each door.
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween – Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is picking up his animal friends for a costume party. Lift the flaps in this large, sturdy board book to find out who’s dressed up in each costume! Will Blue wear a costume too?
There are more fun ways you can use this activity. First, for kids who don’t enjoy coloring, you can print these pages on colored paper. Then, just have them focus on cutting on the dotted lines.
You can also use these pages as a tracing activity. Laminate the pages or slip them in a dry erase pocket, and have your child use a dry erase marker to complete the pages.
For more fine motor fun, have your little ones cover the lines with Halloween mini erasers, small buttons, or mini pom poms.
Completing the Activity
After you’ve printed out the activity pages, it’s time to get started!
First, show your child how to hold the paper properly. This will help them understand how to hold the scissors and make cleaner cuts.
Next, demonstrate how to cut along the dotted lines. You can even do a few practice cuts yourself so they can see how it’s done.
Finally, let them loose to start cutting! As they’re cutting, be sure to observe and offer help as needed.
If they’re having a hard time cutting along the lines, try having them cut larger shapes first. Once they’ve mastered those, they can move on to smaller shapes and lines.
Free printable copy of the activity
This Frankenstein-themed Halloween cutting activity is available as a free printable. Just enter your information below to download it.