How cute is this mosaic penguin inspired by Mrs. Plemmons’ Kindgergarten ?!! This has been perfect for my therapy friends who are working on learning to snip paper with scissors. You may be surprised to know that snipping with scissors is a 25-26 month skill on developmental assessments. I take that with a grain of salt when I’m evaluating kiddos, because most parents don’t give their two year olds scissors! If your child is not there yet (chronologically or developmentally), remember that tearing paper with their fingers is a great pre-scissor skill!
I printed the template on blue paper for visual contrast. I cut black and white paper into long strips and had my friends tear or snip the paper into smaller pieces. We glued the small paper pieces within the boundaries (looking at a visual model).
Next, we glued on the google eyes and the beak.
Lastly, we pulled apart cotton balls with our fingers to make “snow” to add to the scene. Pulling apart cotton balls is harder than you would think and great strengthening work for little hands!
This activity includes:
- fine motor coordination (picking up small pieces of paper)
- visual motor coordination (placing paper pieces onto glue and within a boundary, coloring within boundary, snipping paper with scissors)
- tactile sensory processing (variety of textures- glue, cotton balls)
- hand strengthening (pulling apart cotton balls)
- bilateral coordination (tearing or cutting)
Of course you can draw your own, but you are welcome to use the template I drew here.
I hope you enjoy these little guys!