The Cutting Jar – Scissor Skills Exercises


The Cutting Jar is an amazing classroom community builder, management activity for transitions, and SIMPLE way to build your students’ fine motor and scissor skills without taking much time in your day!

It’s perfect for Preschool – Kindergarten classrooms!

The Cutting Jar Scissor Skills Exercises were designed to be used for three specific purposes:

  • A skill-building exercise tool
  • A classroom management tool
  • A super simple assessment tool

We used it every morning in both my TK and Kindergarten classrooms, and countless other teachers have taken the leap too and noticed an improvement in their students’ ability to use scissors efficiently.


  • Directions for making your own jar
  • Cutting Jar label
  • How to introduce it and management tips
  • Ready to go printable cutting strips for all stages and progressions (13 total!)

What educators are saying:

This is a great resource and I have seen an improvement in my students’ scissor and fine motor skills!
— Heather F.

The gradual increase in rigor provides great scaffolds for students needing support with fine motor skills.
— Andrea B.

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