Preschool cut and paste activities are simple art techniques used in the classroom. Start by introducing your students to different types of paper, such as construction, tissue, cardboard, crepe paper, gift wrap, wallpaper samples, waxed paper, and more. This list is endless. As the children practice their cutting skills with these papers, the next step is to paste or glue these onto a base to produce an art form or project that the child can be proud of.
Speaking of paste, in the past school paste was a given product, but it was thick, hard to spread, and crumbled when it dried. It's better to use white school glue which is non-toxic and easy to wash off of small fingers. Yes, you can see the glue while working with it, but it dries clear which makes for a nice finish on the children's art. Glue sticks have become popular and handy, however, these are best for small projects that need just a little bit of adhesive.
The last tool is safety scissors so preschool children can practice their fine motor skills when cutting paper. Just playing with these few tools (scissors, paper, and glue) should get the children's creative juices flowing. Below are a few projects to try.