Montessori style cutting box with free printable patterns

cutting box IMG_8158

I have just finished making this Montessori style cutting activity tray for my 3 year olds. They have had some experience with cutting strips of paper and other objects (see teaching toddlers to cut) and as they are very interested in chopping everything in sight to bits this should be a hit! I added the beads and straws to cut up as well, just because having an empty spot in the craft box bothered me! The glue is included so that they can take all the little bits of paper they have cut up and glue them onto coloured card if they want to.

cutting box papers IMG_8158

After searching the net for free printable patterns for the cutting strips I eventually gave up and created my own. So to save you the trouble, here are the links for you to download and print my patterns. Enjoy!

14/6 Edited to add that I found the original designer of this idea here:

vertical straight lines

diagonal straight lines

curved lines

wavy lines

V shaped lines

square spiral easy

square spiral difficult

circular spiral

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16 Responses

  1. Love what you’ve done Ang!!! So neat and organised & colourful too!!! Thanks for the templates will be using them.

  2. Hey Ang, love this idea. Kitty would have a ball with it. Thanks for sharing. Nikki Watson (Shan’s sister)

  3. Lovely! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

  4. These are perfect! You know I have never seen these cuttable lines printed on colored paper before!?!? I think this is the missing link as to why my LO will never do this, even when decorated with her favorite characters. Thank you for these PDF’s and the great idea!!!!

  5. thank you thankyou thank YOU!

  6. Awesome, thank you for sharing your work 🙂

  7. […] Montessori-Style Cutting Box with Printable Patterns: 8 patterns to download including straight and curved lines and spirals from Ang At […]

  8. Thanks a lot for your free sheets! It’s perfect for the special needs child in my class.
    Greetings from Germany!

  9. […] Teaching from a Tacklebox has a Montessori scissor cutting guide and printables. How great is this idea for storage. My 4 year old has been coming home with cutting strips like these from her Montessori school the last couple of weeks. Now that I have a scissor cutting practice tray set up for my 2 year old at home, she has asked me to print out some for her as well. You can also print these cutting strips free from Ang at Home. […]

  10. I love these cutting strips! perfect for the first month of school! Thanks so much for posting this.

  11. Wow…thank you so much for this!! I truly needed the classics for my 3-year old. I am so appreciative!!

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