Pin Punching Shapes

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Pin Punching Shapes
Art - Pin Punching
Pin Punching 3.JPG
Level Primary
Age 3
Prerequisites Handling Sharp Objects
Materials paper with a shape printed on it
pin punching stylus
pad to go under paper

In this activity the child punches tiny holes along a line on a piece of paper, the shape is then punched out.
Pin punching is a good activity for children who need extra help developing their pincer grip.


  1. Take the material to a table.
    Pin Punching 1.JPG
  2. next step
    Pin Punching 2.JPG
  3. next step
    Pin Punching 3.JPG
  4. next step
    Pin Punching 4.JPG
  5. Hold the paper up to the light to see if there are spots along the line where more holes could be punched.
    Pin Punching 5.JPG
  6. next step
    Pin Punching 6.JPG
  7. next step
    Pin Punching 7.JPG
  8. next step
    Pin Punching 8.JPG

Points of Interest[edit]

  • Holding the paper up to the light
  • Punching out the shape

Control of Error[edit]

Variations and Extensions[edit]

  • children can draw or trace their own shapes to pin-punch


Instead of a pin-punching stylus you could use:

a pushpin, a bent paperclip, a bamboo skewer cut short, a paper awl, a beading awl

Pads to go under the paper could be made from various materials:

thick felt, carpet pad remnant, corrugated cardboard, styrofoam, low pile carpet remnant

Make Your Own[edit]

Pin-punching pages to print. Six per page, cut apart.

Pin punching - stars pdf icon.jpg Pin punching - Snowflakes pdf icon.jpg Pin punching - hearts pdf icon.jpg Pin punching - bunnies pdf icon.jpg Pin punching - eggs pdf icon.jpg Pin punching - flowers pdf icon.jpg
Pin punching - Stars Pin punching - Snowflakes Pin punching - Hearts Pin punching - Bunnies Pin punching - Eggs Pin punching - Flower

Where to Buy[edit]

Montessori N' Such $11.95 (set of 12)
Montessori Services $6.00
Montessori Services $11.95 (set of 12)
Montessori Spirit 0,54 €
Best Montessori Toys $13.22 (Tray Set of 3)

Montessori N' Such $2.75 (6" x 6")
Montessori N' Such $4.50 (7" x 9.5")
Montessori Services $2.75 (5.5" x 5.5")
Montessori Services $4.75 (8.5" x 11")

Montessori N' Such $32.50 (3 large pads, 3 small pads, 12 styluses)
Montessori Services $51.00 (2 large pads, 3 small pads, 5 styluses, 1 stylus holder)

Holder for Styluses
Montessori Services $6.00