Cutting Yarn

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Cutting Yarn
Practical Life - Sewing
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PrerequisitesCutting Paper
small bowl or box
small tray

In this activity the child learns how to cut yarn. This is a skill the child will need for sewing activities.


  1. Invite the child to the lesson. Show them where the material is on the shelf and name the work.
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  2. Select a piece of yarn from the bowl and place it on the tray.
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  3. Take the tray to a mat or table.
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  4. Hold the yarn in your subdominant hand and make a little loop near one end.
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  5. Take the scissors in your dominant hand. Open the scissors and put the bottom blade through the loop of yarn.
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  6. Cut the yarn.
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  7. Put the short piece of yarn into the little bowl.
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  8. Continue this process until the yarn has all been cut into short pieces.
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  9. When you are finished, empty the bowl of cut-up yarn into the trash. (Or put the pieces in an envelope to take home.)
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  10. Return the tray to the shelf.

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

  • String, thread, or ribbon could also be cut.