Pin Punching Designs

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Pin Punching Designs
Art - Pin Punching
PrerequisitesHandling Sharp Objects
Materialspaper with a design printed on it
pin punching stylus
pad to go under paper

In this activity the child punches tiny holes along lines on a piece of paper creating a design or picture.
Pin punching is a good activity for children who need extra help developing their pincer grip.


  1. Select a piece of paper and put it on the tray.
  2. Take the material to a table.
  3. next step

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions


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, a wooded dowel sharpened with a pencil sharpener

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

Search for pictures of "tin punch" designs to use.

Where to Buy

Prices and links last checked: 1 June 2020

Montessori N' Such $35.35 (3 large pads, 3 small pads, 12 styluses)
Montessori Services $45.00 (2 large pads, 3 small pads, 5 styluses, 1 stylus holder)

Montessori N' Such $2.95 (6" x 6")
Montessori N' Such $4.75 (7" x 9.5")
Montessori Services $2.95 (5.5" x 5.5")
Montessori Services $4.95 (8.5" x 11")

Montessori N' Such $12.95 (set of 12)
Montessori Services $4.50 for 1
Montessori Services $12.95 (set of 12)

Holder for Styluses
Montessori Services $6.50