Pin Punching Shapes

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Pin Punching Shapes
Art - Pin Punching
Pin Punching Lesson Step 3
PrerequisitesHandling Sharp Objects
Materialspaper 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 Lesson Step 1
  2. next step
    Pin Punching Lesson Step 2
  3. next step
    Pin Punching Lesson Step 3
  4. next step
    Pin Punching Lesson Step 4
  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 Lesson Step 5
  6. next step
    Pin Punching Lesson Step 6
  7. next step
    Pin Punching Lesson Step 7
  8. next step
    Pin Punching Lesson Step 8

Points of Interest

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

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

  • 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, a dowel rod 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, sheet of cork

Make Your Own

Pin-punching pages to print. Six per page (except 12 apple leaves), cut apart.

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