Cut it out!

6 - 8 years
Everyday ways to help your child with literacy and numeracy
Child cutting paper

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

Old magazines and newspapers are a great resource for developing your child's literacy and numeracy skills. Instead of putting them straight into the recycling, give your child some (safety) scissors and see if they want to :

  • cut out different examples of a single letter, or colour, or shape

    I wonder how many different 'a's you can find?

    Look at all the triangles you've found  big ones, little ones, wide ones, narrow ones!

    Wow, that's a lot of different shades of blue. Did you know that some blues have special names, like turquoise, navy and teal?
  • cut out letters and arrange them into new words

    Can you cut out letters to make the names of everyone in the family?
  • cut out words and arrange them into new sentences

    Why don't you cut out words to make a special message for Daddy? He's coming home from his big trip tomorrow.
  • cut out shapes and arrange them into pictures or patterns

    I wonder if you can make a picture of a rocket with the shapes you've cut out!

    Let's cut up these two pictures and make a patterned border for your card 
    – red, yellow, red, yellow, red...



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Last modified
7 April 2020