Inside: I have a fun counting and cutting activity for your preschoolers and get them excited about math and haircuts. That’s right – haircuts!
We’ve combined haircuts with numbers, counting, and subitizing in this activity. Your little ones get to pretend to be the hairdresser and trim their client’s overgrown hair while building math skills. Children will be able to snip, snip, snip the paper “hair” from the printout and learn numbers and counting at the same time!
Choose between two versions of this cutting activity for preschoolers:
- Hair Cut Number Game 1 for the young preschoolers (3 to 4 years old) to learn counting and subitizing
- Hair Cut Number Game 2 for the older preschoolers and kindergarteners (5 to 7 years old) to learn addition to 12 and subitizing
How to play Hair Cut Number Game
- Use 1 die for young preschoolers and use two dice for the older preschoolers.
- Toss the die or dice. If two dice are used, add up the numbers on the top of the two dice.
- Cut the segments of hair that correspond with the numbers on the die.
Try this cutting activity for preschoolers before their haircut appointments!
In the same way that letting kids brush our teeth can take away some of their anxiety about going to the dentist, letting them cut some hair with scissors can alleviate some of their haircut worries, too. But since most of us don’t want to walk around with haircuts given to us by our preschoolers, paper haircuts are a terrific substitute. Give this activity a try and see how your little one likes it!
Now, if you are looking for the best scissors for your children, this is our favorite brand: Fiskar Blunt Tip Kids Scissors (affiliate link). You can also check out more of my recommended home learning supplies.
If your child is taking interest in cutting with a scissors, watch this video for all my best tips about teaching children how to cut with scissors: Best Scissors for Children + A Fun Cutting Activity!
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Let me know how your kids enjoy playing hairdresser with this number and cutting activity!
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