Cutting is an important fine motor skill, and helps students with disabilities build hand strength. This puzzle, which has shaped pieces will challenge your students to cut both straight and curved lines, and usual their visual sk.ills to assemble the puzzle. By asking students to plan as they cut, you will also be calling on their executive function.
- Free printable puzzle, printed on white paper
- Construction paper to mount it.
- Glue or glue stick.
- Scissors. If you have any students who have weak cutting skills, you may want looped or sprung scissors.
- Distribute the free printable and the mounting construction paper.
- Have students cut out the individual pieces and order them.
- Once they have placed the pieces, they can glue them down. Encourage your students to assemble the picture before they paste it down.(Some will not. Trust me.)
- Have students color the Valentines
Make multiples for each child and they can use them as Valentines they can give to other people
Make the puzzles part of an art center, where you can provide red or pink construction paper, glitter and other items for your students to make their own Valentines.