DIY Hair Cutting Activity

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I thought of this activity one night, and was so excited about it, I couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning and get working on it! Clearly I was a genius and it was totally adorable because it was an activity involving a couple of my girls’ uncles for inspiration.

Uncle Zach

Uncle Zach

Uncle George

Uncle George

However, I quickly came to realize that although my idea was good, I started doing the exact same thing that I called complaining about to one of my fellow Child Development friends just weeks prior. My oldest daughter came home from her first day of preschool with a cute paper plate art project. I kind of rolled my eyes when I first saw it, because I knew that even though it was cute, my daughter probably only did about 20% of it, while the teacher did more. I could quickly tell that she didn’t do the cutting, the placement was just perfect for the pieces of the face, and she didn’t even write her own name on the back.

My daughter with her art project from her first day of school.

My daughter with her art project from her first day of school.

Now in the teachers defense, she was just getting to know my child and probably didn’t think she already knew how to write her name, or use scissors for that matter. However, I was disappointed that my daughter didn’t even have the opportunity to do it herself. Okay, fast forward to this activity… #hypocrite right? I was so excited about my idea that I spent way too long, getting it to look just the way I wanted, without allowing my daughter to do it all herself. Meanwhile, my 3 year old picked up on what I was doing and started to make her own!

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She painted her paper plate, let it dry, and then started making the face. She then grabbed the hole punch, and with a great deal of effort, she started punching the holes for the “hair” to go in. She then grabbed some yarn and weaved the hair in through the holes. It became more of a lacing activity, and then she proceeded to cut the hair from her person she made. She did all of this within 45 minutes! She then continued adding more hair and redoing the activity over and over again. In the meantime I was still putting in the hair on the plates that I was making!

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I have no clue why, but having her create the plate herself, never even crossed my mind until she started doing it! Sure my developmental objective of enhancing fine motor skills through using scissors to cut the “hair” was met, but man oh man, she met way more developmental objectives by doing the activity herself! Basically here’s what I’m saying, the idea was good, but I did the exact same mistake I see teachers and parents do all the time! Was the “cuteness” for me or for her? Definitely more for me. By simply giving her supplies and letting her do the activity herself, she was able to meet a lot more developmental goals, and I would have saved 2 hours of my time ya’ll! However, my girls were still pretty stoked about cutting their uncles hair haha. So if you want to put in the time, I’m sure they will love it too! However, it’s totally not necessary and they will most likely learn more through figuring it out on their own.

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My 3 year old definitely worked those fine motor skills! She told me she was tired and needed a break from cutting all that hair!

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One of my favorite elements about this activity was how I was able to make this such an awesome fine motor experience for my barley 2 year old! Her scissors are totally awesome and only cut paper, however, I wanted her to be able to do this activity as well. So the top portion of the beard I weaved the yarn through, but I didn’t tie it on. This allowed my 2 year old to use her scissors to grab the pieces of yarn and pull them out of the beard, rather than actually cutting the yarn. This kept the activity completely safe for her and she was able to enhance her scissor cutting skills as well.

You can see her pulling out some of the yarn with her scissors in this image.

You can see her pulling out some of the yarn with her scissors in this image.

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Materials Used:

  • Paper Plate

  • Water Colors

  • Marker

  • Hole Punch

  • Yarn

  • Scissors