While preparing lessons for Artistic Pursuit “The Way They See It”, I realized that Satori could probably use some basic art skill practice. She doesn’t hold her scissors right and she’s never done extensive folding, pasting, taping, etc… So early this morning, as soon as she woke up, we set to work on these Kumon workbooks. We are not a workbooky family, but I couldn’t resist these cute, small-size workbooks. They’re for 2 and up, but a good review for my 4.75  year old.

Kumon little workbooks

Kumon little workbooks

Here’s a sample page of what we did this morning. Satori had to cut into the paper, but stop at a specific point. Then she had to fold up a little “cage” for the tiger.

Caged Tiger

Caged Tiger

Enough of that, let’s get to the fun stuff! Here is the first of our “slides”, a cutting activity recommended in Artistic Pursuits. She cut the line in the strip, then taped the end, and then walked the fairy girl to her friend. We had 4 other types, the others were wavy lines (fish to mermaid), curves, zig-zigs and more.

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For this activity, I had used our fantabulous Magic Cabin catalog that I drool over every time we get it. Maybe we can’t afford all their cool, natural toys, but we can cut out their super adorable, whimsical drawings they use in their catalog! We had cute fish, mermaid, bouncy, swinging, playing children in no time.

Magic Cabin - catalog

Magic Cabin - catalog

Then, on to our “heart of love” activity, also suggested by Artistic Pursuits as cutting practice. (By the way, I placed all these activities in separate workboxes, so they were all set to go. We haven’t started the workbox system  quite yet, but I see it’s benefits and hope to get into this one day.)

Heart of Love workbox

Heart of Love workbox

Satori practicing her snipping…

Cutting pink strip of paper

Cutting pink strip of paper

We elaborated by dusting heart and glitter sparkles over the glue that we used to glue the two wax paper hearts together. Satori then ran up to a still-sleeping Daddy to give him his “Heart of Love”! It now hangs in his office.

Good morning Daddy, I love you!

Good morning Daddy, I love you!

I told Satori we’ll practice cutting, taping, folding, pasting a lot more now. 🙂 She’ll soon be an expert in no time!