Most of us have some old magazines around the house. Instead of just collecting dust, they can become valuable tools for useful learning tasks. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
1. Help your child practice their cutting while learning vocabulary. Simply, point out new pictures and ask your kiddo to cut them out. They'll be exposed to new words while practicing fine motor skills. (i.e. Cut out the staircase.)
2. Make a letter collage. Using a notebook or just a blank page, select a specific letter. Have your child flip through the pages, cutting out only items that start with the target letter. (i.e. "Let's cut out things that start with the letter B.)
3. A letter collage isn't the only type of collage you can make! Your child can simply cut pictures of things they like and paste them in a blank notebook.
4. You can also work on sorting items into categories by cutting pictures that go into different groups. Use two separate notebook pages to label the categories (i.e. On this page we will paste foods and on this page we will glue all the animals we find.)
5. Have your child cut out letters to form different words or their names. Write a model on the page (i.e. "Here is your name. I spelled A-N-N. Now you find the same letters. We will cut them out to make your name with different letters.") This can be done with sight words too!
6. You can also cut out an array of different facial features to form silly faces. In the picture below we cut out noses and mouths to put on ghost and pumpkin shapes. But these could be put on any shape or even other faces from the magazines.
Do you use magazines for any fun activities with kiddos? If so. share in our comments! We are always looking for more creative ideas!