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Birthday Cake Cut-and-Paste Art Pattern

By Dianne Tansey

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Recreate the magic with paper, scissors, and glue!

This cut-and-paste art project will provide your students with opportunities to improve their fine motor dexterity and their ability to follow directions. This project will also help develop their visual memories and enhance basic math skills. GRADE LEVELS: Cut-and-paste art projects can be adapted for grades K-5. Projects with fewer pieces will be best suited for lower grade levels, and vice versa.

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1. Step-by-step directions can be used by the teacher, independently by a student, or one-on-one with a teacher’s aide or tutor.

2. Step-by-step illustrated directions help reinforce the oral directions or demonstration given by the teacher. Visual learners often refer to these directions as they are completing their projects.

3. Tracer patterns can be copied onto card stock. Your students can share the patterns with their classmates and also work on their tracing skills. Equipping a learning center with several sets of patterns as well as directions permits the students to work independently on their cut-and-glue project. Tracers can be stored in sets held together with a paper clip, placed inside a plastic page protector, and kept in a notebook.

4. Timesaver patterns can be copied directly onto the colored construction paper. You can cut them apart and pass out the pieces to the students to complete the finished cutting and assembling. This technique is especially helpful if you are short on time or working with younger children.


* Cut-and-paste art projects help develop fine motor skills

* Cut-and-paste art projects help develop scissor and gluing skills

* Children learn how to follow both oral, written and visual directions

* Cut-and-paste art projects help develop geometry and spatial relationships Using and manipulating shapes, positional words: behind, in front, under, on top, etc. Information from the University of Chicago states that boys begin out-performing girls by age 4 1/2 and the gap continues to widen through adolescence. We need to shorten that gap with activities like cut-and-paste art projects because, “Greater demands on spatial skills are made by various technical tasks that are pervasive in a complex society, such as interpretation of graphs, maps, architectural drawings, and x-rays.” (Janellen Huttenlocher, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago)

* Cut-and-paste art projects give younger children experience with counting and color idenfication.


1. Language arts Reinforce spatial vocabulary/positional words Write a story or poem to augment a particular cut and paste project Sequencing skills – Glue this on first…etc. Listening skills and following directions Use as a follow-up to a book

2. Math Shapes Spatial relationships Symmetry – Butterfly cut and paste

3. Social Studies & Science Use cut-and-paste projects to supplement thematic units: Community workers: a cut-and-paste dump truck Dinosaurs: a cut-and-paste dinosaur Insects: a cut-and-paste grasshopper Holidays

4. Decorate Hang projects from the ceiling, on the bulletin board/wall, or in the hall. This brings in lots of complements from parents, principals and fellow teachers.

Discover for yourself how these construction paper craft projects will enhance a child's creativity, fine motor skills, and ability to follow directions:

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