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Paper-Cutting Storytelling

Updated on September 19, 2012
My daughter found great joy working on a paper-tearing story while waiting at a restaurant.
My daughter found great joy working on a paper-tearing story while waiting at a restaurant.

My Daughter, My Inspiration

Once again my daughter inspired my latest idea for a hub. Recently my family went out to eat dinner at a restaurant. As we waited for our meal my daughter began tearing her napkin into little pieces. I watched as she made a small snake, a butterfly and eggs. Then my daughter began telling the family a story and used her napkin creations as props. When her story was over she said, "Mommy, I made my own origami story like your hub!" I couldn't believe my ears. My daughter, who was my primary source of inspiration for my hub, Telling A Story With Origami, was now inspiring me with a brand new idea- telling a story with paper-cutting or paper-tearing.

My Daughter's Paper-Cutting Story

My very clever daughter created her own paper-cutting story shortly after her paper-tearing story in the restaurant. Armed with one piece of paper and safety scissors, my daughter began her story titled, The Clever Girl Who Loved Shapes. Enjoy!

The Clever Girl Who Loved Shapes
by Mia

Once upon a time there lived a clever girl who wanted to play in the snow. Her mother said, "It is too cold. Play inside." So this clever girl decided to make shapes out of a piece of paper.

This clever girl folder her paper into a triangle. Then she folded it and folded it until the triangle turned into a baby triangle.

The baby triangle tried to dance and play, but the triangle tripped and a corner fell off.

But the baby triangle wasn't sad, now the baby triangle had a lot of new tiny friends.

Suddenly, a big storm picked up the baby triangle and it went twirling through the air. The baby triangle began to fall apart as the wind cut tiny triangles out of the paper.

The storm stopped and the baby triangle fell down on the ground, surrounded by a lot of new friends. Everyone thought this would be the end of the baby triangle.

But the clever little girl who loved shapes picked up the baby triangle and said, "Don't worry. Not only do you have a lot of new tiny triangle friends, but if you unfold you will turn into a...beautiful snowflake.

The End

Chinese Paper-Cutting
Chinese Paper-Cutting

History Of Paper-Cutting

  • Paper-cutting originated around the 4th century A.D. shortly after China invented paper.
  • By the eighth or ninth century paper-cutting appeared in West Asia and in Turkey in the 16th century.
  • Within a century, paper-cutting was being done in most of middle Europe. (
  • Paper-cutting became very popular in China and was used for religious decorations, storytelling and embroidery.
  • Chinese paper-cutting has many different forms, from very simple flat designs to extremely intricate creations.
  • Paper-cutting creations were used during ancient times for funeral ceremonies. The cuttings were either burned or buried with the deceased. (

Paper-Cutting Stories Inspire Creativity

A piece of paper and a little imagination can transport a child, or an entire classroom, to a whole new world. Not only does paper-cutting stimulate a child's creativity it also promotes fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination and math skills. As my daughter illustrated in her story, paper-cutting makes learning fun and concepts such as shape recognition become a joy to learn. Imagine what parents, caregivers and teachers can do with just one piece of paper and a scissor.

Imagine, explore, create and have fun!

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    • callyworden profile image

      Cally Worden 

      7 years ago from Madranges, France

      What a lovely story and hub! Such a simple idea and presented really elegantly. Voted up!

    • TeachableMoments profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Teaches, thank you for taking the time to read my hub and for writing a comment. Paper-cutting really is interesting and beautiful. It is such a simple concept, something everyone practices at a young age, but not everyone sees paper-cutting as an art form. Maybe now more people will. Thanks again for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed this hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Interesting and beautiful. Thanks for sharing the history of this art. Wow, used for funerals? This could possibly quite a good thing to add to those of today.

    • TeachableMoments profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Sturgeonl, thanks for stopping by. My daughter amazes me with her creativity. Hopefully her paper-cutting story inspires others to create something beautiful. Thanks for writing a comment and voting up.

    • Sturgeonl profile image


      8 years ago

      Your daughter is very creative and has written a wonderful story. I think it is a story that will motivate many readers to want to learn paper cutting. I think it also gives a great idea for story writing! Voted up and awesome!

    • TeachableMoments profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Christine, I agree, it is so important to encourage creativity in kids. It's what I strive to do everyday. There are wonderful teachable moments out there, the trick is to not let them pass you by. Thanks for always stopping by. Thanks for voting up.

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      Christine Miranda 

      8 years ago from My office.

      Cute. It is so important to encourage creativity in kids. Voted up & more.

    • TeachableMoments profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from California

      Denisemai, thanks for stopping by. I know, isn't it just too cute. My daughter is very "proud" that her paper-cutting story is on hubpages.

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      Denise Mai 

      8 years ago from Idaho

      How sweet. And clever!


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