Matisse Paper Cut-Outs: Easy Art Project for Kids

Looking for a fun and engaging art project to do with young kids? Matisse paper cut-outs are an easy activity that will help little ones work on their scissor skills! Plus, I’ve paired this activity with a beautiful children’s book: Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter. This book provides the perfect introduction to the life and artwork of Henri Matisse.

Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter will get young kids excited about using scissors to create their own Matisse paper cut-outs.

Henri’s Scissors explains how and why Matisse began creating some of his most well-known pieces: the large-scale, colorful paper cut-outs of his later years. Gorgeous and imaginative illustrations bring Matisse’s imaginative work to life.


First, have kids draw their own outlined shapes in pencil. Then, have them cut out the shapes. Finally, have them paste their shapes on a new piece of colored construction paper.


I also loved doing this paper cut-outs art project along side my son. While working together, you can discuss the difference between shapes with straight lines and hard angles versus shapes with more fluid lines and rounded edges. Many of Matisse’s paper cut-outs had curvy lines that are representative of shapes found in nature. Matisse explained,

You see, as I am obliged to remain often in bed…I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk…There are leaves, fruit, a bird.

Matisse Paper Cut-Outs: Here’s What You’ll Need:

1. Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter


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2. Assorted Colors Construction Paper


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3. Children’s Safety Scissors


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4. Glue Sticks


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Happy reading and creating!

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