I made chicka chicka boom boom color clothespin cards for the children to work on their colors and fine motor skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out. After I laminated them I set them out in a basket with clothepins and the children put a clothespin on the matching color on each card.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking here.
The free daily printable this week is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Sequence Sticks which is a great activity for letter recognition and review. In this activity children put the letter sticks in alphabetical order. Grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 21st ... after that they will only be available in the member's section.
As most of you know we love working with playdough and I try to incorporate a couple of playdough activities with each theme because it is a wonderful tool for helping to build fine motor skills.
Today we made playdough apples which the children really had a great time with. They took playdough and made apple shapes from it (they used red ... green ... and yellow). Next they made a stem and leaf for each apple.
Once the apples were made the children then took pony beads and pressed them into the apples. Most chose to do color matching with the beads. If you use pony beads with this activity please remember to use supervision with children under the ages of three and those still in the stages of putting small items in their mouths.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
We made apple print trees today and they turned out great. Using brown paint the children painted a tree on construction paper and let it dry.
I put red ... yellow ... and green paint on to paper plates and then sliced apples in half. The children dipped the apples and then pressed them on the trees. I also put paint brushes out as an option for the children to use as an option to dipping the apples.
You can see a video of this project below:
The free daily printable this week is Apple Tree Number Match and Clip which is a great activity for number recognition and review.
In this activity children find the two apple tree cards with the same number and clip them together with a clothespin. Grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 14th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section.
We did this project last year and it really turned out great. I'm posting it again in case some of you missed it as I still have a lot of material to bring over from my old site design.
We worked on this project over a three day period and not only did the children learn about the different seasons but they also worked on their fine motor skills by scrunching ... tearing ... cutting ... and pinching. We used large sheets of white construction paper and folded it into fourths. Brown lines were painted for the tree trunks (one per each of the four sections) and then children painted their hands and pressed their hands above the tree trunks.
After the trees were dry we decorated each one according to the seasons:
After the trees were decorated and dried we cut the season tags out and glued them on the correct tree. We then glued the title on the bottom of the picture. You can grab the patterns here and see a video of this project by clicking below:
On a recent trip for school supplies I spotted some questionable toys marketed toward children that to me seemed somewhat gross and not really very appropriate.
The first one I noticed was a product called Poo-Dough ... where you can make your own poo that "looks like the real thing".
Next to the Poo-Dough was the Fart Piano that makes fart, belch, and vomits sounds.
How about The Ugglys ... The Gross Electronic Pup?
Not only did I find gross toys but I also found gross candy!
Box of Boogers ... "Tangy Gummy Boogies that Look and Feel Real". Yuck ... yuck ... yuck.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of these types of toys (and candy). Is it alright for young children to play with them?