butterfly fine motor sheets
I made a set of four butterfly themed learning sheets to work on both scissor and pre-writing skills. The patterns come in both black and white as well color so you have a choice of what to print.
I print the scissor skill sheets on regular paper for the children to cut and print the fine motor sheets on cardstock paper. I then laminate the cardstock sheets and set them out with washable markers. You can grab the patterns for free below.
butterfly fine motor sheets
The free membership printable this week is butterfly color clip cards. This is a great activity for color recognition as well as fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out ... and then laminated them.
I set the butterfly cards out along with some clothespins. There are twelve color cards so you want to make sure you have at least twelve clothespins for the children to use.
In this activity the children pick a butterfly card and clip a clothespin on the matching color. Play continues until all the butterfly cards have been clipped. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday May 29th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added three butterfly roll and cover mats.
You can see a video of the butterfly color clip cards below:
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The free membership printable this week is a flower pot alphabet match. This is a great activity for letter recognition and review as well as fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out ... and then laminated them.
I separated the flower pot from the flowers and cut a slit in the top of each pot for the flower stems to slide through.
I used an exacto knife to make a cut that was slightly larger than the flower stem. I placed the flower stem close to the top of the pot to use as a guide as to how long the cut should be. I used cardboard under the flower pot to protect my work surface.
In this activity the children match pots and flower with the same letters. Children can slide the stems through the pots or simply place the pots on top of the flower stems. Play continues until all the flowers and pots have been matched. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday May 22nd ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where the flower pot number match is located.
We are starting our flower theme this week and I wanted to add a new project to our curriculum. I came up with a paper plate sunflower which I think turned out really cute.
We used nine inch paper plates but you could also use the smaller ones. We painted the paper plate yellow using do-a-dot markers and blotted off the extra paint with a paper towel.
After the paint had dried we put glue around the edge of the plate. We pressed on flower petals that we had cut out of yellow tissue paper. We went back and applied more glue and flower petals in the gaps to give it a layered look.
The last step was to apply glue drops to the center of the paper plate and press sunflower seeds on. I encouraged the children to put as many seeds on as possible.
Once the glue dried we hung them up around the room and they look awesome!! I love this project because it really gives the children a chance to work on fine motor development. You can see a video of this project below:
We have two nests this year ... a robin's nest and a pigeon's nest. I took pictures of the inside of the nests with a self sticke (so I wouldn't disturb them) and was so happy to see that there are baby birds inside the nests!!
Because the birds are already a few days old I wanted the children to see what they looked like when they were first born. I found a couple of youtube videos and they look so different from the way they do now.
video - newborn robins
video - newborn pigeons
I went to a couple of garden centers this weekend and there were some really beautiful flowers there. I decided to take pictures and make a flower matching activity that we used for visual discrimination skills and fine motor development.
I printed out two copies on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them. I then set them out in a basket along with clothespins. The children found the the cards with the same pictures and clipped them together with the clothespins.
You can grab the flower match patterns here.
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