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Here is a really easy to set up fine motor activity. You just need paint chip samples which you can find for free at almost anywhere that sells paint. You will also need paper punches.
I purchased a set of four small paper punches from the craft store which I thought were the perfect size for young children to use. The type of punches I selected had a button that the children had to squeeze to punch but there are also punches that have levers for children to press as well.
I put the paint chip samples along with the punches in a basket and set them out. I put numbers on some of the paint chips and left the others blank. Children could make as many punches as they wanted on the blank paint chips and if they chose a paint chip with a number on it they had to punch the same amount as the number.
You can see a video of this activity below:
I made a fish themed color match file folder game to help with color recognition. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and taped the two fish mats together and then laminated them. You can also glue the mats inside a file folder.
I laminated the color circles and attached self-adhesive magnets to the back of each circle. In this activity children pick a color circle and put it on the blanks circle of the fish with the matching color. Play continues until colors have been matched.
You can grab the fish color match patterns here.
The free membership printable this week is a fishbowl uppercase and lowercase sorting activity. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and attached the letter fish to craft sticks.
I attached the fishbowls to the front of clear plastic cups and set them out along with the letter fish. In this activity the children put the fish into the correct cups based on whether it was an uppercase or a lowercase letter.
The fishbowls can also be glued onto a sheet of construction or cardstock paper and the children would put the loose fish (not attached onto craft sticks) on the correct mats. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday February 14th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where the fishbowl number sort is located.
I made a heart fine motor activity for one of our centers yesterday and the children really loved it. It was so easy to set up ... you just need large color paper clips and construction paper.
The paper clips I used were plastic coated and came in a pack of six different colors. I found mine at a grocery store but places like walmart ... the craft store ... and office supply stores should also sell them.
I made a heart pattern and traced around it on construction paper that matched the colors of the paper clips. I then cut the hearts out and laminated them.
I set the hearts out in a small basket along with the paper clips. The children then picked a heart and put the same color paper clips on the heart. Play continued until all of the paper clips had been put on the hearts.
Because paper clips are small items be sure to use supervision with children under the age of three and those still in the stages of putting items in their mouths. You can grab the heart pattern here.
Our room is filled with all kinds of hearts!! The latest addition is our coffee filter hearts. We helped those who needed it cut heart shapes out of coffee filters and then they colored them with markers. We used just the regular crayola markers.
After the coffee filters were colored the children lightly sprayed water on the hearts which caused the colors to spread. I lined the table with wax paper before the children sprayed the hearts with water and put the wet hearts on paper towels to dry.
The free membership printable this week is heart roll and cover which is a great activity for color recognition and math skills. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them. I also attached self-adhesive magnets to the back of the cover-up circles so that they would be easier to pick up and place on the hearts.
In this activity children roll the dice and cover the heart color that corresponds with the number rolled. There are three sets of six colors on two mats but you could also just use one mat for younger children. This activity can be done as both an individual activity or in pairs. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday February 7th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the heart puzzles.
I made heart themed days of the week and months of the year strips that can be used in pocket charts or in your calendar centers. We also do sequencing and matching with them. Just print ... cut ... and laminate. You can find the patterns here.
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