We are working a lot on shapes and pre-writing skills this month. I made penguin shape tracers for the children to use in our writing center. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I laminated all of the shape tracers and set them out with crayola washable markers. I made the tracers with the same shapes on them and then with mixed shapes on them. Children were free to choose which tracers they wanted to use.
In this activity children trace the shapes with washable markers. We then talk about what shapes are on each tracer. As of 2022 this activity can be found in the member's section which is where the penguin letter sequence can also be found.
I made a hat and mitten match for the children to work on today. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut everything out ... and then laminated all of the pieces.
I set the hats out in one pile and the mittens in another pile. The children spread the hats out on the table and then put the same color pair of mittens next to each hat. There are ten different colors included with this set.
As an option the children also were given clothespins to clip their matching pieces together. You can grab the patterns for this activity here.
Here is snow friends alphabet pick and cover which is a great activity for letter recognition and review as well as fine motor development. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper and cut the letter squares and cover-up circles out.
I attached the letter squares to craft sticks and put them in a container. I then laminated the cover-up circles and letter mats.
In this activity children pick a letter stick and cover up the same letter on the mat. Play continues until all of the letter have been covered. We did an upper to upper ... lower to lower ... upper to lowercase match. As of 2022 this activity can be found in the member's section which is where the snow friends number pick and cover game is located.
We are working on our snowman theme this week and a I put together a felt snowman activity that the children really enjoyed. I had previously purchased felt pieces from michaels craft store so I already had quite a stash built up. They are inexpensive but sometimes they have sales that make them worth buying even if do not need any at the time.
I free cut all of the pieces using a really good pair of scissors. I made three different sized circles for the snowman out of white felt. I then made arms (twig shaped) ... mittens ... a scarf ... a hat and a broom. I also made the eyes ... mouth and nose.
I set all of the snowman pieces out in a center and the children put them together deciding which piece went where. They could work individually or in pairs. Once the snowman was built the children decided on a name and talked about why snow forms and what will happens to snow when it gets warmer. They then took the snowman apart for the next child to work on.
You can see a video of this activity below: