I have received so many requests for my feelings faces that I decided to post them for you early. I made faces with seven different emotions and printed them on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
We use our feelings faces at group time to help the children learn to discuss how they feel. We also do matching activities with them.
I also have a second set sitting out so that at anytime a child can pick one of the feelings faces and bring it to me and talk to be about how they are feeling at that time. You can grab the feelings face here and see a video below.
I made tooth fairy number clip cards for letter recognition as well as fine motor. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I mixed the number cards up and set them out along with clothespins. I put mine in a clear plastic container but you can put yours in whatever works for you. I have included numbers 0-30 so you can choose to put all out or just a few.
In this activity children pick a card and clip a clothespin on the number that matches the number on the tooth fairy. I have also included cover-up squares if you do not want to use clothespins. As of 2022 this activity can be found in the member's section which is also where the tooth fairy alphabet clip cards are located.
I went to Target today to find hair color to cover my gray with (yep ... I've got tons of those). Every time I go there I always stop at the area right next to the shopping carts when you first walk in as they always have inexpensive things that I can find a use for. Today I was surprised to find three different sets of lacing blocks for 3.00 each!!
The blocks are very chunky and there are ten in each set. The lacing cord is also thick and a nice size for the children to use. I'm not sure how long these will be available but I scooped up the three different sets.
I plan on putting the lacing blocks in the same container so children can sort and lace them according to what set they belong to as well as free lacing them.
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.
Here 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. As of 2022 this activity can be found in the member's section which is also where the fishbowl number sort is located.