I am always looking for extra ways to incorporate fine motor development into our activities and since Easter will be here soon we decorated playdough eggs. Because this activity uses small items remember to use close supervision with children under the age of three and those still in the stages of putting small items in their mouths.
The children rolled out the playdough and then cut egg shapes with a cookie cutter. I set out bowls of jewels that I had purchased from the craft store and the children were free to decorate the eggs any way they wished.
The children pressed the jewels into the playdough and tried to put as many on each egg that they could. While they could put any jewels on any way wanted I gave them a challenge of seeing if they could put different jewels on the eggs so that each egg did not have two of the same jewels on it which turned it into a sorting activity as well.
Spring is finally here and soon we will begin to plant our gardens. There are so many teachable moments when we grow our pumpkins and sunflowers each year. We are even going to try tomatoes this year!! Here is are April's number tracing calendar along with calendar numbers ... daily reports and other April items.
I also made bunny 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.
number tracing calendar
calendar numbers and other items
days and months
The free membership printable this week is Bunny Pick and Cover which is great for letter recognition and fine motor skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I mixed the letter cards up so they were not in order and set them out along with the bunny mats and cover-up circles. You can also use playdough or pom poms which are both great for fine motor development.
In this activity children pick a letter card and cover up the same letter on the bunny mat. Play continues until all letters have been covered.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday April 2nd ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a bunny number pick and cover.
bunny alphabet pick and cover
I made some shape tracers to go along with our robot theme this week. I printed them out on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them. I put them out in our writing center along with some washable markers.
The children began by tracing the shapes with their fingers and then tracing them with the washable markers. Shape tracers are great for pre-writing and fine motor skills developement. You can grab the patterns below:
robot shape tracers **save and open file in adobe reader**
The free membership printable this week is Robot Number Match which is great for number recognition and fine motor skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I mixed the robots and gears up so they were not in order and set them out in to separate piles. Children put the robots in numerical order. We did this activity on the floor but you can also do it on a table.
After all of the robots were laid out in order the children then put the gears on the robots with the same numbers. The children can clip them together with clothes pins or large plastic coated paper clips. We did the activity as a sequence match but you can do it as a regular match without putting the robots in numerical order first.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday March 26th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a robot alphabet match.
robot number match
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