I made snowman 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.
I have posted January's Number Tracing Calendar and Calendar Numbers along with other January items to my free printables page (if you do not see them at the bottom of the page please refresh your browser).
I wanted to take this time to wish everyone a happy holiday season!! I hope you are able to take some time to spend with family and friends. I also believe it is important for you to spend time doing something for yourself that you love to do.
We all lead such hectic lives that sometimes we forget to slow down and enjoy what is around us. Since my husband became ill in late summer I have made it a priority to enjoy the here and now more. There are many small gifts given to us everyday and we just have to open our eyes a bit more to recognize and appreciate them.
From my family to yours ... Happy Holidays!!
I put together a simple math game that can either be done as an individual or group activity. You will need to have two bowls or containers for each child play the game at the same time.
You will also need to have jingle bells (I purchased mine at Michaels craft store) ... a dice to roll ... and jumbo tweezers (optional).
The game begins with all of the jingle bells in one bowl. The amount of jingle bells you put in is up to you. I used around thirty but you can use more or less. A child rolls the dice and then has to move the same number of jingle bells to the empty bowl.
The child would then roll the dice again and transfer more jingle bells over to the second bowl. Play continues until all of the bells have been moved. We did it so the the bells had to match the number on the dice to end the game. For example if the child rolled a two but they had one bell left they had to wait until they rolled a one.
If you were doing this as a group game the children would each have their own bowls (one with jingle bells and one empty). They would take turns rolling the dice and the first one to move all of their jingle bells wins. Not only is this a great game for math but also for fine motor development. If you did not have jingle bells you could substitute pom poms. Please remember to use supervision with children three and under as the jingle bells are small objects that some children might want put in their mouths.
The free membership printable this week is a santa math mat which is great for number recognition and review as well as fine motor development. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I cut most of the blank cardstock paper off of the santa printout and glued the santa on to a green sheet of cardstock paper and laminated the mat. I also laminated the number circles and attached self-adhesive magnets to the back of them.
In this activity children put a number circle on the blank circle on the santa mat. They then put the same number of counters on the mat. We used unifix cubes for our counters but you can use cotton balls ... pom poms ... buttons or anything you have on hand. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday December 20th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where the santa color match is also located.
We made sequin gingerbread and they turned out so cute!! This is really a great project to work on fine motor skills. We made them after we read "Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett and now we have a wall filled with gingerbread babies. If you are not familiar with the story I found a video of the book being narrated here.
To make the sequin gingerbread I made a gingerbread pattern and printed it on cardstock paper. I traced the pattern onto a sheet of brown cardstock paper and cut the gingerbread shape out (older children can cut the pattern themselves).
The children glued wiggles eyes on and drew a smile with a marker. They then applied glue drops to the body of the gingerbread and pressed sequins on the glue drops.
You can see a video of this project below:
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