We are winding up our snowman theme this week and one of the things we did was make paper plate snowmen. We kept the process simple using basic shapes and the snowmen turned out so cute!
We used small chinet paper plates as they are thicker and more durable than regular paper plates. We also used white paint ... glue ... construction paper ... and iridescent glitter.
We turned the paper plates over and painted the back with white paint and let it dry. When then painted a second coat and let that dry as well. The next step was to paint a thick layer of glue on the paper plate.
We then sprinkled a generous amount of iridescent glitter over the paper plate and shook of the extra on a piece of construction paper which made it easy to put the excess glitter back in the bottle.
We cut circles out of black construction paper for the eyes and the mouth and glued them on. Next we cut rounded triangles or carrot shapes out of orange construction paper for the nose and glued that on as well.
You can see a video of this project by clicking the image above or here.
The free membership printable this week is Snowman Letter Tracing for letter recognition and fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock and then laminated them for durability.
Children trace the letters with their fingers first and then with a washable marker. If you do not laminate the letter tracers you can use pencils as well as markers. Q-tips that the children dip in paint also work well for the children to trace over the letters.
You can grab the patterns below the video of this activity for free until Thursday January 20th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added Snowman Fine Motor Dots ... Scissor Skills ... and Pre-Writing Cards.
Here are January's number tracing calendars along and other January items including daily reports and calendar numbers.
number tracing calendar
calendar numbers and other items
I also made snowman days of the week and months the year strips that can be used for calendars headers ... pocket charts and matching.
days and months
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The free membership printable this week is Gingerbread Roll and Cover for early learning math skills and fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and then laminated them for durability.
You will need to have a dice and something to use as cover-ups on the mats. We used buttons but you can also use pom poms or playdough. I made three different types of mats ... one with blank circles ... one with numbers 1-6 ... and another with numbers 2-12.
In this activity children roll the dice and cover up the same number of circles on the mat if using the blank mat. Children continue to roll the dice and cover the circles until all circles have been covered. Once the mat is full children can then roll the dice and remove the same number of cover-ups that is on the dice.
For the numbered mats children roll the dice and cover up the same number on the mats. For the mat with numbers 2-12 children roll two dice and add the two together and then cover up the number on the mat.
You can grab the patterns below the video of this activity for free until Wednesday December 22nd ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added Gingerbread Letter and Number Tracing Mats.
We made paper plate gingerbread and they really turned out super cute. Not only did the children enjoy making this project but they also got lots of fine motor practice.
You will need to have:
paper plates (we glued two together)
black yarn or pipe cleaner
black and pink craft foam or construction paper
white sequins (optional)
The first step is to paint the paper plate brown and let it dry. While the paper plate is drying we cut out two circles from the black craft foam and two from the pink. You can also use construction or cardstock paper if you do not have craft foam.
We glue the black circles on for the gingerbread eyes and formed a smile shape with a black pipe cleaner and also glued that on (you can substitue black yarn if you do not have pipe cleaners). We then glue a pink circle on each side of the mouth to from the gingerbread cheeks.
The next step was to apply glue around the edge of the paper plate and press the yarn on to make the gingerbread icing.
We went around the the paper plate twice with the white yarn. To add an optional sparkle we then pressed white iridescent sequins on the glue as well adding more glue dots if we need them.
You can see a video of this project by clicking below:
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