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Here is a wonderful project for fine motor development that goes great with a turkey or Thanksgiving theme. You will need colored cardstock paper ... scissors ... glue/glue sticks ... sequins ... and wiggle eyes.
Children cut a turkey body shape out of brown cardstock paper. Next they cut five turkey feathers from five different colors of cardstock paper and glued them onto the turkey body. They glued on wiggle eyes and cut a beak and gobbler from from orange and red cardstock paper. They then cut turkey legs from yellow cardstock paper and glued them on together with the beak and gobbler. The last step was to apply glue drops to turkey and press on the sequins.
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Every time I am in a store that sells paint I grab a couple of paint chip samples and save them for when we do activities with paint chips. This week we made made turkeys with them.
To make the paint chip turkeys you will need to have:
colored cardstock paper
The children start by cutting a turkey body out of brown cardstock or construction paper. Next they cut feather shapes from the paint chip samples and glue them on to the back of the turkey body.
Children can decide what colors and how many of the paint chips to use. They then cut a beak ... gobbler and feet from cardstock paper and glue on the turkey body. The last step is to glue on the wiggle eyes. If you do not want to use wiggle eyes you can also make construction paper eyes.
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I recently attended a make and take sessions and one of the things we made was pumpkin spice paint. It is super easy to make but I felt the recipe we used was a bit too runny so I modified it a little.
To make the paint I put three packets of unflavored gelatine into a jar along with 1 cup of boiling water and mixed the two together until the gelatine was dissolved. I added yellow and red food coloring and stirred until I had an orange color I was happy with.
The last step was to add the pumpkin pie spice into the paint. I just continued to shake some in until I got the scent that I wanted. Everyone loved how the paint smelled and were very excited to paint with it.
I let the paint cool down which also helped to thicken it. The children then painted large circles on cardstock paper. When they painted they could see the specks of pumpkin spice. We let that paint dry and cut out the circle and glue it on to a sheet of colored cardstock paper. The children cut out a leaf and stem and glue that on the pumpkin. They then glue pumpkin seeds on for extra fine motor work.
You can see a video of our pumpkin spice paint below:
Our room is filled with all kinds of hearts!! The latest addition is our coffee filter hearts. We helped those who needed it cut heart shapes out of coffee filters and then they colored them with markers. We used just the regular crayola markers.
After the coffee filters were colored the children lightly sprayed water on the hearts which caused the colors to spread. I lined the table with wax paper before the children sprayed the hearts with water and put the wet hearts on paper towels to dry.
One of my favorite theme is gardening and I love having the children make paper plate sunflowers ... they always turn out so cute!!
We used nine inch paper plates but you could also use the smaller ones. We painted the paper plate yellow using do-a-dot markers (you can also finger paint the plates) and blotted off the extra paint with a paper towel.
After the paint had dried we put glue around the edge of the plate. We pressed on flower petals that we had cut out of yellow tissue paper. We went back and applied more glue and flower petals in the gaps to give it a layered look.
The last step was to apply glue drops to the center of the paper plate and press sunflower seeds on. I encouraged the children to put as many seeds on as possible.
Once the glue dried we hung them up around the room and they look awesome!! I love this project because it really gives the children a chance to work on fine motor development. You can see a video of this project below:
We made puffy paint penguins after circle time today. It was a great project for scissor skills ... sensory and fine motor development. We used black and orange cardstock paper to make the the penguins. We free cut the penguin shapes but I have included patterns that you can trace around on the cardstock paper.
The next step was to make the puffy paint which was really easy. The children mixed 1 cup of shaving cream and 1/2 cup of white glue together with a craft stick. The puffy paint should be like a thick marshmallow topping ... if it is not you can add more glue.
The children applied the puffy paint to the penguins using either their fingers or craft sticks. The penguins took a while to dry because of the thickness of the paint.
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