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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:
We love working with pumpkins seeds ... there are so many things your can do with them!! I set this activity up in our math center using two pumpkin bowls that I purchased from Target. You can use any kind of bowl or container that works for you. I put the pumpkin seeds in one of the bowls and set out a pair of jumbo tweezers along with dice.
The children rolled the dice and then used the tweezers to transfer the same number of pumpkin seeds into the empty bowl. They continued to roll the dice until all of the pumpkins seeds had been transferred. This activity can also be done without the tweezers and/or the dice.
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The free membership printable this week is Pumpkin Number Match for number recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I mixed up the pumpkin number cards and the number circles so that they were out of order and then set them both out on a table. This activity can also be done on the floor.
In this activity the children put the pumpkin cards in numerical order and then place the matching number circle on top of each pumpkin.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday October 8th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the pumpkin alphabet match.
pumpkin number match
The free membership printable this week is Fall Alphabet Pick and Cover for letter recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I made both uppercase and lowercase letter mats along with letter cards. I set them out along with buttons to use as cover-ups. You can also use pom poms ... playdough ... or the included circle patterns as cover-ups.
In this activity the children pick a letter card and then cover up the same letter on the fall letter mat. Play continues until all letter have been covered.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday October 1st ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the fall number pick and cover mats with numbers 0-20 and 0-30.
fall alphabet pick and cover
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