You can see a video of this project below:
We made paper plate ladybugs this week and they turned out super cute. We did this project over a two day period to make sure we had enough time for the paint to dry.
To make the lady you will need red paint ... glue ... scissors ... black construction paper ... wiggles eyes ... and paper plates. We used the thicker chinette brand for our paper plates.
The first step is to paint the back of the paper plates red. You can do this by using a paint and paint brush or a paint dauber. After we painted the plates we let them dry for the rest of the day.
We cut head shapes out of black construction paper and glued them on to the bottom of the paper plates.
The next step was to glue wiggle eyes on the heads. If you do not have wiggle eyes a different color of construction paper such as yellow or blue cut into small circles will work fine.
We cut circle shapes out of black construction paper and glue them on to the painted paper plate. You can put as many or as little spots on the ladybugs as you want.
We cut black construction paper into 3-4 inch lengths and folded them back and forth (accordion style) for the legs. We glued three on each side of the paper plate.
We hung our ladybugs up around the room. The children got lots of fine motor practice through the use of scissors and gluing pieces together.
You can see a video of this project below:
The free membership printable this week is Ice Cream Number Pick and Cover for number recognition and fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
I made both 0-20 and 0-30 number mats along with number cards. In this activity the children pick a number card and then cover up the same number on the ice cream mat. Play continues until all numbers have been covered. You can use glass beads ... playdough ... pom poms ... buttons for the cover-ups. I have also included cover-up circles.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday June 21st ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added an ice cream alphabet pick and cover activity.
ice cream number pick and cover
The free membership printable this week is space alphabet match and clip which is great for letter recognition and fine motor development skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
In this activity children match the space rockets and moons with the same letter and clip them together with plastic coated paper clips or clothespins. You can also do a letter sequence by having the children put the space rockets in alphabetical order and placing the matching moons on top.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday May 31st ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a space number match and clip.
space alphabet match and clip
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 tissue paper hearts which is a really great craft project for working on fine motor and scissor skills. You will need the heart pattern ... tissue paper ... scissors ... glue ... and sequins.
The first step is to print the pattern on cardstock paper and cut it out. Next cut or tear tissue paper into small squares. Apply glue drops to the inside of the heart and press on the tissue paper squares.
If some of the tissue paper hangs over the heart you can cut off the extra. The last part is to apply glue drops on the tissue paper and press on the sequins. You do not have to add sequins but they are wonderful for fine motor development and also add a nice sparkle to the hearts.
The free membership printable this week is hot cocoa writing skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out. I then laminated them and put them in a basket with washable markers.
In this activity children trace the dashed lines with their finger and then with washable markers. I have included both black and white as well as color versions.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday February 2nd ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added hot cocoa alphabet punch strips.
hot cocoa writing skills
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