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.
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 are working on fine motor turkey activities this week and I wanted to share them with you. You can use the patterns to trace around on construction paper or cardstock paper. You can also free cut the turkey pieces and glue them together.
Both buttons and pony beads are excellent to use for this activity. Children can place them on the matching color turkey feathers. Because of their size pony beads provide a little more of a challenge for the children to pick up and hold which really helps those fine motor skills.
We also use mini clothespins that the children attach to the turkey feathers. I would recommend laminating the turkey for durability when using buttons ... clothespins ... or the pony beads.
These turkeys also make the cutest fine motor craft projects. We put glue in a small container along with qtips. The children dab glue onto the feathers and then press the sequins on the glue dots.
Children can also cut or tear tissue paper into small squares and scrunch them. They then glue the tissue paper on to the feathers.
You can see a video of all the activities along with how I made the turkey by clicking the image below. The patterns are also located below.
The free membership printable this week is Turkey Number Punch Cards for number recognition and fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out. I then laminated them for durability.
The patterns come in both black and white as well as color. Children use a hole punch and punch the dot under the correct number that matches the number on the turkey.
You can also clip clothespins on the turkey cards. We use mini clothespins but the activity still works the same with regular sized ones. Another things you can do is apply glue to the correct dot and place a sequin on that dot.
The cards also make great poke cards. Simply punch a hole on all three dots and flip the card over and make a circle around the correct dot. Children use a poker (we use a golf tee) an put it through the hole they think is a match and then they flip the card over to see if they are correct.
Using the cards with hots dots is also a favorite activity. Apply the cold dots to the incorrect matches and the hot dot to the correct one. Children then use a hot dots pen and press the tip to the hot dot.
You can grab the patterns below the video of this activity for free until Sunday November 28th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added Turkey Alphabet Punch Cards.
I made fall themed cutting strips to help work on beginning scissor skills and fine motor development. I printed the strips on cardstock paper and cut them out. I included both black and white as well as color patterns.
The black and white strips can be colored before cutting for extra fine motor work. They can also be printed on color paper to save on ink. There are three different kinds of cutting strips so you have a choice of which to use (I use them all).
All of the cutting strips involve straight line cutting which I believe works best for children who are just starting to cut using guides. There is a set of strips that has five images on them and the children cut along the lines to separate those images. They can then do a sorting activity with them.
I have also included snip strips in which the children snip the line beneath images. You can see a video of this activity and download the patterns below.
I made a pumpkin activity to work on early math skills as well as fine motor development. I printed out the pattern on cardstock paper. If you are not going to be using glue with this activity I recommend laminating the pumpkin mats for durability.
The patterns come in both black and white as well as color and also with or without dots. The color patterns come with a blue sky or just a white background so you have a variety of patterns to work with to suit the needs of how you will be doing the activities.
Besides the pumpkin mat you will need to have pumpkin seeds and dice for the children to roll. We also use school glue that we put in a small container with q-tips. I also do the activity with no glue so the mat is re-usable.
In this activity children roll the dice and put a pumpkin seed on the same number of dots on the mat. Play continues until all dots have been covered. We also work in pairs with each child having their own mat ... dice ... and pumpkin seeds. They take turns rolling the dice and covering the dots on the mat.
Children can also do a pumpkin craft by simply gluing the seeds on the pumpkin. This can be done with or without dots. The children can color in the black and white pattern first before gluing the seeds on. You can see a video of this activity and download the patterns below.
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