snowman alphabet cut and paste
The free membership printable this week is a snowman alphabet cut and paste for letter recognition and scissor skills. I printed the patterns and cut the snowman letter strips out and the children cut the letter squares out.
In this activity children pick a snowman letter strip and find the matching letter squares. They can either glue or place them in the blank squares on each strip. I have made the snowman strips with one ... two ... and three blank squares. I have also included black and white as well as color versions.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday January 19th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the snowman number cut and paste.
snowman alphabet cut and paste
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:
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.
You can see a video of this project below:
The free membership printable this week is a turkey math mat for number recognition ... math skills ... and fine motor development. Print the patterns on cardstock paper and cut out. Laminate the number circles and glue the turkey on a sheet of construction paper (we used the larger sized paper). Laminate the turkey mat for durability.
In this activity children place a number circle on the blank circle on the turkey. They then place the same number of counters on the mat next to the turkey. Play continues until all numbers have been counted. We used buttons and math cubes but you can also use different kinds of counters as well.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday November 24th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a turkey shape match and clip activity.
turkey math mat
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:
I have made a set of pumpkin themed math mats for children to practice counting and number recognition. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
We used pumpkin seeds as our counters but you can also use other items such as pom poms ... playdough balls ... and clothespins. This activity is also great for developing fine motor skills which if you are a follow of my blog you know I love to work on!!
You can download the patterns below:
pumpkin math maths
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