heart cutting strips
The free membership printable this week is heart cutting strips for fine motor develpemnt. I printed the patterns on both regular and cardstock paper and cut them out.
In this activity children cut across the lines on each strip. I have made the strips with both black and white as well as color hearts. You can also do counting and sorting activities with the hearts after cutting.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday February 10th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added heart writing skills.
heart cutting strips
The free membership printable this week is Number Cut and Glue Sheets for number recognition ... fine motor and scissor skills. I printed the sheets on paper and set them out with scissors and glue sticks.
I made the cut and glue sheets in color and black and white as well as with blank squares on number guided squares. Children cut along the line on each sheet ... cut the squares out and then glue them in order in the boxes at the top of each sheet. I have included numbers 1-30.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday May 27th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added Alphabet Cut and Glue.
number cut and glue
I made a set of flower themed cutting strips for the children to work on their scissor and fine motor skills. They can be printed on both cardstock and regular paper.
I have also included both black and white and color cutting strips so you have a choice of which to use with your early learners.
In this activity children cut along the lines on each strip ... we also did flower sorting by putting the same cut flowers together.
flower cutting strips
I made a set of Easter themed cutting strips for the children to work on their scissor and fine motor skills. I printed them on regular paper and cut the strips out. The children cut along the lines on each strip. I have included both black and white and color cutting strips.
Easter Cutting Strips
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.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
This is one of our favorite fall craft projects to make!! We do it over a span of two to three days but you can adjust it to fit the needs of your early learners. We use large sheets of construction paper (usually sold right next to the regular sized construction paper) but if you do not want to make giant scarecrows you can scale the project down to make smaller ones.
You can either have the pieces already cut out for younger children to put together or have guide pieces set out for the children to use as a reference for cutting their scarecrow pieces.
You will need to have a head ... hat ... pants ... shirt body ... sleeves ... straw ... eyes and a nose. You will also need to have various colors of tissue paper that has been cut or torn into squares.
Once all of the pieces have been cut out it is time to put them all together. You can put them together any way you wish but I found that we had the most success starting with the head and working our way down.
The hat gets glued at the very top of the head and the shirt body on top of the bottom of the head. You want to make sure to leave enough room to make a face on the head.
The sleeves the next to get glued on and they should be glued behind the shirt body. The sleeves can be angled in any direction.
The pants are glued under the bottom of the shirt. We used three inch long strips of yellow paper glued to the bottom of the hat ... arms ... and legs to represent straw.
We glued the eyes and nose on the scarecrow head and also drew a mouth with a marker. The last step was to glue the tissue paper squares on the scarecrow.
You can see a video of this project below:
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