leprechaun alphabet pick and cover
The free membership printable this week is Leprechaun Alphabet Pick and Cover for letter recognition and fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
I made both uppercase and lowercase letter mats along with letter cards. In this activity the children pick a letter card and then cover up the same letter on the leprechaun mat. Play continues until all letter have been covered. You can use glass beads ... playdough ... pom poms ... buttons for the cover-ups.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday March 4th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a shape matching activity.
leprechaun alphabet pick and cover
I made a shamrock tiny dot pattern to help work on fine motor skills. The children really loved this activity!! We did the pattern with the word tracing on it but I also made the pattern without.
I printed the pattern on cardstock paper but you can also use regular paper. I put a little bit of green paint in a small container and set out q-tips. I used the name brand instead of a generic one as I felt they were more sturdy.
Children dipped the q-tip in green paint and then pressed it inside the blank circles. If you did not want to use q-tips you can also use the bottom of a paint brush or pencil to dip in the paint. The patterns can also be filled in with markers or colored pencils.
We sprinkled gold glitter on the shamrock while the paint was still wet to give it some extra sparkle. The pattern comes in a variety of options and is from my soon to be released tiny dots download.
shamrock tiny dots pattern
The free membership printable this week is shamrock number match which is great for number recognition and fine motor skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated.
I separated the shamrocks and pot-o-gold into two separate piles and mixed up the numbers. I set ours out on a table but you can also put them in a basket.
In this activity the children find the shamrock and the pot-o-gold with the same numbers and clip them together with a plastic coated paper clip or clothes pin Play continues until all number have been matched.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday March 5th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a shamrock letter match.
shamrock number match
I made a shamrock cover-up for the children to work on fine motor development as well as eye-hand coordination. I've included the cover-up circles which I always attach self-adhesive magnets to the backs so that children can pick up and move them easier.
The children really love these cover-up activities and they can use a variety of materials with them. Besides the cover-up circles we use pom poms and playdough balls. I also print out the black and white version on regular paper instead of cardstock and the children use do-a-dot markers or bingo daubers to cover the blank circles.
You can download the shamrock cover-up here.
The free membership printable this week is shamrock color match and clip which is great for color recognition as well as fine motor skill development. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I set both the shamrock cards and color circle cards out in a basket along with clothespins. The shamrock cards and color circle cards each had their own pile and I mixed up the colors so that they were not in the same order.
In this activity children find the shamrock and color circle card with the same color and clip them together with a clothespin. They can also do a shamrock to shamrock match and a color circle to color circle match. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday March 13th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where the pot-o-gold letter tracing is located.
I wanted to re-share three of our favorite shamrock themed fine motor activities from last year in case you missed them. We made shamrock playdough with giant gold glitter and the children cut shamrock shapes out of it with cookie cutters.
We also used the playdough for a roll and cover game which was a lot of fun. For a simple but cute craft project we glued sequins onto cardstock shamrocks. You can see the individual activities by clicking the link below each picture.
These hands-on activities provide a great way for children to develop their fine motor skills and I try to provide many opportunities throughout the day for fine motor play.
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