The free membership printable this week is pot-o-gold number tracing which is great for number recognition as well as fine motor skill development. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them. I then set them out with various colors of washable markers.
In this activity children pick a card and and trace the number with their finger first and then with a marker. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday March 6th ... 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 made Shamrock Roll and Cover mats for our math center. I printed them on cardstock paper and laminated them. I made one mat with three sets of numbers 1-6 and one with numbers 2-12 so children can roll two dice and add the numbers together.
In this activity children roll the dice and cover up the same number on the mat. Play continues until all numbers on the mat have been covered up. We used our shamrock playdough to cover up the numbers but you can also use pom poms or the included cover-up circles.
One of the project we did this week was to make a sequin shamrock. Working with sequins is such a great way to help develop fine motor skills. I printed the shamrock pattern on cardstock paper and traced around it on a piece of green cardstock paper. After the shamrock was cut out the children applied glue drops and pressed sequins on the glue.
You can see a video of this project by clicking here or below:
The free daily printable this week is Shamrock Number Match and Link which is a great activity for developing for number recognition as well as fine motor skills. I printed all pieces on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them. I then punched a hole on one side of each card.
In this activity the children find the the the two cards with the same number and link them together with a learning link. If you do not have learning links you can also use pipe cleaners that have been cut into two inches in length. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday March 8th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section.
I made shamrock playdough for our upcoming shamrock theme next week. I used my favorite recipe and just added a couple of extra ingredients.
To make the playdough you will need:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of salt
2 tsp of cream of tartar
1 tbs of cooking oil
6-8 drops food coloring
2-3 drops of mint extract
gold glitter (stirred in after I took the pan of the burner)
You just mix the ingredients together and cook over medium heat. It only takes a few minutes before it forms a lump of dough. You will need to stir the mixture continuously to prevent it from burning. Remove the dough from the pan and let it cool. You can then squish and squeeze it until it forms a playdough consistency. Store the dough in an air tight container.
I purchased gold jumbo glitter at walmart and I really like the way it added sparkle to the dough. I was going to use regular glitter until I saw the jumbo glitter. I was worried that the glitter would fall out of the dough and get all over but that did not happen.
The mint extract made the dough smell really yummy and I was really pleased with how the dough turned out. Besides free play we will be using the shamrock playdough with a mat that I will have available next week so keep and eye out for that!!
You can see a video of the shamrock playdough here or by clicking below:
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