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.
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.
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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