birdhouse alphabet file folder game
The free membership printable this week is Birdhouse Alphabet File Folder Game for letter recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and glued the birdhouse mats inside a file folder. I cut the letter circles out and laminated them.
In this activity children pick a letter circle and find the matching letter on the birdhouse mats and cover it up with the letter circle. I have include both upper and lowercase letters. I store the letter circles inside a zip lock bag and then place the bag inside the file folder.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday April 22nd ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added Birdhouse Number File Folder Game.
birdhouse alphabet file folder game
The free membership printable this week is birdhouse ten frames which is great for math and number recognition as well as fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
I put the birdhouse cards in a basket along with math link cubes. We also like to use playdough balls with ten frames but you can use what you would like for the counters. I have included counter circles with the patterns that you can put on the frames.
In this activity the children pick a card and put the correct number of counters on the frames. You can choose to set all of the numbers out or just a few. For younger children I recommend starting with numbers 1-5 or 1-10. The set comes with numbers 1-20.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday April 16th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added birdhouse letter tracing.
birdhouse ten frames
We still have a little over a month before spring officially arrives but we have had warmer than normal temps this week so I made a pattern match in anticipation of spring coming.
I printed two copies of each page of patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them. There are a total of eighteen patterns in this set but you can make less if you want to.
In this activity children find the circles with the same patterns and clip them together with a clothespin or paper clip. You do not have to clip the matches but I like to incorporate fine motor into my activities as much as I can. You can download the patterns by clicking the link below:
spring pattern match
** If you have difficulty opening the file in the default web browser pdf reader please right click on the link and download it to your computer and then open it up in adobe reader.
I wanted to do an outdoor math center that went along with our flower theme so I put together a flower roll and plant activity. I purchased a rectangle flower container from the dollar store along with bunches of artificial flowers. You can use any shape plant pot or container that works for you.
I filled the bottom of the flower container with playdough ... putting enough in so that it would hold the flowers. I then used wire cutters to snip the individual flowers out of the flower bunches and put the flowers in a basket.
I made a number dice pattern and printed and assemble it. In this activity the children rolled the dice and "planted" the same number of flowers in the container by picking them out of the basket and pushing them into the playdough.
Once all of the flowers were planted the children then "picked" the flowers by rolling the dice and removing the same number of flowers from the container and putting them back into the basket. The children did really well counting out the flowers and took the time to make thief flower containers look beautiful!!
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
I found flower shaped pool noodles at the dollar store this past weekend and thought it would be fun for the children to use them to make flower prints for an art project. I have seen the noodles in place like walmart and menards as well but if you can not find the flower shaped ones the regular circle ones will still work fine for this project.
I cut the pool noodles in two inch lengths ... you cut them to be any size but I felt this was a good size for the the children to grip ... dip ... and press. I put different color paints on small paper plates and set a cut flower noodle onto each plate.
The children dipped the flower noodles into the paint and blotted off some of the extra paint on the paper plate. The then pressed the flower down on a piece of cardstock paper and repeated. They chose what colors they wanted to use and how many flowers they wanted to make.
After the flower prints had dried a bit they dipped the bottom of a small paint brush into yellow paint and dabbed it in the center of the flowers. I think the children did a great job with this project that also worked on fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
The free daily printable this week is Flower Pre-Writing Tracers which is a great activity for fine motor and writing skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out and laminated them.
I set the tracers out in a basket along with washable markers. I set these up in my writing center but you can use them for a quiet time activity or for when children first arrive in the morning.
In this activity children pick a tracer card and trace around the dashed lines with a washable marker and continue until they have complete all of the cards. A paper towel or old sock works great to remove the marker from the cards. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday May 17th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section.
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