The free membership printable this week is watermelon alphabet clip which is a great activity for letter recognition and fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I set the watermelon slices out along with enough clothespins for all of the cards. I made this set with upper to upper ... upper to lower ... and lower to lower so you would have a choice of what you wanted your early learners to work on.
In this activity children clip a clothespin on the matching letter on each watermelon slice. Play continues until all cards have been clipped. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday July 17th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where the watermelon number clip is located.
I made a watermelon themed math center activity that also works on developing fine motor skills. I printed the patterns out and on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
Before we began the activity the children rolled black playdough into small balls about the size of a blueberry and put them into a dish. The children loved this part and it really helps with fine motor. If you do not have black playdough you can use brown playdough ... black pony beads ... even black oil sunflower seeds.
I set the watermelon slices in a basket for the children to self selected and they put the matching number of playdough balls on each watermelon. The watermelon patterns include numbers 0-30 and you can grab them here.
You can see a video of this activity below:
The free membership printable this week is Watermelon Alphabet Sort which is a great activity for letter recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out ... and laminated them.
I attached the watermelon labels to two empty baskets using craft sticks and set the baskets out on a table. I then mixed the uppercase and lowercase letters together and put them in front of the baskets.
In this activity children sort the letters by putting the uppercase letters in one basket and the lowercase letters in another basket. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday July 12th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where you can also find the watermelon even and odd number sort.
We work in outdoor centers for part of the day today and for our math center I made a watermelon pick and count activity. I free cut the watermelon pattern from red and green cardstock paper and glued them on to a sheet of blue cardstock paper. I glued a blank square on the upper left corner of the watermelon mat and then laminated the mat. I printed out the number squares and also laminated them. You can find the patterns for both the watermelon and the number squares 1-30 here.
For our counters we used small black pom poms but you can also use black pony beads (remember to use supervision for children three and under and those still in the stages of putting small objects in their mouths).
Children picked a number card and put it in the blank square on the watermelon mat. The next step was to put the same number of black pom poms on the water melon. They continued until they had used all of the number cards. This is also an excellent activity for fine motor development.
You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:
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