I made a spring bunny activity for letter and number recognition and review. I printed the bunny and carrot patters on cardstock paper and the recording sheets on regular paper.
In this activity children pick a carrot and dab the same letter or number on the recording sheet with the dot-dot-marker or bingo dauber. The then feed the carrot into the bunny box.
I used an exacto knife to cut out the rectangle from the bunny's tummy. I placed cardboard under the bunny to protect my work surface.
I then took an empty box of tissues (I used the long box) and cut the opening to the width of the bunny rectangle. I then put self-adhesive magnets on the back of the bunny and then put another magnet on top of the first set making sure the sticky side was facing up. I then pressed the bunny on the box where it aligned with the opening. You can also use velcro if you wish.
This activity can be done with with or without the recording sheet. If you are not using the recording sheet children would just pick a carrot and verbally say the letter or number on the carrot before putting it into the bunny box.
I have included uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers 1-30. The patterns come in both color and black and white. I do recommend laminating the bunny and the carrots for durability.
You can see a video of this activity which goes into more detail about how we made the bunny box by clicking the image above. This activity is currently located in member's section which is also where I have added spring fine motor cover-up mats.
We made water color paint from markers and water. It was super easy to do and the paint turned out great. You will need to have some type of containers (we used gladware containers which you can find here).
You will also need to have washable markers either new or used. We used crayola pip squeaks markers that I purchased online at Target. They were less expensive online versus buying them in the store. You can use any brand you wish for your paint.
I filled the containers less than halfway with warm water and then put the markers tip down inside the water. The color from the markers began to bleed into the water almost instantly. To make the colors more vibrant I put two markers in each container to make sure the paint turned out vibrant.. Since the markers where new I probably didn't need two but if you are using older markers you may need more than one marker.
I let the markers sit for 6 hours and then removed them. You can leave your markers in for less or more time until you are happy with the colors of the paint.
I made a spring flower sheet that the children used the watercolor paint with. The colors turned out nice and vibrant. The paint itself will stay nice for a long time if it stored in closed containers.
You can see a video of the liquid water color paint by clicking the image below. You can also download the spring flower pattern here.
I made some rainbow mats that are great for fine motor activities. Depending how you will use them you can print them out on cardstock paper and laminate them or leave them unlaminated.
I've also created a color guide that the children can use to show the order of the rainbow colors. The do not have to use the guide and can just put what colors they want to use on the rainbow mats.
One of the ways we use the mat is with playdough. It's a good idea to laminated the mat so it can be re-used. The children roll out playdough and place it on the rainbow. They can also fill the clouds in.
We also do tissue paper scrunching by applying glue to the rainbow with a q-tip and then putting squares of scrunched tissue paper on.
We used the full color mat and put pony beads the same colors of the rainbow for a matching activity.
The children also did q-tip painting by dipping a q-tip in paint and pressing it on the rainbow. All of the ways we used the mats are excellent for fine motor development and the children really enjoyed these activities.
You can see a video of the fine motor rainbow activities by clicking the image below. You can also download the rainbow mat patterns here.
The free membership printable this week is Pot Of Gold Number Cover for number recognition fine motor development. The patterns can be printed on cardstock and laminated depending upon what you will be using for the cover-ups.
I have included circle cover-ups that can be printed out on cardstock paper and laminated. I attach a self-adhesive magnet to the back of the circles to add more weight which prevents the pieces from sliding around too much.
You can also use items such as buttons ... playdough ... paint daubers ... and stickers to cover the numbers with. Make sure to watch the video that I have linked below to see how we use them.
If you do not have paint or bingo daubers you can use paint and round sponge tip brushes. The children seem to like use the brushes more than the paint daubers as they seem to have better control holding them.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking the image above. This activity is currently located in member's section which is also where I have added the pot of gold alphabet cover.
I have made some shamrock fine motor skills learning sheets that include tracing ... pre-writing ... scissor skills ... and coloring. These sheets can be printed out but can also be put on an iPad in programs such as goodnotes ... one note ... note shelf ... and procreate.
The patterns which come in black and white as well as color can be printed on regular paper or cardstock paper. You can use markers ... crayons ...or colored pencils for the tracing and pre-writing.
The app shown here is called procreate which now allows .pdf files to be imported. The other app I use is goodnotes which is the one I prefer because it is easier to use.
Even though I like goodnotes for tracing and pre-writing procreate is the better app for coloring because it allows children to pick a color and then drag the color into a specific part of the coloring sheet.
You can see a video of the fine motor sheets and how I use them by clicking the image below. You can also download the patterns here.
I made some cute number learning friends for number recognition and review. We use them on bulletin boards ... at group time and as individual learning activities. The patterns can be printed on cardstock and laminated.
The number learning friends include numbers 0-30 and come in both black and white as well as color. We do a match and clip activity by printing two copies and then having children find the two learning friends with the same number and clip them together.
Another thing we do is attach the learning friends to jumbo craft sticks and have the children do number sequencing with them. We also use them at group time and have a child come up and pick a learning friend and show it to the rest of the group who then say what the number is.
You can make ring books by punching a hole in each learning friend and attaching a book ring. The learning friends can be put in order or out of order and children flip through them and identify the numbers.
You can see a video of these activities by clicking the image above. This activity is currently located in member's section which is also where I have added the alphabet learning friends.