One of my favorite theme is gardening and I love having the children make paper plate sunflowers ... they always turn out so cute!!
We used nine inch paper plates but you could also use the smaller ones. We painted the paper plate yellow using do-a-dot markers (you can also finger paint the plates) and blotted off the extra paint with a paper towel.
After the paint had dried we put glue around the edge of the plate. We pressed on flower petals that we had cut out of yellow tissue paper. We went back and applied more glue and flower petals in the gaps to give it a layered look.
The last step was to apply glue drops to the center of the paper plate and press sunflower seeds on. I encouraged the children to put as many seeds on as possible.
Once the glue dried we hung them up around the room and they look awesome!! I love this project because it really gives the children a chance to work on fine motor development. You can see a video of this project below:
The free membership printable this week is flower number punch cards for number recognition and fine motor development. You can print on regular or cardstock paper for use with a hole punch.
I recommend printing on cardstock paper and laminating durability if you will be using these as clip cards. I have included both color as well as black and white patterns so you have a choice of which to use.
In this activity children pick a card and punch the dot under the number that matches the number on the flower. If you did not want to use a hole punch you could also clip the cards with clothespins or paper clips or even use buttons to cover up the dots.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday May 17th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added flower alphabet punch cards.
flower number punch cards
Here are May's number tracing calendars along and other May items including daily reports and calendar numbers.
number tracing calendar
calendar numbers and other items
I also made flower themed days of the week and months the year strips that can be used for calendar headers ... pocket charts and matching.
days and months
The free membership printable this week is baby animal puzzles for fine motor and visual discrimination skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut along the lines to make three pieces for each puzzle.
I laminated all pieces and then set them out on a table. You can mix all the pieces up to make building the puzzles more difficult or you can keep the same animal puzzle pieces together.
In this activity children find the puzzle pieces from the same animal and put them together. You can also put self-adhesive magnets on the back of the pieces and use a metal cookie sheet to put the puzzles on. There are thirteen different animals.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday April 26th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added baby animal writing skills.
baby animal puzzles
I made fine motor punch strips to work on fine motor development and eye-hand coordination skills. I printed the sheets on different colors of paper and I used a paper cutter (scissors work fine) to cut the strips.
I made long strips and short strips (there are cutting guides on the patterns) and I've include two levels of punch placement indicators.
In this activity children chose a punch strip and punch along the holes where indicated. Mini clothes pins and large plastic paper clips can also be used. You can download the pattern below:
fine motor punch strips
The free membership printable this week is spring bird shape match for recognition and visual discrimination skills. Print the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them and laminate them.
I separated the nests and the birds and set them out. The children picked a birds and then found the matching nest with the same shape. Play continued until all birds and nest had been matched.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday April 19th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a spring bird color match.
spring bird shape match
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