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:
I am running a special on my membership printables!! The special is for a twelve month membership for the price of six months and contains all of the membership printables from the past fourteen years plus the new material that is added weekly for the next year. The special ends midnight Sunday May 13th.
Here are just few of the activities from the member's section:
You can learn more about becoming a member here.
The free membership printable this week is Flower Match and Clip for visual discrimination and fine motor development. I printed two copies on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
Children find the flower cards that match and then clip them together with clothespins or large plastic paper clips. There are twenty different flower cards to match but you can put out as many or as few as you wish.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday May 13th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added Flower Letter Tracing.
flower match and clip
I made a set of flower themed cutting strips for the children to work on their scissor and fine motor skills. They can be printed on both cardstock and regular paper.
I have also included both black and white and color cutting strips so you have a choice of which to use with your early learners.
In this activity children cut along the lines on each strip ... we also did flower sorting by putting the same cut flowers together.
flower cutting strips
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 days of the week and months the year strips that can be used for calendars headers ... pocket charts and matching.
days and months
The free membership printable this week is Fine Motor Letter Cards. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
We used small buttons to fill the inside of the letter outlines but you can also use playdough or small pom poms. Cereal such as cheerios or fruit loops works well too!!
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday April 29th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added Fine Motor Number Cards.
fine motor letter cards
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