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99 Fine Motor Ideas: See and Spray Game

October 24, 2014

So excited to share that I have {co} authored a book with my fabulous Fine Motor Fridays co-hosts!  The series, that was supposed to last four weeks, has celebrated its ONE year anniversary! Over the course of the year we have shared activities that we have set up for our little ones-- ages 1+, to help encourage fine motor control and strengthening in the fingers, hands, and wrists.  To put it simply, "the hands have it!"

We are so excited to announce that we have collaborated together again to put our ideas into a BOOK for you to enjoy-- a physical print version, Kindle edition, and ebook.  At your disposal comes 99 of our favorite fine motor activities, in 7 different categories, that your child is sure to love!  It truly is a one stop resource for parents, care-givers, teachers.... any one who works with children ages 1-5!!
To kick off the debut of our book, 99 Fine Motor Ideas, we decided to each share an idea from the book with a spin of our own.  I may be a bit biased, but I had a hard time choosing an activity to do, because they all looked fun and engaging!  In the end, I chose an idea from the Early Learning section-- P is for Preschooler's See and Spray Game.

I especially loved that this idea can be adaptable to many different learning concepts- numbers, letters, math facts, sight words, spelling lists, name recognition, etc!!  And, who doesn't love to use a spray bottle?!?

To add our own spin on this easy set up activity, I drew several silly and playful looking monsters on our driveway with chalk, added a certain number of eyes, and handed my daughter some "Monster Spray."  The idea of this See and Spray Game was for me to call out a number and Little Sis was to find the monster with that many eyes and spray him away!
Big Brother wanted a chance to spray too, so we wrote the numbers 1-20 all over the driveway and I called out math facts.

See how simple it is to adapt to meet your needs?!  Now just think of all the possibilities available to you with 99 of our favorite and most loved fine motor activities?!
To see more ideas and adaptations from 99 Fine Motor Ideas, check out what my fellow co-authors are sharing!
Snack Hunt from Craftulate
Sewing Spider Webs from Still Playing School
Sight Word Crayon Rubbing Plates from P is for Preschooler
Flower Garden from Powerful Mothering
Play Dough Alphabet Search & Sort from Stir the Wonder
Unwrapping Activity from House of Burke
Sight Word And Name Game Activity from Little Bins For Little Hands

Want to know more about the book?! Click below! We have a special on the pricing of our ebook for ONE week only-- until Oct. 31st!


 
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Paint Chip Fish Craft: Preschool Pet Theme

October 21, 2014

Our Pet Themed Preschool Week was a success!  I'd like to highlight one of the activities we did-- our paint chip fish craft.
Preschool Pet Theme

What you'll need:
paint chip samples
hole punch
fish template
glue

Using the hole punch, show your child how to punch out circles using paint chip samples.  Once you have a stash, begin gluing them all over your fish template.  Once it is dried, cut out the fish to hang!
Preschool Pet Theme
Here's how the rest of our week went!

Math:
  • Pet Grid Game
  • Pet Collar Sizing-- I grabbed several stuffed animals of various sizes and cut thin strips of felt to make collars that fit around each animals neck.  Little sis was to match the felt collar to each animal.
Literacy:
  • Dog Bone ABC Match--  I cut out a large dog bone from brown construction paper and wrote the letters of the alphabet all over it.  I then had Little Sis use some alphabet letters we purchased from the Dollar Store to match the letters.
Sensory:
  • Simple Bird Seed Sensory Bin
For Fun:
  • We took a trip to the Pet Store!  We saw birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, and tons of cute dogs!  Such a fun little excursion!
 
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Invitation to Pour & Scoop: Fine Motor Halloween Soup

October 17, 2014

Today's fine motor activity was inspired by my latest trip to the Dollar Store! I picked up some Halloween colored test tubes and small spiders with the intention of a simple pouring activity for our "All Things Halloween" preschool theme, but quickly the idea morphed into an invitation to make some Halloween Soup!
p.s. If Halloween Soup isn't your thing, mix up some Botle Cap Soup instead!
What you'll need:
Containers for Pouring Elements; we used the Test Tubes
Small Halloween-ish manipulatives: spiders, googly eyes, black & orange colored beads, fake leaves, plastic spiders, glass-like pumpkins.
Large bowl
Water
Spoons, Tweezers, Tongs, etc.
To set up this Invitation to Pour & Scoop, I presented my kiddos with a bowl of water and the test tubes filled with colored water and manipulatives.  I said, "Let's make some soup!" My 3 year old wasn't quite sure what to do or think, but surprisingly my 7 year old jumped in and started pouring, scooping, and mixing up a batch of "yummy" spider and eyeball soup!  Shortly after, my 3 year old started playng, too.

Plenty of opportunities to work on fine motor skills by just letting them play and explore!
Cheers!
Take a moment to check out other great fine motor activities being shared today!

Thanks for joining us today! And stay tuned for NEXT Friday--- we have a BIG announcement to share!!

 
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Ice Castle Excavation: Preschool Princess Theme

October 13, 2014

Preschool Activity
My preschooler is ALL about princesses, so it was only natural for me to put together some learning activities around this theme!  My favorite part of this week was our Ice Castle Excavation activity.

What you'll need:
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Castle Sand Bucket
Jewels, Beaded Necklaces, Crown, Rings... etc.  {I used a crown that belongs to one of Little Sis's dolls-- perfect size!}
Water
Salt

To prep your Ice Castle, grab a few princess items and place them in your bucket.  Add some water and put in freezer until frozen.  Continue to do the same until the bucket is full of jewels and ice.

For the excavation, provide a bowl of salt, a dropper, Popsicle stick, and water {hot water is obviously going to melt the castle faster}.  This is a great time to ask, "How are we going to get those jewels out of the castle?" and present the materials.  Perhaps give your child cold/ lukewarm water first and see if they ask for hot water later....

Just add salt and water and chip away to collect those jewels!  Happy Excavating!!
Princess Theme

Here's some more Princess Fun we had this week:

Math:
  • Shape Crown Activity: I cut out several different shapes and had Little Sis put them together to make a crown shape.  I didn't get a picture, but I had a large rectangle, several triangles, a couple diamonds and hearts, and a circle.  
  • Jewel Color Matching:  I purchased a few packs of sequins and cut out crown shapes from different colored paper.  Little Sis was to match the jewel to the same colored crown.  
Literacy:
  • Little Sis traced over the letters of her name with the little jewels.
I had a few crafts in mind for this week, but we just didn't get around to them!

Just for Fun:
I am really trying to stay away from printables this time around as they are hit and/or miss with Little Sis, however 1+1+1=1 had some really cute Princess and Princess Sophia themed printables that involved cutting, coloring, graphing, etc. so we did those instead, and Little Sis had a great time!  I know I can get carried away printing all these cute printables out there, but moderation is key... for me, anyways!
Preschool Activities

 
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Halloween Themed Glue Crafts

October 10, 2014

Happy {Fine Motor} Friday!
This past week we decided to get a little festive; we brought out some glue, glitter glue, googly eyes, construction paper, and made some simple Halloween designs.

I cannot tell you how pleased I am with our new Halloween glue crafts.  I think I will send them out to family.... or I might try to frame them somehow... or if I feel really crafty, I might make them into some sort of banner.  I haven't made up my mind yet!

If you decide to practice fine motor skills with this activity, I'd love to know what you did with your crafts in the end.  To make your own Halloween Themed Glue Crafts, you'll need:
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card stock and/or construction paper
2 bottles of white glue
black paint
white paint
glitter glue
googly eyes

You could eliminate the glue and just use colored puffy paint, however if you do not have that on hand, you will need to add black paint to your glue to make 'black glue' and add white paint to your glue to make 'white glue.'  If you don't add white paint to your glue, chances are the glue will dry clear!
Pick a few Halloween-ish items and draw them onto colored card stock with a pencil.  We chose a mummy, Frankenstein, candy corn, a ghost, pumpkin, and bats.

Encourage your child to follow over the image you drew with glue.  This activity is great for patience, hand-eye coordination, and squeezing of the glue bottle!
Add some googly eyes, if necessary and wait for it to dry!

Here's some more Fine Motor fun!! 
Felt Color Sorting Busy Bag from Powerful Mothering
Halloween Themed Glue Crafts from School Time Snippets
Cauldron Count & Sort from House of Burke
Easy Mummy Craft from P is for Preschooler



 
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