If you follow along with us on our homeschooling journey, you may know that Little Sis loves counting and the alphabet has been a distant second favorite. Well recently, she has really taken to LOVE singing the alphabet anytime, anywhere. To faciliate her love for letters, I set up an easy alphabet wall to keep the alphabet in view almost at all times.
I remember my sister-in-law telling me she put up some alphabet flashcards in her hallway, and whenever her and her son walked through they would point to one, two, more letters of the alphabet. I thought it was such a clever and easy idea, so I set it up for us, too!
We actually have a set of cute alphabet stickers on the wall in our schoolroom, but that is more for decor purposes and they don't stand out very much. They also aren't placed where we can easily make them a casual part of our day. But I picked up a cute set of Alphabet flashcards from the Dollar Store and some tape and we now have an alphabet wall leading to our basement-- so everytime we walk up or down the stairs, the letters are right there!
Once it was all taped up, I called Little Sis over who coincentatally had a cape on... Alphabet Girl was Here! So for fun I called out a few letter and pictures to see if she could find them; she also got a bit o a workout climbing up and down the stairs to find the letters!
Do you have any fun and simple ways to teach the Alphabet? I'd love to hear!
For many, it is Back to School Time! We actually picked up some math and reading a few weeks ago and are slowly adding in more subjects instead of going "full-speed" right away. We had a lovely 6-ish weeks off, but it was definitely time to start adding in some type of rough routine back into our day of what should happen, ya know? Have you and/or your kiddos started school yet?
Today's Fine Motor Fridays activity is a Back to School Craft using washi tape. Manipulating the tape onto the paper and ripping it, will work on those fine motor skills needed in many tasks- especially writing. After we made our Washi Tape Pencil Craft we headed down to our school room and added letter stickers to each pencil spelling out Big Brother's and Little Sis' name. Currently they are hanging up on display on our school room door!
To make your own Washi Tape Pencil Craft gather rolls of yellow and pink tape. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby; I believe the brand is called "Spare Parts" and can be found in the scrapbook aisles. Also make a rough outline of a pencil for your child so he/she knows where to put the tape.
Fill the pencil outline with yellow tape on the bottom and pink tape on the top....
Once the kiddos are done, cut out the pencil outline....
And you have made a very simple back to school craft! Don't forget to personalize it with letter stickers!
Happy New School Year!
Here's what else is happening this Fine Motor Friday from the other creative co-hosts...
These ABC Word Posters all started when I came up with the idea during Little Sis's Tot School week with the Letter G. I laminated the Letter G and then cut out the G and the word pictures. Next I added Velcro dots to the G and the pictures. I thought the added element of sticking the word pictures on/ taking them off would peak her interest in learning her ABC's a bit more. However, you could use these word posters in many different ways!
Velcro Dot for some added fine motor work
Simply hanging on the wall
Print extra copies for a matching activity
Cut n' Paste Alphabet Notebook
I'd love to hear how you can/ will use this resource! Enjoy! These are for personal use only; please do not share links directly to the file, but you are free to share this page with others! And a big thank you to mycutegraphics.com for all of the clipart.
Have a pool noodle or two just laying around? Surprisingly, I did although we do not have a pool! I originally was going to use it as a wreath base, but recently I decided to put it to use by cutting it up and making it into a fine motor activity to share with you today!
With the pool noodle, we made Pool Noodle Sculptures!
To make your own, gather:
knife (for the adult only)
Take a sharp knife and cut up the pool noodle into chunks. Feel free to cut up the chunks into smaller pieces, too. Have a bowl or cup of wooden craft sticks available and start building! Our wooden craft sticks came from Craftprojectideas.com-- nice for little hands because they had blunted ends, although, Little Sis did manage to break a few trying to poke them into the pool noodle.
Here's some more fine motor activities to check out:
We are officially on Summer break over here-- about 4 weeks in and loving.every.minute of not having to plan and tackle our daily curriculum plans. It's been great just waking up and being and playing and not having to get on task.
With that said though, my brain is still coming up with all sorts of ideas to keep learning fresh and new and simple! I've been really enjoying simple tasks lately! And here is a way to work on math facts in a fun way. The set up is simple and it is also inviting, so more than likely, your child won't balk at having to do math during the summer months.
On our chalkboard easel I made a little neighborhood with five houses. On the roof of each house, I wrote a sum-- 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Then I grabbed my post-it notes and wrote two numbers that equal the sum; these would be the windows. I used blue and yellow post-it notes, and each house had one color.
However, the tricky part was that there was only one set of numbers for each house-- so while 7+5 does equal 12-- those numbers might not be the ones used on that house. You could switch this activity up in a lot of different ways, but this is what worked for us at the moment.
Are you on Summer break? Doing any fun activities to keep concepts fresh? I'd love to hear!