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Easter Egg Alphabet Scavenger Hunt and Matching Activity

March 27, 2015

Last week I set up a fun and simple Shape Scavenger Hunt for my 2 year old, but ironically my 4 year old got to it first!  So I decided to set up another Scavenger Hunt for her!  This scavenger hunt encouraged strengthening those fine motor skills and letter recognition.  I brought out our stash of plastic Easter eggs and set up a simple alphabet scavenger hunt and matching activity.  
Letter Matching Activity
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To prep this activity, you'll need:
ABC Letter Manipulatives
Letter Matching Sheet
26 Plastic Easter Eggs

I used plastic letter manipulatives I had purchased from the Dollar Store some time ago for this activity.  To create the letter matching sheet, I simply placed the letters in alphabetical order on our printer/ copier {like I did to create our Button Bingo game}.  An alternative way to make the matching sheet would be to simply write the letters and/or use stickers.  Next, I put each letter in a plastic Easter egg.

I meant to hide the eggs around the house, but Little Sis decided she was done with "quiet time" a little too soon!  So instead of being hidden, they eggs were all mixed up on our kitchen table; she didn't seem to mind though!
letter matching activity to preschoolers
 Manipulating the Easter eggs proved to be a great way to practice fine motor skills!  Some of the eggs were definitely trickier to open then others-- requiring a bit more strength to squeeze open than some others!  Once Little Sis cracked open the egg, I said the name of the letter, and we worked on singing through the alphabet to find the letter on the matching sheet.
easter letter recognition activity for preschoolers
All the letters have been found!  
easter letter recognition activity for preschoolers
She's definitely come a long way in her ability to recognize certain letters!  I'd like to think it is because of the many other letter recognition activities we have done! ; )
Letter Matching Activity
And here's some more Fine Motor Activities from the other Co-hosts!
Easter Egg Match Game from Craftulate
50+ FREE Easter Coloring Pages from Powerful Mothering

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ABC Rainbow Puzzle Busy Bag

March 25, 2015

Although Little Sis is fond of writing the letters in her name, she hasn't really taken a liking to the alphabet as a whole yet....  I still however add in some general alphabet learning activities every now and then into our weekly preschool themes.  Most recently, we added in some color into our winter days with a Rainbow Theme.  To help Little Sis with letter recognition, I created a ABC Rainbow Puzzle.
Being that she doesn't recognize all the letters yet, this activity was a bit of a challenge; luckily Big Brother was there to help her out!

To create this ABC Rainbow Puzzle you'll need:
Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, and White Paint Swatches
Sharpie
Decorative Scissors

I began creating this ABC puzzle by writing a letter on each paint swatch.  Using my scalloped edged scissors, I cut them apart to create a puzzle. From two white paint swatches, I cut clouds.  I chose to use paint swatches to add in an element of self-correction as each color goes from dark to light.  
 To help Little Sis out, we would tell her the color of paint swatches to grab and then Big Brother and I would tell her the order of the letters to see if she could figure it out... When it was complete, we made a beautiful ABC Rainbow!
 This activity could easily be adapted to be made with construction paper instead, or it could be built vertically.  Instead of piecing the alphabet together from the beginning, you could simply set it up like in the picture below and have your child "fill in the missing letter."
Hopefully all our rainbow activities will make Spring come a little bit sooner!

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25 Spring Themed Fine Motor Crafts & Activities

March 23, 2015

Well, it's officially Spring here!  And ironically, I'm not feeling it-- go figure! {update! The morning this post went "live," I woke up to SNOW!} However, since it is official, I put together a big ol' list of Spring Themed Fine Motor Crafts and Activities for ya!  Here's 25 creative ways to work on strengthening those all important fine motor muscles and make some pretty crafts and/or reinforce some learning concepts in the process.  So enjoy these activities and Think Spring!!
fine motor spring themed activities

Yarn Wrapped Rainbow from School Time Snippets
Spring Mirror Drawings from And Next Comes L
Spring Flowers Fine Motor Tray from No Time For Flashcards
Fine Motor Alphabet Match from Learn, Play, Imagine
Tulip Name Puzzle from How Wee Learn
Spring Lego Challenge: Build a Duck from Little Bins for Little Hands
Look Like Rain from Cutting Tiny Bites
Pipe Cleaner Rainbow from Still Playing School
Spring Garden Garland from Lalymom

Yarn Wrapped Tulips from School Time Snippets
Spring Chicks from Housing a Forest
Spring Tree Craft from Hands on As We Grow
Paper Plate Flower Wreath from 3 Dinosaurs
Beaded Inchworms from Craftulate
Spring Colored and Prewriting Activity from Buggy and Buddy
Robin Worm Counting from Sugar Aunts
What's in the Grass Cutting Activity from School Time Snippets
DIY Spring Sewing Card from B-Inspired Mama
Color Matching Flower Button Bouquet from The Kavanaugh Report

Sequin Umbrella from Childcareland Blog
Play dough Spring Garden from Learning for Kids
Color Matching Bunny Tails from School Time Snippets
Bugs in the Grass from To Share and Remember
Sorting Seed Tray from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bunny Tong Scissor Skills Activity from Sugar Aunts
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Tissue Paper Easter Egg Craft

March 20, 2015

Last year we made some beautiful Easter Egg Art using bleeding tissue paper, and we were crafty again this past week making some new Easter egg art.  This time we used plain tissue paper and made some festive scrunched tissue paper egg art!
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To make your own and work on fine motor skills in the process, you'll need:
Tissue Paper Squares
We printed out Easter Egg templates and got to work scrunching the tissue paper and filling in the outline with various tissue paper squares.
Big Brother joined the fun after his school work was done,,,,
 
The collaborative effort of Little Sis (4) and Little Brother (2)...
Mom's Easter Egg!  Yes, I had to do it, too!
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You might enjoy these activities:
Yarn Wrapped Tulips
{Bleeding}Tissue Paper Easter Egg Craft
Tissue Paper Color Wheel

And check out more great fine motor ideas:
Bunny Finger Puppet Fun from Powerful Mothering
Homemade Table Hockey Game from Little Bins for Little Hands
Easter Egg Smash from Stir the Wonder
Princess Easter Egg Cups from Lalymom

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Shape Scavenger Hunt for Toddlers

March 19, 2015

Who doesn't love a good scavenger hunt? I know my three kiddos enjoy them!  Today I am sharing a fun Spring Themed Shape Scavenger Hunt!

This activity was put together with my 2 year old in mind, but my 4 year old saw it first and instantly started to match the shapes. And if you don't have shape manipulatives to use, this scavenger hunt could easily be adapted to another learning concept, such as numbers, letters, and/or name recognition.
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The Shape Scavenger Hunt was easy to put together.  You'll need:
Carrot Containers {pack bought at Dollar Store}
Button Manipulatives
Basket
Bunny Ears
Once I gathered the button manipulatives I was going to use, I drew them on a piece of paper.

I put each button inside a carrot container and hid them around the house.  I gave my son the Bunny Ears and he happily wore them for 2 seconds! Then he was off to find the carrots.  
Once he found all the carrot containers, he matched the buttons to the paper.  It was a great way to talk about colors, shapes, and counting.

Have you been doing any Spring Themed learning activities now that the weather has gotten a tad bit warmer?  I'd love to hear about them!

 
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