Powered by Blogger.
recent posts

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!!

 
 ©2011-2014 School Time Snippets. All rights reserved. You are free to link back to my website but all text, photos, and other content may not be reproduced without the written consent of the author.
Read More>>>

Read more...

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:
{affiliate links included}
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

 
©2011-2013 School Time Snippets. All rights reserved. You are free to link back to my website but all text, photos, and other content may not be reproduced without the written consent of the author.
Read More>>>

Read more...

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:
{affiliate links. Thanks for your support!}
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



 
 ©2011-2013 School Time Snippets. All rights reserved. You are free to link back to my website but all text, photos, and other content may not be reproduced without the written consent of the author.
Read More>>>

Read more...

Race to 20 Preschool Math Game

October 07, 2014

I made a fun DIY math game for my preschooler during our second week of Playful Preschool.  Our preschool theme this week was Nursery Rhymes, so our Race to 20 math game was inspired by the nursery rhyme, Itsy Bitsy Spider.

To make your own Race to 20 Itsy Bitsy Spider game, you'll need:
post may contain affiliate links.
paint stick
two small clothespins
two adhesive spider stickers or small plastic spiders
markers
numbered die

First you'll need to decorate the "water spout," i.e. paint stick using markers.  I drew raindrops and some flowers on our paint stick.  On a seperate piece of paper I drew a sun, cut it out, and glued it to the top of the paint stick.  Our paint stick was long enouch to make 20 marks, which I kinda eyeballed.. but you can choose what number you'd like to "race to" and fit the numbers on the paint stick accordingly.
Next stick the adhesive spider stickers to the clothespins.

Grab someone to play with and you are all set!

Simply roll the dice and move that many spaces "up the waterspout" (ie. paint stick).  First to reach the sun, wins!  Oh, and bonus that this math game is also working on fine motor skills!
I can see this game being made up for many more themes!  Have fun playing!

In case your curious, here's what else we did during our Nursery Rhymes Preschool week...
Literacy:
  • ABC Maze on the driveway
  • Sang 5 Little Monkeys Nursery Rhyme and wrote M's all over a chalkboard that Little Sis 'erased' with water and a qtip.
Sensory Play: 
Craft: 
  • Fall Leaf Rhyme; as I said the rhyme all three kiddos threw leaves bought from the craft store into the air.  We "raked" them up with our fingers, and did it all over again! 
  • Five Little Monkeys Fine Motor Activity
Math Skills: 
  • Race to 20 Game 
  • Mouse Sorting and Sizing Activity inspired by Three Blind Mice
In case you missed it, check out our first week of Playful Preschool and our Five Senses theme!
 
 ©2011-2013 School Time Snippets. All rights reserved. You are free to link back to my website but all text, photos, and other content may not be reproduced without the written consent of the author.
Read More>>>

Read more...

Lion's Mane Cutting Activity

October 03, 2014

Before getting into today's Fine Motor Fridays post, I'd just like to mention that this first friday of October marks the ONE YEAR "anniversary" of Fine Motor Fridays!!!!  Oh. My. Goodness!! If you followed along for a year, bless your heart! We hope you have enjoyed the series... and if you are just popping over, Welcome! and please take a moment {or several} to rummage through our old FMF posts!!  The other FMF co-hosts have been a joy to collaborate with! Thankful to Laura at Lalymom for iviting me to join in on the original "4 week long series!" ha! What a fun year it has been!! 

Our latest preschool learning activities were inspired by the circus.  We worked through a circus themed number puzzle for math, vinegar and baking soda eruptions in animal cookie cutters for sensory play, and threw in a color matching activity, a simple letter sort, and a scissor skills activity we are sharing with you today!
As you may know already, Little Sis LOVES scissors and cutting!  Thankfully she has kept to cutting paper; often times as soon as we are in the school room, she grabs a pair of scissors and construction paper and starts snipping away! 

If you have a young child who enjoys cutting too, check out our other activities: 

So yes, it should be no surprise that we have another cutting activity for you : ) As mentioned, this activity was inspired by our Circus Theme Preschool Week.  Little Sis practiced her scissor skills by cutting/ creating a lion's mane.  

To set up your own Lion's Mane Cutting Activity, you'll need: 
post may contain affiliate links.
paper plate
paint
paint brush
black marker
googly eyes
black marker
scissors.

First, have your child paint the paper plate.  I grabbed yellow, orange, and brown paint as I just couldn't decide what color our lion should be!  Once you have given it time to dry, add your googly eyes, a nose, mouth, and whiskers with a black marker.
Next, encourage your child to cut into the sides of the paper plate to create a mane-- cut straigh lines around the paper plate.
Such a cute and fun activity for a circus theme... or just because! 
Take a moment to see what other fine motor activites are being shared today! Thanks for stopping over this Fine Motor Friday!
Fine Motor Pumpkin Patch from House of Burke
Salt Painting from Powerful Mothering
Googly Eye Pumpkins from Craftulate
Spidery Fine Motor Activities from Little Bins For Little Hands

 
 ©2011-2013 School Time Snippets. All rights reserved. You are free to link back to my website but all text, photos, and other content may not be reproduced without the written consent of the author.
Read More>>>

Read more...
All Rights Reserved. School Time Snippets 2011-2014. Blog design by Whispered Abundance.

  © Blogger templates Newspaper by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP