Friday, December 6, 2013
I made a Christmas Tree Pom Pom Color Match to round out our Christmas Tree theme. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them. I set out a bowl of pom poms for the children to place on the trees with the same color. The children could use either their fingers or jumbo tweezers to pick up the pom poms which also helped to develop fine motor skills.
I had this activity set up in my math center and after the children matched the pom poms to the same colored trees they then counted how many were on each tree and then identified which tree had the most pom poms and also which had the least.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This is an excellent activity for fine motor development that can also be extended into a math activity. I made a large batch of green playdough (click here for the recipe) and the children used cookie cutters to make trees. You can also use store purchased playdough for this activity ... you just want to make sure it is nice and soft so the children can roll or press the playdough flat.
I put pony beads in a bowl and the children used them to decorate the trees any way they wished. When they were done they counted the number of pony beads on each tree and then removed the beads to put them back into the bowl.
You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
We made Sequin Christmas Trees today and they turned out beautiful and of course are great for fine motor development too!! The children cut a tree shape out of green cardstock paper ... a tree trunk from brown cardstock paper ... and a star from yellow cardstock paper. They glued all of the pieces together to make the tree and then put glue drops on the tree. The last step was to press the sequins on the glue drops and let them dry.
You can see a video of this project here or by clicking below:
Monday, December 2, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
We start our Countdown To Christmas on December 1st and this year I made new ones for the children to use that also work on scissor and fine motor skills. The patterns can be printed on regular or cardstock paper and the children glue them together where indicated to form a long strip. Each day they cut off a number from the bottom of the strip until it is Christmas.
You can grab the patterns and see a video of the Scissor Skills Christmas Countdown here.