April 22, 2014

Fine Motor Fun at Mom's Library



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My Fine Motor Features This Week! 


Teaching Mama has an fun fine motor activity using fluffy little chicks!



Kids Activities Blog made a cute bunny lacing card!



From ABC's to ACT's has an adorable bunny activity that helps practice colors as well as fine motor skills!



School Time Snippets has been stringing buttons to practice their fine motor skills!



Every Star is Different has a great pollution unit that includes several fun fine motor activities!


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April 20, 2014

ABC Hop


The house we just moved into has an unfinished basement, so until we get it finished, the kids have all their foam letters on the floor to play on. One day they said something about their being 2 of each letters, but the letters looked different. Apparently each set of foam letters has a different font.


For some reason this prompted a game of find the letter in the appropriate font (square or swirly). Daddy called out the letter and the font, and the kids tried to be the first one to hop on it. Even Eli played, but he just tried to hop on the right letter in either font. 


At one point Daddy decided to be ornery and call out the letter that I was standing on which prompted much searching, eventually even from me, until I stepped off the letter.


It was pretty funny when they all went for the same letter and collided. Of course they never hit each other hard enough to hurt, and it always resulted in giggling! I am pretty sure they would have played all day if we hadn't had somewhere else to be!


Now they ask to play it each time we are all in the basement! It is so funny how simple things turn out to be favorites! What active ways have you practiced letters with your child?

April 17, 2014

Sensory Print Making



Unlike many of the art projects we do, this one is very much process rather then product oriented. It is also mainly aimed at the 2-3 year olds. In fact we learned how to do this from our Parents as Teachers coordinator.  

The items you need are finger paints, shaving cream, freezer paper, and white paper to make prints with.


Start by taping your freezer paper, shiny side up, to your painting surface. We used painters tape, but masking tape works too.

Squirt on some shaving cream to start the fun. This alone is great sensory fun even for the big kids.




Then add some finger paints (ours are courtesy of  CraftProjectIdeas.com).  Once the kids have squished and smeared the paint you can have them draw in the fluffy paint with fingers or
Q-tips.



Once they are happy with their drawing you can use paper to gently make a print of their picture. Then they can spread the paint out and draw again.



It was a great time to talk with the girls about reflections too. It was especially obvious when they would write their names in the paint and then their names would be backwards on the prints. We even tried writing our names backwards to get them the right way on the prints!

Overall, they loved the messy fun, and the freezer paper made the clean up so much easier!


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