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Back to School Fine Motor Peg Boards

As early math and literacy skills begin to take priority, we can sometimes forget that fine motor development is equally important. As parents and early childhood educators, it can be tricky to find activities that aid fine motor development while our kiddos are also learning math or literacy or both. And that is why I love – absolutely LOVE – pegboards. Not only are kiddos learning colors and new vocabulary, but they are also practicing one-to-one correspondence, building patterns, counting as well as basic addition and subtraction. On top of all that, they are also strengthening the tiny muscles in their fingers in preparation for writing and pencil control. And lots of other tasks that require good development on hand and finger muscles. My Back to School Peg Board packet includes 12 pictures to build and 2 differentiated worksheets for each picture. The first worksheet is a half page response page where children trace and write the focus word and then color the dots on a peg board of their own. The second worksheet is a q-tip page where children re-create the picture on the pegboard. Happy Teaching 🙂 If you would like to purchase the Back to School Pegboard packet, click here or on the image... read more

Polar Animals Preschool Centers

Hi everyone! I have a new preschool packet to show you today that will be 50% off for a limited time. If you’d like to purchase the Polar Animals Preschool packet, you can do so here. Fish in bucket name buildingChildren will spell their names by placing the fish in correct order. An editable version of this activity is included. Polar animals play dough mats (5 mats)Materials needed: play dough in various colorsChildren will roll out the play dough and use it to shape the outline of the picture. Penguin pre-writing practiceMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the different pre-writing lines. Upper and lower case letter tracing cardsMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the upper and lower case letters. Upper-lower case letter matchingChildren will match the lower case letters to the correct upper case letters. Beginning sounds matchingChildren will match the seal to the correct igloo. Polar animals syllables Materials needed: clothes pegs/pinsChildren will identify the number of syllables in each word and show their answer by clipping a peg on the corresponding number. Penguin mother and baby rhyming words matchingChildren will match the baby penguin to the mother with which it rhymes. Penguin and ice word family sortChildren will sort the penguins to the correct word family. Fishing for sight wordsChildren will pick a fish and place it inside the bucket. They will then spell the sight word using the ice cubes. Penguin prepositionsMaterials needed: clothes pegs/pinsChildren will identify the position of the penguin in relation to the igloo and show their answer by clipping a peg on the corresponding preposition. Polar animals shadow matchingChildren will match the pictures to their shadows. Which picture is different? cardsChildren will identify the picture that is different. What Doesn’t Belong? cardsChildren will identify the picture that doesn’t belong. Polar animals sorting (in the water/on the ice)Children will sort the different polar animals to show where they live: in the water or on the ice. Baby penguin hatching 4-part sequencing cardsChildren will order the cards correctly to show the process of a hatching penguin. Polar bear hat color matchingChildren will match the colored hats to the polar bear with the scarf. Polar animals patterns (AB)Children will identify the pattern on the cards and to place the correct picture in the empty box to complete the pattern. Number tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the numbers. Polar animals number sense (1-10)Children will sort the different number representations on the seal, penguin, polar bear... read more

Circus Preschool Centers

Yes! I agree; it’s been far too long since I’ve made any Preschool Centers! I’ve just finished some fun circus printables for you all and I hope your kiddos think they’re as cute as I did. And that they enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed creating them! Here’s a look at what’s included 🙂 Popcorn name buildingChildren will spell their names by placing the popped corn in correct order.Please note: an editable version of this activity is also included. Circus play dough mats (5 mats)Materials needed: play dough in various coloursChildren will roll out the play dough and use it to shape the outline of the picture. Clown hair pre-writing practiceMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the pre-writing lines and spirals. Upper case letter tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the upper case letters. Lower case letter tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the lower case letters. Upper-lower case letter matchingChildren will match the cards with the lower case letters to the upper case balloons. Beginning sounds matchingChildren will match the pictures to the correct letter ticket booth. Circus syllables matchingMaterials needed: clothes pegs/pinsChildren will identify the number of syllables in each word and show their answer by clipping a peg on the corresponding number. Elephant rhyming words matchingChildren will match the elephant to the ball with which it rhymes. Peanut CVC word buildingChildren will use the peanut letters to build the words on each peanut cup. Popcorn sight word sortingChildren will sort the popped corn to the cup with the matching word. Circus shadow matchingChildren will match the pictures to their shadows. Which picture is different? cardsChildren will identify the picture that is different. What Doesn’t Belong? cardsChildren will identify the picture that doesn’t belong. Circus sorting (people and animal performers)Children will sort the different performers to the correct mat: people or animals. Lion jumping through ring of fire 4-part sequencing cardsChildren will order the cards correctly to show the process of a sleeping lion standing, jumping through the hoop and receiving praise. Clown nose colour matchingMaterials needed: coloured pom-pomsChildren will match the coloured pop-poms to the clown with the matching nose. Circus patterns (AB)Children will identify the pattern on the cards and to place the correct picture in the empty box to complete the pattern. Number tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the numbers. Juggling balls number sense (1-10)Children will sort the different number representation balls to the correct juggling clown. Circus juggling clown ball... read more

Pencil Control: Straight Lines

Hi everyone! In my previous blog post “Fine Motor Bins for August” I spoke about the importance of fine motor skills, and it just so happens that ‘Pencil Control’ comes into that category also! This book contains a set of 20 pencil control worksheets which provide a variety of fun ways for children to practice their hand-eye co-ordination by tracing basic straight lines. Starting points and arrows are visible on the activity sheets in dotted lines to enable the children to trace straight lines in different directions. Kiddos will have the opportunity to trace left to right, right to left, up and down, down and up and diagonally. This book is super easy to prepare for use; you can print them and give them directly to your children to complete as is, or can laminate them and use with dry erase markers to use them over and over again. If you wish to store these in a binder, you could place them inside a plastic sleeve. There are a range of difficulty levels provided in this work book, some with just a few simple tracing lines, some with multiple short lines, some narrow lines and some with extra long lines to trace and control their pencil over. Holding and writing with a pencil can be difficult or some kiddos so it needs practice because it requires fine motor muscle strength and dexterity to do the ‘pincer grip’ and control the pencil to correctly form letters and lines. In order for children to be able to develop hand-writing skills, pencil control must be encouraged repetitively and refined to support development in everyday task handling. This is where “Pencil Control-straight lines’ book comes in handy to get your kiddos practicing straight lines before they tackle the more difficult shapes and curves later on. Fine motor skills are required to do multiple tasks like brushing of teeth, eating with cutlery, brushing hair and tying shoelaces; so strengthening their small muscles through practicing controlling a pencil, is a great stepping stone for success in future years. In addition to learning pencil control, kiddos will learn about ‘direction’ when tracing the lines (up, down, left, right, diagonal) but will also have a lot of fun colouring in the activity sheets. For extra support doing these tasks, you could ask the kiddos to try their best to concentrate to colour within the lines and do their best tracing directly onto the lines. This will stimulate... read more

Fine Motor Morning Bins for August

Hey Everyone! It’s time to get those fine motor muscles working! Kiddos love hands-on learning activities and this is just perfect for that! This work pack contains a large collection of printable activities to get your kiddos some hands-on small muscle development. These are best suited for use for children in Preschool, Pre-kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten (Prep). All supplies required to use these worksheets are listed on the ‘Introduction’ page under ‘Directions of Use’. If you do not have the listed manipulatives available, feel free to improvise with whatever you do have similar, that can still have the same learning outcome of the activity. These activities involve the use of an assortment of manipulatives, which will not only assist the children in their fine motor learning, but will also make this work pack super enjoyable and exciting as they get to cut, thread, paste, roll, build, pin, hole punch, colour and much more. Okay, so let’s talk a little about the importance of fine motor development. Fine motor skills are not only important to develop those small muscles in hands, fingers and arms, but it also sets children up for success for the rest of their lives. Now let me elaborate a little on that. By strengthening their small muscles and developing strong fine motor skills, children are able to enjoy and complete many tasks and daily physical self-care requirements. It is a benefit as they begin to learn to button a button for themselves, tie a shoelace, zip up a jacket, write with a pencil or to correctly move and control small objects. They will be able to enjoy activities that require finger/ hand strength plus hand-eye co-ordination and even excel at physical sports and activities. These activities are not only great for exercising those small muscles and building strength, but also great for cognitive development as their brain is stimulated to concentrate on the activity, and learn to use small objects with use of a variety of small fiddly manipulatives. The punch card activities are excellent for small muscle building and hand-eye co-ordination. It requires the kiddos to use physical strength to push down onto the puncher to punch the holes, as well as good finger and hand grip to hold and control the puncher over the correct spaces to be punched. There are many cutting practice cards. Dot painting is super fun and colourful and such a simple way to promote fine motor development. Kiddos... read more

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