DIY zipper board for kids - Laughing Kids Learn
Here is a handmade DIY zipper board for kids, which is great for developing fine motor skills, independence and sensory awareness. Suitable for ages 1 to 5.
Pom-Pom Color Fun for Toddlers
All year we’ve been having fun with colors, but these past few weeks we had a fun pom pom center! This included a pompom drop and a place to sort the pompoms by color. I came across some great ideas for pompom drops on Pinterest, but this was just a quick throw-together. I would love to attach these to wood instead of just paper! Anyway, I began with cardboard tubes (I’m such a hoarder) and painted them 6 different colors using 2-3 coats of regular tempera paint. Then I attached them with…
Ellie Grip (Left)
The Ellie Grip is a 'sock' for the hand to maintain correct pencil grip. The Ellie Grip has two holes for the index finger and thumb. The other fingers remain in the sock. The Ellie grip comes in red for the right hand and blue for the left hand. #329
Pencil Grip Tip!
If your kindergartners (or pre-schoolers, first graders, children, fill in the blank) are anything like mine, MANY of them are still developing a proper pencil grip. Or actually, they have developed an improper pencil grip, and you are trying to re-train their hands.
Getting Creative with Push Pins
**You can purchase the letter templates at the bottom of this post** My girls are always in my husbands office playing with the push pi...
The Wonder Years
This is a popular lesson introducing how to use a garlic press. The materials needed are shown on the tray. The sponge had been cut small enough to fit into the press. I really like this garlic press that I found at a thrift store because it is all one piece. The dry sponges are put into the bowl one at a time. Water, from the little pitcher, is slowly poured onto the sponges. It is fun for the child to watch the sponges grow as they absorb the water. One sponge is picked up and put into the…
Pre-Writing Activities for Under 5s: Literacy Spot #32
When you think about the control required to hold a pencil and direct it to form letters it is easy to see why activities that strengthen/train the muscles in the hand and fingers are so important.
How to make a simply amazing maze for play
A simple and fun activity that will improve cognition and concentration in your students as they explore! Over the next few days, we want to share with you some of the fun ideas we have been exploring with mazes. But before we do, let's start with a simple tutorial on how to make an amazing maze
Building fine motor skills with cotton ball painting
Open ended invitations to explore are a great way to promote creativity in your classroom! Today we talked a little bit about the letter Cc in our morning circle so to celebrate our letter Cc, I thought we should try some good old cotton ball painting... You can also
Dressing Frames & Other Goodwill Finds
The cheapest Montessori dressing frames I've found on the web is $9/each. The Goodwill store near me occationally has 50% off Saturdays so I marked my calendar and was there early looking for Montessori- like stuff. Specifically, I wanted to make some dressing frames. The picture frames were $1.50/each. The wooden tray was $1 and the two plastic red ones were $0.35/each. Bargain.For the clothes, I bought infant clothes ($1/each, 9-12month) and a red jacket with a zipper $1.50. I invested a…
The bloggers talk about fine motor skills
I will had the privilege of joining three of my fellow bloggers on Google+ for a live video chat on the topic of fine motor skills. Before sharing our G+ Video (Shown at the bottom), I thought I would do a little reflection on the topic of fine motor skills...