fine motor skills

Simple child made discovery bottles

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My students enjoy making their own discovery bottles only their version is a little more simple than the ones they find sitting around the window seal of my outdoor classroom.

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10 Wonderful ways to weave

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We are featuring 10 wonderfully simple and unique ways to weave with children!

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DIY rainbow loom musical instruments

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At just about every store I walk into, there is a set of these brightly colored rubber bands designed for a loom. See how we put our rubber bands to good use in our preschool classroom!

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Lock and key matching game for preschoolers

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I couldn’t wait to get put this lock and key game into action all around my preschool classroom.

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Fun with feathers and beads

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We filled our classroom centers with materials that were somehow related to our Thanksgiving books including lots of feathers and beads for play!

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Simple sewing jars

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We have been introducing several types of sewing processes into the mix of things we do in our classroom and these simple sewing jars have been a nice way to introduce the basic concept of sewing to our little ones… The jars are clear plastic jars that I picked up over the summer from the […]

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Building fine motor skills with cotton ball painting

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We spent time in preschool exploring the fine motor process of cotton ball painting with a clothespin!

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Building fine motor skills at the apple tree play dough table

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As part of our fun with apples, I thought it would be a good time to set out our homemade red play dough and invite the children to practice their skill of rolling the play dough to make apples for our apple tree…

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15 Fabulous fingerplays and facts

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Having a set of fingerplays in your toolbox of teaching skills is a must do for anyone working in an early childhood environment.

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Fun props for playdough

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Adding props to playdough is just one more way to invite new interest in the playdough experience. Come and see a few of our props that we add to our playdough throughout the school year!

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One-inch sandbox play

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This simple one-inch sand-play experience invites a different kind of sand play. Affordable and Simple to set-up and open ended too!

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Squeeze art: a beginner’s exploration of the world of art

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A beginning exploration in the world of art with this fun and very open ended form of squeeze art.

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Puffy paint sunflowers

Puffy Paint Sunflowers

Using puffy paint to draw sunflowers in preschool promotes the use of our fine motor skills!

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Making rainbow fish puzzles in preschool

Rainbow or Flashy Fish Puzzle

As part of our exploration of fish, the children created their own sparkly rainbow fish puzzles!

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The discovery of glue

The discovery of glue

For a two year old, the discovery of colored glue (or any type of glue) is quite a big deal. Come and learn more about our discovery of glue!

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The magic of tape

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Somewhere towards the middle of the school year, I put all of our colored tape on a paper roll holder for our preschool class to use for a project that I can’t even remember. I hadn’t intended to keep the tape on the holder but my students used the tape every day in all different kinds of ways so when you have such interest, you stick with it…

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