Check out Yellow Mum’s super cute dinosaur shapes free printable. If you want a larger size, she has them for purchase from her etsy shop. Regardless of the size, there’s a ton of ways you could use these guys.
- make into magnets and use on the refrigerator or for portable fun, a cookie sheet
- cut them out and glue onto notecards. Then make a memory/concentration matching game
- depending on your child’s skill level, practice writing the first sound or shape word
- match color words to the color of the dinosaurs
- glue onto posterboard and cover with contact paper. You’ll have a placemat for fun at dinnertime.
I just stumbled across an old recipe I used to use to make Kool-Aid Playdough when I taught Kindergarten. It’s fun to make, smells great and is tons of fun to use when learning.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup warm water
- food coloring or 1 package of Kool Aid
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
Cook ingredients in a medium size saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly. When the mixture pulls away from the spoon and forms a ball, you’re done. Knead and let cool on waxed paper. When cool, store in tightly covered container.
I’m always on the look out for more fun (and even better, easy to make) letter recognition games. Just visit Tired, Need Sleep (don’t we all?) and print off her lowercase letter templates. Then cut out the pieces from foam and away you go! This also works on spatial reasoning, as it’s just like a puzzle and fine motor skills, as those pieces of foam are pretty small. Once your child is ready to move on to something harder, print, cut and paste more letter templates to spell out their name or sight words.
If you want to make this a fun car or airplane game, make the templates and foam magnetic with a bit of refrigerator magnet tape and use them on a cookie sheet.
Here’s yet another idea to work on those fine motor skills. Nikkala from The Crafting Chicks gives you a tutorial on how to make your very own lacing cards. You can buy these at teacher stores but they’re kind of expensive. Plus this has the added bonus of being able to create cards of characters and/or objects your kids love. So cute and pretty easy too! Start lacing away and you’ll have another fun activity that works on fine motor skills!
Chasing Cheerios has a cool idea for creating sight words out of cheap beaded necklaces. This got me thinking about other stuff laying around the house that you could also use:
- play dough rolled into snakes
- sticks in the yard
- noodles or dried pasta
The list goes on and on because you could use practically anything in your house. Challenge your child to come up with something and get spelling. Tons of fun and great practice too! If your child isn’t quite ready for spelling words, have them make letters and/or numbers!
You may remember a previous post on fine motor skills. Here’s another idea from I Can Teach My Child to add to your list of activities to strengthen and fine tune this skill. I didn’t even know that they made window crayons. So cool! After further research I found out they also have washable window markers.
Why are finger plays and action songs so great, other than the fact that you don’t need any supplies, they’re free, great for any age and fun?
- help kids practice following directions
- lengthens attention span and develops listening skills
- practices ordering, sequencing, number concepts and rhyming skills
- builds vocabulary
Some fun finger plays and action songs to try are:
- The Itsy Bitsy Spider
- Five Little Apples (The Activity Mom has posted this one)
- There Was a Little Turtle
- Five Fat and Speckled Frogs
- Where is Thumbkin?
- This Old Man
- Five Little Monkeys
- If You’re Happy and You Know It