Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sewing Cards

Fine Motor Skills are developed and strengthened through this activity of sewing.  Pull yarn through the holes of your home made sewing cards.

Create seasonal templates and templates to enhance weekly themed activities.  Other skills developed through sewing activity include  hand/eye coordination, colors, shapes, and early literacy.

Math skills are encouraged as you "count and sew"  the holes on the sewing card as you pull your thread around the card.
Materials needed:  Card stock or thin foam of various colors, yarn (string or shoe laces), hole puncher, masking tape, scissors

  • draw or copy template picture
  • copy on card stock  (laminate picture for extra durability) or thin foam
  • punch holes around the picture with hole puncher
  • cut strips of yarn long enough to go around template
  • you can attach yarn (string or shoe laces) to card or leave separate
  • masking tape on the ends of the yarn will help avoid shredding.

Environmental Print Sewing Cards 
Create sewing cards with your favorite cereal boxes or other empty boxes containing print. Cut off front/back of box and punch holes around outline. 

Pattern Pumpkin Faces
Follow the pattern cards to create felt pumpkin faces.  While developing and strengthening fine motor skills, you will also learn shapes, colors and patterns.  This activity can also be used as a social/emotional development activity as you use your patterns to describe "how" the pumpkin is feeling. 
Thank-you Sarah P. for a great pumpkin face activity.


Materials Needed:  Orange and Black Felt, Card Stock, Black Marker

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mr Potato Head - becomes - Mr Pumpkin Head
Here is a great Fall activity shared from my co-worker, Sarah P.
Materials:  various size carvable pumpkins from craft store (Sarah found the small pumpkins at the dollar store!)
Various Mr. Potato Head body parts
Carvable pumpkins become great Mr. Pumkins.  Poke your wholes and away you go. 
Children develop fine motor skills while creating various pumkin faces. 
Social & Emotional skills are developed while they share with friends and create independently and in small group settings.  Encouraging development of initiative, attachment and self regulation skills.
Language skills and Cognitive skills are developed as they learn, verbalize and name body parts. Sizes, colors and shapes are developed as the children use various pumpkin sizes and shapes with various body parts.
Math skills are developed as children count body parts, use various sizes of pumpkins and compare Mr. Pumpkin heads.

Independence/Self Help skills are developed as children learn to take care of classroom materials and clean up after themselves.