25 Playful Ways To Work On Fine Motor Skills

 fine motor skillsAs parents we sometimes take things like reading and writing for granted.  For our young kids these skills are huge hurdles in the first few years of formal education. Whether your child is educated  at home or in a school much time and effort is spent on these basics. Working on fine motor skills can help your child develop the hand strength and dexterity they need for handwriting. Tracing letters over and over again isn’t the only option you have . These playful fine motor activities that will develop their skills while they have fun learning . Other than these fun educational ideas some toys that promote fine motor skills include Lego, Perler beads , and lacing cards.

Pin & Pound Pumpkins
Dry Erase Mazes
Cork Board ABCs
Bead & Spell
Alphabet Glue Tracing
Button Excavation
Unwrap & Count Corks
Pound and Learn Hammering
Clothes Pin Patterns
Feather Color Match
Nuts & Bolts Spin Spelling
Simple Cereal Bird Feeders
Paint Chip Color Match
Q-tip Painted Easter Eggs
Nature Cutting
Button & Cork Builders
Playdough & Bead Animals
Lock & Key
Playdough Kabobs
Rhyming Peg Board
Shell Sorting
Letter Rainbowing
Dry Erase Word Search
Design Your Own Lacing Pattern
Cereal Bracelets

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Alphabet Activities For Every Season

Alphabet Activities for every season preschool lesson plansKids learn better when they are having fun and engaged in the lesson. My favorite way to teach children is to connect the lesson to their interests , a well loved book ,or some big event like a holiday. That is why I try to give readers so many different themes to keep learning fresh. There is no reason to drill your kids when teaching them the alphabet when there are so many ways to teach letters without flash cards. Here are alphabet activities for every season.

 

fall alphabet activities for kidsHere are seven great alphabet activities with a fall theme for your child to have fun with.

Upper and Lowercase Matching Tree
Peel & Pick Alphabet Apple Tree
Monster M
Leaf Letter Puzzles
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match
Letter Monsters
Pumpkin P

winter alphabet activities for kids

Bundle up and learn with these great winter themed alphabet activities.

Writing In The Snow
Alphabet Christmas Tree
Valentine’s Day Heart Letter Match Game
Winter W
Letter Snowman

Spring Alphabet activities for kids

Spring is filled with pretty colors and so are these alphabet activities.

Easter Egg Letter Match
Alphabet Butterfly Garden
Easter Egg Letter Surprise
Sidewalk Chalk Letter Games
Letter Flower Garden
Gardening For Letters
Earth Day Letter E

summer alphabet activities for kids

Summer is a time most of us head outside and there is no reason you can’t take learning out with you!

Hose Down Letters
Letters On The Go
Letter Watermelon
Fishing For Letters
Fourth of July Flag F
Road Trip Alphabet

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We love alphabet activities and if you are looking for even more ideas check out our Early Literacy and Reading and Writing Readiness boards on Pinterest. You will find our ideas but many other from all over the web.

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15 Star Wars Inspired Crafts & Activities

star wars crafts for kids

I have never watched Star Wars. Shocking? I have seen bits and pieces and I have read my fair share of Star Wars books both  LEGO Star Wars and early readers,but I have never honestly sat down and watched the films. That hasn’t stopped me from crafting and using the theme to teach my son important lessons. Here are 15 crafts and activities for kids inspired by Star Wars. This is a must read if you are hosting a Star Wars themed party any time soon!

 

Shape Yoda by Toddler Approved
Star Wars Peg Dolls by Pink and Green Mama
Bubble Wand Lightsabers
Star Wars Felt Finger Puppets by Make and Takes
Easy Star Wars Birthday Cake by One Perfect Day
Star Wars Themed Muffin Tin Lunch by JDaniel4′s Mom
Star Wars Spelling
Death Star Pinata by East Coast Mommy
How To Tell Star Wars Bedtime Stories by Mama Smiles
Star Wars Folded Flyers
Pool Noodle Lightsabers by Frugal Fun For Boys
Princess Leia Fusible Bead Craft by Mama Smiles
Star Wars Banner by One Perfect Day
Star Wars Stenciled Pillowcases by All For The Boys
Mini Lightsabers by Make and Takes

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39 Painting Activities For Kids

painting activities for kidsWho says you have to use a plain old brush for painting? Part of raising creative kids is setting them up to  use items in new ways, to look at something and wonder, “What can I make with that?!” A great starting point is to expose them to simple projects likes these and create. Here are 39 different things you can paint with all with different painting activities for kids. Each item takes you to a full tutorial of a project where we used the specific tool.

 

1. Cookie Cutters
2. Noodles
3. Carrots and Zucchinis
4. Bouncy Balls
5. Toy Trucks
6. Potato Masher
7. Paper Towel Rolls ( and other recycling)
8. Flowers
9. Animal Toys
10. Fly Swatter
11. Bubble Wands
12. Q-Tips
13. Bath Poofs
14. Feathers
15. Apples
16. Forks
17. Toy Trains
18. Glass Sponges
19. Combs
20. Marshmallows
21. Bugs
22. Corks
23. Mushrooms
24. Squeeze Bottles
25. Bubble Wrap
26. Blocks
27. Toothbrush
28. Easter Eggs
29. Salad Spinner
30. Kitchen Sponges
31. Bath Toys
32. Onions
33. Ribbons
34. Dish Scrubber
35. Mini Pumpkins
36. Turkey Baster
37. Gloves
38. Potatoes
39. Fingers!

 

Summer Activities For Kids

summer reading Happy first day of summer! I had a completely different post planned but when I went to schedule it I realized today is the first day of summer and we must celebrate. Below are my favorite active games, messy art, sensory play and other summer shenanigans for kids.  I hope a few grab your attention and get added to your family’s summer bucket list.

Outside In The Sun

Build and Play Obstacle Course
Water Table Painting
Flag Hunt
Squeeze Bottle Side Walk Chalk
Hiking With Kids
Backyard Target Practice
Arctic Ice Sensory Tub
Fly Swatter Painting
Boot Camp Bombers
Melt In The Sun Crayons
Water Balloon Math
Smartphone Photo Safari Color Hunt
Angry Birds Water Balloon Game
Beach Themed Sensory Tub
Backyard Photo Scavenger Hunt

Inside On A Rainy Day

DIY Action Figure Parachute
Bubble Wand Painting
3D Word Search
Indoor Bug Hunt
Ice Cream Taste Testing
Tabletop Loose Parts
Salt Art Jar
Make Your Own Balance Beam
Pretend Play Vet’s Office
Bug Painting
Secret Code Math
Move & Groove Alphabet Game
Cork & Button Builders
Giant Sunflower Craft
Mad Scientist Lab

Don’t Forget About Summer Reading

Summer Reading Challenge – Join Us!
Summer Reading Bucket List
Books That Make Kids Laugh
Book Hunt
Books About The Beach
30 Books That Are Also Movies
Books About Monsters
50 Ways To Teach Your Child To Read
Books About Princesses
Summer Reading A-List ; 50 Must Read Picture Books
Books About Dinosaurs
5 Books For Early Readers
Books That Rhyme
Books About Cars and Trucks
Books About Friendship

For even more ideas make sure you follow our Summer Fun For Kids Pinterest board.