Q-tip Painted Snowflake Crafts

snowflake crafts for preschool This is a simple winter craft that I have planned for my class of two and three year olds. I often test out my lesson plans on my 4 year old and today when she asked what I was going to do with my class I told her we were going to make Q-tip painted snowflake crafts and she asked if she could make one too. Of course! Since she is older she glued her paper strips down herself and if you are going to do this activity one on one with a toddler I would encourage them to do it too. For my class I glued them down and they will focus on painting.

Gather your materials. You will need some blue construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, q-tips, a paper plate, some paint in silver, white, and light blue. Using different tools to paint is a great way to work in some extra creativity as well as in this case fine motor skills. It’s tough handling a skinny little q-tip! q-tip snowflake crafts for preschool

Start by cutting the paper into strips.snowflake crafts for kids

Time to glue.q-tip painted snowflake crafts for children She loved this step and gluedsnowflake crafts for kids and glued and glued!snowflake crafts

 

While your child is gluing pop the paint on a plate and add the q-tips to each color.q-tip painted snowflake craft for preK Time to paint!q-tip painted snowflakes for preschool

One of the best ways to really enjoy crafting with your kids is to do it with them. Don’t do their craft , do your own. Seeing you enjoy it sets a great example for them.q-tip painted snowflake craft for kindergarten

Kids Activities All About Winter ! { Add Your Posts}

kids activitiesIt’s January and the last bits of the holidays are coming to a close. It’s time to plan for kids activities filled with snowflakes, and snowmen, and mittens… at least those are the words at the top of my brainstorming sheet today. I hope everyone had a great winter break from school and preschool or at least a few days to spend together. I can’t wait to see what everyone links up today.

 

The link I am adding today isn’t just my blog it’s a whole bunch of different blogs —> Winter Kids Activities board on Pinterest is packed with great ideas.
Also I mentioned last week that I wasn’t sure if I would keep L&L going during 2015 but the overwhelming response was ” Yes, do!” so I will.

Now let’s see your posts!



Easy Alphabet Activity For Kids

alphabet activity This alphabet activity was created because my daughter adores the alphabet, she loves stamps, and I NEEDED 10 minutes to finish cleaning the bathrooms before my holiday guests arrived. She LOVED it and I wanted to say that while printables are great I know that for me printing something out can be cumbersome. I don’t have my printer out all the time and sometimes I am out of ink. I didn’t have time to make this a printable and I am glad for that now because it shows you that you don’t need it to be pretty and perfect to be useful and fun!

Gather your materials. You will need some paper, something to write on ( I love using clipboards), some letter stamps and stamp pad ( or stickers), and a marker.alphabet activity

Start by writing out the alphabet on a piece of paper leaving out some letters. I wrote out 5 sheets at once because I had a feeling ( and it was right) that my wee one would want to do a bunch.alphabet activity

Prepare the tools you are using with the sheets. You can also just have your little learner write the letters. I didn’t think my little one could accomplish that solo but in the days since we did that I think she might be able to. I am going to make some more sheets and repeat this activity, she loved it so much.alphabet activity

Let the fun begin! Adjust this activity to your child. If they struggle with some of the letters make sure that you have lots of letters they do not struggle with to balance out the success and challenge. If possible have the easy ones as the first few if you know there is a challenge ahead. If they are having a hard time sing the alphabet while touching each letter and when they get to a blank spot the song will act as a prompt. fill in the blank alphabet activity for kidsI quickly took pictures of the first sheet – ran next door and cleaned the bathroom while she yelled out which letters she was doing.alphabet activities

Then she called me in because she said she ” Made up an even better letter idea!” She grabbed a highlighter from her basket and started highlighting all the letters. This is a fun and easy way to work on letter formation anywhere but I’d only have kids this young (4) do it if they are interested. If they are resistant work on writing their name and more authentic writing like making signs, writing cards… anything that doesn’t make writing a chore. Start them out on the right foot. That said if they are like my daughter who is fond of writing and wants to do it, have the materials available and support them as they do. alphabet activity fill in the blanks

Learning doesn’t only happen with perfect graphics in all sorts of colors so don’t stress about picture perfect printables. They are fun and can add excitement at times but learning will happen when the activity fits the child no matter how pretty something is.

Photo A Day Challenge! #CapturePlay

capture play instagram challenge Happy New Year!

I don’t really believe in resolutions but I do believe in always trying to do better and one thing I need to do better at is to play simply with my kids. I know I have a blog filled with ideas for my kids but my goal is to sit on the floor and play Lego, lay in bed and make up stories, and other simple kid directed things. Don’t worry I am not abandoning all these other ideas and activities but in the time between them I am trying to play more. I may end up staying up til 2am cleaning some weeks but I think I’d rather that than saying ” In a minute… just a sec… after I finish this I will play…” as much as I think I did in 2014.

So I created this photo a day challenge to keep myself accountable and inspire others. I tried to think of words and themes that weren’t so specific that you have to create the play, but rather just capture it. These are words that fit in with my kids daily and I hope they will for your kids too. So capture one shot, add it to your Instagram with the #captureplay hashtag and then put that screen away and PLAY.

You in??

Follow me on Instagram here : http://instagram.com/allienoflashcards

Don’t forget to use the #captureplay and if you would like me to feature your photo tag me @allienoflashcards and I just might!

Our Favorite Fine Motor Activities of 2014

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I try to work in activities with some element of fine motor work every day. It’s not hard when you have a child who loves to draw and color but when you don’t you might need to get a little more crafty. Fine motor work is important for many daily activities like writing, tying shoes, and eventually typing too. In the short term it’s also important for getting dressed and other tasks that help kids feel independent. What I am trying to say is that these skills are important so working on developing and fine tuning them is worth your time.

Here are the posts that we think are the very best fine motor activities of 2014.

cutting station

This is one of our most popular posts of 2014 and for good reason, it’s easy to do, fun , and functional. My daughter’s been using our Cutting Station for months and it’s found a permanent spot in our playroom.

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Simple is important because if an activity is simple parents will do it with their kids and teachers can throw it into a lesson plan no problem. That is why I LOVE this simple idea from Sugar Aunts.  Check out their Feather Beading here.

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Our Halloween Lego Challenge was a huge hit. You may not be making vampires and pumpkins for a while but this post can still inspire you to make your own Lego Challenge with any theme.

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Are you seeing a theme with these posts? I love simple activities and this one from Hands On As We Grow is no exception. This easy Fine Motor Activity will keep your kids busy while working on their skills.

lego fine motor

Use your kid’s Duplo for these super fun Lego Fine Motor Activities from Fun At Home With Kids.

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This Sticker Station is another fine motor activity I shared this year that was such a hit with my preschooler that we still use it months later.

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Why not use up those caps you can’t recycle for a little fun fine motor activity? This Plastic Cap Water Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning is a great little idea that kids will love.

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These little Dotted Snowflakes don’t look like much but the highlighters on the foam almost glowed. My daughter was in heaven and carefully dotting them was great practice for writing. She had to carefully hold the highlighters with a proper grip.

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This Zipper Board  from Laughing Kids Learn caught my eye on Pinterest and I added it to my Fine Motor board immediately. Now I am adding it to my favorite posts of 2014!

threading for toddlers

Imagination Tree wrote this lovely tutorial for Toddler Threading & Beading.
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For kids a little older than toddlers they can use twigs and beads to make these rad Fairy Wands! They will be having so much fun they won’t know they are working on some serious fine motor skills.