On Wednesday I was grabbing a book from my playroom for circle time at preschool when I saw these clips. I had just enough time to throw together a printable and create this spring fine motor activity for my classroom. Using novel items like these clips or themes to aid learning in early childhood education has proven to be very valuable for me. I never go overboard with themes but getting children excited about practicing the same skills over can be helped by changing the theme of the activity but not the target skill development. My students have done color matching a thousand ways and used clips before too but never with flowers.
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Gather your materials. You will need some flower clips, our free flower printable,<—- click to print, a laminator, and a dry erase marker. I also like to use fun trays and dishes to make the activity that much more enticing, mine are from Ikea. I got the flower clips at the Dollar Tree but found them here too.
Print out the flower printable, cut and laminate. For a sturdier flower try printing them on card stock.
For younger students, mine are 2.5 to 3.5 simply put out the flowers and clips and use this as a color matching activity. You can see it in action on my Instagram feed here.
For more advanced students add a number in the center of the flower with dry erase marker. If your students are still mastering one to one correspondence add some dots as a scaffold. I love that they are easy to add or wipe away depending on the needs and abilities of the individual students.
Such a simple and inviting way to work on fine motor skills this spring!