Showing posts with label fine motor skills. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fine motor skills. Show all posts

November Activities for Preschoolers

Friday, November 18, 2016

Last week, Vito refused to do any of our language activities, so we worked mostly on practical life, counting, sorting and storytelling. He also started walking to Mavi’s school (no buggy!) despite that it’s a 30 to 45 minutes walk round trip.  This lessens our time for “preschool” in the morning since we have to leave early.
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Color Tints and Shades for Preschoolers

Friday, September 23, 2016

Last week, I introduced the concept of light and dark colors to Vito using water colored solution. It was so easy to prepare and Vito had so much fun mixing and pouring water!

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Activity Trays for 33 Month Old Toddlers

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hello everyone! We only have two more weeks before school opens so I decided to postpone Vito’s Fruits and Art Unit for the rest of the month so I can spend quality time with the boys and not think about activity preparations.  With this I’m sharing Vito’s activity trays which he started working on early this month. Vito only spends about 20 minutes for our “themed units” and the rest, he would either do free play or work on these trays.  These would entertain him while I do house chores, sometimes I supervise especially if we use glass bottles. 

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Transportation Unit: Water Vehicles

Friday, May 27, 2016

Vito is 30 months old.

Both of my boys were looking forward to this Transportation Unit as they love cars, trains and airplanes.  We started off by introducing Vito the water vehicles using Safari Toob In the Water  figures, a little water sensory tub and matching activity.

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Milking a Cow for Toddlers

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I never knew that this could be fun!  My Vito enjoyed this activity so much that we did this a couple of times during the day.  Even big brother Mavi joined in the fun as well, trying to outshine each other on whoever gets to finish milking first.

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Bird Theme: Owl Babies Craft

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


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For the Bird Theme, we are reading Owl Babies and The Story About Ping books.  Vito enjoys reading them with me but he loves Owl Babies more. So in line with it, we made some cotton owls at home to extend our learning about owls and the textures of birds.

Fish Themed Activities for Toddlers

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Vito is 28 months old.
Here’s a recap of our week!  You may copy any of these for your own home school journey!
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Learning Activities for 28 Months Toddler

Saturday, March 12, 2016

These are the activities designed for Vito for this month as we are celebrating springtime integrating St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.  Materials used are provided below for your reference.

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Tot School Snippets Week 1: Ice

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I was reading my old blog the other day (private) and I am amazed on how I recorded Mavi’s learning curve week by week. Mavi enjoys reading that blog now! I just have to say that it is quite different when you have one child, you have focus, you have MORE time  and well,  I was organized.  Now, I’m managing and engineering a bigger household, with a school boy and a hyperactive toddler, I barely have time to blog. 

So  now, I will start writing about Vito’s activities in a week. I have to put a little effort on this, for keeping memories and for Vito to read someday.  Currently, we’re not following schedule of doing totschool weekly.  There are days when we do a lot of activities, and there are times when I just whip anything that goes into  my mind. 

Vito is 26 months old.

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Crazy Over Do-a-Dot Markers and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I know you’ve heard about these already and have seen these markers in other homeschooler Moms.  My little Vito had a renewal of interest and can’t stop using them! These dot markers are great tools in practicing hand/eye coordination and concentration.  Aside from that, we also use it to learn shapes, colours and letters! Next year, we’ll start using them for counting.

Though there are plenty of FREE dot worksheets online, I prefer handwriting our own sheets to save ink.  Here are some random photos of Vito using the dot markers.

For learning letters.

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Marking shapes.

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He keeps asking for more!

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Working on letter ‘t’ again. 

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To save time, energy and INK, I cut out sheets of paper from the IKEA paper roll and just hand drawn everything.  Then I place the sheets on one of the work trays so Vito can easily access them.  He would usually work on them in the morning. Note that the markers can stain, but they can be wash off with soap AND water (with a little scrubbing).   I have these markers since 2011 and they’re still good as new.  Here’s the link if you are interested.DSC_0327

 

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Welcome to the Learn & Play Link Party!
Here are the featured  activities for this week!
 
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Salt Dough Holiday Ornaments from Tiny Tots Adventure
 
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Now it’s time for this week’s link party! This is a BRAND new link up for all blog posts that include learn and play activities and hands-on education for kids. We are excited to read your blog posts and to see what you have to share! Please link up below and grab our button to display on your blog.
If you are a blogger, share your family friendly posts here. We are looking for things which include:
  • Montessori Education
  • Homeschool
  • Sensory Play
  • Tot and Preschool Trays
  • Fine and Gross Motor Activities
  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • Healthy Recipes for Kids
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Natural Living
  • Free Educational Printables
  • Family-Oriented Activities
  • Healthy Living
Your post will be featured on each of our blogs where we will pick our favourite posts every other week. That means there is more of a chance that you will be featured!
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FREE Safari Toob Tree Matching Cards

Friday, November 13, 2015

Safari Toob Tree Matching Cards Download here or click the image.
Vito uses these cards a lot in my post on TREE ACTIVITIES and even in random days, he would pick this up from shelf and work on it.
You can get the Safari Toob Tree miniature objects from here.    

Letter L: Leaf Activities in Autumn

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We are joining the bandwagon of autumn-themed activities and for Vito, we’re having leaf activities! 

Leaf Color Matching

Got these beautiful craft leaves from a local store and used it for sorting colors.  I just dumped them in a container and would take each one, then mention the color and place it to where it belongs.  Vito loves calling out their names!  I am not sure if he could recognize colors yet, it’s a hit or miss for him.  It’s a challenge to put up a color sorting activity for him so I put on extra effort on making it fun like making noises or funny sounds as I drop the leaf to the sorted group.

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We also tried putting them in bowls. Again, this is another try for him to get him interested.  To put twist, we try to shoot the leaves into the bowls.

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He loves to shoot the them, which got him hooked as he enjoyed it tremendously!

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Leaf Shapes

So I got a book My First Montessori book of Leaf Shapes from Amazon and used it to identify the shapes of the leaves we picked during our nature walk.   The book is actually for Mavi but Vito enjoyed viewing it as well.  Mavi and I talked about the organic shapes in the past few years, of how different they are from the geometric shapes that he knew.  The book is perfect for exploring other organic shapes if you are not really familiar with it.  This was inspired by Kylie’s post.

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This was Mavi’s idea of creating a gallery of leaves in the hallway.  Because it mostly rain in our area, this was a brilliant idea of preserving the leaves we collected and view them whenever we can.

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I love seeing them working together Smile  This technique works best for us, Vito always wanted to do what his brother is doing, so I have to create activities that both them can enjoy.

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Once they are dry, I put them on the wall for Vito to view and touch.

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Counting Leaves

If Mavi loves letters at young age, Vito is into numbers and counting.  He counts and counts all the time!  So this activity of counting leaves was a total hit! Not to mention the biting of the number foam Open-mouthed smile

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Leaf Prints

Playdough activities are always a favourite in the house.  I encourage him to press, and press harder so we can make prints.  So far, he’s just using his pointer finger even if I would demonstrate to use his palm.

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And he loves to peel off the leaf from the dough, perfect  pincer grasp activity!

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Upon seeing the prints, he said “wow!”.  Glad that he’s able to appreciate the effect of his actions LOL.

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Letter L Craft

This has got to be a weekly activity, of making simple letter craft that we can post on the wall for letter recognition.  We’re using uppercase letters as of the moment. I’m not putting so much effort on the alphabets as of the moment as he’s quite not interested yet.  Maybe in a few months, he’ll be able to pick up on letters as I will continuously expose him to them, especially introducing upper and lowercase letters.

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Autumn Colors

Another shared activity for the two.  I traced Vito’s hand and asked Mavi to paint me a tree (with Vito’s hand as a trunk/branches) with autumn colors. 

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As I mentioned, Vito ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted to imitate his brother.

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Mavi picked yellow, red and orange and used the dabbing technique as it makes it look more like leaves.  Please forgive the appearance of my not so beautiful toes and slippers LOL.

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Letter L Object Basket

Objects in the basket: sandpaper letter homemade, letter L from Munchkins, leaves, lemon and lion

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And this is what he does with the leaves!  So unfortunate the weather was pretty bad, we couldn’t do it outdoors with the real ones.  Crossing fingers for Mr Sun in the next few days before winter arrives Open-mouthed smile

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Thank you for taking time to read this post! Don’t forget to pin this for later!

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Ultimate Collection of Practical Life Activities (Part Two)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I’m sharing another set of practical life activities that we do at home!  If you enjoyed the first part of my post, well, here are more exciting stuff to do with you kids. 

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“Practical life or real work activities, along with the development of language, may well be the most important work in the first six years of life.  By means of these activities the child learns to make intelligent choices, to become physically and mentally independent and responsible.  He learns to concentrate, to control muscles, to act with care, to focus, to analyse logical steps, and complete a cycle of activity.  This lays the groundwork for sound mental and physical work throughout life.” – Susan Mayclin Stephenson, CHILD OF THE WORLD

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Assembling a Torch
Materials:
- torch
- set of batteries


Essential in practicing the small muscles in the hand.  Develop concentration, motor skills, hand-eye coordination.


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Puzzles with small holder

Materials:
- bowls
- rice
- tablespoon

Essential in practicing the small muscles in the hand.   Develop concentration, motor skills, hand-eye coordination.

 


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Pumping soap

Materials:
- liquid soap in pump
- bowl
- hand towel


Essential in practicing the hand  and arm muscles.  Developing motor skills as well.


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Pouring to multiple containers

Materials:
- water in a small pitcher
- multiple cups

For hand - eye coordination, concentration and motor skills.


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Pouring

Materials:
- rice or beans
- containers

Develop hand -eye coordination, dexterity and concentration.

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Pouring Rice using a Funnel


Materials:
- rice or beans
- containers
- funnel

 

Develop hand -eye coordination, dexterity and concentration.


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Pouring Liquid using a Funnel


Material:
- water in a small pitcher
- funnel
- separate container for the funnel

Develop fine motor skills, concentration, eye and hand coordination.


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Pouring Medicine Syrup


Material:
- medicine syrup
- teaspoon


To develop eye-hand coordination, arm muscles, concentration and motor skills.


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Pouring Back and Forth


Materials:
- water
- two containers

Develop hand-eye coordination and concentration when transferring water from one container to another. 

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Sorting Colors


Materials:
- counters or buttons in different colors
- sorting tray

Enhance the skill of color recognition.

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Sorting Shapes

 

Materials:
- counters or buttons in different shapes
- sorting tray

Enhance the skill of shape recognition.

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Hammering

Materials:
- we used Tap Tap Art

Develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, concentration.  Improve hand and arm muscles as well.

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Playdough

Materials:
- playdough
- playdough/cookie cutters, moulders, rollers

Practise of hand muscles.  Develop skill of concentration,motor skills,  artistry and imagination.

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Scooping Pasta using Different Scoop Sizes

Material:
- containers
- pasta
- set of scoops in different sizes

Hand-eye coordination, concentration and motor skills.

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Clamping Objects

Material:
- packing beans (or something similar)
- clamp
- containers or cups

Practise of hand muscles, hand-eye coordination, concentration.

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Use of Knife

Material:
- chopping board
- knife
- vegetables or fruits

 

Practise of hand muscles, concentration, hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

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Large Puzzles with holders

Materials:
- we are using Melissa & Doug Jumbo Puzzles

Enhance the skill of grasping objects of various sizes and hardness.  To improve thumb stability, which is essential in holding things and drawing.

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Lacing Shoes

Materials:
- shoes or something similar

Develop hand-eye coordination, hand muscles and concentration.

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Pegboards

Materials:
- we are using FantaColor

Enhance the skill of grasping objects of small sizes.  Practise of hand muscle, hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

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Scooping Floating Objects

Material:
- water in a bowl or container
- floating materials like golf balls or Styrofoam balls
- scoop or small strainer


Hand-eye coordination and concentration.

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Paper Clips

Materials:
- coin slot
- buttons or coins

Develop hand-eye coordination, concentration and motor skills.


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Tying Sticks

Materials :

- sticks
- ribbons

To develop the skills of using both hands in a controlled and organized manner. 


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Dropping sticks in a hole

Material:
- container with a hole
- sticks or something similar

Develop hand-eye coordination, and in hand manipulation.


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Washing Toys

Materials:
- toy figures
- brush, water, towel

Develop skills that are essential for personal care and care for others.  Develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination and concentration.

Don’t forget to check the first part of this post for more ideas.

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Welcome to the Learn & Play Link Party!
For this week, I’d like to feature practical life activities.
Practical Life Activities


Simple to Make Toddler Toy by One Creative Mommy

Practical Life Kitchen Activities by Mama’s Happy Hive

Watercolour Painting for Toddlers  by Just Another Mom

Smack the Number:  Preschool Learning Activity by Sunny Day Family

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Now it’s time for this week’s link party! This is a BRAND new link up for all blog posts that include learn and play activities and hands-on education for kids. We are excited to read your blog posts and to see what you have to share! Please link up below and grab our button to display on your blog.
If you are a blogger, share your family friendly posts here. We are looking for things which include:
  • Montessori Education
  • Homeschool
  • Sensory Play
  • Tot and Preschool Trays
  • Fine and Gross Motor Activities
  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • Healthy Recipes for Kids
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Natural Living
  • Free Educational Printables
  • Family-Oriented Activities
  • Healthy Living
Your post will be featured on each of our blogs where we will pick our favourite posts every other week. That means there is more of a chance that you will be featured!
Everyone, please meet our link party hosts:
 
learn and play party hostesses
Christian Montessori Blog ~ Please visit our CMN FB group ~ Pinterest

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  • Please link up 1-3 posts
  • Follow each of the hosts on social media
  • When you link up, please add our button and place it at the bottom of your shared posts or link back with text link.
  • By entering a link, you’re giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs. Proper credit & links will ALWAYS be given.
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