We have rainbows in the class, but St. Patrick’s Day won’t be complete without a little green!
Here’s our fine motor shelf for March
On the very top are our pouring activities, in various shades of green.
The mini leprechaun hats are from the Dollar Store and the trays are from Montessori Services (affiliate link).
The middle shelf holds our squeezing activities. All of these require the child to use his hand muscles in a squeezing motion.
Roll the dice and transfer the pom poms from one crate to the other with the green clip. (sorry about the washed out image… I don’t know what happened there!)
Counting the dots on the dice! (The child next to him is doing our banana slicing work)
Using tweezers to transfer pompoms and sort them into mini green mugs.
Shamrock balancing. Line up the little cubes, then use the mini clip to pick up the shamrocks and balance them on the cubes. You can find these mini erasers at the party store.
This is not easy! You have to squeeze with just the right amount of pressure and rotate your wrists carefully to get the shamrock to balance.
She decided to line them up along the top of the table.
Using a baster to transfer green water into a fun green ice tray from Ikea.
The purpose of the spooning activities is for the child to focus on hand movements that involve wrist rotations.
More sparkly balls! Also, can you tell I’m loving the roll-and-transfer activities with the dice these days? (The silver tray is from the Dollar Store)
There are six little green beads (treasures) hidden in the sand and you have to use the slotted spatula to dig them out. The challenge is to keep all the sand in the dish! I love how activities like this really tap in to the young child’s fascination with tiny objects. The spatula was a thrift store find.
PS – they also like the sound of the words “slotted spatula” 🙂
And A Few Counting Activities…
I found these number cards at Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers
Count and glue the shiny shamrocks. We use a little nail polish bottle for glue. I got the glue bottle idea from an intern who was getting her training from CGMS.
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