Spring is such a wonderful time of exploration outdoors for little ones and we want to spend as much time as possible letting them explore the changes this season brings. When it's time to come inside, you can bring the fun of the spring season in with this handy dandy springtime play packet! I'm throwing in a free download from the packet as well- scissor cutting pages for fine motor skill development!
Last week we did somerainbow painting for fine motor skill development. This week, we're playing with our springy day packet. In this packet, I wanted to keep some fine motor skill activities that were prominent in my Snowman Preschool Play Packet and my Winter Animals Packet. Those include tracing lines as a pre-cursor to writing letters and scissor cutting pages. My preschool daughter really enjoys cutting and she likes the themed cutting pages I make for her.
How to use the Scissor Practice Pages:
1. Print these on copy paper.
2. Keep them in an easy-to-reach bin or folder for your little one.
3. Set them out during your brief school time with some safety scissors. Prepare to work with your child. This is best if you do it together. Doing the practice together also encourages our little ones.
4. If your little one is very young, early 3's or late 2's, or is new to scissor cutting practice, establish the "how to's" and procedures through modeling. Set her in your lap. Hold the paper in your left hand and ask her to hold the paper as well with her left hand. Take the scissors in your right hand and let her inspect how you hold them. Help her hold them. Then loosely grip around her hand to help guide the scissors as you move the paper.
5. After all the pieces are cut, direct her to gather and throw away the excess.
6. Using a glue stick, preferably a large width one for easy grip, help her apply the right amount of paste on all the pieces. Then put the puzzle together!
*I buy little square blank page booklets in the dollar bin at Target or the Dollar Store at the beginning of the school year and we use them for things such as this! It creates a collection of their scissor work and you're not just tossing it! It is super important for children to see that what they do is worth something; this builds confidence and teaches them school work is worth their time.
In addition to the scissor and line practice, I included some cute little spring finger painting cards. You can really do whatever you want with them. They have a number and a picture. You may choose to have your little one paint the same number of things using their finger or just have fun painting on the card. We talked about the number, counted the objects in the picture and then I let her decorate it with paint. It's more of an excuse to finger paint!
I also included new counting cards in this packet. These are fun for sitting your little one on your lap and counting the springtime pictures on each card together! Just 5 minutes here and there they know they have something special to do with you that's just as important as big sister or brother's school time!
The last NEW concept activity I put this packet was some "My First Color By Number" sheets. This was fun to do with my little one. We focused on just three or four numbers to create number recognition. Of course, this helps teach colors as well!
Thank you for stopping in! You can download my free scissor cutting practice here. You can download my whole packet here!
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