All in Fine Motor
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Wait, what? A Breakfast Invitation? What is that? READ HERE.
If you are over there nodding your head like, “Yes!, Yes! I need this! Give me all the baby Breakfast Invitations!”, You are going to LOVE this.
Providing your one-year-old (this includes all babies under two) a border may just buy you a little more time. I say may, because they are under two. They just learned to walk. Chances are, they don’t want to sit still. - and they shouldn’t.
But sometimes, mom needs a minute and Baby Block Box will do the trick.
Apparently, mom needed a change of seasons to recharge creativity.
This fall we have created pumpkin faces, counted ghost eyes, stuck sticky squares on a pumpkin, and grasped little erasers . We even created a memory game using little pumpkins. The best part of all of these activities is that they can all be tossed into a giant bin to make the Ultimate Halloween sensory exploration.
So now, let’s time to take out all the Halloween stickers (thank you Target Dollar spot and Amazon) for a simple, yet SUPER engaging Breakfast Invitation.
According to, Loose Parts 2 , “Touching is the most fundamental means of contact with the world.”
The book continues to state, “Since our skin is one of the most sensitive parts of our body and provides much information about the world and it’s messages, it makes sense that young children spend so much time exploring how touch feels to their bodies”
Sounds like touch and texture needs to be integrated into more daily preschool activities.
Alright, Target Dollar Spot. I came. I saw. I conquered. These little erasers screamed my name all the way from the diaper aisle.
Last week we shared some tips about pencil grip. One of the most important ways to help how your child holds a pencil is to strengthen hand muscles by using tongs, scissors and movements with pliable textures such as playdough.
Save the Pumpkins forces your child in a playful way to use a pencil grip to save the pumpkins from hot lava.
Of course, right? Please tell me everything your child does also revolves around not stepping on the hot lava?!? Remember, speak their language. What makes your preschooler tic?
For us, it was hot lava and they were ALL OVER this game. My almost five year old wanted to count how many he grabbed, and my three-year-old wanted to make sure none of them fell into the gooey mess.
This can be one of the trickiest habits to correct.
Because children do not always want to be helped.
Go figure. Here we are, teaching them to be independent thinkers, and then swooping in to correct everything.
My three-year-old is full of independence and absolutely does not want mom to rearrange his marker. GASP! Doesn’t he know I am a preschool mommy blogger?!
So what do I do? I find subtle ways to have him practice. These activities suggest he rearrange his grip to create lines and movements in order to complete the task.
And you can do this as well.
I also knew that I could begin to teach him letter formations and important prewriting skills using using magnets, going outside, and using highlighters. I didn’t push the pen and paper and you don’t have to either.
Allow this to apply with learning.
Slow and steady, keeping in mind that preschool is not a race. Your job as the parent or educator is to integrate smart opportunities to play and learn which will act as building blocks to the final goal.
Inside: Left to right progression activities for children.
And that doesn't surprise me. When I was a teacher, these counting bears were also a power play when it came to learning. Counting and sorting is just a little more fun when these bears are included.
So here it is. Our most popular Breakfast Invitation for left to right progression.
There is a difference between counting and understanding what the numbers stand for.
COUNTING is one of the first concepts to master. You will notice that your preschooler can count fairly early on and that counting has to do with memorization.
BUT WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THIS PICTURE IS QUANTITY.
QUANTITY is the concept of understanding how many.
It may also include concepts such as more than, bigger than, less than, and same as.
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
This visual allows your preschooler to touch the objects as they count and add one more.
Not only will you get a new Breakfast Invitation here, but you will also better understand how to handle when things go a new direction.
Tell me the first word that comes to mind when you think of Fall.
Chances are it is either apple or pumpkin spiced latte. Being a tea drinker, I tend to fall (unintended pun!) into the apple category. They are crisp, delicious, and everywhere. Plus my three-year-old gobbles them up so I knew he would be instantly hooked.
We know that balancing our bodies can help improve reading skills. So let's take a look at how balancing objects can benefit learning as well.
For starters, the SIZE of these buttons is perfect for your four-year-olds, great for your three-year-olds and even better for your one-year-old.
How do I know this? Because I have all three ages that seem to swarm around these giant colorful buttons. They do fit into mouths, so stay close and make sure any of these ages do not choke.
Fine motor grip
Repetition which serves as building blocks to learning and establishes play patterns
Transporting - mathematical and language concepts as they investigate space and weight
Empty vs. Full
Deeeeeeppp in those drawers, stuffed under the construction paper lurks dozens of old stickers you haven't yet used.
Some sticker sheets are half torn, and others barely touched. All will work for this math Breakfast Invitation to sort by size.
You can set this Breakfast Invitation up in less than 6 minutes!