Fine Motor Fun, Reading Extension Activities, Working to Make Gross Motor Gains

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

My daughter is celebrating Dr. Seuss this week at her school. We decided to bring the fun home by decorating her bedroom door. Last year around Easter I found a lot of Dr. Seuss items on clearance at Target including stickers, toys and bulletin board items. I pulled one set of bulletin board decorations out and let her go to town. I paid $1.50 for these items last spring.

I put up the high cut outs while my little one put up the low ones.

I had my daughter work on her fine motor and practical skills during this activity by having her practice tearing and applying the tape. I worked with her on rolling the tape in a circle to make it double sided.

We addressed gross motor by having her go from sitting on the floor to standing and reaching to apply the characters.

I also gifted her a small Cat in the Hat toy that I found at Target in the clearance items last spring for $2.98. You can see him at the bottom of the door. Now she is very excited to go to school tomorrow and participate in their week long activities. I haven’t been to Target lately, has anyone noticed if they have any Dr. Seuss items again this year? Do you have any suggestions for any Dr. Seuss crafts that she may enjoy? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Art History Projects, Fine Motor Fun

Fine Motor Friday, Scissor Fun with Matisse

We continued our Art History Projects by combing a fine motor activity with an art lesson by exploring Henri Matisse. We had recently been at our local art museum were we had been able to see several Matisse works. As my little one is also discovering and enjoying scissors I thought this would be a fun project for her.

Since we had been so busy we had been unable to make a trip to the public library to borrow a copy of Henri’s Scissors but fortunately I was able to find a video of it being read on YouTube and we pulled it up on our Smart TV and I let her watch while I set up the materials. After that we also watched an episode of Art with Mati and Dada on Matisse in order to try and interest her more in the topic with the fun and brief cartoon. Click on the red YouTube button below for a link to the video.

Needed Supplies:

  • Construction Paper
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors-My recommendation for toddler scissors and the ones that she is using in this picture are below. Click on the image if you wish to purchase from Amazon.

As we already had all the needed supplies this was once again a “free to me” art activity. I essentially just set out the supplies and let her go to town. I found that doing it this way was a little bit more difficult for her as she was only mainly able to cut rectangles. Here is her finished product.

As you can see she got a little over zelous with the glue stick. That’s one reason I make sure and always have several at the house!

I decided that we would repeat this activity again in a few months and see how her scissor skills have progressed. Currently she had more fun practicing using her glue stick. Our next planned artist is Monet. Do you have any other artists that you think we should explore? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

Fine Motor Fun

Fine Motor Fun

Today I am sharing a simple and easy to set up activity to keep your little one busy while they also practice their fine motor skills.

Needed Supplies

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Colander

This was a “free to me” activity as we just used my kitchen colander and we had a large package of pipe cleaners left over from another activity a year ago. I pulled them out and set my little one to work while I started some laundry. I simply showed her how to place the pipe cleaners and pull them through the holes in the colander.

Princess dress is optional lol!

What is one of your quick and easy go to activities that you utilize to keep your little one busy while you get work done around the house? Let us know in the comments below!