Monday, September 19, 2016

Fine Motor Monsters and Crafty Crabs

A while back, RIC Publications sent me some goodies and I wanted to share with you some of my favourites.
My little Preppies have gotten pretty good at their fine motor skills but this Fine Motor Skills book has a STACK of so many fun ideas - many I'd never even thought of! Activities range from shoulder, wrist, hand and finger strength building games to scissor, drawing and writing skills.
There are 233 pages of wonderful printables and ideas. There are mazes, dot-to-dots and even recipes for paints and play doughs! Yes, you can see my sticky notes that I've placed on pages that I want to try. One of which my Preps did - the scissor skills monster.
I modified this activity a little to include not just the suggested scissor skill work but also pattens. I modelled how to do different patterns in each section of the puzzle and then the kids had a turn on their own. We glued them onto the fabulous paper I bought from Kmart at the beginning of the year and put them on display. Super cute, in my opinion :)
Another one of my favourites was the Awesome Art and Craft book. What I love about this book is the range of arts and crafts. There aren't just simple printable crafts (don't worry, there are still some of these with templates included). They have included crafts that require all sorts of materials. Here are a list of a few of my favourites:
"Sponge" cakes
Adorably decorated 'cakes' using kitchen sponges. Can you imagine the little kids' excitement?
Crawling Caterpillar
Thread coloured plastic cups to create a cute caterpillar.
Stain Glass Butterflies
Who doesn't love using cellophane to create adorable art for classroom windows?
Sensory bottles
Students can create their own sensory bottle using recycled materials.
Plus there are a bunch of really easy and cute paper plate crafts like this crab that my class made. They loved them!
The last two of my favourites were the Phonics Fun and Patterns and Sequences Stick Kids Workbooks.
  These are for individual student use and would be great for parents or even for teachers with just those few in their class that still struggle with some of those basic foundation skills. Some of my kids tried the rhyming and dot-to-dot number recognition pages.
Thank you, RIC Publications! I love having a fresh lot of useful teaching resources!
Have you purchased any great finds lately?

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