Fine Motor Activity: Clip Grip

Supplies: Clothespins, Colorful Pom Poms and a Bowl

Directions: Set the pom poms and bowl in front of your child. Give them a clothespin and have them pick up the pom poms with the clothespin and transfer them into the bowl. Take it one step further and have your child count the pom poms after they have transferred them into the bowl.

Skills Learned: Exercises the small muscles in the fingers and hand. Prepares children for pencil grasping and writing activities. Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Sticky Sculptures

Supplies: Colored Cornstarch Noodles and a Bowl of Water

Directions: Have your child dip the cornstarch noodle in water and stick the different pieces together to make a sculpture. Take it one step further by having your child count the noodles or classify them into color groups.

Skills Learned: Hand-eye coordination. Decision making ability. Math and quantity recognition. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction. Develops color recognition skills.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Shell Shucking

Supplies: A Piece of Cardboard and Seashells in a Variety of Sizes

Directions: Place the cardboard on the ground and put the large seashells on it. Have your child toss the smaller seashells into the larger ones. To take this one step further have your child count the seashells as they toss them.

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using coordination and balance. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition.

 

Creative Expression Activity: Seascapes

Supplies: Brown Construction Paper, Glue and Seashells

Directions: Encourage your child to squeeze the glue onto their “beach” or construction paper. Have them add the shells to the glue. Take this opportunity to discuss the texture, color and size of the shells with your child.

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence through decision making and sensory exploration. Language development using descriptive words by describing the color, shape, and size of the seashells. Hand-eye coordination and control.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Sensory Sandbox

Supplies: Sand, Box or Bowl and Seashells

Directions: Put the sand and seashells into the box or bowl. Let your little one go wild as they explore the textures of the sand and seashells. Encourage them to listen for the “ocean” in the seashell!

Skills Learned: Language development using descriptive words by describing the texture of the sand and seashells. Hand-eye coordination and control. Promotes scientific thinking including predictions, observation, comparison and reasoning. Self-expression and confidence.

 

Language Learning/Gross Motor Activity: Hokey Pokey

Supplies: Bells, Tambourine, Anything That Makes Noise and a Wide Open Space

Directions: Give your child the item you chose that makes noise. Sing Hokey Pokey and encourage your child to do the movements with you! Use positional words such as “put the bells IN”, “put the bells OUT”, “put the bells Up”, etc.

Skills Learned: Word development. Language development using positional words. Self-expression and confidence. Hand-eye coordination. Small motor control.

Fine Motor Activity: Nailed It!

Supplies: A Piece of Styrofoam, Golf Tees and a Plastic Hammer

Directions: Set up your child with a piece of Styrofoam, a hand full of golf tees and the plastic hammer at a table. Have your child hammer each of the golf tees into the Styrofoam. Take this time to discuss positional words such as in, out, up, down, etc. This is also a perfect time to have your child tell you what colors the golf tees are or count how many they’ve hammered in!

Skills Learned: Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition. Develops color recognition skills. Language development using descriptive and positional words such as in, out, up, down, etc.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Super Shakers

Supplies: Dried Pinto Beans, 1/4 Cup Measuring Cup, and Colorful Cardboard Tubes (You can buy these at the dollar store or make them yourself)

Directions: Give your child the pinto beans, measuring cup and cardboard tube. Have your child scoop the beans into the cardboard tube. Parents, seal the shaker tube with hot glue to make sure that they can’t open. Work with your child to count the beans. We had “thirty-teen” beans, to quote one of our kiddos!

Skills Learned: Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction. Emotional and social skills by allowing the parent or adult help seal the shaker and/or asking for help to complete the project.

Note: Parental supervision and help will be required for this activity. Keep these shakers close, in the next Music & Movement activity we will use the shakers for our Memorial Day Parade!

 

Gross Motor/Music & Movement Activity: Memorial Day Parade

Supplies: Super Shaker, Red, White & Blue Pom Poms (optional) and A Way to Play Music

Directions: After you finish your Super Shaker from the previous activity, take your child and the super shaker outside along with your red, white & blue pom poms, and have your child march around while playing patriotic music, such as The Star-Spangled Banner! Take some time after the parade to discuss the meaning of Memorial Day and what it means to our country’s history.

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using movement and multi-tasking. Teaches historical facts by discussing the true meaning of Memorial Day with your child.

 

Creative Expression Activity: “Shell” We Paint?

Supplies: Seashells, Paint, Paint Brushes, and Paper Plates

Directions: Pour some paint onto a paper plate. Place a seashell on another paper plate. Give your child a paint brush and let them go wild! While your child is painting the seashell discuss the colors they are using and the details of the seashell such as small, big, rough, smooth, etc.

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence. Language development using descriptive words by describing the color, shape, and size of the seashells. Hand-eye coordination and control.

 

Science & Sensory/Outdoor Activity: Bubble Fun

Supplies: Bubbles and the Outdoors

Directions: Have your child hold their own bubble solution and have them blow bubbles. If the bubbles spill, it’s fine! Just a part of learning. Encourage discussion about what the bubbles are made of, why they pop and how the wind makes them blow one direction or the other.

Skills Learned: Personal responsibility by holding their own container of bubble solution. Language development using descriptive words by describing the bubbles and how they work and move. Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration of the bubble wand. Hand-eye coordination and control. Promotes scientific thinking.

 

Language Learning/Music & Movement Activity: Sombrero Dance

Supplies: Sombrero, Traditional Hispanic Music, Maracas and Plenty of Space

Directions: Place the Sombrero on the ground and turn on the music. Give the children maracas and have them shake them as they dance around or jump over the Sombrero. Take this time to enhance your child’s Spanish vocabulary by using words such as Sombrero, maracas, and the Spanish word for dance which is “baile.”

Skills Learned: Spanish language development by using the Spanish words for the materials you are using. Develops gross motor skills by using movement and balance. Emotional and social skills by having the children cooperate and take turns with one another.

Fine Motor Activity: Puffy Sticker Ocean

Supplies: Puffy Stickers on a Plastic Backing, Blue Construction Paper and Any Other Items to Decorate Their “Ocean”

Directions: Give your child a piece of blue construction paper and a sheet of the puffy stickers. Have your child remove the puffy sticker from the plastic backing and put it onto the construction paper to create their very own “ocean.” Once they have finished putting their puffy stickers on the paper give them any other materials you have to decorate and create their very own “ocean.”

Skills Learned: Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration which are necessary for early writing. Hand-eye coordination and control. Builds their creativity and confidence by creating their own perception of the ocean.

 

Gross Motor/Music & Movement Activity: Beach Ball Bounce

Supplies: Blow Up Beach Balls and A Wide Open Space

Directions: Throw or swat the beach balls so the kids can catch them or bounce them off their heads! Let the kids take turns kicking the beach balls as well. Take it one step further by counting how many times you throw and catch the ball or how many times you can bounce it back and forth before it hits the ground! For the music portion of this activity play Beach Boys songs in the background.

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using movement, concentration and balance. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition. Encourages healthy bodies with constant movement.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Cheesy Ocean Snack

Supplies: Softened Whipped Cream Cheese, Ziploc Bag, Blue Food Coloring, Any Type of Cracker, Pita, etc., and Goldfish Crackers

Directions: Have your child scoop some of the softened whipped cream cheese in the Ziploc bag, then have them add a few drops of the blue food coloring. Seal the bag tightly and squish the baggie to make the cream cheese blue. Have your child spread the cream cheese onto the crackers that you chose, we used graham crackers! Have your child add goldfish to complete their cracker ocean. Encourage your child to count the goldfish as they add them. Also, take this time with your child to explain the importance of nutrition and healthy snacking!

Skills Learned: Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction. Opens their eyes to a healthy lifestyle and balanced eating.

 

Creative Expression Activity: Sea Stamping

Supplies: Sea Animal Shaped Cookie Cutters and/or Sand Toy, Paint and Something to Put the Paint on

Directions: Pour some paint onto a paper plate, tray, etc. Give your child the sea shaped cookie cutters or sand toys that you picked out. Have your child dip the cookie cutter or sand toy in a thin layer of paint. Then have them stamp onto blue paper. Take this opportunity to discuss the ocean and it’s plants and animals with your child. Discuss the difference between the animals and the difference between land and sea.

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence. Promotes scientific thinking and an appreciation for our planet. Language development using descriptive words by describing the color, shape, and size of the animals they are stamping. Emotional and social skills by having the children cooperate and control their efforts.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Sand N’ Surf

Supplies: A Tray Full Of Sand, A Bowl Full of Blue Water, Tongs, and Seashells

Directions: Have your child use the tongs to transport the seashells from the “beach” (sand filled tray) to the “ocean” (bowl of blue water). Encourage them to use descriptive words about the seashells by asking them if they are big or small, smooth or bumpy, etc. To take it one step further have your child focus on counting the seashells as they move them from the tray to the bowl. Please note, this makes an excellent outdoor activity as many children will want to play in the sand and water after the activity is finished!

Skills Learned: Language development using descriptive words by describing the seashells. Develops fine motor skills by using movement and concentration. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition. Emotional and social skills by having the children cooperate and control their efforts. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction.

 

Language Learning Activity: Fishy Feeling Language Bucket

Supplies: Bucket and Sea Animal Figures/Toys

Directions: Place the assortment of sea animals into the bucket. Have your child close their eyes, reach into the bucket and pull out one of the sea animals. Encourage your child to talk about each animal, describing how it looks, feels, moves, what sounds it makes and where it lives. Additionally, you can make a super easy “feely bucket” out of a blue container and a blue t-shirt stretched over it and tied together on the bottom of the container. This special container is meant to simulate the ocean!

Skills Learned: Language development, using descriptive words to express the different features of the animals. Emotional and social skills by having the children cooperate and take turns with one another. Promotes scientific thinking and an appreciation for our planet. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction.

Science & Sensory Activity: Color Blend

Supplies: Ziploc Bags and Different Colors of Paint

Directions: Have your child add different colors of paint to the bag, zip it up and let them blend the colors together to create a new color! Make sure that you seal the zip lock bag with clear packing tape to ensure that it does not come open.

Skills Learned: Develops color recognition skills and by having your child mix their own combination of paints it is a wonderful mix of science and art!

 

Fine Motor Activity: Cotton Ball Counting

Supplies: Tape and Cotton Balls

Directions: Show your child how to put the cotton balls onto the tape, while counting aloud. Then have your child mimic those movements while they count.

Skills Learned: Math and quantity recognition. Develops gross motor skills by using movement and concentration. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Hula Hoop Hop…Skip…Jump!

Supplies: Hula Hoops and Chalk

Directions: Lay the hula hoops out on the ground. The children can hop, skip or jump from hula hoop to hula hoop while singing a variety of songs. To take it one step further, use your chalk to put a number inside each hula hoop then have your child count as they move from hula hoop to hula hoop.

Skills Learned: Math and quantity recognition. Develops gross motor skills by using movement and balance. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Pipe Cleaner Threading

Supplies: Colander and Pipe Cleaners

Directions: Have your child flip the colander over so that the holes are facing up. Then have them take pipe cleaners and thread them through the holes of the colander.

Skills Learned: Language development using descriptive and positional words such as in, out, under, over, beside, etc. Hand-eye coordination and control. Math and quantity recognition. Develops color recognition skills.

 

Language Learning Activity: Popsicle Sticks In A Jar

Supplies: Plastic Jar With Lid and Colored Popsicle Sticks

Directions: Cut slits in the lid of the plastic jar. Spread out the colored Popsicle sticks and have your child put them through the slits in the top of the jar.

Skills Learned: Language development using descriptive and positional words such as in, out, under, over, beside, etc. Hand-eye coordination and control. Hand-eye coordination and control. Develops color recognition skills.

 

Creative Expression Activity: Water Painting

Supplies: Something to Paint With (Paint Brush/Sponge) and A Bowl of Water

Directions: Take the bowl of water and whatever your child has chosen to paint with outside. Have your child dip the brush in the water and paint on the sidewalk. As the paintings evaporate take the opportunity to discuss the water cycle.

Skills Learned: Builds their creativity and confidence to experiment and develop early writing skills. Promotes scientific thinking including predictions, observations, comparison, reasoning, data gathering and experimentation.

Fine Motor Activity: Cotton Cupcakes

Supplies: A Variety of Tongs, Cotton Balls & A Cupcake Tin or Various Bowls

Directions: Have your child move the cotton balls from a bowl into the different sections of the cupcake tin or various bowls. Have them try using different sizes and styles of tongs. Have them also count as they are moving the cotton balls back and forth!

Skills Learned: Develops motor skills which are necessary for early writing. Counting and recognition of quantities which prepares children to understand mathematical equations and scientific reasoning.  For an older toddler who needs more challenge, they can had cut strips of yarn and use the tongs to add the “Sauce and Sprinkles”.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Let’s Get Hopping

Supplies: Felt or Construction Paper & Scissors

Directions: Cut out lily pad shapes from the felt or construction paper. Place the pads on the floor and have your child hop across while picking them all up. To take it one step further, have your child pick up the lily pad behind them and place it in front of them and continue this to see how long your child can keep hopping.

Skills Learned: Develops gross motor skills by using movement and balance. This also builds on their ability to follow one-three step instruction.

 

 

Language Learning Activity: Baking Up Some Writing Skills

Supplies: Cookie Sheet & Salt, Sugar or Flour

Directions: Fill the cookie sheet with salt, sugar or flour and help your child to write numbers, letters or shapes with their fingers while sounding out the number, letter or shape. To take it one step further have your child draw from top to bottom and left to right.

Skills Learned: Handwriting and identifying letter shapes and sounds which prepares children for early reading. Drawing simple lines and shapes which supports children’s pre-writing skills and self-expression.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Sorting the Outdoors

Supplies: Shoes & The Outdoors

Directions: Take a walk outside and see what you can find in nature. Bring back the items that you and your kiddo found and sort them from smallest to biggest, shortest to longest or just count what you found!

Skills Learned: Math and quantity recognition. Stimulates your child’s appreciation of the natural world. Allows them to explore textures, sights and smells.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Sink or Float?

Supplies: 3 Plastic Bins & A Variety of Household Items

Directions: Fill one of the plastic bins with water and set the two other containers to each side, these will be used to sort the sink or float items. Have your child put each item in the water to determine whether it sinks or floats. Once your child recognizes if the items sinks or floats have them put it in the applicable bin that you set off to the side. Your child can also sort items by big and little, then go back and see if those items sink or float!

Skills Learned: Language development, using descriptive words to express their ideas and opinions. Promotes scientific thinking including predictions, observations, comparison, reasoning, data gathering and experimentation. Hand-eye coordination and control.