These are so cool, you may need one for yourself....
To begin, charge the flyer on your computer or other USB outlet. When ready, turn it on and watch it take off. Carefully watch it, then as it descends - don't touch it, just put an opened hand under it and watch it elevate again. AMAZING!
Pompoms are a natural attraction to children. They are bright, soft, fuzzy, a great size and just scream "touch me"! They come in various sizes and colors and are so versatile.
Sort by color or size
Fill numbered cups (2 pompoms in the cup marked 2)
Glue to outline letters, numbers, shapes, pictures.
Use with tools for hand strengthening (tweezers, clothespins, tongs, etc)
Use as a simple grasp and place in a container activity to address crossing midline, work on rotation, or core strengthening, etc
In hand manuipaltion or Squirreling- how many can you fit in the palm of one hand. Then using only that hand, bring one to fingertips and place in a bottle.
Tape baggies at the bottom of each tube for a color race. Then sort using a variety of tools. Great for pairs or work centers.
Painters tape holds contact paper with sticky side in so pompoms stick or make a fuzzy picture.
Bottle Top Wall Art and Playboard:
Art project: Gluing bottle tops and bottle caps to make abstract art pieces is a creative recycling project that's easy to implement. It can be a class or school project that everyone participates in. It can be as large or small as you need. (Although real supports will be needed to hold the weight if large)
Bottle Top Bulletin Board: How about a bottle top bulletin board that can be actively used by students? Glue the flat surface of the tops to a sheet of poster board attached to the bulletin board. This leaves the cap openings available to be filled. Try squirreling pompoms or beads, then bringing one to fingertips and use the subtle movements of the fingers (shift) to place them in the cap. This small movement is difficult to work on (similar to feeding a string through a straw), but addresses the muscle control used in handwriting.
Tired of the same, ole, Thanksgiving activities? We were too! So here are some new tricks to try!
1/2 can cranberry sauce
1 1/2 Cups Cornstarch
Mix, adjust amounts based on the amount needed & the desired consistency.
Patterned or Zen-Turkey:
Time to bring out the good markers or gel pens and sneak in pencil control for writing.
Make a "stroke pattern sampler" to encourage different ways to fill in the picture. Examples: wave lines, little circles, cross-hatches, spirals
Make a board with tape, rope, yarn, on paper, etc
Use: yellow for corn; orange for pumpkins, red for apples or cranberries and of course, brown for turkey! How about a round robin tournament to include all ages? Remember different throw lines for different ages!
Stuffed Turkey Toss:
Staple and stuff brown bags to make the target. Use crumbled paper to toss. Different size balls for different points. All can play!
Popsicle Stick Puzzles:
Tape sticks to the table to keep stable.
Help draw or trace an image on the sticks.
Carefully color or paint.
Separate when dry for a fun self-made puzzle!
Time to get a little messy! Fresh cranberries & toothpicks or plastic coffee stirrers are used as the building tools. Demonstrate making some basic structures. Then allow to add on or build their own creations.
Fun Featured Game:
K-Basketball (kinesthetic game)
K-Basketball (a kinesthetic game)
An eyes closed, basketball themed game, designed specifically to work on kinesthetic motor skills. Not many games can do this! How does it work?
The 11" x 17" dry-erase surface depicts a basketball court, complete with men (printed circles & squares in 2 different colors scattered about) and a scoreboard. The object of the game is of course to score. To do so, you place the tip of a dry erase marker on your shape at center court. Decide which of your teammates you want to "pass" to and practice that move 2-3 times with your eyes open. when ready, make that same move but with your eyes closed. If your dot lands totally inside your shape, then, it was a successful pass and you get to go again. If you missed your mark, ball goes to the other side. Feeling lucky?...go for that 3 pointer! It's loads of fun and everyone's sensory system gets a real workout! Helps improve awareness of body position for young and old alike.
8 Quick Fine Motor Activities that take only a few minutes to do.
Got only a minute or 2 ?
Quick Go-to Fine Motor Activities
Sometimes the timing is just off... maybe the student sped through all planned tasks or they didn't take as long as you thought. You still have a few minutes left, hmmm... What won't take too long or require much equipment? Try these "good ole stand-by's" !
Lock fingers as shown.
Elbows must stay on table at all times
Try to pin your opponents thumb down on you fingers for a 5 count, using only your thumb.
Best out of 3 wins - this time!
A pint size version of the classic game. Try to repeat the ever-increasing sequences of lights & sounds. Fast-paced, challenging fun!