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Gross Motor Fun with Stickers!

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Gross motor Fun with Stickers! Really!
Ok- Gross motor AND Fine motor work... Great for small groups or individual play. Uses plain round stickers of any size or whatever you have on hand. Don't have stickers? Give each player small  pieces of masking tage that they need to color.

Set-up: (student participation required)
Start with about 6' of plain paper (butcher block, craft, tape opened brown bags together, back side of gift wrap...). Draw a straight line down the long length of the paper, then several lines across the width of the paper forming squares at least 6-8" big. Now give each student 6-12  simple colored stickers. Each student can have a variety of colors or each can have their own color. Ask students to place their stickers anywhere on the paper. BUT they can not touch any line, any other sticker and they can not put more than 4 stickers of the same color in each square.

sticker board by pfot
Let's Play!
There are several ways to play with your new sticker board.

- Color jump: each player chooses a different color. On their turn, players must jump or hop to each of that color sticker. If a box doesn't have that color they must skip it.
- Sticker Twister: Call out a color and hand or foot and players must place that body part on a corresponding sticker. For younger players, skip the right-left directions and just focus on hand or foot.
- Make activity cards ahead of time. Each card has a different task such as: Make 5 red sticker's into a flower; 6 yellow into sun's; write each letter from your name in a different sticker; solve simple math problems putting one number from the answer in a different sticker; write your pets name (or my pets name); favorite sports team; etc
- Connect the Dots (Stickers): Assign each player a color and ask them to draw a line connecting that color sticker. Add a challenge: You can not go through any sticker; you can not cross your own line; you can not connect 2 dots in a box to each other. Now drive cars or blow cotton balls down your path.

Other Sticker fun...
Use stickers - match letters, capital to lowercase, Shapes, number to dice dots, etc. And it's re-useable! Next student just does opposite.
Write students name or spelling word, then student lays stickers on the line.
Critical thinking fun: Write 4-5 letters or numbers scattered on a page. Repeat each several times. Then make an answer key. Write the number/letter and place a colored sticker next to it. Ask the student to cover all of the numbers/letters with the correct colored sticker.

"Yes-Please Touch!"


Flashlight Fun & Games

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Flashlight Fun & Games!
Kids LOVE flashlights and shadows. There is just something mysterious and exciting about the dark. So let's use their intrinsic curiosity for skill development and let's have some fun too!

Hand Shadows
Positioning fingers and hands to look like animal shadows has been around forever. Here are some ideas: some simple, others complex, and some unusual ones too.
Click pictures to print the images
* All images can be found on Pinterest

Other Shadow Games:
Shadow Tracing: Standing the object on a wood block pedestal makes them seem more majestic or like statutes. 
Also note how the light comes from the side, allowing the child to freely trace without getting in the way of the shadow. Use opposite side for lefties.

Flashlight Tag: Project your light to a specific spot and ask everyone to get their light on to yours. Or project your light onto the floor and ask everyone to run and stomp on it. Then quickly move it to another spot.

Morse Code Messages:  We found this guide on pinterest that shows how the codes were devrived for each letter. It makes it alittle easier to understand. But a pencil and paper is still needed. Click the picture for the full chart. 

Need a flashlight?
Borrow one from a family member or custodian. Hardware stores, supermarkets, and most conveniece stores sell them. Frequently they are in economical packs.  Remember extra batteries too!
Eco Flashlites are hand powered. So hands get a workout too! PFOT's are $9.95
Mini Flashlites on keychains throw alot of light. PFOT's are only $1.50