In hand manipulation skills using broken crayons

In order to work on in-hand manipulation skills with some kids, I decided to use little pieces of broken off crayon.  I had them hold two crayons at the same time, one in their palm, and one in their fingers.  Then I had them draw a shape (I had circles and rainbows) with one color, manipulate the crayons in their hand to switch to the next one, and draw with the other color. This was a challenge for all of {Read More}

Raindrops Clothespin Fine Motor Game

The raindrop clothespin game has a full game with game board, and it also has some simple clothespin matching activities. In both parts, you use clothespins to clip raindrops onto an umbrella. Here is the reversals umbrella free. For the matching part, there is a colorful rainbow umbrella that you match the colored raindrops to. There are two umbrellas with alphabet letters, and one with numbers. There is also an umbrella that has frequently reversed letters on it, and you {Read More}

Rainbow Puzzle game

I made a fun little game for spring with rainbows and words.  I call it the rainbow puzzle game, and you can download it for free (you can also find it in the shops).  You have to roll 3 dice first, a number dice, a color dice, and a word dice.   You remember what you rolled.  Scooter board over to the rainbow puzzle pieces and get the correct number of pieces of the right color of the rainbow.  Then you {Read More}

Coloring and Cutting Heart Bugs and Caterpillars

Last year I made some really cute heart butterflies, and wanted to increase it by having other bugs to make too.  They make cute little valentine love bugs. The bugs are very similar to the heart butterflies with the same template shapes, but changed in order to look more like ladybug type of bugs.  You can also put several together to make cute little heart caterpillars.       I did the same thing with the bugs that I did {Read More}

Standards for writing and typing

There is a set of standards that have been worked out for what is expected with writing and typing per age group.  These are called the Written Production Standards for Handwriting and Keyboarding grades k-8.  They are research based, and were Sponsored by Zaner-Bloser in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators. These are being shared with permission from the creators, and all of the documentation can be found at the website for handwriting in the 21st century (hw21).  {Read More}