We are mastering letter recognition and targeting sounds. Recognition they know Aa 100%, B 75%, b 25%, C I just introduced because it is one of the easier letters. After we go through the entire alphabet in sequence by three’s, I will target pairs. d and b. e and c-to aid the students forming e correctly by contrasting. p and b, and so forth.
Today we played the first time and it is a challenge for the students which is what I wanted. They really have to follow the steps , slow down, focus and think.
Pack Includes: Instructions, page with Key, (shown above) page without Key, Key Page, and Page with a no color key so colors can be personalized.
I don’t think anyone reads the blurbs but I wanted to explain WHY ha ha.
My 1st and 2nd grader are struggling with common core. The 2nd grader JUST started struggling. My observation is simply the material is not given enough time to sink in. The students are doing the steps without understanding the WHY, or dynamics. I’m NOT anti-common core, I’m anti rushing through material to meet standards.
As a result I am trying to build as much common core methodology with my preschoolers, so they will only have to focus on the actual math work and not the procedures. I started at age 4, not knowing if they were ready but they have picked it right up.
Benefits: My take is any age can make these, kids and adults. I think my friend will like the one I made. So it’s practical too right? Like, you can hold stuff up on your fridge with it. It’s light, easy to transport or even mail to someone-if anyone other then me does this anymore. I’m estimating the cost at 2$ tops?
*ALSO- last year’s Mother’s Day craft was, egg carton flower bouquet’s, except we covered ours with glitter. THAT was a lot of prep, I really got sick of cutting all those egg cups out for sure! Then, I had to assist them with putting them together.
This requires adult supervision. I recommend, not using strong adhesive while children are in the room.
Kid friendly art paint
Wooden shapes- Get the flower shape which is not pictured here.
Stencil, or a tool to draw the middle with
Glitter glue pens
Skinny kid friendly paint brush
Supplies are all from Michael’s. My town is so small we don’t have a Target so its either Michael’s, the $ store, or Walmart. I don’t order from online b/c I don’t find the 2d format inspirational whatsoever.
PREP: The only prep is PLAN TIME for each step. Each step requires drying. I planned a day per step.
Realistically? They painted the flower one day, and we rushed the rest this afternoon.
ha. Literally an hour before pick up time as I dug through my recycled containers, to send it home in so it could DRY. (saved deli hot dog containers ha).
STEP ONE-ish. I drew the “petal” lines, with a Sharpie. I used the stencil for center circle.
( design subconciously inspired by Mary Engelbright, realized later).
***IF you get the flower shapes, you don’t have to draw lines at all, just draw the center circle.
Even the preschoolers could draw the lines if they had a photo/example to copy. If they draw them, they might not look like flower petals, AND you will need more time.
AFTER the paint has dried, help student to thumbprint the flower middle (center circle). We use a stamp pad because I have a student who doesn’t like paint on her finger, AND no mess.
AFTER, the thumbprint dried- I glued the magnet on the back.
AFTER, the glue has dried- student paints on glitter glue. I dispersed small amounts out of the glitter glue tubes JUST like I do with paint. That was a personal taste thing and a drying time issue thing.
However much YOU disperse, or if student uses tube etc, have student use a paintbrush at the very end because it will help smooth the globbs.
Again, I do allow – at other times- process art by using an entire bottle of glitter glue on a project if they want. They have to be able to explore and splurge with the medium before you can expect them to use it properly. What THIS craft is good for is learning sequencing, following directions, methodology, attention span, LISTENING.
Upper left is 4.5 year old, Upper Right is 6.5 year old, bottom center is mine because I hardly ever have time to craft ha. AND the kids really like it when I can sit down with them and make my own also.
Students might even be encouraged to outline the edges, especially if they have an example to look at. Later we are going to use this craft as part of our flower study.
(The color in real life isn’t poppy red, but these COULD be used for poppy day hu)
I made this game with the goal of giving my preschoolers confidence in drawing. How many of us have said, “I can’t draw.”? My experience as an artist/artisan is that we are all creative, if we have the right medium.
For example, I am mediocre at freehand drawing. However, upon moving to a small rural town in Oregon, I was exposed to textile mediums. In two years I learned to make beaded bags and moccassins.
Ten years later I bead very little due to bifocals, but I have learned to use OTHER mediums to make things.
The point is: If we believe we are creative, we will continue to try different mediums.
With Art and Music cut from the standard education system, it is up to us to provide these experiences for children.
One of my preschoolers is speech delayed, and is only gaining confidence to TRY now at 4.5 yo. Student loses interest quickly, is resistant to try new things, and will only color smaller images. I made the game with this student in mind, and sure enough when it came to draw one side of the mouth- “I don’t know how to do that”. I responded, “you can do it”, and the student did draw that curve. During the second portion of the mouth, I guided the hand when asked. Student appeared to gain confidence, even drawing on wall whiteboards for the first time this week.
Confidence in Drawing
Kindergarten Common Core familiarity
Following directionS/Critical thinking
This is a great version of roll and draw for students with shorter attention spans. Drawing the face helps with letter formation due to fine motor skill practice for whiskers and mouth parts. Students excercise critical thinking skills as they have to draw the parts separately and understand how the lines lead to, a mouth, for example. This is the same process of alphabet letter deconstruction.
Pack Includes: Pages pictured in this post, single large page key, instructions.
Below the rabbit face is the direct download link: