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This blog accompany Aliza's SEEDS and Science Kids classes at first 5.

Pre-Writing activities

Hi Moms,

On the fourth lesson we had a challenge of creating Pre-Writing activities. We had such a great lesson with so many creative ideas from the group, ideas that are immediate and easy to do without preparation at all. Here, I’ll bring photos of as many ideas I remember. I’m sure I will be forgetting something, so feel free to remind me by replying.

Every activity that will make the kid use the thumb and finger, will improve his fine motor and prepare him for writing. So the challenge was to come up with creative ideas to develop Pre-Writing activities with a bunch of things that we can find around the home.

The materials:

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The activities:

The Sticky Penny

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Stickers on pennies and put into the piggy bank. Variations: put the blue and red alternately, Put exactly 3 blues, reds and green. Count them. How many are in the piggy bank overall. Follow the kid ideas with other variations he/she may suggest.

The wrinkled paper cat

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Wrinkle tissue paper to make a tiny ball. Draw a simple drawing. With glue have the kids create a colorful picture.

The pompons bear

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Draw a simple drawing on a plate that includes circles and have the kid fill the circles with pompons. Variation: color the circles and ask for the right color of pompons.

The necklace

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Create a cheerios necklace using a piece of yarn and cheerios. Variation: create a pattern with fruit loops. Ask the kid to string for example, 2 yellows one red, 2 yellow 1 red and so on.

Edible Shapes

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Draw shapes on a paper plate and with raisins create the shapes. Enjoy eating the raisins after finished!

Spoon a surprise

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Put variety of little items such as pompons, cubes and buttons in a container with a lid. Make a whole in the lid. With a spoon move the item to the plate to feed a doll or a teddy bear.

So many great ideas!!!

More ideas can be found in this recommended site. I love it so much because most of the activities are home made: http://wecandoallthings.blogspot.com/search/label/fine%20motor%20activities

Suggestions for more activities will be welcome!

Have fun and Keep in touch.

Aliza.

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My Favorite TV shows and internet for my son

While long hours of TV is not recommended, Single Educational programs can be sometimes very helpful, entertaining and meaningful. Therefore, I am writing this post to recommend you some of the TV programs and internet site that my son enjoys.

PBS kids and Nickjr has many educational program. To mention a few:
Super Why!
Caillou
Sid the science kid
Dino Dan
For bigger kids:
Wild kratz
Martha speaks
Electric company
For the little ones:
Team umizoomi
The wonder pets
PBS also have an excellent site online with lots of free educational games. For each game, a parent can find more information and more activities.

I love the “Curious George” games site. So, for example, this game allows kids to experience sorting and shapes:
http://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/games/i_love_shapes/i_love_shapes.html

Parents can read a short paragraph like this to learn about additional activities :
http://www.pbs.org/parents/curiousgeorge/site/site_features.html#i_love_shapes

Have fun,

Aliza.

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