Phew! We have been working hard on thematic units again lately! I’m really enjoying putting together units again, with materials covering a range of subjects within each unit – ranging from practical life to science to writing. It’s a lot of fun for me to make, but I also see that Y becomes quite interested in topics and likes to explore them more in depth in this way.
Yesterday, I shared the works on butterfly theme
. Today, I want to give an introduction to the other large unit we have covered this month – our weather theme. These are our fun Weather Push Pin activities!
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Weather Pin punching
Age: Yvann is 4 years old. This depends on your level of comfort with your child’s use of a push pin.
Why: This work is wonderful for developing hand eye coordination in children. It helps to strengthen muscles in the hand and prepares your child for writing. Additionally, works like these strengthen concentration!
What you need
- Pin puncher
- Foam or board for placing paper on
- Tray for presentation
- Printables or paper for punching
I present these works with the push pin in a separate bowl or tray. This is convenient as the push pin does not move around on the tray too much when my son carries the tray.
The idea with this work is very simple – the child uses a push pin to cut out the image on the cards along the dashed lines. Then, the child may choose to decorate the image by coloring it, placing stickers on it, or gluing decorative pieces onto it. Y does any combination of the above!
Works like this really are a great test of patience and work beautifully to strengthen children’s hands.
A note on safety: Our push pin is not sharp and is large. This is very important, especially with younger children. Small push pins should not be used with children that still place objects in their mouths. Even with larger push pins, please monitor your children when conducting works like this!
Get your set!
Some supplies that may help
These items may be useful to setting up these activities! You can click on the photos for more details!
More weather themed activities
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