Welcome to a very special edition of Fine Motor Fridays! Today's fine motor skills activity not only comes with a free printable that goes along with a beloved children's song- but it comes with a HUGE announcement! Today is the launch of our brand new book called 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5!!! This activity is adapted from one of the awesome activities in the book to show you just how easy it is to use the book with your own kids! The one in the books is a monster while mine goes along with I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!
I have had the pleasure of perusing our brand new book for about a week now and it is SO inspiring! I love that each activity has huge pictures, a materials list and step by step instructions. What I also liked was that even though each of the authors has kids that are different ages than mine, I could take an idea in the book and adapt it to suit my own kids. Note: This post includes affiliate links, which means if you buy anything via those links, my site receives a tiny commission at no additional cost to you.
I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old right now. When I saw an activity in the book called Feeding the Monster from Nicolette at Powerful Mothering, I knew that my 2 year old would love it just the way it was done in the book- a super simple, super cute wipes box monster with a tray of objects to feed it. CUTE!!!
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Printable
I thought my 4 year old would like it too but I wanted to add some elements to go along with what she is working on in preschool. I used some free clipart from Pixabay and created a free printable (available here in the Lalymom Shop) on the Avery Labels website using template 6450. This lined up the images and text in 1 inch circles so that you could print them on Avery 1 inch round labels or print them on paper and cut them with scissors or a 1 inch paper punch like I did. Then I just used glue stick to stick them onto various recycled milk caps and soda lids.
The printable has silly cartoon versions of the animals in the song as well as more lifelike drawings. I added site words and beginning letters so you can further adapt this for your kids! In fact you could skip the lids all together and just cut them out and laminate them too. Whatever you prefer!
I made the Old Lady wipes box just like Nicolette made her monster, which you can get a peek by heading to Amazon to look at the book and click on Look Inside to see images of the book! Speaking of which, I KNOW you are on the edge of your seat for the details about the book, RIGHT!?
99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 – THE BOOK!!
So I'm not sure if anyone else has been counting but October marks the ONE YEAR anniversary of the Fine Motor Fridays series! Nicolette from Powerful Mothering had this great idea to band together to make a book and here it is, our dream realized! The freshly launched book 99 Fine Motor Activities for Ages 1 to 5! The best part is that it is available in print, Kindle and eBook formats, so no matter where you are, or what how you like your books, you can pick one up today!
Here is what to expect from this awesome new book!
-A foreword from Deborah of Teach Preschool on the importance of fine motor skill development.
-99 ideas to help you create fun, playful activities to encourage fine motor skills.
-Each activity includes full color photos, a materials list and step-by-step instructions.
-It's a fantastic resource for parents, educators and caretakers.
-Each activity has been kid-tested with great delight!
-Launch price on the eBook is $6.99 for two weeks only, then $8.99, so buy now!!
The eBook can be bought anywhere in the world! PayPal handles currency conversion on the eBook, easy peasy! The Kindle and Print book are obviously available to anyone who can shop Amazon!
For more ways to adapt the activities from this book, check out these posts from my Fine Motor Fridays co-hosts- and CO-AUTHORS!
Snack Hunt from Craftulate
Sewing Spider Webs from Still Playing School
Sight Word Crayon Rubbing Plates from P is for Preschooler
Flower Garden from Powerful Mothering
Play Dough Alphabet Search & Sort from Stir the Wonder
See and Spray Game from School Time Snippets
Fine Motor Dot to Dot on the Light Table from And Next Comes L
Unwrapping Activity from House of Burke
Sight Word And Name Game Activity from Little Bins For Little Hands