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Preschool calls for more use of kids’ fine motor skills. My daughter, Jenna, struggled with this so we set up some activities to challenge her. We had string beads and macaroni or I would give her tweezers and have her pick up art supplies like pom-poms and then sort them into toilet paper rolls. Other ideas could include having your child rip paper into long strips or get kid-safe scissors and practice cutting or even pull out some age appropriate puzzles. Practicing these activities regularly will give your child the finger and hand strength to do these simple tasks. Want some practice with letters, check out this post. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Some back to school traditions create lasting memories by way of the senses. By having freshly baked cookies after the first day of school will evoke those sensory memories in your kids when they are older. Have some warm cookies waiting for them when they get home the first day. It gets them to stay and share a bit of their day with you.

Whether you mark the new school year with a simple photo or a fun family outing, the important thing is to take the time to create special memories for your kids. While even parents of young children know that time passes quickly, parents whose children are grown really realize how life speeds to fast forward once kids begin school. A back to school tradition can help your family hold on to that sense of togetherness and belonging, making even the everyday seem that much more special to them. See more on family traditions.

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Bake Some Memories

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Before selecting a seedling, find the significance of your Giving Trees.

Materials:

  • mini aluminum buckets (at hardware stores and craft stores)
  • tacky glue, glitter and felt
  • soil, a seedling and moss
  • Popsicle stick and paper

Coat the bucket in glue (we suggest using a small paintbrush) and cover in glitter. Allow to dry.

Draw a leaf shape that represents the seedling you are planting onto the felt, cut it out and glue it to your bucket.

Plant your seedling in the bucket and cover the soil with moss.

Cut out a small rectangle of paper for the sign. Write “Family” or “Family Tree” on it and decorate it as you choose. Glue it to a Popsicle stick, allow to dry and insert in the soil. As your tree grows, it symbolizes the growth of your gratitude for each other!

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

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Earth Day

Giving Trees

Materials

  1. Poster board and scrapbook paper
  2. Photo of your child
  3. Glue stick and removable tape
  4. Calendar template (many available online)

Cut the poster board to the size and shape of your choice. Glue the scrapbook paper and photo onto the poster board and allow to dry.

Tape the calendar template onto the poster board. As each month comes to a close, you can easily remove the template (save it in your scrapbook!) and replace it with a current one.

Each evening, write a note in the proper square about something you and your child enjoyed together today.

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Check out more fun projects for you and your child for Thanksgiving. Table Hearts

Sweet Memories Calendar

Family Calendar

 

Materials

  1. Colored clay or Sculpey
  2. Rolling pin and heart-shaped cookie cutter
  3. Letter stickers and permanent markers

Roll the clay or Sculpey out on a protected surface so that it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Then cut out heart shapes using the cookie cutter.

Bake the hearts according to the directions on the clay or Sculpey package. When they have hardened and cooled, write “Thank You” on the front of each using letter stickers and allow to dry.

Write the name of a guest at your table and something about that person that you are thankful for on the back of each heart using the permanent markers.

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Table Hearts

Thank You!

Materials

  1. Styrofoam ball
  2. black craft point
  3. tacky glue
  4. pipe cleaners and googly eyes

Paint the Styrofoam ball and allow to dry.

Stick the ends of eight pieces of pipe cleaner into the Styrofoam ball as legs.

Attach googly eyes using glue and allow to dry.

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Halloween

You can cut out and glue on any felt shapes you like! Find old school inspiration for your designs at vintagehalloween.com.

Materials

  1. large pillowcase
  2. felt (black, yellow, orange) and fabric glue
  3. sewing machine or needle and thread and ribbon

Turn the pillowcase inside out. Line the top with a 4′ long piece of ribbon, fold the top over the ribbon and sew in place to create a drawstring.

Turn the pillowcase right side out and cut the shapes of a cat’s face, ears and eyes out of the felt.

Glue the cat’s face onto the bag and allow to dry.

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