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Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable Version

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable Version

Cutting Practice for Preschoolers with Free Printable

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath! Check out the printable version!

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath! 

Multi-Step Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

What I love about this activity is that it is multiple activities all in one to keep kids busy and engaged longer!

The kids can start off by drawing and creating a rainbow. Once drawn, they can then help cut out strips of rain and clouds to cover up the rainbow. And finally, they can cut away the rain to reveal their rainbow! If you have multiple kids, or a classroom, it would be fun to switch papers to have the sibling or classmate do the big reveal!

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How to Create This Activity  

There are two ways you can do this cutting practice for preschoolers! You can do the multi-step handmade approach described above, or you can grab our free printable below.

Both ways are lots of fun and great for strengthening fine motor skills!

Keep on reading to get the free printable which includes 3 different scenes to discover! 

How to Create This Activity  

There are two ways you can do this cutting practice for preschoolers! You can do the multi-step handmade approach described above, or you can grab our free printable below.

Both ways are lots of fun and great for strengthening fine motor skills!

Keep on reading to get the free printable which includes 3 different scenes to discover! 

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!

Get the Free Printable Version for This Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

We wanted to make things extra easy for you with a free printable version of this activity! Just print, cut along the dotted lines, and tape for a super quick activity to set up for your preschoolers!

In addition to the rainbow discovery, the printable set includes 2 other scenes to have kids uncover – dolphins hiding behind seagrass and ladybugs hiding behind grass!

For more printable resources to help with scissor skills, be sure to check out our Cut the Patterns and Scissor Skills Haircuts worksheets!

And to see all our printable resources including lots of freebies, visit our Printable Shop

Materials
Step-by-Step Instructions 
Step 1

Have your little one draw a rainbow on a piece of paper, or draw one for them, or grab our free printable! 

Step 2

Cut clouds and strips for the “rain” on blue paper, leaving a 1/4 inch border to keep all the strands together.

Step 3

Glue the rain just above the rainbow. And then glue the clouds above the rain.

Step 4

Hand your kiddo child-safe scissors and challenge them to cut the rain away to find the surprise underneath!

Step 1

Have your little one draw a rainbow on a piece of paper, or draw one for them, or grab our free printable

Step 2

Cut clouds and strips for the “rain” on blue paper, leaving a 1/4 inch border to keep all the strands together.

Step 3

Glue the rain just above the rainbow. And then glue the clouds above the rain.

Step 4

Hand your kiddo child-safe scissors and challenge them to cut the rain away to find the surprise underneath!

The Importance of Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

Read more about what fine motor skills are and why the are important!

Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!
Make cutting practice for preschoolers fun with this activity! Kids will cut away the top layer of paper to reveal a picture underneath!

The Importance of Cutting Practice for Preschoolers

As a child strengthens their scissor skills, they are simultaneously strengthening their fine motor skills. These are the small muscles in the hands and fingers that will help kids accomplish many life skills including writing, buttoning, zipping, and so much more.

Read more about what fine motor skills are and why the are important!

Store-Bought Scissor Skills Activities

Here are my top picks for scissor skill products you can buy!

Scissor Skills Workbook

This set includes 3 workbooks all about scissor skills. Each book includes a pair of scissors!

Apple Picking Game

This unique game includes magnetic apples that can be picked from the tree using a scooper scissor!

Travel-Size Cutting Book

This small book is packed with scissor skills activities for children as young as 2 years old!

Decorative Scissors

This fun set of scissors comes with 6 designs of patterns for decorating paper crafts!

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Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat

Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat

Rainbow Pasta Recipe – A Vibrant Way to Eat!

rainbow pasta recipe

This rainbow pasta recipe is so fun to do with kids! It takes making homemade pasta to the next level with all the vibrant colors! Keep on reading to find out how we make it!

A Rainbow Pasta Recipe to Wow the Kids!

We loved taking homemade pasta to the next level with this rainbow pasta recipe! I love to get the kid’s in the kitchen, and they love to be there. So when your kiddo asks to try and make rainbow pasta, my first reaction is, let’s do this! 

I’m not going to beat around the bush with this —  making rainbow pasta, especially when you have all the colors on one strand, is a long process. I repeat, it is SO much easier to cook a box of dry pasta and add food coloring.

That being said, there is so much to enjoy and learn from the process — the sensory experience of mixing the flour and egg,  the fine motor of threading the pasta through the maker, the gross motor of cranking the pasta through it,  patterning the colors in rainbow order, and of course, the enjoying of food you have labored over with love.  

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Watch This Rainbow Pasta Recipe in Action!

In this video you’ll see the colorful explosion that took over our kitchen!

We enjoy using an old school homemade pastamaking machine – one that requires you to flatten and cut pasta through a hand crank.

It’s a truly beautiful process with a delicious plate of pasta to enjoy at the end!

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Watch This Rainbow Pasta Recipe in Action!

In this video you’ll see the colorful explosion that took over our kitchen!

We enjoy using an old school homemade pastamaking machine – one that requires you to flatten and cut pasta through a hand crank.

It’s a truly beautiful process with a delicious plate of pasta to enjoy at the end!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Tips for Cooking with Kids

Dealing with the Mess. Cooking with kids can get messy, but overtime, with practice it will get better and better. Making a mess is an essential step for kids to ultimately learn how to NOT make mess!

Kitchen Stool. While not necessary, a kitchen stool is a great way to get kids at the right safe level for helping in the kitchen!

Homemade Pasta Without the Color. If making homemade pasta colorful is too many steps, don’t be discouraged. Start out by just making plain pasta with the homemade pasta-making machine before jumping into the extra step of adding color!

Coloring. If you do decide to make the pasta colorful, try and find a plant-based food coloring to keep things natural!

rainbow pasta recipe

Materials

  • 1 Cups Flour
  • 2 Eggs

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

For each color, 2 cups of flour to a bowl. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour, crack the eggs into it, and add a squirt of food coloring. Use a fork to slowly stir the egg and flour mixture together.

Step 2

Knead the dough, first in the bowl, then transfer to a floured surface and continue kneading. Add more flour until elastic and not sticky. Split into 4 pieces and continue to knead.

Step 3

Roll out the dough, we use a hand crank machine and roll as thin as the second to last setting (the thinnest setting often results in pasta that gets stuck together during the cooking process).

Step 4

Cut the pasta using the pasta attachment or a knife if you prefer a handcut width!

Step 5

Boil water and cook the pasta for no more than a few minutes. Add salt and sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Note: To make the pasta so that each strand has the entire spectrum of colors on it, you’ll have to do the extra labor intensive step of laying each thin colorful piece on top of a large flat plain piece of pasta. Use your fingers to dampen the flat piece as you add the colors so that they adhere. Then, run the entire piece through the machine 2 times before cutting the pasta.

Step 1

For each color, 2 cups of flour to a bowl. Make a hole or well in the center of the flour, crack the eggs into it, and add a squirt of food coloring. Use a fork to slowly stir the egg and flour mixture together.

Step 2

Knead the dough, first in the bowl, then transfer to a floured surface and continue kneading. Add more flour until elastic and not sticky. Split into 4 pieces and continue to knead.

Step 3

Roll out the dough, we use a hand crank machine and roll as thin as the second to last setting (the thinnest setting often results in pasta that gets stuck together during the cooking process).

Step 4

Cut the pasta using the pasta attachment or a knife if you prefer a handcut width!

Step 5

Boil water and cook the pasta for no more than a few minutes. Add salt and sauce to taste. Enjoy!

Note: To make the pasta so that each strand has the entire spectrum of colors on it, you’ll have to do the extra labor intensive step of laying each thin colorful piece on top of a large flat plain piece of pasta. Use your fingers to dampen the flat piece as you add the colors so that they adhere. Then, run the entire piece through the machine 2 times before cutting the pasta.

The Importance of Teaching Your Children to Cook 

Cooking skills are a great way to teach life skills with educational value. Not only does cooking show them that they can make great food at home, but it helps them learn math skills and planning skills, too. 

When you teach your child to cook, work on learning measurements and the importance of following recipe directions as well. These are life skills that they can use long after they leave the house.

If your kiddo loves making pasta dough, they’ll love making play dough too – check out our easy no-cook recipe!

rainbow pasta recipe
rainbow pasta recipe

The Importance of Teaching Your Children to Cook 

Cooking skills are a great way to teach life skills with educational value. Not only does cooking show them that they can make great food at home, but it helps them learn math skills and planning skills, too. 

When you teach your child to cook, work on learning measurements and the importance of following recipe directions as well. These are life skills that they can use long after they leave the house.

If your kiddo loves making pasta dough, they’ll love making play dough too – check out our easy no-cook recipe!

Sensory Bases to Explore

Homemade pasta dough is definitely rich in providing a sensory experience. Here are some non-food related sensory bases you can explore as well!

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

Life Skill Activity for Toddlers – DIY Zipper Board

girl playing with diy zipper board

This DIY zipper board is an easy-to-make life skill activity for toddlers. It’s such a fun way for kids to learn how to zip up and down! Keep on reading to find the simple instructions on how to make one yourself!

A Life Skill Activity for Learning How to Zip and Unzip

Life skills are exactly what they sound like – skills that we will use throughout the course of our life! There are a lot of life skills that kids can start practicing at an early age – zipping, buttoning, cutting, washing, brushing – to name a few!

And this zipper board has the zipping and unzipping category covered! 

Learning practical life skills like this at an early age not only allow kids to be independent, but can also provide grown ups relief by allowing their kids the opportunity to learn to dress themselves!

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Watch this Life Skill Activity in Action!

There are loads of sensory boards and books you can buy (and I have some really good recommendations for them below!). But there are also easy life skill activities like this that we can make ourselves!

In this video, you’ll see how much fun my 1 year old and 3 year old had practicing the skill of zipping this colorful board over and over again! It is one of those DIY items that made it’s rotation in our play room just as much as a store bought toy!

Watch this Life Skill Activity in Action!

There are loads of sensory boards and books you can buy (and I have some really good recommendations for them below!). But there are also easy life skill activities like this that we can make ourselves!

In this video, you’ll see how much fun my 1 year old and 3 year old had practicing the skill of zipping this colorful board over and over again! It is one of those DIY items that made it’s rotation in our play room just as much as a store bought toy!

girl playing with diy zipper board

Tips for Creating This DIY Zipper Board

Colorful Set of Zippers. It is not necessary at all to have all of these colors, however it is a great opportunity to talk about colors during the activity to build on language development and vocabulary!

Glue. When gluing down the zippers make sure you keep the glue as far away as possible to the zipper itself. If it gets inside the zipper, it will be really tricky to zip it up and down without it getting stuck in the dried glue!

Cardboard. This is definitely a fun activity to save cardboard for! Cardboard is such a great DIY resource for kids activities since it is durable and basically free (if you get as many packages as we do!).

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Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Get a piece of cardboard that is square in size and large enough to hold multiple zippers. 

    Step 2

    Apply hot glue to the material on the side of the zippers making sure to leave plenty of space from the zippers themselves. 

    Step 3

    Let the glue dry completely, and that’s it! 

    Step 1

    Get a piece of cardboard that is square in size and large enough to hold multiple zippers. 

    Step 2

    Apply hot glue to the material on the side of the zippers making sure to leave plenty of space from the zippers themselves. 

    Step 3

    Let the glue dry completely, and that’s it! 

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The greatest benefit of creating this zipper board is strengthening the muscles and coordination in the hands in fingers to move the zipper up and down. In other words, strengthening fine motor skills!

    When your kiddo is ready, cutting activities are another great way to practice this skill! This free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills
    scissor skill printable fun haircut worksheet for preschoolers and toddlers learning how to cut and strengthen fine motor skills

    More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

    The greatest benefit of creating this zipper board is strengthening the muscles and coordination in the hands in fingers to move the zipper up and down. In other words, strengthening fine motor skills!

    When your kiddo is ready, cutting activities are another great way to practice this skill! This free printable haircutting activity is so much fun and will allow your kiddos to strengthen their fine motor skills while also learning the practical life skill of cutting!

    For more fine motor skills activities, visit our comprehensive list!

    Top Picks for Strengthening Practical Life Skills

    Here are some great gifts for continuing to strengthen practical life skills!

    fabric busy book fine motor skills practical life skills

    Fabric Busy Book

    This high quality fabric busy book is jam packed with practical life and fine motor skill activities! From dressing, to tying, buckling, and beyond!

    wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

    Sensory Bowls and Tools

    Scooping, pouring, and transferring are all important practice life skills! This set of wooden bowls, scoops, and a tong are great for sensory play!

    practical life skill construction toy screw driver board

    Screw Driver Board

    This car shaped screw driver board is a fun way for kids to learn how to screw and thread real life objects while using real life tools!

    practical life skills busy board book fine motor skills

    Activity Board

    This alligator shaped busy board will help young kids learn even more practical life skills. It is lightweight and folds into a book for easy carrying on the go!

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    DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

    DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

    DIY Toddler Activity – Make a Caterpillar Puzzle with Pouch Tops

    DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning

    Your early learner is going to love this DIY toddler activity. Making your own caterpillar puzzle, is a fun way to use some of those plastic lids from food containers and put them to good use at home! Great for fine motor skills and color learning!

    A Budget-Friendly DIY Toddler Activity

    Since I’m a big believer in reusing things around the home, it just makes sense that using these colored lids is perfect! I hate throwing things out that have another use left in them, and this is what this puzzle proves. 

    It’s a great way to test kids interest too! If you find your kiddo absolutely loves this DIY toddler activity, then it’s a good reason to invest in buying a store-bought puzzle that is more durable and long-lasting! If you find they lose interest quickly, then save the money and bring out your DIY version from time to time instead!

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    Watch This DIY Toddler Activity in Action!

    In this video, you’ll see my daughter (less than 2 years old at the time), enjoying this DIY puzzle. She is at a stage when she is still learning her colors. When kids don’t match the color correctly, that’s ok! This is the perfect opportunity to use our words and guide.

    While kids learn colors with this puzzle, they are also majorly working on their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination by placing the caps into the receiver and twisting it open and close!

     

    Watch This DIY Toddler Activity in Action!

    In this video, you’ll see my daughter (less than 2 years old at the time), enjoying this DIY puzzle. She is at a stage when she is still learning her colors. When kids don’t match the color correctly, that’s ok! This is the perfect opportunity to use our words and guide.

    While kids learn colors with this puzzle, they are also majorly working on their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination by placing the caps into the receiver and twisting it open and close!

     

    dot the rainbow color matching activity with dot markers

    More Ways to Learn Colors!

    Grab this free printable Dot-the-Rainbow activity for another fun way to play and learn with colors! You can use dot stickers, dot markers, or simply color in the circles!

    We have even more free printable activities that are all about learning colors while being hands on. For example, our Rainbow Color Matching Game utilizes cotton swabs, our Discover the Color activity uses cotton rounds and watercolors, and our Color Mixing bundle is filled with ways to learn color mixing that extends beyond the page!

    For even more printable activities that cover lots of early childhood education skills, check them all out in our Printables section!

     

    Materials

    • Cardboard Box
    • Pouch tops with the twisty bottoms
    • Tape

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Reuse a small cardboard box and on one end, cut six holes.

    Step 2

    Place the screw-end of a pouch top into the holes, taping them down inside the box for added security.

     

    Step 3

    To make the caterpillar come to life, add a googly eye and pipe cleaner antenna to the first cap. As well as legs to the body!

    Step 1

    Reuse a small cardboard box and on one end, cut six holes.

    Step 2

    Place the screw-end of a pouch top into the holes, taping them down inside the box for added security.

    Step 3

    To make the caterpillar come to life, add a googly eye and pipe cleaner antenna to the first cap. As well as legs to the body!

    The Benefits of This DIY Toddler Activity

    One of the biggest benefits of this DIY toddler activity is that it will help kids learn and match colors. Grown ups can talk about the colors, giving their names, and having the child repeat them as a way to strengthen language development and build vocabulary.

    Plus, this activity also gives kids ample opportunity to work on their hand-eye coordination and their fine motor skills. Placing those pouch tops into the twisty-bottom receiver is tricky and requires a ton of concentration for young kids!

    DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning
    DIY Toddler Activity - Make Your Own Caterpillar Puzzle for Color Learning

    The Benefits of This DIY Toddler Activity

    One of the biggest benefits of this DIY toddler activity is that it will help kids learn and match colors. Grown ups can talk about the colors, giving their names, and having the child repeat them as a way to strengthen language development and build vocabulary.

    Plus, this activity also gives kids ample opportunity to work on their hand-eye coordination and their fine motor skills. Placing those pouch tops into the twisty-bottom receiver is tricky and requires a ton of concentration for young kids!

    More Ways to Match Colors

    Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

    color recognition sorting rainbowa

    Color Sorting Rainbow

    Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

    rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

    Wooden Rainbow Stacker

    This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

    color sorting magnetic game color recognition

    Color Sorting Maze

    This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

    Color sorting game color recognition

    Color Sort the Objects

    This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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    Simple Subtraction Worksheets for Kids – Fun and Free!

    Simple Subtraction Worksheets for Kids – Fun and Free!

    Simple Subtraction Worksheets for Kids – Fun and Free!

    simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

    Kids can learn simple subtraction with these free worksheets. They are silly, fun, and a hands-on way to learn this important math skill! 

    A Hands On Way to Learn Simple Subtraction!

    There is something about cutting hair that keep kiddos engaged! Not only is it fun to give the worksheet people a hair cut, but it is such a visual way to understand subtraction!

    If your kiddo is also learning simple addition, be sure to check out our “Add the Hair” activity – it’s another hands on way to learn a math skill, but this time using loose parts for giving the people hair and adding it up!

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    Skills: Early Math

    Ages: 2 Years +

    Prep Time: 20 Minutes

    How to Set Up This Fun Simple Subtraction Activity

    Utilizing this free printable makes setting up this activity so easy!

    All you need to do is print it and provide scissors for your kiddo to use to cut away the “hair.”

    This activity doesn’t just help in learning a math skill, but it also strengthens fine motor skills! Using scissors and cutting is one of the best ways to strengthen muscles in the hands and fingers!

    How to Set Up This Fun Simple Subtraction Activity

    Utilizing this free printable makes setting up this activity so easy!

    All you need to do is print it and provide scissors for your kiddo to use to cut away the “hair.”

    This activity doesn’t just help in learning a math skill, but it also strengthens fine motor skills! Using scissors and cutting is one of the best ways to strengthen muscles in the hands and fingers!

     

    simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

    Get the Free Printable Here!

    I wanted to make things extra easy for busy grown ups by providing this printable activity for free!

    First, get some scissor skills practice by cutting along the lines to create strands of hair. Then, follow the equation by subtracting the number of hairs while physically cutting them away! Kids can count the remaining hairs to solve the problem and then write the answer in the space provided.

    And if you like this, don’t miss some of our other free printables that focus on early math skills like our free Number Parking Lot printable and Count the Pizza Topping printable

    For more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

    The Educational Benefits of This Simple Subtraction Activity 

    Subtraction is all about figuring out what amount is left after taking a number away from another.

    Just like addition, subtraction is part of our everyday life! Just think of all of the daily experiences that require us to use this skill – telling time, cooking, and money to name a few!

    Learning subtraction at an early age will benefit children as they progress on their math journey as it is so fundamental to basic mathematics. 

    simple subtraction free printable activity for kids
    simple subtraction free printable activity for kids

    The Educational Benefits of This Simple Subtraction Activity 

    Subtraction is all about figuring out what amount is left after taking a number away from another.

    Just like addition, subtraction is part of our everyday life! Just think of all of the daily experiences that require us to use this skill – telling time, cooking, and money to name a few!

    Learning subtraction at an early age will benefit children as they progress on their math journey as it is so fundamental to basic mathematics. 

    More Ways to Learn Simple Subtraction

    Here are my top picks for early math games that have a focus on simple subtraction!

    simple subtraction addition game

    Addition and Subtraction Board Game

    This Swamp game encourages kids to do basic math drills through fun game play!

    simple subtraction addition game

    Addition and Subtraction Puzzles

    This includes 20 self-checking, 5-piece puzzles designed to help children develop automaticity!

    simple subtraction addition game

    Subtraction Flash Cards

    This set includes 169 hole-punched math game flash cards so you can easily organize cards using the metal rings!

    simple subtraction addition game

    Motor Math Activity!

    This set includes a transportation theme activity that will help learn counting, patterning, addition and subtraction!

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    Scented Play Dough – How to Make Rose Swirls

    Scented Play Dough – How to Make Rose Swirls

    Scented Play Dough – How to Make Rose Swirls 

    scented play dough rose valentine's day kid activity school gift

    This rose scented play dough recipe smells divine! It is a fun activity to do around Valentine’s Day. Keep on reading to find out how we make it!

    Give A Scented Play Dough Gift!  

    After you make this scented play dough, you may want to give it to all your friends (like we did!). Put the play dough into a small jar and pair it with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and rolling pin and you’ve got the most adorable Valentine’s gift for kids!

    This play dough recipe is sensory-packed! Not only is including a scent amazing, but the swirls are so easy to make and fun to look at. Once kids begin to play with the dough, it also becomes a lesson on color mixing – what color does white and red make when combined?!

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    How to Make Swirl Rose Scented Play Dough!

    Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this play dough recipe! You’ll see that my son (age 3 years old at the time) enjoyed doing most of the steps on his own!

    Grown ups, of course, will need to mix in the boiling water. And, depending on a child’s age, it may be preferred for a grown up to create the layers and cut the dough into swirly sections!

    How to Make Swirl Rose Scented Play Dough!

    Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this play dough recipe! You’ll see that my son (age 3 years old at the time) enjoyed doing most of the steps on his own!

    Grown ups, of course, will need to mix in the boiling water. And, depending on a child’s age, it may be preferred for a grown up to create the layers and cut the dough into swirly sections!

    Easy to Make Play Dough – Tips and Tricks!

    Mix while hot, but use caution! 

    I wear gloves and mix the *very hot* play dough by hand to make sure that the dough is kneaded thoroughly, which spreads the heat, dissolving the granules to make a smooth texture. Don’t have your kiddos do this part!

    Why is my batch too sticky?

    Too much water was added! If too sticky add a little more flour.

    Why is my batch too dry?

    Not enough water was added! If too dry add a little more water.

    Do I need to add oil?

    The coconut oil gives the dough a super silky texture. You could also use glycerine. Alternatively, other vegetable oil will work too, but I’ve found that coconut oil makes it super silky!

    What is cream of tartar, and do I need it?

    The cream of tartar is a preservative and it makes the play dough have a longer shelf life. You can omit it, but the dough will not last as long!

    scented play dough rose valentine's day kid activity school gift

    How can I store and how long does it last?

    Play dough can last up to 6 months if stored in a sealed container. We like using 4oz jars as pictured below. But with all things that kid’s touch, there is risk of germs entering once touched, so always be sure to look for mold – seen as black dots. If black dots form, it’s time to throw out!

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a bowl.

    Step 2

    Add the rose extract and coconut oil.

    Step 3

    Add food coloring into the 3/4 cup of water.

    Step 4

    Boil the water. (In my microwave, it takes about 2 minutes to reach best temperature.)

    Step 5

    Mix the water into the flour mixture, transferring to a flat surface to knead until smooth and not sticky. Don’t miss my note above about wearing gloves to protect your hands from the heat!

     

    Step 6

    Repeat above recipe except skip the food coloring to make plain white play dough.

    Step 7

    Roll out 2 layers of white and 2 layers of red.

    Step 8

    Stack the layers on top of each other in red, white, red, white order.

    Step 9

    Use the rolling pin to flatten all the layers together a little more.

    Step 10

    From bottom to top, roll the play dough into a roll to desired thickness.

    Step 11

    Cut into individual portions and enjoy!

    Step 1

    Mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a bowl.

    Step 2

    Add the rose extract and coconut oil.

    Step 3

    Add food coloring into the 3/4 cup of water.

    Step 4

    Boil the water. (In my microwave, it takes about 2 minutes to reach best temperature.)

    Step 5

    Mix the water into the flour mixture, transferring to a flat surface to knead until smooth and not sticky. Don’t miss my note above about wearing gloves to protect your hands from the heat!

    Step 6

    Repeat above recipe except skip the food coloring to make plain white play dough.

    Step 7

    Roll out 2 layers of white and 2 layers of red.

    Step 8

    Stack the layers on top of each other in red, white, red, white order.

    Step 9

    Use the rolling pin to flatten all the layers together a little more.

    Step 10

    From bottom to top, roll the play dough into a roll to desired thickness.

    Step 11

    Cut into individual portions and enjoy!

    The Importance of Playing with Play Dough

    Playing with play dough in general is such a sensory rich experience. The tactile experience provides wonderful hand strengthening opportunities. Rolling, squeezing, twisting, pulling, and more — all of these actions are great for fine motor skills.

    When you add a scent into play dough, it takes the sensory experience to the next level. This recipe had rose extract, but you could incorporate lots of different types of scents. Lavender, for example, would be a great way option for a calming, soothing recipe!

    For more sensory play activities visit our comprehensive list!

    scented play dough rose valentine's day kid activity school gift
    scented play dough rose valentine's day kid activity school gift

    The Importance of Playing with Play Dough

    Playing with play dough in general is such a sensory rich experience. The tactile experience provides wonderful hand strengthening opportunities. Rolling, squeezing, twisting, pulling, and more — all of these actions are great for fine motor skills.

    When you add a scent into play dough, it takes the sensory experience to the next level. This recipe had rose extract, but you could incorporate lots of different types of scents. Lavender, for example, would be a great way option for a calming, soothing recipe!

    For more sensory play activities visit our comprehensive list!

     

    More Sensory Bases to Explore

    Here are my top picks for sensory bases you can buy!

    sensory sand play for kids

    Sensory Sand

    Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

    mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

    Modelling Dough

    This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

    play dough wild dough sensory

    Premium Play Dough

    This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

    slime kit sensory play for kids

    The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

    This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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    Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

    Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

    Color Matching Activity – Make Your Own Sorting Game

    color matching activity with paper tubes and pom poms great for fine motor skills

    Make your own color matching activity out of paper tubes and pom poms. This is a fun way to play with color recognition and fine motor skills! Keep on reading to find out how easy this activity is to make!

    Where Color Matching Activity and Fine Motor Skills Collide!

    This easy-to-make color matching activity is also a great way to strengthen fine motor skills. The kids will be able to use tongs and place the correct colored pom poms into the same colored tube all on their own! This is great for both finger muscles and hand-eye coordination!

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    Watch This Color Matching Activity in Action! 

    In this video, you’ll see how both preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy this activity! While many preschool aged kids can easily match colors, this game takes it to the next level by using tongs. This may be tricky for some kids to use, but the more they practice, the more their hand-eye coordination and finger muscles will strengthen. Toddlers who are not quite ready to use tongs yet, can use their hands to transfer the pom poms into the paper tube.

     

    Watch This Color Matching Activity in Action! 

    In this video, you’ll see how both preschoolers and toddlers can enjoy this activity! While many preschool aged kids can easily match colors, this game takes it to the next level by using tongs. This may be tricky for some kids to use, but the more they practice, the more their hand-eye coordination and finger muscles will strengthen. Toddlers who are not quite ready to use tongs yet, can use their hands to transfer the pom poms into the paper tube.

     

    color matching activity with paper tubes and pom poms great for fine motor skills

    Tips for Making This Color Matching Activity

    Colors. Make paper tubes colorful by using acrylic paint, or an even faster process for grown ups to do is use spray paint!

    Cardboard. Cardboard makes the best puzzle boards! It is thick and durable. But the best part? It’s a free resource if you have constant at-home deliveries like us! 

    Tongs. For the added fine motor strengthening component of this activity, get some tongs that are kid-friendly! We bought a set that are for serving hors d’oeuvre – they are small and easier for kids to use.

    For more color matching activities, be sure to visit our comprehensive list of ideas

     

     

    Materials

    • Cardboard
    • Paper Tubes
    • Paint

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Cut toilet paper tubes in half (or leave them whole for double the filling!). Paint tubes — acrylic paint, tempera paint sticks, spray paint, whatever you have on hand!

    Step 2

    Glue painted tubes down to a piece of cardboard. I used hot glue since it dries super fast. For the older kids, grab a tong and set aside pom poms, or bottle caps, or erasers, anything smallish that will fit inside. And watch those fine motor skills at work!

    Step 1

    Cut toilet paper tubes in half (or leave them whole for double the filling!). Paint tubes — acrylic paint, tempera paint sticks, spray paint, whatever you have on hand!

    Step 2

    Glue painted tubes down to a piece of cardboard. I used hot glue since it dries super fast. For the older kids, grab a tong and set aside pom poms, or bottle caps, or erasers, anything smallish that will fit inside. And watch those fine motor skills at work!

    Get a Free Printable and Other Fun Ways to Explore Colors!

    This printable worksheet is such a fun way to learn and match colors! Be sure to read all about this hands-on, sensory-packed way of learning colors!

    To dive even deeper into learning colors, you have to download our All About Colors printable bundle. We shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all the vibrant details.

    These pages are hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! If your kiddo loves colors, don’t miss our full printable bundle all about colors!

    discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

    We also have the following free worksheets: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match using Cotton Swabs, and our bundle that is all about Color Mixing!

    discover the colors worksheet printable color matching

    Get a Free Printable and Other Fun Ways to Explore Colors!

    This printable worksheet is such a fun way to learn and match colors! Be sure to read all about this hands-on, sensory-packed way of learning colors!

    To dive even deeper into learning colors, you have to download our All About Colors printable bundle. We shine a light on every color of the rainbow and beyond! Each color gets a dedicated page where kiddos can dive deep into learning all the vibrant details. These pages are hands on and fun, integrating paint, scissor skills, and games too! If your kiddo loves colors, don’t miss our full printable bundle all about colors!

    We also have the following free worksheets: Dot the Rainbow, Rainbow Color Match using Cotton Swabs, and our bundle that is all about Color Mixing!

     

    More Ways to Explore Colors

    Here are more color and rainbow activities that make great gifts!

    wooden rainbow color sorting toy

    Color Sorting Rainbow

    Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

    rainbow wooden stacking toy for color recognition

    Wooden Rainbow Stacker

    This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

    color sorting magnetic game color recognition

    Color Sorting Maze

    This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

    Color sorting game color recognition

    Color Sort the Objects

    This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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    Aladdin Party Idea – How to Make a Themed Play Dough Kit

    Aladdin Party Idea – How to Make a Themed Play Dough Kit

    Aladdin Party Idea – How to Make a Themed Play Dough Kit

    aladdin party idea play dough kit sensory play

    This Aladdin party idea will be a hit with the kids! It is such a fun activity to play with and also makes a great homemade gift! Keep on reading to find out how to make your own play dough and where to find all the items to include in the kit!

    Unique Activity Makes a Great Aladdin Party Idea

    Does your little one love all things Aladdin? Whether you are looking for Aladdin party ideas or gift ideas, this kit is an awesome thing to include!

    One of my go-to activities for kids at parties is to have a play dough station with several colors of play dough and loose parts to spark their imaginations. It is so much fun to create a kit based on a party theme and this one, with the colorful gems and gold nuggets, did not disappoint!

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    How To Make Play Dough

    In this video you’ll see our favorite play dough recipe! It comes out so silky and smooth. You can use food coloring to make any color you’d like as well.

    We use this play dough recipe in all of our play dough kits. It can last for several months, up to 6 months if stored properly!

    For all the details on how you can make play dough, I’ve explained the step by step instructions and other tips for making the perfect batch.

    How To Make Play Dough

    In this video you’ll see our favorite play dough recipe! It comes out so silky and smooth. You can use food coloring to make any color you’d like as well.

    We use this play dough recipe in all of our play dough kits. It can last for several months, up to 6 months if stored properly!

    For all the details on how you can make play dough, I’ve explained the step by step instructions and other tips for making the perfect batch.

    aladdin party idea play dough kit sensory play

    How to Assemble This Aladdin Party Idea

    There is always a benefit to making play dough kits! We have made lots of different themes including ocean, cupcake, Frozen, and insect, to name a few! Here is my handy list of items to think about including when assembling kits of any theme. Plus, keep reading for the specific items I included in this kit!

     

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Start by making the homemade play dough. Don’t forget the coloring to make the play dough fun and different colors. 

    Step 2

    Let the cooked play dough cool down, and then the play dough will be ready to add to the kit. 

    Step 3

    Load the container up with all the decorative pieces, and it’s ready to go! 

     

    Step 1

    Start by making the homemade play dough. Don’t forget the coloring to make the play dough fun and different colors. 

    Step 2

    Let the cooked play dough cool down, and then the play dough will be ready to add to the kit. 

    Step 3

    Load the container up with all the decorative pieces, and it’s ready to go! 

    Benefits of Creating a Play Dough Kit

    Playing with play dough in general, is such a fantastic way to strengthen fine motor skills and provide a rich sensory experience.

    I love that these play dough kits are a great way to keep everything neat in one simple storage case. This teaches the kids the importance of picking up after themselves, too, and keeps it all compiled in one easy and accessible location. 

    The kits allow the kids to stay focused, be creative, and use their imaginations all at once. As a mom who is always busy, this is such a great bonus to have these kits on hand! When the kids need activity, they have their kits to turn to!

    aladdin party idea play dough kit sensory play

    For more fun sensory play activities, check out our comprehensive list!

    aladdin party idea play dough kit sensory play

    Benefits of Creating a Play Dough Kit

    Playing with play dough in general, is such a fantastic way to strengthen fine motor skills and provide a rich sensory experience.

    I love that these play dough kits are a great way to keep everything neat in one simple storage case. This teaches the kids the importance of picking up after themselves, too, and keeps it all compiled in one easy and accessible location. 

    The kits allow the kids to stay focused, be creative, and use their imaginations all at once. As a mom who is always busy, this is such a great bonus to have these kits on hand! When the kids need activity, they have their kits to turn to!

    For more fun sensory play activities, check out our comprehensive list!

    More Sensory Bases to Explore

    Here are my top picks for different types of sensory bases.

    sensory sand play for kids

    Sensory Sand

    Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

    mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

    Modelling Dough

    This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

    play dough wild dough sensory

    Premium Play Dough

    This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

    slime kit sensory play for kids

    The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

    This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

    What’s Next?

    Peppa Pig Activity – Make This Adorable Play Dough Kit

    Peppa Pig Activity – Make This Adorable Play Dough Kit

    Peppa Pig Activity – Make This Adorable Play Dough Kit

    peppa pig activity for kids play dough kit sensory

    Looking for a Peppa Pig activity? This DIY play dough kit is adorable, so easy to make, and can be played with time and time again! 

    The kids had a blast with the theme, and I could tell that their imagination was already working in overdrive from the moment that we started. When it comes to sensory fun and learning, you can’t go wrong with play dough kits.

    Endless Hours of Imagination with Play Dough Kits

    This Peppa Pig Activity, and play dough kits in general are one of those creations that are a win-win for everyone. Not only do they help to contain the mess, but they also keep everything together in one easy space so that the kids can open the lid and start to play. 

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    How To Make a Homemade Play Dough 

    Once you get started in making this simple kit, you’re going to love the process. It’s fun and easy to do, and all you need are a few easy supplies to get started. 

    Keep in mind that these are not only handy to have in the house for play time for the kids, but they’re great to gift to others, too. These make perfect birthday gifts or even fun take-home gifts for kids that maybe attended a birthday party at your house.

    How To Make a Homemade Play Dough 

    Once you get started in making this simple kit, you’re going to love the process. It’s fun and easy to do, and all you need are a few easy supplies to get started. 

    Keep in mind that these are not only handy to have in the house for play time for the kids, but they’re great to gift to others, too. These make perfect birthday gifts or even fun take-home gifts for kids that maybe attended a birthday party at your house.

    peppa pig activity for kids play dough kit sensory

    How to Assemble This Peppa Pig Activity Kit 

    In addition to this Peppa Pig activity, we have made so many other play dough kits – from ocean, to cupcake, to Frozen, and insect themed to name a few. 

    I know that it’s important to keep the supplies on hand to make the kits, and I try to do that always! The following are what I think is important to have on hand to create play dough kits for the kids.

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Create the homemade play dough and have the kids help decide the colors that they want to make it. We chose green for grass, brown for muddy puddles, and pink for the pig’s colored skin.

    Step 2

    Once the play dough has been made, make sure to let it cool down all the way and then store it in the container. 

    Step 3

    Put the rest of the play dough kit items inside, and you’re good to go! 

     

    Step 1

    Create the homemade play dough and have the kids help decide the colors that they want to make it. We chose green for grass, brown for muddy puddles, and pink for the pig’s colored skin.

    Step 2

    Once the play dough has been made, make sure to let it cool down all the way and then store it in the container. 

    Step 3

    Put the rest of the play dough kit items inside, and you’re good to go! 

    Beyond Just a Peppa Pig Activity

    Playing with play dough is so much more than just having playtime at home. The kids will use their hand muscles and dexterity to stretch and mold the play dough to create fun and new things.

    This is great for sensory play and development and a simple way to have them think outside the box for creativity as well. Encourage independent playtime with play dough, too, as a fun way to work on that skill as well!

    For more fun sensory play activities, check out our comprehensive list!

    peppa pig activity for kids play dough kit sensory
    peppa pig activity for kids play dough kit sensory

    Beyond Just a Peppa Pig Activity

    Playing with play dough is so much more than just having playtime at home. The kids will use their hand muscles and dexterity to stretch and mold the play dough to create fun and new things.

    This is great for sensory play and development and a simple way to have them think outside the box for creativity as well. Encourage independent playtime with play dough, too, as a fun way to work on that skill as well!

    For more fun sensory play activities, check out our comprehensive list!

    More Sensory Bases to Explore

    If your kiddo loved this Peppa Pig activity, here are my top picks for different types of sensory bases.

    sensory sand play for kids

    Sensory Sand

    Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

    mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

    Modelling Dough

    This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

    play dough wild dough sensory

    Premium Play Dough

    This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

    slime kit sensory play for kids

    The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

    This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

    What’s Next?

    Toddler Fun – Cut Paper Tubes to Strengthen Hand Eye Coordination

    Toddler Fun – Cut Paper Tubes to Strengthen Hand Eye Coordination

    Toddler Fun – Cut Paper Tubes to Strengthen Hand Eye Coordination

    toddler fun activity paper tube recycled hand eye coordination stacker

    This stacking game made out of recycled paper tubes is toddler fun at its best! Super easy to set up and great for hand-eye coordination! 

    Lots of Toddler Fun with This Paper Tube Stacker

    Are you ready to see how simple it is to make toddler fun learning activities at home? The best part is that you don’t need a ton of supplies to make this happen. In fact, the next time that you use up all your paper towels, you’re just about ready to use them as a stacking activity. 

    You can easily spend money on a stacker toy at the store but why would you when you can make one cheaply at home? It’s also a fun way to have older kids be involved in the creation process, too! They’ll be so proud that they helped make this!

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    Toddler Fun in Action!

    Watch this video to see how much fun my toddler is having with this DIY stacking toy made out of paper tubes!

    She is having such a good time stacking, and it is wonderful to see her working on her fine motor skills and hand eye coordination!

    This is such a simple way to have fun, use what you’ve got in terms of materials, and strengthen some skills in the process!

    Toddler Fun in Action!

    Watch this video to see how much fun my toddler is having with this DIY stacking toy made out of paper tubes!

    She is having such a good time stacking, and it is wonderful to see her working on her fine motor skills and hand eye coordination!

    This is such a simple way to have fun, use what you’ve got in terms of materials, and strengthen some skills in the process!

    toddler fun activity paper tube recycled hand eye coordination stacker

    Tips for This Toddler Fun DIY Stacking Toy

    Save all your paper tubes! These cardboard tubes are sturdy and such a great, free craft and play resource! So next time you finish a roll of paper towels, set it aside!

    Cut it up! Big kids can work on their scissor skills by cutting up the pieces of cardboard. We made them about 2 inches wide, but you can mix it up based on your preference!

    Make them colorful! A quick and fast way for adults to make paper towel tubes colorful is with spray paint. However, you can get the kids involved instead with non toxic paints and paint sticks!

    Grab your paper towel holder! Borrowing a paper towel holder for this activity is best. However, if you don’t have one you could always glue a stick to a square of cardboard!

     

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Cut up recycled paper towel tubes.

    Step 2

    Make the pieces colorful by using paint, paint sticks, or spray paint.

    Step 3

    Use a paper towel holder or stand and task your kiddo with stacking the cut up paper roll pieces. Older kids can practice patterning as well.

    Step 1

    Cut up recycled paper towel tubes.

    Step 2

    Make the pieces colorful by using paint, paint sticks, or spray paint.

    Step 3

    Use a paper towel holder or stand and task your kiddo with stacking the cut up paper roll pieces. Older kids can practice patterning as well.

    Toddler Fun For Learning

    Not only is stacking fun but it’s also great hand-eye coordination for the kids. They’ll love being able to create a fun pattern out of the colors and stack them any way that they want. 

    This activity is also great for teaching patterns as well. Challenge them to stack reds and yellows and then count home many of each color there are. This works well for color identification and counting skills, too. 

    The last major benefit of this stacking activity is that it focuses on fine motor skills. Each time that they pick up a ring and stack it on the tube, they’re working their hand and finger muscles which is great for dexterity.

    printable fine motor skills activity

    For more ways to strengthen fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, try this fun and free printable using dull toothpicks!

    printable fine motor skills activity

    Toddler Fun For Learning

    Not only is stacking fun but it’s also great hand-eye coordination for the kids. They’ll love being able to create a fun pattern out of the colors and stack them any way that they want. 

    This activity is also great for teaching patterns as well. Challenge them to stack reds and yellows and then count home many of each color there are. This works well for color identification and counting skills, too. 

    The last major benefit of this stacking activity is that it focuses on fine motor skills. Each time that they pick up a ring and stack it on the tube, they’re working their hand and finger muscles which is great for dexterity.

    For more ways to strengthen fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, try this fun and free printable using dull toothpicks!

    More Fine Motor Activities to Explore

    Here are my top picks for toys that will help your kiddo strengthen their fine motor skills!

    fine motor skills buckles and strings toy

    Buckle and Threading Pillow

    This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

    fine motor skills pike the hedge hog toy

    Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog 

    These chunky spikes are easy for little hands to grasp while strengthening muscles as they fit into the back of the hedgehog!

    fine motor skills threading toy with beads

    Big Lacing Beads 

    Threading large wooden beads are great for strengthening fine motor skills! This set includes 30 beads and 2 colorful laces!

    fine motor skills tissue box baby toy

    Pull and Play Tissue Box

    This fun toy is a play tissue box that comes with 12 reusable scarves to encourage grasping and fine motor skills!

    What’s Next?

    Christmas Cutting Activity – Free Printable Trim Santa’s Beard

    Christmas Cutting Activity – Free Printable Trim Santa’s Beard

    Christmas Cutting Activity – Free Printable Trim Santa’s Beard

    christmas cutting activity trim santa's beard scissor skills free printable worksheet

    This Christmas Cutting activity is such a fun way to strengthen scissor skills! Keep on reading to get the free printable worksheet to trim Santa’s beard!  

    Scissor Skills with a Holiday Twist!

    One of the best ways for kids to strengthen fine motor skills is through cutting activities! It takes time to build up the muscles in the hands and fingers, but activities like this make it fun!

    This Christmas cutting activity is a super fun way to practice these skills during the holiday time! Kids will enjoy giving Santa’s beard a cut and a trim.

    We made things extra easy for grown ups with a free printable worksheet. There are 4 different Santa’s each with different patterns on his beard to explore with varying levels of difficulty!

     

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    This Christmas Cutting Activity in Action!

    This activity can be set up in no time! Since it is a free printable, all you have to do is grab the free printable from the link below, print it, and then either cut out the Santas yourself, or have your kiddos do it themselves!

    Then, kids can have fun using scissors along the patterns to cut Santa’s beard and give it a trim if they would like too!

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    This Christmas Cutting Activity in Action!

    This activity can be set up in no time! Since it is a free printable, all you have to do is grab the free printable from the link below, print it, and then either cut out the Santas yourself, or have your kiddos do it themselves!

    Then, kids can have fun using scissors along the patterns to cut Santa’s beard and give it a trim if they would like too!

    All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

    scissor skills cut santa's beard printable activity worksheet holiday

    Get the FREE Printable Christmas Cutting Activity Here!

    We understand that grown ups are busy which is why we often make free printable activities! For this Christmas, cutting activity, we’ve got you covered with this FREE printable!

    We have lots of Holiday themed printables available. Be sure to check out our Christmas Bundle, Hanukkah Bundle, and Kwanzaa Bundle too! Each of these are filled with activities that will be sure to keep your kiddos busy before and during the holiday break!

    And for even more printable activities, visit our Printable Shop. It is filled with easy to set-up activities that help strengthen early childhood education skills!

    The Importance of Scissor Skills

    Cutting with scissors is one of those practical life skills that will be useful for the rest of your kiddo’s life!

    It also happens to be a wonderful tool for strengthening fine motor skills! Opening and closing a scissor will increase the muscle strengthen in kid’s hands and fingers.

    This printable has a number of different patterns with varying degrees of difficulty. Each are great for supporting hand-eye coordination.

    Overtime, as kid’s hands get stronger, their movements and accuracy will be more precise.

    christmas cutting activity trim santa's beard scissor skills free printable worksheet
    christmas cutting activity trim santa's beard scissor skills free printable worksheet

    The Importance of Scissor Skills

    Cutting with scissors is one of those practical life skills that will be useful for the rest of your kiddo’s life!

    It also happens to be a wonderful tool for strengthening fine motor skills! Opening and closing a scissor will increase the muscle strengthen in kid’s hands and fingers.

    This printable has a number of different patterns with varying degrees of difficulty. Each are great for supporting hand-eye coordination.

    Overtime, as kid’s hands get stronger, their movements and accuracy will be more precise.

    Store-Bought Scissor Skills Activities

    Here are my top picks for scissor skill products you can buy!

    Scissor Skills Workbook

    This set includes 3 workbooks all about scissor skills. Each book includes a pair of scissors!

    Apple Picking Game

    This unique game includes magnetic apples that can be picked from the tree using a scooper scissor!

    Travel-Size Cutting Book

    This small book is packed with scissor skills activities for children as young as 2 years old!

    Decorative Scissors

    This fun set of scissors comes with 6 designs of patterns for decorating paper crafts!

    What’s Next?

    Christmas Sensory Activity – How to Make Candy Cane Oobleck

    Christmas Sensory Activity – How to Make Candy Cane Oobleck

    Christmas Sensory Activity – How to Make Candy Cane Oobleck

    christmas sensory activity candy can oobleck

    Candy Cane Oobleck is such a fun Christmas sensory activity. Plus, add tongs to pick out candy canes to strengthen hand muscles! Keep on reading to find out how to make it yourself in minutes!

    Sensory Play During Holiday Time!

    Oobleck is fun to play with anytime of year, but there is something extra special when you add some holiday twists! 

    By making the oobleck look like candy cane colors, adding a peppermint scent, and small candy canes to be plucked out, this combination is sensory packed and great for fine motor skills too!

    For more info about oobleck, check out this article where we share everything you need to know about it!

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    Skills: 

    Ages: 3 Years +

    Prep Time: 5 Minutes

    Watch How to Make and Play With This Christmas Sensory Activity

    It is super simple to make oobleck! At the very least, you just need corn starch and water. Mixing it together and then placing it in a tray will take all of a few minutes to do!

    In the video, you’ll see how my kiddos loved exploring the texture, picking out the little candy canes, and then mixing up the white and red colors to make pink!

    Watch How to Make and Play With This Christmas Sensory Activity

    It is super simple to make oobleck! At the very least, you just need corn starch and water. Mixing it together and then placing it in a tray will take all of a few minutes to do!

    In the video, you’ll see how my kiddos loved exploring the texture, picking out the little candy canes, and then mixing up the white and red colors to make pink!

    christmas sensory activity candy can oobleck

    Tips to Make the Most of This Christmas Sensory Activity

    A Bowl of Water. Have one nearby! Even kids who love to get messy will want to wash their hands off from time to time and this will really extend the play longer!

    Tongs. Add some tongs to the set up to strengthen fine motor skills! Make sure you have a thin layer of oobleck, so that the candy canes don’t fully sink inside it! The texture of the oobleck when resting is hard, so this is a great challenge for kids to remove them using tongs or tweezers!

    Add a scent! Peppermint makes the most sense for this set up! It really adds so much more to the sensory experience.

    Dilute Before Disposing. When playtime is over, you can either dump the oobleck mixture straight into a trash can, or you can dilute it fully first with water and then flush it down the drain or throw it in the garden!

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions

    Step 1

    White Oobleck: Combine 2 cups cornstarch with 1 cup water and a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint flavoring.

    Step 2

    Red Oobleck: Same as the white oobleck, just add a nice squeeze of red food coloring. 

    Step 3

    Add a little bit of each color to a bin, alternating colors. Oobleck spreads quickly, so keep that in mind.

    Optional: drop mini candy canes on top for an added fine motor challenge.

    Step 1

    White Oobleck: Combine 2 cups cornstarch with 1 cup water and a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint flavoring.

    Step 2

    Red Oobleck: Same as the white oobleck, just add a nice squeeze of red food coloring. 

    Step 3

    Add a little bit of each color to a bin, alternating colors. Oobleck spreads quickly, so keep that in mind.

    Optional: drop mini candy canes on top for an added fine motor challenge.

    More Holiday Themed Activities!  

    This Christmas Activity booklet includes 18 playful learning activities to promote early childhood skills including, alphabet recognition, color recognition, scissor skills, early math, writing, and so much more!

    It is a fun bundle to have during the holiday break to keep the kiddos busy, learning, and having fun!

    For more printable resources be sure to check out our full collection of worksheets

    fall sensory bin taste safe toddler baby foam
    fall sensory bin taste safe toddler baby foam

    More Holiday Themed Activities!  

    This Christmas Activity booklet includes 18 playful learning activities to promote early childhood skills including, alphabet recognition, color recognition, scissor skills, early math, writing, and so much more!

    It is a fun bundle to have during the holiday break to keep the kiddos busy, learning, and having fun!

    For more printable resources be sure to check out our full collection of worksheets

    More Sensory Bins to Explore 

    Here are my top picks for sensory bins, toys, and books you can buy.

    sensory bin build you own bin michaels

    Build Your Own Sensory Bin Bundle

    This fun bundle allows you to choose between different compounds, figurines and other accessories.

    sensory bin marine creatures

    Pre-Made Sensory Bins

    Whether you want to explore the ocean, dinosaurs, ice cream shop and more. These pre-made kits make set up easy!

    sensory play monster truck bin

    Monster Truck Arena

    This sensory-play item is perfect for the monster truck fan! It comes with 2 pounds of monster dirt and a monster truck!

    fabric busy book

    Sensory-Based Book

    Sensory play doesn’t have to be messy! This fabric book is full of hands-on sensory-based activities!

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    Counting Numbers 1 to 10, Awesome Dot the Animal

    Counting Numbers 1 to 10, Awesome Dot the Animal

    Counting Numbers 1 to 10 – Awesome Dot the Animal Printable

    dot the animals printable activity learn counting 1 to 10

    This free printable is all about giving animals their dots back! It’s a great way to reinforce recognizing numbers, learn counting numbers 1 to 10, and strengthening fine motor skills! 

    Counting Numbers 1 to 10 and Fine Motor Skills Collide with This Dot Marker Activity!

    This activity is such a fun way to engage with numbers while strengthening fine motor skills. 

    Dot Markers are such a great arts and crafts tool because they are perfect for little hands that are just learning how to hold a writing instrument. Plus, they are tapping into their hand-eye coordination while they match up the marker with the dot outline!

    All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

     

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    Ages: 

    Prep Time: 

    Watch How to Set Up This Activity for Counting Numbers 1 to 10

    In this video, you’ll see how I used our free printable on a vertical surface! This allowed my daughter to stay engaged and on her feet exercising more motor skills beyond just fine motor! 

    She enjoyed selecting which color dot marker she would use and then happily gave the animals their dots back!

    Watch How to Set Up This Activity for Counting Numbers 1 to 10  

    In this video, you’ll see how I used our free printable on a vertical surface! This allowed my daughter to stay engaged and on her feet exercising more motor skills beyond just fine motor! 

    She enjoyed selecting which color dot marker she would use and then happily gave the animals their dots back!

    dot the animals printable activity learn counting 1 to 10

    Our Free Dot-the-Animal Printable Activity!

    Save time from drawing your own animals and grab our free printable rainbow activity. You can use dot markers, dot stickers, paint and cotton balls, or simply color in the dots with crayon! There are lots of ways you can play and learn with this worksheet.

    Our pizza counting topping activity is a great compliment to this activity and it also comes with a free printable to make set-up even easier for grown ups!

    We have lots of other fun hands on activities for learning early math concepts. Be sure to check out our comprehensive list

    And when your kiddo is ready to dive into addition, be sure to check out our add the hair activity!

     

    Materials

    Step-by-Step Instructions 

    Step 1

    Grab and print our free printable.

    Step 2

    To create a vertical set up, like us, cut out the animals.

    Step 3

    Glue the animal cut outs to a piece of cardboard.

    Step 4

    Write the numbers beside each image.

    Step 5

    Tape the piece of cardboard to the wall.

    Step 6

    Provide dot markers for your kiddo to give the animals their dots back!

    Step 1

    Grab and print our free printable.

    Step 2

    To create a vertical set up, like us, cut out the animals.

    Step 3

    Glue the animal cut outs to a piece of cardboard.

    Step 4

    Write the numbers beside each image.

    Step 5

    Tape the piece of cardboard to the wall.

    Step 6

    Provide dot markers for your kiddo to give the animals their dots back!

    Why Playing With Dot Markers is Great

    I think this dot-the-animal activity really stands out because it’s the perfect combination of fine motor skills and early math fun. The kids will use their finger and hand muscles to hold the dot markers and then use their hand-eye coordination to align it correctly on the cardboard.

    Creating this activity on a vertical surface also helps little one strengthen gross motor skills, increases shoulder strength, and simply allows young kids to be more engaged while on their feet! 

    dot the animals printable activity learn counting 1 to 10
    dot the animals printable activity learn counting 1 to 10

    Why Playing With Dot Markers is Great

    I think this dot-the-animal activity really stands out because it’s the perfect combination of fine motor skills and early math fun. The kids will use their finger and hand muscles to hold the dot markers and then use their hand-eye coordination to put align it correctly on the cardboard.

    Creating this activity on a vertical surface also helps little one strengthen gross motor skills, increases shoulder strength, and simply allows young kids to be more engaged while on their feet! 

    More Ways to Play with Early Math!

    Here are more fun ways to learn numbers and counting that also make great gifts!

    counting numbers gift

    Wooden Number Puzzle 

    If you want something really simple, this is perfect! It’s a puzzle made of wooden numbers.

    counting numbers gift

    Pom Pom Counting Cupcakes 

    This activity uses soft pom poms and wooden cupcakes for early counting. It strengthens fine motor skills too.

    pre k math learning addition game wooden

    Wooden Math Board

    This handcrafted learning resource is great for learning counting and addition and subtraction of numbers up to 20.

    early math learning for kids wooden blocks

    Wooden Number Blocks

    These wooden blocks resemble numbers and grow with your child’s advancing math skills. It also includes a math guide and activity cards.

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