This month we have been working on helping my son with his fine motor skills and alphabet knowledge. I made these simple ABC Flashcards for him to do while his older sister did her homework. I was happily surprised at just how well they went over.
Typically Mr. Q throws a fit anytime handwriting comes up. But for these? Not a single complaint! He even asked for another page to paint once he had finished his packet!
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An Awesome On the Go Activity
One of our favorite afterschool activities is to pack up our kids and walk to the park. With winter right around the corner getting all the time outside that we can right now is pretty important to us. We pack up a snack and whatever activity that we have for the day and take our mile walk to get there. With 4 kids in tow that can become quite the hike!
I have found though that when we do this my kids are more willing to sit down and do their homework without the battle. Plus when we have messy projects it’s pretty awesome to be able to do them outside 😉
When we head to the park our Mini Play & Go Bag has become my sanity saver. With a newborn and a toddler in the terrible two stage anything that will make my life easier is key. This bag is the perfect size for storing our printables, craft materials, diapers, and a snack. Plus if we need to we can open it up completely to use it as a play mat or picnic blanket. It’s pretty amazing.
My kids have come to learn that there is always some fun adventure in our Play & Go Bag 🙂
How to Use The ABC Flashcards
We have included two letters on each printed page of this packet for a total of 13 cards. In the top section, kids can use paint and a Q-Tip to paint their upper and lowercase letters.
The bottom section of each flashcard contains a simple design to color in and a beginning sight word. I tried my hardest to stick to CVC words or diagraphs, but on some letters that was near impossible…like U…I couldn’t for the life of me think of one! (so we went with unicorn, because who doesn’t love unicorns).
After we had done these I had wished we had laminated them before use. With a washable paint kids could play these over and over again!
How Does Q-Tip Painting Help Fine Motor?
Have you ever tried painting without brushes?
Painting with Q-Tips was a brand new activity for us this week. It was awesome for strengthening those fine motor skills and a ton of fun! The size of the Q-Tips makes this activity perfect for helping kids figure out their pincer grasp and distal finger control.
Q-Tips are also fantastic for helping kids explore pressure — press hard to create a bigger circle or lightly for a smaller one. But the best part? Kids are learning and challenging themselves while having fun!
We hope you love these as much as we have!