This is a super simple way to build patterning skills along with fine motor skills - Halloween themed patterning! I had some packages of Halloween themed stickers (could be any theme at any time of the year though) and got out some orange index cards. I began a pattern using the stickers (shown in the photo) and when Andrew got to the station, he looked at the pattern, found the sticker that went next, peeled it and worked to stick it on the card. Seems easy enough, right? This was … [Read more...] about Halloween Sticker Patterns
Using a geoboard to create a spider is a great way to sneak in some fine motor and motor planning skills during an October/Halloween themed My Obstacle Course. This is a super easy station to set up, all you need is a geoboard and some rubber bands (which the geo board comes with). Click here for the Geoboard Google Search results as well as a picture of a geoboard with rubber bands creating what looks to me like a spider web - another way to use it with this theme!! I began the rubber … [Read more...] about Geoboard Spider
This station activity is perfect for a farm-themed My Obstacle Course. All you need are some colored puffs (yellow works great for baby chicks) and some tweezers or ice tongs. I had some brown shredded paper that I placed into a baking pan because I thought it would help in pretending that they were still in their nest. I also had a picture of a hen from a Mailbox Teacher Magazine but you could draw your own (you would laugh if you saw what mine would look like) or simply print one from of the … [Read more...] about Help the Baby Chicks
When I purchase things to use in My Obstacle Courses with Andrew, I LOVE it when I can use them for multiple activities. Here is just one example of how easy it is to create a completely different activity using something as basic as package of stickers. I had some farm stickers, which I used for a farm themed memory match game... and decided to create a fill in the blank story using them. At the time, Andrew was 4 and since he wasn't yet speaking, I wanted to know if he knew which … [Read more...] about Farm Themed Sticker Story
Here is another simple idea combining an apple tree with building fine motor skills, particularly with a child who is not crazy about doing art projects. My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Do A Dot Apple Trees I took a few sheets of white paper, drew an outline of a tree (I'm really good at these outlines aren't I?! :) )... and set out red, green and yellow "dotters." Andrew could choose what color apples he was going to have on the tree and then use the dotters to push down, … [Read more...] about Do A Dot Apple Trees
This My Obstacle Course station activity is so simple yet it helps to build math skills and fine motor skills - bonus!! While I know that apples are usually picked off of an apple tree, for the purpose of this station activity, we are going to be putting apples back on the tree. I guess you could put a whole bunch of "apples" on the tree and have your child "pick" a given number off of the tree using the tweezers. Either way, a great opportunity to build these skills! My Obstacle Course Station … [Read more...] about How Many Apples On The Apple Tree?