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Build a Dinosaur Playdough Activity Cards

Build a Dinosaur Playdough Activity Cards

STOMP! right here and grab this Build a Dinosaur Playdough Activity. Students will choose a learning center task card and create a dinosaur by following the “recipe”.

Children will have a ROAR-ing good time while strengthening the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Spatial awareness
– More/less/same concept
– Language
– Social emotional
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Print these 10 activity cards out on cardstock. For heavy use, lamination is recommended. Supply students with playdough, googly eyes, rocks, cut up pieces of cotton swabs, buttons, beads, pasta, and craft match sticks.

Learners will choose a card and build a dinosaur using the “recipe”. Children will practice counting and one-to-one correspondence. You may wish for your older learners to practice their set recognition skills while choosing items.


Be sure to facilitate conversation during this activity. Ask your students to describe their creations, and ask them which items they used more/less/same of.

Just a few ideas – the pasta may be used as spikes, the craft sticks as legs, and the cotton swabs as teeth. But, of course, all of the items should be used ANY way the children see fit.

Let the imaginations soar and the creating begin!

download GET THE BUILD A DINOSAUR PLAYDOUGH ACTIVITY CARDS HERE.



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Make a Sea Creature Playdough Activity Cards

Make a Sea Creature Playdough Activity

This Make a Sea Creature Playdough Activity is sure to cause waves in your preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms. Students will have a whale of a time while strengthening the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Spatial awareness
– More/less/same concept
– Language
– Social emotional
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Print these 10 activity cards out on cardstock. For heavy use, lamination is recommended. Supply students with playdough, googly eyes, acrylic jewels and/or sequins, cut pieces of pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks, buttons, and seashells.

Learners will choose a card and make a sea creature using the “recipe”. Children will practice counting and one-to-one correspondence. You may wish for your older learners to practice their set recognition skills while choosing items.

Be sure to facilitate conversation during this activity. Ask your students to describe their creations, and ask them which items they used more/less/same of.

Just a couple of ideas – the shells may be used as scales and fins, and the fuzzy sticks as legs and antennae. But, of course, all of the items should be used ANY way the children see fit.

Let the imaginations soar and the creating begin!

download GET THIS MAKE A SEA CREATURE PLAYDOUGH ACTIVITY HERE.



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Giraffes Can’t Dance Craft

Giraffes Can't Dance Craft

This giraffe craft is an engaging extension to Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, a beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about a giraffe named Gerald. Gerald is clumsy with spindly legs and crooked knees.

Giraffes Can't Dance Craft

At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs start to waltz, the rhinos rock ‘n’ roll, and the lions dance a tango that is elegant and bold. As Gerald approaches the dance floor, he is teased and laughed at by the other animals. They tell him, “Giraffes can’t dance!”

Giraffes Can't Dance Craft

Humiliated, Gerald creeps off toward home. Along the way, he meets a wise and gentle cricket who encourages him to listen to the music around him: the swaying grass and trees and the branches in the breeze. Suddenly, the giraffe begins to dance the most beautiful dance. The other animals quickly gather around him, entranced by his moves. Gerald proves that it’s okay to be different, and that anybody can dance – they just need their own sweet tune.

Giraffes Can't Dance Craft

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
Our giraffe template
– Scissors
– Yarn
– Googly eyes
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Crayons and/or markers
– Glue

Provide each child with a giraffe (older students should be encouraged to cut out there own). Learners will uses their fine motor skills to tear small pieces of brown construction paper, and to cut small pieces of yarn and pipe cleaner. Children will then practice their spatial reasoning skills by placing the torn paper within the allotted space on their giraffes. Finally, they will glue the spots, eyes, tail, and horns. Supply crayons and/or markers, so extra details may be added.

During this activity, make it a point to facilitate discussion about the book’s message, and to have some fun with rhyming (e.g. What rhymes with giraffe?).


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