MINI MONDAY: TEENY-TINY WISHES
Wishes come in all sizes! Share your wishes with the world with this fingerprint dandelion!
- White Paper
- Coloured Paper
- Black Marker
- Using your black marker, draw a line on your piece of paper. This will be the stem of your dandelion
- At the top of your line, colour a black circle
- Draw smaller lines extending out from your black circle
- At the end of each of these lines, draw a small black oval
- Pour small amounts of different colours of paint onto a plate. Dip one finger in the paint, and press it on one of the black dots. Repeat this step as many times as desired. Try using a different finger for each different colour of paint!
- As you press each of your fingers on one of the dots of your dandelions, make a wish! Have an adult help you record each of your wishes on a piece of coloured paper
- Fold each of these pieces of paper up and place them in a small container
- When you’re done, wash your hands. Toss your folded wishes up into the air to spread them around – like the seeds of a dandelion blowing in the wind!
Keep the fun and learning going! Can you…
- See how quickly you can gather up each of your wishes?
- Match the colour of paper your wishes are written on to the colour of dots on your dandelion?
- Count how many wishes you made?
ESSENTIAL LEARNING SKILLS
Fine motor skills are developed when children learn to use their smaller muscles, like the ones in their hands, fingers, and wrists. Fine motor skills are used for everything from picking up a utensil to eat, buttoning clothing, and holding a pencil when learning to write.
This week’s craft helps to support the development of fine motor skills by inviting children to use their smaller muscles to manipulate the marker and draw the different parts of their dandelion!
Developing self-awareness is an important part of early social-emotional development which helps contribute to children’s ability to make friends and interact with others successfully. Self-awareness starts with a child recognizing representations of themselves, and moves into how they perceive themselves, allowing them to make choices based on their interests.
This week’s craft helps develop self-awareness by asking children to identify things that they wish for. This helps them think about what is important to them and what interests them!
Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!
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