Tag Archives: fine motor

Make Homemade Fingerpaint

Try this!

Unlike most adults, kids love to get their hands dirty. The messier, the stickier, the slimier, the better! You don’t need to shell out big bucks to keep them in fingerpaint. With this recipe, you can stew up their favorite colors, right in your own kitchen. Don’t let the mess hold you back. Not only is this stuff easy on the wallet, it’s washable, too! Slime it up, hose them down, and you’re ready for a spring barbeque.

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Food coloring

What You Do:

  1. Put the cornstarch, salt, sugar, and water into a pot. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. The mixture will start thin, but eventually thicken. When it does, take the pot off of the stove and let the mixture cool off.
  3. Once it’s cool, divide it into small containers (small jars or leftover yogurt containers work well) and add a few drops of food coloring to each. Voila! It’s time to paint.

By Danielle Wood

education. com

Pencil Grip

January 19,2012

From Scholastic Parents Facebook:

One of our readers asked for some help with getting a child to improve pencil grip.  Try this:  Break crayons into very small pieces (one centimeter long) for your child to use.  This forces their fingers to form the correct grip.

Kindergarten News September 13–Insects

We spent the day learning about insects and what scientists do.  We learned a few new songs and read a few books about bugs.  In the afternoon, students practiced fine motor skills by using their scissors to cut ants and other bug-themed pages.  They also practiced crayon rubbing and created a book with insect rubbing plates.

We’re continuing to work on the calendar every day.  Today we learned the “Months of the Year Macarena.”  It’s going to take a bit more practice but it is a lot of fun!

Look for fundraising catalogs and order forms coming home tomorrow.  We are raising money for field trips and special events at school.

Kindergarten News September 12–Bullying and Bus Safety

School is becoming more routine for the kindergarten students and they are becoming more confident every day.  I am happy to see them growing into their school personalities!

Superintendent Teresa Strong spoke to the entire student body this morning regarding expectations for respect and safety at Tower-Soudan School.  She emphasized that because of our small size we are like a family and need to treat each other well.  Any students who feel they are being mistreated should tell an adult in order to have their needs addressed.

The kindergarten class had a good discussion about bus safety and watched a video clip of Winnie the Pooh’s School Bus Safety Adventure.  Please look in their folders for a safety checklist to review with them.

Here is an easy recipe for the playdough the students enjoyed today.  It is inexpensive and takes only about ten minutes to make!

I am continuing to assess the students as they learn the routines at school.  The information will be used to individualize learning according to math and reading abilities.

Look for the current breakfast and lunch menus on the Tower-Soudan School website.