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If either of those sound like you right now, today’s post is for you!
A few weeks back, we started working on a body theme unit and these fine motor Q-Tip bone shapes quickly became a favorite activity for both the toddler and the preschooler.
The activity itself couldn’t be simpler but your preschoolers will have a blast creating all of their shapes. So much so that they won’t even notice that they’re practicing those important fine motor skills and even working in a little early math as well!
To use the free printable cards, just download, laminate, and cut. It’s that simple :)
Since we used these during our My Body theme unit, we pretended that the Q-Tips we were using were, in fact, bones and even spent some time counting out just how many “bones” each shape would take to make.
We also worked some on how many shapes each side has as well as the concepts of more or less and even a little addition and subtraction thrown in for good measure.
It’s so easy to weave these concepts in to your activity! For example, while your child is making a rectangle shape from their Q-Tip bones, explore with them how many “bones” would need to be taken away to make the shape of a square instead. Or figure out together which shape has more “bones,” a star or a triangle.
Before long, they’ll start getting the concept of adding and taking away without even realizing it.