Learning Activities on Plain paper is so boring ...isn’t it? Let’s use some disposable paper plates for creating fun activities for kids.
Here are 5 learning Activities for your toddlers and Pre-schoolers. I have used some dot stickers, coloured washi tape and pen/markers to make learning more colourful for the little ones.
1. Visual Discrimination Activities
- Create partitions on the paper plate using Washi tape.
- Create some random patterns using Dot Stickers in each partition.
- Create corresponding same patterns on pieces of paper and ask the child to match the patterns.
- Visual discrimination activity helps in building focus and observation skills.
2. Fine Motor Skills
- Use different coloured dot stickers on the circumference of the plate
- Provide the toddler with the cloth clips with matching dot stickers.
- The child needs to put the matching cloth clip on the corresponding dot sticker.
- This enhances the pincer grip of the child that would aid him to hold the pencil for writing activities later.
3. Numbers and Alphabets Matching Activities
- This is an extension of the fine motor skill activity given above.
- Label the dot stickers with numbers and alphabets.
- The child needs to identify the corresponding digit on the cloth clips and match on the paper plate.
4. Counting and Phonics Activities
- Create partition on paper plate using Washi tape.
- Use dot stickers for counting and any other object stickers for phonics activity.
- Each partition will have 1,2,3,4 number of stickers respectively and the child would count the stickers on each section and match to the number (use paper pieces or plastic/wooden numbers).
- Similarly, for the phonics activity, the child needs to match the first sound of the object sticker to the wooden/paper alphabet. ( kindly refer to the picture).
- This activity can be further extended to “Uppercase- lowercase” alphabet matching, last sound matching, vowel matching etc. as per the requirement of the child.
5. Lift the Flap Activities - Reading Skills
- Take two paper plates and join them at the center using push pin.
- Make equal partitions in both plates.
- The top plate will be cut along the partition line to create a flap over the below plate’s partition.
- Write the words on the top plate and stick corresponding object picture /sticker on the plate below
- The child reads the word and then self- checks if she read it correctly by lifting the flap.
- This is a Montessori inspired self-correcting activity that can be kept on the Montessori shelf for self-learning of the child.
- The Lift the Flap technique can be further extended to questions- answers kind of games too depending on the age of the child.
So, what are you waiting for? Look around your house. Let’s de-clutter and find a better use of the stuff to make learning more fun for kids at a budget. Happy parenting everyone!!
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