Friday, February 4, 2011

busy hands

grinding up chunks of dry bread
{a new twist on the ever popular bread grating lesson}

The child in this photo is 4, but this lesson is perfect for 3 year olds, too.
This activity helps develop organization, fine motor control, and problem solving. Children love the grinder and the sound the dry bread makes as it's being crunched up.

What does one do with a bag of bread crumbs?

Here are our most favorite uses:
  • feed them to the birds
  • sprinkle them on a salad
  • nibble on them - straight out of the bag - at the snack table
{That last use makes me laugh at least once or twice a day!}

Read more about grating lessons here.

a display of spheres

The children often use the geometric solids to go on shape scavenger hunts around the classroom.

Other shapes include:
  • cubes
  • cones
  • cylinders
  • rectangular prisms
This activity is enjoyed by all ages in our classroom, especially the 3 and 4 year olds.

Buy geometric solids here or make your own set {I bet you could!}.

reading 3 letter words

The word is on the front and the picture is on the back, so the child can challenge himself AND double check his work.

To play the game:

The first child reads the word on the top of the stack. If she's right, she keeps the card and passes the stack to the next child. If she gets the word wrong, she she puts the card back in the stack and tries the next one.

The children in this picture are 5 years old and just beginning to develop accurate word recognition. We play LOTS of word games before we present readers with books.

Find awesome reading materials and info here.

clipping carabiners together

This lesson builds concentration and strengthens fine motor control.

Ta da!

The 3 year olds cannot get enough of constructing this chain. I think you can find inexpensive carabiners at most sporting good stores.

Have a great weekend!

Edit: The grinder used in the bread grating lesson is a nut grinder I found at the thrift store. Ebay has several, too. Here's the link!


  1. SO glad to see you blogging again! Love the bread grating activity... will definitely have to try it.

  2. Daft question, but where do you get dried bread from? Or do you use toast, or stale bread? Is it a coffee grinder that is used to do the grinding?
    Great activity, by the way!

  3. I'm so very glad you're back... And full of good ideas as usual!

  4. Love the carabiners lesson! I'll have to set that one up.

  5. I am so happy that you are back! Love love love your blog! :)

  6. Happy that you are here again. I'm glad I kept coming back to check!

  7. Oh my goodness!! I LOVE the carabiners for fine motor! We have a few and this will DEFINITELY be on one of my trays for next week. Thank you for the idea!


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