For our centers time in PreK for a birds theme, we worked our muscles in our fingers in many ways. I created birds from clothes pins to be Momma and Papa bird. I tried glue dots for the feathers, but hot glue definitely works better and I repaired them with hot glue. Students grabbed pipe cleaner worms and fed them to the baby birds, which are large pom poms with google eyes and beaks glued on them. I found similar ideas that inspired mine here and here.
We also placed beads on the matching color feathers for more fine motor practice. Just a warning–be sure that the beads will fit on the feathers. Our blue feather had quite a thick quill, which made it a bit difficult to get started for some students. We used goose feathers (aff. link) for this center. This center idea came from ChildCareLand.
We share some of our supplies in our preschool, so the bug play dough tools came to my class this week instead of during bug week. My students enjoyed pressing these down into their play dough. I also had several play dough mats, including some from 1+1+1=1 . The bug dough tools are from Lakeshore and are called 3D dough stampers.
To prepare for our build a bird craft you saw in my last post I had a bunch of bird wings for students to cut out during the week in a few colors, including white so they could color them if they wished.
I also found several bird themed pattern block pages to put out on the table. This site has a bunch, just be sure to always print actual size and NOT to fit so that your blocks will fit on the page. I made that mistake a couple times in the past and could not figure out what I was doing wrong.
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