Yes, the spelling of the title is very intentional. And I'll tell you why. This past weekend as I was trying to come up with some new activities for the classroom I stopped at Family Dollar which is one of two dollar stores in my town. Usually I prefer Dollar General and find more things there, but I do like to shop at Family Dollar once in a while. This time I was just kind of hanging around and I happened to spy the hair accessories. Let me state right up front that there are few (if any!) hair accessories in my home. My hair is too short to accessorize and I have two sons. So there you go. However, I never know where inspiration will hit and when I saw some spring colored hair things I immediately thought of a few activities to make with them. I quickly snatched up a bag of barrettes, headbands, and tiny scrunchies. I took them back to school and put them together to make two new Practical Life activities. I will show you one today and one tomorrow.
Below you can see the activity as I set it up on the tray. I needed a very LARGE tray for this one since I used two of the great serving dishes I bought at Dollar General. In the bowl there are 4 hair scrunchies and 4 each of 4 colors of flower barrettes. Both the scrunchies and barrettes had more than 4 colors, but my cute tray only has 4 sections, so that was a no-brainer!
To do this work, the child first sorts the barrettes by color as shown below.
Then they snap the barrettes of one color onto the matching headband. This part of the activity stretches their concentration and fine motor skills. Pardon my smudgy hands in the photo. They were smudged from making the Draw-a-Chick activity which will be shown in a FUTURE post.
And here you can see the pink headband with the pink barrettes snapped on. Once the child has snapped on and matched all the barrettes, they remove all the barrettes and return them and the headbands to the bowl. Unsnapping the barrettes requires quite a bit of finger strength which is great for those little muscles to get them ready for writing.
NOTE: I haven't posted for a few days because we have been having a rough time at our house this week. You can read about it here if you are interested.