Lee's Summit Parents as Teachers

January 2020

Great Beginnings Early Education Center

Parents as Teachers celebrates 35 years of building strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn.

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Staying healthy and safe in winter can be challenging. Practice healthy habits and especially proper hand washing and car safety. Below is a link for you about buckling your precious one into their car seat.

Why are scissors skills important?

  • Cutting builds fine motor strength. It develops the small muscles in the hands that are important for activities like writing and getting dressed

  • Cutting develops eye hand coordination. Eye hand coordination is important for activities like playing ball and eating with a spoon

  • Cutting helps develop bilateral coordination. Using both hands together in a coordinated fashion is important for activities like zipping a coat and buttoning clothing

  • Cutting improves focus and attention. Focus and attention is important for activities like reading a book and for following directions.

  1. Get out the cardboard boxes and build! A box can be anything: a train, ramps for cars, an airplane, a house.
  2. Use contact paper and throw some newspapers (or cotton balls) and see if you can get them to stick. A great indoor activity for gross motor practice! You can use it on a window or door.
  3. Shaving cream. Squirt some on a pan and just let them have fun. Add food coloring if you like. You might want to put them in an old shirt and maybe put a towel down, too. If you don't want the mess, put it in a ziploc bag!
  4. Indoor Bowling! I love to use a beach ball or squishy foam balls for this. Set up a few items for pins - pop bottles, paper towel tube, or toilet paper tubes work.
  5. Create a necklace or jewelry. Use a piece of string (a shoestring works well because of the hard end) and something to thread on it. You can also use pipe cleaners for younger kiddos. You can use beads or be creative and use cereal (like Cheerios or Fruit Loops) This is a great fine motor activity. You can also work on listening - put one on, then eat one (what do you do first?).
  6. Dig a newspaper out of the recycling bin and have fun throwing them. Use a laundry basket for aiming or use painters tape and give them a target on a window or wall.
  7. Here’s a sensory activity that’s easy and clean! Squirt hair gel into a baggy and zip it up! Add some odds and ends craft items to the mix too for added fun. You can also add pieces for a snowman or face and get them to move it around.
  8. Use painters tape on the floor in different ways (zigzag, curvy or straight) and have your kiddo walk along it, trying to balance. Try going forward, then backwards?
  9. Have your toddler put pom poms or cotton balls in a small bottle, or cut a small hole in a container. If you have colorful poms, try getting them to match colors. Empty wipe boxes also work well for this.
  10. Make your own play dough. The texture is awesome, it smells good and the kids will love to explore it.

Play dough Recipe using Kool Aid

  • 2 1⁄2 cups flour

  • 1⁄2 cup salt

  • 2 small packages unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 3 tablespoons oil


  • Mix flour, salt, Kool-Aid until blended.
  • Add oil to boiling water, mix with spoon until cool enough to knead.
  • Continue kneading until color is blended.
  • Store in air tight bag or container in the refrigerator.

Use safety when making!

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