This is a simple dinosaur themed clothespin exercise that also helps the little ones practice one-to-one correspondence and counting skills.
Materials Needed: lots of clothespins, colored cardstock, scissors, and a copy of our number dino template.
Directions: Print out the dinos onto cardstock, cut them into strips (shown below), and then start clipping those clothespins! If the dino has a one on it, attach one clothespin. If the dino has an eight on it... attached eight clothespins!
When I'm working with my little guy, I work on one card at a time and put the other ones out of sight... otherwise it can get too overwhelming. As he gets more focused and/or proficient, I can put out a few cards at a time and have him do this as an independent project. Since the cardstock is pretty flimsy once you start clipping 10+ clothespins on it... you can always trace these onto foam board or use stickers instead of clothespins. Pulling stickers off the paper and sticking them to things is also a great skill to work on strengthening those little finger muscles!
Skills that are worked on in this activity include...
- number recognition up to 12
- counting to 12
- one-to-one correspondence to 12
- improving aim and grasp skills by clipping clothespins to a particular spot
- improving hand strength and stability
I also posted a blank template since our numbered template only goes up to 12. If you want to make your own that goes higher, download the blank version!
Older Kids: You could also write number sentences on the dinos for older kids (3+4 =) and then have them clip the correct number of clothespins onto the dino to complete the number sentence!
Now off to finish up the volcano game I promised my little guy I would have ready for tomorrow! It is tough working for such a demanding boss ;) His enthusiasm alone is worth the lost sleep.