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  • Language Skills
  • Motor All Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills

Making Footprints

Tracing and making footprints

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • On two pieces of black construction paper, trace together around a child’s foot and then an adult's foot with a white crayon or piece of chalk
  • Cut the footprints following the white tracing lines.  Have your child use blunt scissors.  If cutting is difficult, place your hand over the child’s hand on the scissors, and guide them.  This is a good time to repeat the refrain - “I think I can...I think I can...)
  • When footprints are cut out - ask child to point to the long footprint
  • Ask child to point to the little footprint
  • Have child pick the long footprint and hide in the room while the adult closes his eyes.  When it is hidden, let child ask you to find the long footprint
  • Next, let the adult choose the little footprint and hide it while child closes his eyes.  When it is hidden, ask child to find the little footprint
  • Glue the footprints onto a larger sheet of paper.  Have child write his name under his footprint.  Have adult write his name under the adult footprint.  

Simplify

Remove the shoes from your feet and place on the paper for easier tracing.

Materials

  • large sheet of paper
  • black construction paper
  • white crayon/piece of chalk
  • scissors
  • glue

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Black
  • Number - Seven, 7
  • Alphabet Letters - J, I
  • Sense - Smell
  • Character Trait - Courage
  • Target Words - Long, Little, Short, Small

Monthly Proverb

Chinese - If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through

Did You Know?

"Before children enter elementary school, they must develop many linguistic and cognitive skills that will make later academic learning possible. By the age of five, however, children differ markedly in their success in reaching these developmental goals." Entwisle & Alexander, 1993

Books to Read

"The Little Engine That Could"
by Watty Piper, Illustrator Loren Long (Activity 12) (audiobook available)

"My Very First Mother Goose"
with Ioa Opie Editor and Rosemary Wells Illustrator (Activity 26)

"Of Colors and Things"
by Tana Hoban (Activity 8)

Music Playlist

"America (My Country Tis of Thee)"
by the Hit Crew, Album: Drew’s Famous Music for Summer Games and Activities (Activity 13)

"Teeth"
by Willa Brigham, Album: Healthy Happy Habits (Activity 25)

"Miss Mary Mack"
by Ella Jenkins, Album: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (Activity 9)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Jack and Jill

(Activity 19 Month 9)

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.