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Making Circle Clouds

Developing finger dexterity and estimation skills

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  • Cut out 2 circles from clear contact paper
  • One circle is around 4 inches wide and the other is bigger around 8 inches wide
  • Staple the circles, sticky side up to a piece of blue construction paper
  • Let child guess how many cotton balls it would take to fill in the small circle
  • Remove the backing and let child fill the small circle with cotton balls
  • Count the balls and compare to the child’s guess
  • Now estimate how many cotton balls it will take to fill the bigger cirlce
  • Remove the back and let child fill the bigger circle with cotton balls
  • Compare to the child’s guess of how many cotton balls
  • Have child point to the bigger cloud


Instead of using fingers to place the cotton balls, use tweezers or tongs to help develop finger control


  • clear contact paper
  • blue construction paper
  • stapler
  • cotton balls 

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle
  • Color - Blue
  • Number - Two, 2
  • Alphabet Letters - B, F
  • Senses - Hearing
  • Character Trait - Joyfulness
  • Target Words - Big, Bigger, Happy, Small

Monthly Proverb

Unknown  “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day."

Did You Know?

“A 3-year-old toddler's brain is twice as active as an adult's brain.”- Sean Brotherson, NDSU

Books to Read

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas (Activity 8)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
Eric Carle (Activity 12)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault (Activity 4)

Music Playlist

"Jump Up It’s A Good Day"
by Brady Rymer Album Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (Children) (Activity 10)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes "
by Countdown Kids Album 100 Silly Songs (Children) (Activity 24)

by Nabil David Huening Album Children’s Virtues Songs (Children) (Activity 13)

"If You’re Happy and You Know It "
by Dora the Explorer Album Party Favorites (Activity 26)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Touch Your Nose

(Activity 25 Month 2)

Touch your nose, touch your chin, That’s the way this game begins. 

Touch your eyes, Touch your knees; Now pretend you’re going to sneeze.  

Touch your hair, Touch one ear; Touch your two red lips right here.  

Touch your elbows where they bend, 

That’s the way this touch game ends.