Using things you have around the home is a great way to play, create, and learn. We made these learning charts using something that might just get thrown away: a food pouch bottle cap! Make your own learning worksheets for improving pencil control, counting, letters, ordering, handwriting, fine motor skills, line awareness, and so many more ideas.
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Worksheets don’t need to be boring and printed off of the computer. Use a cap from squeezable food pouches as a stamper to make a creative and process-art based worksheet for math, literacy, science documenting, handwriting, and so many more ideas.
Using your favorite paint (this is mine!), pour paint into a paper plate or bowl. Use the top part of the pouch cap to stamp circles onto paper. You can stamp in rows and columns, in a line down the page, or all over in a circle process art creation.
We used paint that was swirled together from a different project to get a pretty, color-mixing effect. These aren’t your average worksheets!
Let the paint dry and then you are ready to get to work.
Using your homemade worksheets:
There are so many ways to use these.
- My three year old used a Paint Dauber to fill in the circles. You could color match the circles to the paint dauber color for color identification. Filling in the circles is a good hand-eye coordination activity for children. Get creative with your circles and make letters, numbers, shapes and pictures for preschool-aged kids. Filling in the circles is a great fine motor activity.
- Write the letters of the alphabet in the cap circles. They are a small size which will encourage appropriate letter formation and line awareness without using the restraints of lined paper.
- For hands-on math and hand-eye coordination, fill in the circles with Cheerios or other cereal.
- Use a pencil and make an “x” in each circle. Be careful not to go over the paint lines! This is a fabulous pencil control activity and great for line awareness. We did something like this idea in our DIY Christmas worksheets post.
- Use the pouch cap to make a column of circles going down the page. Circles on the left side of the page will make a great check mark area for lists. Circles down the right side can be a writing space for math questions or multiple choice questions. Kids can fill their number or letter answer into the circle.
- Use the pouch caps to make fill in the blank pages for spelling or sight word practice. Simply make the appropriate number of circles in a line and kids can fill in their spelling words. This idea can be modified for any subject. Science, history, math, English-language arts, and more all have terms that children need to learn and use. Write out sentences and have the child fill in the circles with the answer.
- Make a hundreds chart. Fill in the circles with numbers or small items.
- Make a tens chart for Kindergarten aged kids to practice counting small items with one-to-one correspondence.
How would you use these DIY worksheets? There are so many possibilities! Tell us in the comments below or on our facebook page!