Unicorn Salon; Scissor Skills

I’ve been looking for practical easy activities for my youngest daughter to practice her scissor skills. She loves unicorns and cutting her dolls hair. I try not to encourage her to do the latter cutting her dolls hair because obviously it doesn’t grow back. Which is a concept she still doesn’t understand. Therefore I decided to make our own unicorn dolls out of paper that she could cut hair.

My daughters chose to use dot markers to color in their Unicorns. My oldest is 8 therefore she’s able to cut everything out herself. While my youngest is 4 and she still needs assistance when it comes to cutting. If you’re looking for a quicker process you can cut everything out yourself and thread the yarn yourself. My daughters hole punched several holes all over their unicorns however for a quicker approach you could place one hole at the neck and one hole at the tail. The more holes they punched the more fine motor practice my daughters were able to get in.

This is the mess I had to deal with at the end of the process. My oldest has a tub filled of craft supplies that she just dumps out during every activity. My youngest participated long enough to get in some scissor practice but had given up as her sister continued with her project. Just remember nothing has to be perfect the more we expose our children to the more they learn. A few minutes of scissor practice is better than nothing.

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Unicorn theme coloring pages for early readers.

Trying to keep my daughters interest in reading can often be difficult. Therefore I often turn to coloring pages with simple sentences to get her reading more without a traditional book approach. It allows her to color as she reads and feel less like a reading requirement and more like a fun activity. If your young learners enjoy unicorns like my daughters than these reading coloring pages are worth a try.

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Setting up a sight word wall.

I have been planning on creating a sight word wall to display sight words as my daughter learns them. I fell slightly behind and am getting caught back up. She requested several different animals to go on her wall. The first batch of words are written on unicorns.

I made two versions one in which the unicorns are plain in which my oldest can color herself, and another set with a little color already on them just in case she wasn’t in the mood for coloring. After printing out the unicorns she wrote the words on them herself in pencil and I traced over in sharpie to make them stand out better. After she wrote the words I laminated them for durability.

Eventually I plan on turning the wall in her bedroom into a magnetic wall and placing magnetic stickers to the back of each word. That way she can rearrange the words any way she wants whenever she wants. Also it it will give her the opportunity to play pretend with the unicorns and read the words as she plays. Which provides her the opportunity to review what she has learned in a fun way on her terms. The more I stay on her terms the less of a headache learning becomes. Until then I simply placed tape to the back of them and placed each one on the wall as she learns more words.

Her next pick are zebras once I finish that batch I’ll share them in another post. : )

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Images above are my Amazon picks for helpful sight words guides and tools.

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