Fine motor acorn play

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I love how preschoolers live in the moment. Sometimes, as a preschool teacher, it is easy to think that certain things or topics should only be considered for play in the classroom during a specific time of year…

Well, I am here to tell you that preschoolers can teach us a thing or two about appreciating the things all around us, no matter what time of year it is. Just like my nephew taught me last week when we went for a little walk outside…

First he found some acorn caps on the ground and decided he wanted to keep them  – I thought acorns were only supposed to be around in the fall…

Then he set the acorn caps out on a piece of wood and began to count them…

When we went back inside to my classroom, he set the acorn caps out on a table and began to count them again…

Doesn’t this kid know that you are not supposed to play with acorns during the summer? Isn’t that a fall activity?

Oh well, I decided that since he was so interested in the acorn caps, I might as well go along with it. So I handed him some chopsticks…

And a baby food jar to put his summer time acorn cap collection in…

Turns out that collecting, counting, and tweezing acorn caps is the coolest summer time idea ever!…


Here’s a fine motor game you can play with your students!


Available on Amazon


Sorry – Amazon doesn’t seem to have any acorns:)

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

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