Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Paperclip hearts

I'm always looking for fun ways to teach functional classroom skills, like using paperclips. Simply paper-clipping a stack of papers together is not all that fun or interesting, so I had one of my students create letter hearts to work on spelling words. This makes studying spelling words more fun, too!

Supplies needed:

  • colored paper
  • scissors
  • marker
  • paperclips


  • Have the student cut small hearts out of colored paper.
  • Label the hearts with letters that can be used to spell student's spelling words.
  • Read a spelling word to the student.
  • The student must locate the hearts with the letters needed to spell the word and then paperclip the hearts to a piece of paper.

Skills addressed:

  • bilateral coordination
  • fine motor dexterity
  • eye hand coordination 
  • visual discrimination
  • scissor skills
  • spelling

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