Just today I bought the juiciest pineapple from the grocery store. It tasted like candy and it was delicious! Pineapple is like watermelon and absolutely reminder me of all things summer. As the school year winds down, and summer approaches, what could be better than printable pineapple fine motor shape cards? Well, I mean besides real pineapple, of course!
Pineapple Fine Motor Shape Cards
This set of free printable cute pineapple fine motor shape cards includes 8 individual cards. Each card has a different shape on it.
To prep this math center or busy bag, print the file from the pink button below. Cut the shape cards apart on the gray dotted lines. If these cards will be used with play dough they need to be laminated or put into a pouch protector (or even a resealable freezer bag!).
Once everything is prepped, I like to put the pineapple fine motor shape cards into a small plastic basket or tray along with any other supplies needed. I like to make it easy for preschoolers to clean up at the end!
Now it’s time to play and learn!
Fine Motor Fun
When introducing a new learning center, we will first play with it during circle time more as a whole group. This allows me to make sure everyone has seen the activity and understand the goal and how to play.
The object of the shape cards is to identify and build the shape on the pineapple. Pick a card, lay it on the table, and identify the shape on it. I always like my preschoolers to trace the shape with their finger first. This also gives them time to come up with the name of the shape. This year one of my preschoolers can name so many shapes, even hexagon, but rarely comes up with the correct name for a triangle. She doesn’t get frustrated though. She is able to laugh at the situation, which is great.
I always love to add a fine motor aspect to the learning activities in my classroom. With these cards, it’s so easy to do!
Simple ways to add fine motor practice to the pineapple shape cards is to use play dough, small buttons, mini erasers, or beads to build the shape on the card. My preschoolers prefer to be able to choose which manipulative to work with, so most of the time I will leave options in the middle of the table.
I will also add kid-friendly squeezers to the table to use to pick up and add beads or pom poms to the cards. This takes more concentration and definitely stronger fine motor skills.
You could also offer dry erase boards and markers. Pick a card, identify the shape on it, and draw the shape on the dry erase board.
I love how easily this one activity can be adapted and played in so many different ways! I am sure you feel the same way!
The very best thing about our pineapple fine motor shape cards is that it is a math center that can be played many times. Throw all of the materials into a resealable freezers bag or small plastic bin with a lid until next time.
Download the pineapple fine motor shape cards now!