Fine motor and maths activity. Children have to do the sum, or, for younger children, count the dots, and then match the key up to the correct padlock to open it. This activity not only improves their maths, but also strengthens the muscles in their hands and fingers, which is important for improving writing skills.

Fine motor and maths activity. Children have to do the sum, or, for younger children, count the dots, and then match the key up to the correct padlock to open it. This activity not only improves their maths, but also strengthens the muscles in their hands and fingers, which is important for improving writing skills.

I love this idea! Good little way to encourage writing and written letters instead of text messages, Facebook, etc. I'd like to have one for myself too so that students could send mail to me!

I love this idea! Good little way to encourage writing and written letters instead of text messages, Facebook, etc. I'd like to have one for myself too so that students could send mail to me!

Magnets Instant Learning Center at Lakeshore Learning

Magnets Instant Learning Center at Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore’s Meet the Common Core Math Standards Learning Center has 40 different hands-on activities aligned to every Common Core State Standard for kindergarten math!

Lakeshore’s Meet the Common Core Math Standards Learning Center has 40 different hands-on activities aligned to every Common Core State Standard for kindergarten math!

Count and Link - It would be cool to make a center kind of like this, but not with paper clips.

Count and Link - It would be cool to make a center kind of like this, but not with paper clips.

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