What does "following directions" mean? Ask the kids to wiggle and giggle until they hear you clap 5 times... once they have done this tell them they just followed directions! Directions are a list of things you need to do in order to complete a task. When you follow them, you will complete the task correctly. If you decide to try to complete the task without following the directions, you may never complete it! If you had not stopped wiggling and giggling when you heard the 5 claps, you would still be wiggling and giggling!
Numbered Treasure Hunt!
You will need to make some numbered and color-coded cards for this activity. One set of cards will need to have the numbers 1 - 10 on them, color code however you like. The other set of cards will need to have a number of items on them. You can use stickers or drawings, whichever works for you. You need a card with 1 item, one with 2 items, etc. The idea is for them to find the "treasure" by following the "clues". You will also need a cheap treasure for the kids to find.
How to play: Place the cards with numbers on them around the room. Make sure they are not in plain sight, but shouldn't be too hidden. Next to the number 10 you will place the treasure. By each of the numbered cards there should be the next clue, or the next number they need to find. Depending on the age and knowledge of your class, you can have the numbers in order or in any order you like.
Give the kids the first numbered card. Show them that they need to count the items on their card in order to know where to go next. The number of items on their card will match a numbered card in the room. Once they find the numbered card, their next card with a number of items will be there to tell them where to go next. This way they are Following Directions and also counting!
Apple Counting Mats
Print the mats from Pre-kinders.com HERE. Follow the directions on the page. You can use red playdough, red marbles, red stickers, or whatever works for you!
Fine Motor - Block Building
Build a simple structure out of wooden blocks or Lego blocks. Instruct the kiddos to replicate your structure. Simple activity, awesome results. This incorporates fine motor skills, problem solving, and structure building.
Gross Motor - Follow the Leader
You all know this game! Begin by explaining how to play. Everyone will stand in a line behind you. You say "follow the leader!" and begin to make different gestures. You can wander around the room or your play yard while patting your head, flapping your arms, stomping your feet. Pretty soon everyone will be having a blast and you can let a child be the leader!
Awesome for following directions and getting some gross motor activity!
Art - Simon Says Drawings
For this activity you will need construction paper and crayons. Give each child a piece of paper and place the crayons in their reach. Tell them not to begin drawing yet! The idea of this activity is to Follow Directions! You are going to say, "Simon Says draw a house" and they should draw what yo asked them to.
This is a really fun way to practice following directions and when you all show each other your drawings at the end you can see how differently everyone's picture comes out!
Craft - Apple Tree Following Directions Activity
Fun activity from makinglearningfun.com! http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/AppleTree-FollowingDirections.html
You will need to print a page for each child. There are different levels of difficulty that you can choose from depending on the skill level of the kids you have.
Apple Tree (rockabyebutterfly.com)
I'm a Good Listener
Follow the link for lyrics and tune!
Cooking is always about following directions. Without directions, putting together a recipe is very difficult.
The BEST part about this is you can really use just about any combination you like!
Place each item into a cup separately. Give each child a cup so that each is in charge of their ingredient. Provide a large bowl for mixing. They should follow your direction and add their ingredient when you call for it. Allow each child the chance to mix it up. Portion it out and enjoy your snack!