Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hip Hip Hooray! 15 Days of K! - Day 2

 First of all, I would like to congratulate Mary for joining the kindergarten world.  To help her celebrate, I thought I'd share one of my favorite kindergarten activities on her blog.  It is what I call Pokey Pinning.  Have you ever heard of it?  It is a really fun way for prek and kindergarten children to exercise their hand muscles to increase their fine motor development while practicing concepts such as numbers, letters and, my favorite, popcorn words (a.k.a. sight words that "pop" up all of the time). 

All you need to do this fun and effective activity with your students is a soft surface (rug, foam, mouse pad, etc) and push pins and your students can go from this:
to this:
by just poking holes along the provided templates with their push pins.  This is always a classroom favored activity-- I always start the year doing it whole group, then turn it into a literacy center that children go to time and time again.  Never fail, the students are amazed by the "magic" of the light shining through their pictures.  Try it this year with your students!  Go here to this post that highlights one of my students inventing something that makes pokey pinning easier as their little hands begin to tire. 

I thought I'd share a little freebie in case you want to try out pokey pinning for yourself!  In honor of Mary's return to kindergarten, here it is:

Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business
Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business
Need to revisit Day 1? Click on the picture below.
 Stop back by tomorrow for Day 3 of our 15 Days of K Celebration!


  1. What a fun idea for a center. On a side note, where did you get the classroom rug? I have been looking everywhere to purchase that rug and can't find one for sale.

  2. Ha ha Tracey, Lakeshore, I believe for a whopping $450 (5 years ago!).
    Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business

    1. Thanks! I had looked at Lakeshore, but no luck. I guess they no longer sell it. I'm starting a new school next year and might get to pick my rug, so I was looking for one that went well with my colors.

  3. What a great idea. I really think my kids next year will love this. I have tons of old mouse pads sitting around collecting dust that I'll be able to use. Thank you for sharing.


  4. This is such a cute idea. I will have to try it with my little ones.

    A Special Kind of Class

  5. That's my rug I had to give up when I was teaching pre-k years ago...I knew you had good taste. Love the Pokey pins, that will be one of my new word work/fine motor stations next year when I start Daily 5.
    A Differentiated Kindergarten

  6. Are the tips of the pokey pins sharp/dangerous?


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