Did you read Game of Gnomes? Do you love it? One of my favorite parts of teaching is connecting literature to crafts and other subjects. I always think it makes the text more meaningful and special. Plus, the craft is great for making connections to the book and inspiring your Lil’ to read it again.
This connection to Game of Gnomes is a fun craft that has manipulatives for your Lil to engage with every time you read Game of Gnomes this month.
This activity will work on visual arts and fine motor skills.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Make personal connection to text

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Make personal connection to text

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Fine Motor

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Game of Gnomes Template

*Paper Plate

*Washable Paint

*Paint Brushes

*Glue

*Scissors

*Craft Stick

Step #1
Draw a diagonal line across the paper plate about 3 quarters of the way down.
Step #2
Invite your Lil’ to paint the paper plate.
We encouraged Rea to paint the top blue with white snowflakes (dots) and the bottom white.
Step #3
While the paint dries, cut out the Game of Gnomes Template.
Step #4
Glue the template to a craft stick.
Step #5
Cut the paper plate along the line you drew.

** You are NOT cutting all the way through. You are leaving the edges intact.**

Step #6

Place the craft stick inside the cut you made and move it so that Ginger from Game of Gnomes is snowboarding.

Teacher Tip

I felt it was valuable for Rea to try and follow directions by keeping the top blue and the bottom white, however I walked away to tell my husband something and Rea did her own thing… This was a good reminder to stay close by and provide guidance when you are working on new skills like painting using specific colors in specific places.

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