This Slap Mat is ideal for helping kids kinesthetically review shapes, numbers, letters, and colors. It can be a brain break activity or a lineup procedure! It helps kids develop wrist strength, hand-eye coordination, body control, and eye saccades, which are crucial for developing future reading skills.
By "slapping" each card while crawling (also called creeping), they turn their fingers upward from their bodies, which is a crucial hand position for future skills of writing and typing. Giving your students practice with eye saccades will help them in kindergarten to "jump" to new words as they read a line!
This printable includes both directions for making your own Slap Mat (with pockets to easily change the sequence!) as well as 44 pages of ready-to-go cards for colors, letters, numbers, and shapes. The directions can be used for quick and easy Sub Plans. Directions appropriate for 3, 4, and 5 year olds included. It is best to do this activity daily.
Could be used as Pre-K or K flash cards as well!