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Spring Preschool Centers

Spring Preschool Centers

When I think of spring, my memories take me back to when I was in Grade 3 or 4. I remember waking up to the sound of Australian birds chirping in our gum tree and Banksia bushes. I remember the warmth of the morning sun as its rays peeked in between the tall trees. The air smelled of divine freshness as I walked to school with my older brother and younger sister. I remember touching every bush and flower and breathing in their scent as we walked along. Ah… to be young again! Not that I’m that old now… But, for some reason, the older I have become, the harder it is to find time to enjoy those little things now! Strange, isn’t it!?

Alrighty! Enough with the reminiscing! Time to get to the reason we are here: to give you all a sneak peak at what’s included in my Spring Preschool Centers.

PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Spring Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete Spring Preschool Centers packet, please click here!

I am a firm believer that correct letter formation cannot be reinforced enough, and so I included alphabet tracing cards in this packet too. I laminated my cards and made a hole with a hole punch in the top left corner and secured the cards together with a keyring. (If you’re staring at the lower case “d” and thinking, “This lady is nuts; that is not the correct way to write a d,” I have good news for you – I have corrected the error! I amaze myself by the things that slip by when I check my work!)

(Click the photo below to get letters A-F.)

Next, there is a letter and beginning sounds matching activity. After laminating and cutting our the flowers, I stuck them on to some coloured Popsicle / icy-pole sticks and voila!

You could put them into some pots with a label on the front and ask children to put the flowers into the correct pots.

(Click the photo below or above to get letters A-E.)

If your kiddos are confident with alphabet order, they will definitely love this next activity! They have to clip the missing letter in the correct spot to complete the alphabet sequence. You could attach Velcro dots on the back of each frog and empty spot, but I am not really a big fan of that; I prefer using clothes pegs because little fingers get a good work out as they squeeze to clip and unclip the pegs.

(Click the photo below to get some sample cards.)

Next, I included a syllable counting activity. Children read a word and clap out the number of syllables. They can clip a peg for each syllable counted, or on the final number of syllables (if that makes sense.)

Once children have learnt letter sounds, they can move on to reading CVC words. The next activity requires children to say the CVC word on each pot and identify the missing short vowel sound. Once they have identified the missing vowel, they clip it to the middle spot to complete the word.

(Click the photo below to get some sample cards.)

Next, there is a rhyming activity. Children sort the water droplets on top of the umbrella with which they rhyme.

I also included a flower petal sight words sorting activity. This activity requires quite a bit of cutting and gluing on to clothes pegs, but I know it will pay off as your kiddos will LOVE this activity! I used small pegs for this activity as the regular ones were too too big.

(Click the photo to get the pictured sight words.)

I also included a bird colour sorting activity, but you could definitely use the cards for size ordering too. I didn’t think to do this when I was taking photos of this activity, but it would be super cool if you painted in different colours some of those artificial nests that you can get from craft stores and have children place the birds in those. That would be fun 😉

(Click the photo to get the pictured birds.)

Moving on to practice some visual discrimination, the next activity asks children to identify which picture is different.

I also included a “What Doesn’t Belong” activity. I really love this activity as it requires children to access their prior knowledge to figure out what shouldn’t be there. It’s a good way of checking to see how much kids understand about seasons and the weather.

(Click the photo below to get the pictured cards.)

I also included a 4-part Butterfly Life Cycle sequencing activity.

Moving on to some numeracy activities, the next activity requires children to match the spots on the ladybug / ladybird to the leaf with the correct numeral.

(Click the photo to get numbers 1-5.)

If you have small wooden ladybugs or other insect, you can have children count them, as pictured below.

Next, I included an insect sorting activity. I thought it was s stroke of genius to use jars to sort them. Now that I think about it, perhaps it would have been even more clever to have different-sized jars…?

I also included a carrot shape sorting activity.

(Click the photo to get triangle and circle.)

I also included number tracing cards with correct formation.

(Click the photo to get numbers 1-6.)

Because spring means kids learning to fly kites, I had to find a way to include them in this packet. The next activity has children counting out bows and clipping them to the tail of each kite. I colour co-ordinated my bows, but feel free to have your kiddos mix up the colours!

(Click the photo to get numbers 1-6.)

I also included a ten frame matching activity.

(Click the photo to get numbers 1-4.)

This next activity might be a bit difficult to understand as the numbers seem to start randomly. The aim is for your kiddos to identify the lowest number and start the number sequence from there, clipping on the missing number petals. (I know… I made a mistake with the red flower. It has been corrected!)

The last activity is a patterning activity. I have included AB, ABB and ABC cards.

(Click the photo to get the ABC pattern cards.)

I have tried to include as much variety in this packet as I know your preschool and kinder kiddos may be at different levels at this point in time. If you liked the samples from this post, you can purchase the complete Spring Preschool Centers packet by click the picture below.

 

If you’re sitting there thinking, “No way jose! That’s way too much prep time for me,” you might like the Spring Preschool worksheets packet below. Click the picture to check it out in my Tpt store. While there, be sure to download the preview to check out some sample pages!

 

2 Responses to “Spring Preschool Centers”

  1. Miny Lee says:

    thanks for wonderful materials

  2. Misti DiMillio says:

    Awesome learning materials

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