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Fine Motor Morning Bins for August

Hey Everyone! It’s time to get those fine motor muscles working! Kiddos love hands-on learning activities and this is just perfect for that! This work pack contains a large collection of printable activities to get your kiddos some hands-on small muscle development. These are best suited for use for children in Preschool, Pre-kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten (Prep). All supplies required to use these worksheets are listed on the ‘Introduction’ page under ‘Directions of Use’. If you do not have the listed manipulatives available, feel free to improvise with whatever you do have similar, that can still have the same learning outcome of the activity. These activities involve the use of an assortment of manipulatives, which will not only assist the children in their fine motor learning, but will also make this work pack super enjoyable and exciting as they get to cut, thread, paste, roll, build, pin, hole punch, colour and much more. Okay, so let’s talk a little about the importance of fine motor development. Fine motor skills are not only important to develop those small muscles in hands, fingers and arms, but it also sets children up for success for the rest of their lives. Now let me elaborate a little on that. By strengthening their small muscles and developing strong fine motor skills, children are able to enjoy and complete many tasks and daily physical self-care requirements. It is a benefit as they begin to learn to button a button for themselves, tie a shoelace, zip up a jacket, write with a pencil or to correctly move and control small objects. They will be able to enjoy activities that require finger/ hand strength plus hand-eye co-ordination and even excel at physical sports and activities. These activities are not only great for exercising those small muscles and building strength, but also great for cognitive development as their brain is stimulated to concentrate on the activity, and learn to use small objects with use of a variety of small fiddly manipulatives. The punch card activities are excellent for small muscle building and hand-eye co-ordination. It requires the kiddos to use physical strength to push down onto the puncher to punch the holes, as well as good finger and hand grip to hold and control the puncher over the correct spaces to be punched. There are many cutting practice cards. Dot painting is super fun and colourful and such a simple way to promote fine motor development. Kiddos... read more

Measurement Worksheets: Capacity

Hi everyone! This worksheet pack has many fun activities for kiddos to learn the concept of “Capacity”. Why not make learning about capacity fun with your kiddos by joining all their favourite things to do (like colouring/cutting/pasting/blocks/water play) into amazing learning experiences? Let’s do it! 🙂 The Capacity packet contains 21 black and white worksheets that include a variety of non-standard, customary and metric capacities for optimal learning in this area. These are best suited for children in Kindergarten (Prep/Foundation), Grade 1 and Grade 2. They can be used for independent learning and practice, group work or table time. Learning about capacity is an important mathematical concept for children to learn to be able to ‘measure’ the space inside something. This then leads to further investigation, inquisition, and problem solving which develops their mathematical skills. They should continue practicing these skills until they are confident and capable to identify and solve the concept of ‘capacity’ in multiple variations. The worksheets can be used in conjunction with various hands-on manipulatives, which is super fun for the kiddos to get a good visualization of capacity in action. Grab some popular items you have around that the kiddos will enjoy like Lego, cubes, cotton buds, rice or coins and watch them have loads of fun colouring, cutting, pasting, sorting, weighing and counting, while learning! You’re already winning! Kiddos will have the opportunity to colour, order, sort, measure, read, draw, estimate, find and much more with these worksheets! Talk about multi-tasking! We are on a roll! 🙂 Kiddos will learn descriptive words to measure capacity like ‘longer, shorter, heavier, lighter, empty, full, large, small, most, least’ etc. The use of visual word cards for beginner kiddos would also be beneficial to support development in this learning area to connect the words to the corresponding capacity. You can incorporate everyday activities into this learning topic by doing some other small activities. Some might include: measuring each others height, or height of other things; play with sand/rice/water filling containers, or use non-standard measurement tools like their hands, palms or fingers to estimate lengths or sizes of things. Sorting activities to show examples of sizes/weight and even demonstrating filling a glass to show empty, half full or full by filling the space ‘capacity’. All off these would help get visualization for them to differentiate and problem-solve how capacity works. Children can learn about basic operations, fractions, weight, concepts of ‘more/less’, ‘full/empty’, ‘big/small’, ‘most/least’. Metric capacity will... read more

Alphabet What Doesn’t Belong?

Hi everyone! Want your kiddos to work on identifying skills? Then this one is for you! “What doesn’t belong?” alphabet cards are great to build on letter identification and letter sound differentiation. This card activity can help your children problem solve which image does not ‘sound’ the same and identify which one does not belong. This is perfect for getting your kiddos some hands-on practice with visual discrimination; which is an essential skill to have to learn to read, but helps them differentiate one object from another. It also helps kids ‘hear’ and think of which sounds start the ‘same’ or are ‘different’. This book contains 26 alphabet (beginning sounds) ‘What Doesn’t Belong?’ cards and an additional card for the letter X (ending sound) is included. Each letter card has 3 coloured images next to an alphabetic letter on it that the kiddos are to use their skills to find out which of the 3 images do not correspond with the corresponding letter sound. To prepare the alphabet cards for this activity: print, laminate them for durability and cut them along the dotted lines to separate them. You may use clothes pegs, counting cubes, bingo chips, lego or any other manipulative to place where the “wrong” picture (that does not belong). Using pegs in particular for this activity, adds to their learning as it promotes fine motor muscle and coordination skills and aids in finger grip development, but any manipulative can be used. For beginner kiddos, most of the images are easy to identify without any prompting, but it may be beneficial for you to first give some guidance. Maybe sound the letter so they can hear it, then point to each image and prompt them to guess the pictures or name the pictures for them. Then ask which does not “sound” like it would start with the alphabetic letter on that card. For advanced kiddos, this activity would be very easy to complete on their own without much or any assistance. The activity can be further expanded though to expand learning opportunities. Ask the child to explain how they think the two remaining items are alike and how they think the ‘wrong’ one is different. This is great to encourage vocabulary and sentence building, by identifying and reasoning to complete the activity. The great thing is that this activity can be done in a classroom setting, through distance learning or even out somewhere on the go. Pack the... read more

Transportation Preschool Centres

Hi everyone! If you have car or transportation lovers in your class or home, you have come to the right place. I will be proving a sneak peek into what’s included in my Transportation Preschool Centres packet. PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this blog post I have provided free sample pages from my Transportation Preschool Centres packet, simply click on the image at the end of the blog to download it. To purchase the complete Transportation Preschool Centres packet, please click here! Transportation Preschool Centres The Transportation Preschool Centres packet contains a collection of printable activities for use with children in Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten (Prep). Contents and Direction for use To prepare all the activities for use, print, then laminate the pages for durability and then cut out all the pieces. 1. Transportation write and wipe pre-writing tracing practice (9 cards) Pre-writing cards give children the opportunity to practice making different types of lines in isolation. Using a white board (dry-erase) marker, children are required to trace the path on the page. 2. Transportation upper case tracing practice and car play mat Kids and toy cards just GO together! In the first section children use their fingers or a dry-erase (whiteboard) marker to trace the letters, following the directional arrows to ensure correct letter formation is learnt. Next using one of the printed cars or a small toy car trace the road letters allowing children to have fun but whilst learning their letters. 3. Car and parking lot upper and lower case letter match This is a fun and engaging way to help children learn to match the lower case letters on the car to the correct upper case letter in the parking lot. 4. Hot air balloon beginning sounds match Learning the beginning sounds letters make is one of the early keys to a solid phonological awareness (the awareness of sounds within words). The aim of this activity is for children to match the animals (beginning sound pictures) to the correct hot air balloon. 5. Transportation syllables: 1,2,3 syllable words (18 cards) Did you know that the ability to break words into syllables is an important part of phonological awareness? The aim of this activity is for children to identify the number of syllables for each pictures and show their answer by clipping a peg on the corresponding number on the card. Once printed and laminated, provide children with some small clothes pegs. 6. Bus... read more

Learning Folder | Toddler Binder Activities

Looking for fun and engaging activities for your toddler/pre-schooler? Well you’ve come to the right place. I will be sharing the activities that will be included in my learning folder/toddler binder resources which are available to download individually or as a growing bundle deal. What I love about learning folders is that you are able to bring it along with you wherever you go. It’s a great quite time activity and also a great time filler during the day when you don’t feel like doing much else or its perfect for taking along on car rides, to restaurants and doctor appointments. **PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to purchase a learning folder activity you can click on the photo of the activity you wish to purchase and it will direct you to my TpT store. Otherwise at the end of the blog post I will include a link to my growing bundle deal!** Alphabet & Number Match First up, we have the alphabet and number match activity. This is a great activity for working on visual discrimination, alphabet and number order, beginning sounds and counting. Some ideas of how you might use this activity: MatchingTeach letter sounds by pointing to each letter and saying the sound it makes. Have your child repeat. Teach your child to associate each number with counting by saying the number, then counting on fingers. Teach alphabet and number order: place the coloured blocks down one by one and sing an alphabet/counting song.Finding items around the house that begin with the letter sounds Patterns Match Next up, we have pattern matching. This activity includes 24 patterned squared and 24 circle cut-outs. This is a simple activity with great cognitive benefits. Matching is the simplest form of finding patterns which is an important part of learning to organize information. Dress for the Weather: Bears Who doesn’t love cute little bears and dressing them up. The aim of this activity is to dress the bear according to the weather and different temperatures. Some ideas for how to use this activity: Place a weather icon in the empty square and ask your child to dress the bear for the weather.Dress the bear for the weather and ask your child to find a matching weather icon.Place a weather icon in the square and randomly dress the bear. Ask your child if the bear is dressed appropriately. Ask your child to swap out inappropriate clothing and replace it with the correct... read more

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