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Circus Preschool Centers

Yes! I agree; it’s been far too long since I’ve made any Preschool Centers! I’ve just finished some fun circus printables for you all and I hope your kiddos think they’re as cute as I did. And that they enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed creating them! Here’s a look at what’s included 🙂 Popcorn name buildingChildren will spell their names by placing the popped corn in correct order.Please note: an editable version of this activity is also included. Circus play dough mats (5 mats)Materials needed: play dough in various coloursChildren will roll out the play dough and use it to shape the outline of the picture. Clown hair pre-writing practiceMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the pre-writing lines and spirals. Upper case letter tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the upper case letters. Lower case letter tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the lower case letters. Upper-lower case letter matchingChildren will match the cards with the lower case letters to the upper case balloons. Beginning sounds matchingChildren will match the pictures to the correct letter ticket booth. Circus syllables matchingMaterials needed: clothes pegs/pinsChildren will identify the number of syllables in each word and show their answer by clipping a peg on the corresponding number. Elephant rhyming words matchingChildren will match the elephant to the ball with which it rhymes. Peanut CVC word buildingChildren will use the peanut letters to build the words on each peanut cup. Popcorn sight word sortingChildren will sort the popped corn to the cup with the matching word. Circus shadow matchingChildren will match the pictures to their shadows. Which picture is different? cardsChildren will identify the picture that is different. What Doesn’t Belong? cardsChildren will identify the picture that doesn’t belong. Circus sorting (people and animal performers)Children will sort the different performers to the correct mat: people or animals. Lion jumping through ring of fire 4-part sequencing cardsChildren will order the cards correctly to show the process of a sleeping lion standing, jumping through the hoop and receiving praise. Clown nose colour matchingMaterials needed: coloured pom-pomsChildren will match the coloured pop-poms to the clown with the matching nose. Circus patterns (AB)Children will identify the pattern on the cards and to place the correct picture in the empty box to complete the pattern. Number tracingMaterials needed: erasable markersChildren will trace the numbers. Juggling balls number sense (1-10)Children will sort the different number representation balls to the correct juggling clown. Circus juggling clown ball... read more

Pencil Control: Straight Lines

Hi everyone! In my previous blog post “Fine Motor Bins for August” I spoke about the importance of fine motor skills, and it just so happens that ‘Pencil Control’ comes into that category also! This book contains a set of 20 pencil control worksheets which provide a variety of fun ways for children to practice their hand-eye co-ordination by tracing basic straight lines. Starting points and arrows are visible on the activity sheets in dotted lines to enable the children to trace straight lines in different directions. Kiddos will have the opportunity to trace left to right, right to left, up and down, down and up and diagonally. This book is super easy to prepare for use; you can print them and give them directly to your children to complete as is, or can laminate them and use with dry erase markers to use them over and over again. If you wish to store these in a binder, you could place them inside a plastic sleeve. There are a range of difficulty levels provided in this work book, some with just a few simple tracing lines, some with multiple short lines, some narrow lines and some with extra long lines to trace and control their pencil over. Holding and writing with a pencil can be difficult or some kiddos so it needs practice because it requires fine motor muscle strength and dexterity to do the ‘pincer grip’ and control the pencil to correctly form letters and lines. In order for children to be able to develop hand-writing skills, pencil control must be encouraged repetitively and refined to support development in everyday task handling. This is where “Pencil Control-straight lines’ book comes in handy to get your kiddos practicing straight lines before they tackle the more difficult shapes and curves later on. Fine motor skills are required to do multiple tasks like brushing of teeth, eating with cutlery, brushing hair and tying shoelaces; so strengthening their small muscles through practicing controlling a pencil, is a great stepping stone for success in future years. In addition to learning pencil control, kiddos will learn about ‘direction’ when tracing the lines (up, down, left, right, diagonal) but will also have a lot of fun colouring in the activity sheets. For extra support doing these tasks, you could ask the kiddos to try their best to concentrate to colour within the lines and do their best tracing directly onto the lines. This will stimulate... read more

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

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

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