This BIG (over 700 pages!) bundle includes 15 of my Pre-K Theme packs, all related to themes that could be studied during the month of January. With all the ideas, activities and centers that I provide in these theme packs, this bundle could definitely extend for the full month of January, and have enough left over for next year!
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And here is a complete 49 page COOKIES Theme Pack for you to download and try out with your class or child. It's from the Pre-K Themes series. Let me know how it works for you.
Dot markers, bingo daubers, do-a-dot painting - a fun and popular activity whatever you want to call it!
• Dab on the spots with a circle /dot marker, bingo dauber, or similar.
• You could also use garage sale stickers, pasted collage material, or a finger dipped in paint etc.
• Useful for several developmental levels.
• Encourages development of hand-eye coordination, small muscle control, counting, vocabulary, circle recognition, and it’s fun!
Here are some FREE pages to download to add to your fall or autumn lesson plans.
If you liked these 5 activity pages, you might like 101 of them - all related to themes you might be using in your curriculum this year. Who doesn't like do-a-dot stamping?
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Download these resources to make some fun activities for the first weeks of school. They could also be used to assess current skills.
Write Name and Draw Self portrait
Here is a set of printables to use for the first week of school, or for a school time theme. Encourage a discussion about the ways children get to school. Have them think of some other ways, too, such as helicopter, or hot air balloon! Children draw a picture of themselves, and write name.
The 3 posters, showing a bus, a car, and walking to school, are in both color and b/w.
Included in this 12-page pack:
• 4 ABAB pattern strips for the children to complete. Any of the hands-on pattern strips can be used as a teaching tool in a small group, or as an individual center. You will get best results by printing the pattern strips on cardstock. Laminate if desired.
• 1 ABB pattern strip
• 1 AAB pattern strip.
• 1 ABC pattern strip.
• Extension strips – tape or glue one or more of these to the end of the basic pattern strips to lengthen them, and provide spaces for the children to add cards to continue/complete the patterns.
• Set of picture cards to use to continue the patterns. Print several pages.
• 3 cut and paste activity pages in b/w for individual follow-up table work.
School Days Trace and Count
Here are three school-themed tracing and counting pages for early learners. Count the sets, recognize and trace the numbers, add extra details (an apple for each backpack?) and color if desired.
Apples in barrels
7 ways to show numbers 1-10
This is an interactive number and counting resource that can be used in many ways.
The 21-page pack includes 10 numbered barrel counting mats, and 6 cards to place on each mat. The cards show 6 different ways that each number can be represented: set of objects, finger counting, 10-frames, number words, dice and tally marks. (The 7th way is the numeral on the barrel).
The cards can also be used as flashcards for group teaching, in pocket charts, for wall displays, they can be placed in numerical sequence, and memory and matching games can be made by printing 2 or more copies.
"I Go to School" Emergent reader
This is a predictable emergent reader that can be used for the first week of school, a Back to School theme, or any time during the school year. It is appropriate for pre-readers and early readers in preschool, pre-K and Kindergarten.
The reader emphasizes a sequence of things often done in the morning before going to school. On the last page, children can draw a picture of their own school, and/or themselves.
Here are the captions for each page of the reader:
"Reading" Cut and Paste Sentences
Back to School emergent reading - cut and paste the labeled pictures to finish the sentences. Because of the repetition at the beginning, and the picture clue at the end, the children are able to predict what the sentences say, and are able to “read” them.
Cutting on lines
Here is a set of printables to use to develop and practice early cutting skills. Lines are straight, curved, and zigzag. The theme is Ways to Go to School, and the pictures can motivate a discussion. Cut each page in half, to make 2 worksheets. Children cut on the lines, from the bottom to the top.
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52 (Hands-on) Games and Activities to Make Learning Letters and Sounds Fun
Most of these activities and games can be used with any letter or letters, and can also be adapted for numbers and number names. Play or do some of them every day!
1. Cut out a large letter shape; child decorates with stickers, stamps, markers or collage materials. These could be related to the letter sound, such as glitter for G, sequins for S, pompoms for P.
2. Write the same letter on some 2” circles or squares, and punch 2 holes in each. Child strings with yarn to make a necklace or belt.
3. Cut out some headlines from a newspaper or magazine. The child points out, circles or Xs a particular letter (or punctuation mark, or word).
4. Hide 12 to 15 letters (printed on paper) around the room (house). Have a treasure hunt.
5. Try to make a letter shape with your body, lying on the floor.
6. Tape a large written letter to the bottom of a laundry basket, and toss beanbags, balls or rolled up socks from a distance.
7. Sculpt a letter with playdoh, clay, bread dough, or sugar cookie dough. Bake and eat if appropriate.
8. Help the child form letters with thick chenilles, and hang from the ceiling.
9. Sing a well-known song, not with the usual words, but with only the sound of a particular letter. So Old MacDonald becomes: na na na na na na na, na na na na naa (remember to keep the sounds short). Have the written letter visible while singing.
10. Copy the shape of a letter using blocks on the floor.
11. Large dot-to-dot letter shape.
12. Make a 1.5’ wide strip of paper with the same letter written in a line. The children cut between the letters and say the name as they cut each one.
13. Crayon rubbing over a cardboard shape letter. Use different sizes and colors for an interesting design.
14. Teacher or child writes letters with white crayon, children wash over with watercolors and watch the letters appear.
15. Write large letters outdoors with chalk. Children hop, skip etc around them, chanting the name or the sound.
16. Play Concentration with pairs of letters.
17. Have a handful of foam or paper letters – throw them into the air! Find all the A’s…etc.
18. Draw a letter with finger in cream cheese or peanut butter on an English muffin. Line it with raisins, cereal rings, choc chips etc.
19. “Sing, sing, sing an F, sing it loud and clear! Tell the children everywhere the letter F is here!” Tune is Row Your Boat. Hold your F cards up and wave them. Use any letter.
20. Make mini puzzles with index cards. Cut them in half, mix up the pieces. Don’t use too many at once.
21. Search for foam, plastic, paper letters in sensory box (sand, cornmeal, etc).
22. Chanting and clapping words and sounds; e.g. Dog, donkey, duck! Dog, donkey, duck! De de de, Dog, donkey duck! (Clap, clap, slap knees). Adult holds up letter being chanted.
23. Salt and sand trays: have a letter printed on paper under the sand. Trace it with a finger, or a stick object.
24. Some letters can be created with craft/skill sticks. Place sticks over a large letter on paper, or make it freehand on a table or floor. It can be glued together.
25. Trace letters in finger-paint; in pudding; in shave cream.
26. Put some items that begin with a particular letter in a bag. Children feel and guess e.g. marker, mouse, mint, marble
27. Letter finger puppets: “2 little letters sitting on a (tree), 1 named A and 1 named B. Fly away A, fly away B, come back A, come back B.”
28. Sprinkle baby powder on a table, and trace letters in it. Baby theme? Letter B?
29. Stepping stone letters – tape the paper ”stones” with letters written on them to the floor, children jump from one to the next. Or be frogs jumping on lily pads.
30. Make paper airplanes with a letter written on the side. Fly them, race them
31. Cut out a group of items, perhaps relating to the current theme or holiday e.g. balloons, shamrocks, cars. Write the letter being studied on some of them, and other letters on the others. Children find the directed letter.
32. “Oh do you know the letter (B), the letter (B) the letter (B), of do you know the letter B, that’s the letter (B)!” Tune is Muffin Man. Children point to the letter being sung about.
33. Trace a written letter with a squeezable pointed glue container. Sprinkle with colored sand from paper bowls. Shake excess sand back into bowl
34. “If you see a letter (any letter), then clap your hands (clap clap)”. Tune is “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands”.
35. Make letters on a window or glass door with window markers or finger paint with liquid soap added.
36. Make a caterpillar with paper circles with a letter written on each circle. It could be the same letter, letters in the child’s name, the full alphabet (that’s a long caterpillar!)
37. Take a flashlight into a darkened room, and ”write” a letter on the wall or the ceiling with the light beam. Can you guess which letter I am writing?
38. Give children their own envelope with name written on it, containing paper, foam or magnetic letters. Empty them out, and find the directed letter, letters in name, 3-letter word etc.
39. Tape 3 or 4 learned letters to the wall. Jump to the A. Crawl to the B. Tippy toe to the C etc.
40. Gather together a set of products, packages and cans. Hold up a letter, or name one. Can you find this letter anywhere on the packages and cans?
41. Blending sounds – say the first sound of a word and then the rest of the word e.g. d-og. Children try to blend the sounds and discover the word.
42. Say the letters of the alphabet in sequence around a circle. Each child says the next letter in the sequence.
43. Go on a “letter walk” in the house/school or neighborhood. Every 10 ft. or so, put a letter on the ground. Go back the same way, looking for the letters, naming them and picking them up as you find them.
44. Eat a Cheerio (or similar). Teacher/leader holds up a letter and says its name (or sound). If the statement is true, children eat a Cheerio. If it is false, they do nothing.
45. Use a timer with a ring. Find all the as you can before the timer goes off. Use a pile of paper, foam or magnetic letters.
46. Fishing for letters – a magnet on the end of a string tied to a dowel. Letters written on paper fish with a paper clip on nose or tail.
47. Make letter puppets with craft sticks, and play games with them
48. Designate a letter doll or teddy. Tell a story about it, and give it a personality. Have the children give the named letter (or letter matching a sound) to the teddy.
49. Everyone wears a letter headband, or badge, or stamp on the back of the hand for part of the day.
50. Playdoh activities: make letters by drawing with sticks; use letter cookie cutters; press magnetic letter shapes.
51. Make a collage design with round colored stickers (from drugstore) on which teacher has written a letter.
52. Dab circles along the lines of a large printed letter with colorful paint dabbers
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