I am running an April special on my membership printables!! The special is for a twelve month membership for the price of six months and contains all of the membership printables from the past twelve years plus the new material that is added weekly. The special ends midnight Friday April 29th so if you get a chance please check out the special here.
April showers bring May flowers and this month we will be setting up our garden and doing lots of planting and observations. So much fun!! Here is May's number tracing calendar and other May items.
I also made flower themed days of the week and months of the year strips that can be used in pocket charts or in your calendar centers. We also do sequencing and matching with them. Just print ... cut ... and laminate.
number tracing calendar
calendar numbers and other items
days and months
The free membership printable this week is Dinosaur Shape Tracers. This is a great activity for fine motor development and pre-writing skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
I set them out with some markers. We use crayola washables because they are easy to wipe off the laminated tracers.
The first step is to trace the shapes with their fingers. The children also try to name the shapes that are on each card.
The children then trace around the shapes with markers. Play continues until all the shapes have been traced. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday April 24th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where the dinosaur alpha tracers are located.
I went to Walmart today and found bags of shaped pasta that would be awesome for sorting and counting activities. They price was listed at 3.50 per bag but that may vary from store to store.
There were three different themes:
Each bag contains three different colors of pasta in a variety of pasta shapes.
How fun are these? We are going to sort by shape (cars ... trains ... airplanes etc) and then we are going to sort by color. We will then count how many we have sorted.
Because the pasta is small remember to user supervision when working with children under the age of three and those still in the stages of putting items in their mouths.
Let me know if you were able to find the shaped pasta and where. Also what activities you will be doing with them!!
The free membership printable this week is Spring Friends Number Sequence. This is a great activity for number recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
I attached the number friends to craft sticks and set them out in a container but you can use them with out craft sticks on a floor or table. We also used another set on our classroom clothesline.
In this activity children put spring friends in numerical order. If you make two sets you can also do a matching game with them. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday April 24th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where spring friends letter sequence is located.
The free membership printable this week is a birdhouse alphabet match. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them. I then separated them into two piles ... one for the birdhouses and one for the birds.
This is a great activity for letter recognition and review. The matching set comes with both uppercase as well as lowercase letters so the children can practice matching the letters in a few different ways.
In this activity children pick a birdhouse and match it with the bird with the same letter. We used clothespins to make match and clip activity (and to work on fine motor development) Play continues until all the letters have been matched. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday April 17th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where the umbrella number pick and cover is located.
Play is the best way for young children to learn and yet many parents and even some teachers and caregivers do not understand the relationship between play and learning.
Here are a few ways in which play benefits the development of young children:
Learning through play is a way for young children to explore their environment and make sense of the world around them. It also help prepare them for future learning and social skills needed to become happy successful adults.
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