The free membership printable this week is chicka chicka boom boom alphabet match which is a great activity for letter recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them. I also put self-adhesive magnets on the back of the letter circles to raise them up off the surface which makes it easier for the children to pick up and move the pieces.
The mats and letter circles come with both uppercase and lowercase letters so you can choose what kind of a match you want your early learners to work on. You can even glue the mats inside a file folder to make a file folder game.
In this activity children put the loose letter circles on the matching letters on the mat. Play continues until all letters have been covered. You can do an upper to upper ... upper to lower ... and lower to lower match. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 20th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where the chicka chicka boom boom number match is also located.
I made a crayon color match to help the children work on their color recognition and fine motor skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated all pieces.
I laid the crayons out on a table along with the color matching circles. There are twelve color crayons so if you do not have a space that is large enough you could also set this up as a floor activity.
In this activity the children put the matching color circles on the same colored crayons. You can choose to use all of the crayons or just a few colors. We also talk about what colors the crayons while the children are putting on the color circles.
You can grab crayon color match patterns here and see a video below:
The free membership printable this week is crayon number sequence which is a great activity for number recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I mixed the number crayons up and set them out in a basket. You do not need to put them in a container if you do not want to ... having them in a zip lock bag or just on the table works too. The crayons are numbered 0-30 so you have a choice of how many to set out depending upon the skill levels of your early learners.
In this activity children sort through the crayons and put them in numerical order. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 13th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where the crayon letter sorting is also located.
As most of you know we love working with playdough and I try to incorporate a couple of playdough activities with each theme because it is a wonderful tool for helping to build fine motor skills.
Today we made playdough apples which the children really had a great time with. They took playdough and made apple shapes from it (they used red ... green ... and yellow). Next they made a stem and leaf for each apple.
Once the apples were made the children then took pony beads and pressed them into the apples. Most chose to do color matching with the beads. If you use pony beads with this activity please remember to use supervision with children under the ages of three and those still in the stages of putting small items in their mouths.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
This apple roll and pick game is one of our favorite math center activities for our apple unit. It can be played individually or in groups with children taking turns rolling the dice. Starting with all of the apples on the tree children roll the dice and remove the number off apples from the tree that was displayed on the dice.
Play continues until all of the apples are removed from the tree. We used red pom-poms with self-adhesive magnets but I have also included red markers that you can use if you do not have pom-poms.
You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:
The free membership printable this week is apple alphabet puzzles which is a great activity for letter recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I then cut along the line on each apple ... laminated all the pieces ... and put self-adhesive magnets on the backs for use on our magnetic board. I made two different puzzle sets ... one with all red apples and another with three different colored apples so you have a choice of which to make.
In this activity children find the two matching apple halves and put them together. I set this activity out in two different baskets ... one with the top of the apples and one with the bottom of the apples. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 6th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where the learning friends alphabet match in clip is also located.
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