I am running a "buy one get one" special on my membership printables from now until June 16th!! When you purchase a twelve month membership you will get another twelve months free ... when you purchase a six month membership you will get another six months free. If you already have a membership your membership will be extended.
During the first week of school we make "all about me" books and read them at circle time so the children can get to know each other a bit better.
The book includes the following pages:
cover page - child colors person to look like them
my name Is - write and decorate name
this Is my picture - glue picture of child
this Is my handprint - trace around and color or paint and press
my favorite colors - color in the three circles
I know these letters - cut and glue letters child can identify
I know these numbers - cut and glue numbers child can identify
I know these shapes -cut and glue shapes child can identify
I know these colors - cut and glue colors child can identify
this Is my family - draw and color a picture of family
my favorite foods - cut and glue images (magazine or internet search)
my favorite animals - cut and glue images (magazine or internet search)
You do not need to complete all of the pages of the book especially with younger children. I intentionally left out a page for the child's phone number as well as an address page to protect the child's identity in case the book gets lost. You can grab the book pattern below:
all about me book
Here are August's number tracing calendar and other August items. You can download the August's patterns from the link below.
august monthly items
This week's free printable is baby animal number tracing mats for number recognition and fine motor skills development. I made 13 different animal mats in both black and white as well as color.
Depending on how you will use the mats they can either be printed on cardstock paper or regular paper. If you are using markers you can laminate the sheets or put them and page protectors so they can be re-used. We use both markers and color pencils for tracing.
In this activity children say the number and then trace it. You can also call out a specific number and have the children trace that number. We work on these in class and I also send some sheets home with the students. These are great for summer work packets.
You can download the baby animal number tracing patterns below until Monday June 6th. After that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added baby animal letter tracing mats.
baby animal number tracing mats patterns
I made Space Number Match Cards for number recognition and fine motor skills. I have created astronaut and spaceship cards with numbers 0-30. You can do an astronaut to astronaut ... a spaceship to space ship ... and an astronaut to spaceship match.
You can print the patterns on cardstock paper and laminate them after cutting them out. We do a few different activities with the cards. The first is a match and clip where the children find the two cards with the same numbers and then clip them together with mini clothespins.
You can also use these cards in pocket charts or do a memory match game with them. For younger children I recommend putting few cards for the children to pick from when first starting memory matches.
Another activity we do is an even an odd number sort as well as putting the cards in numerical order. Another favorite activity is ring books which are super easy to make. Just punch a hole in the upper left corner of each card and attach a metal book ring. Children then flip through the cards and identify the number on each card.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking the image below. You can also download the patterns from the link below. This activity is currently located in the member's section which is also where I have added space letter matching cards.
I made a set of eight cute spring puzzles that the children really loved putting together and I wanted to share them with you. The puzzles all come in black and white as well as color and each puzzle also has a greyscale puzzle guide. I have also included a blank puzzle guide.
I printed the puzzles on cardstock paper and then cut along the lines on each puzzle (there are eight pieces per puzzle). I then laminate the pieces for durability and attach a self-adhesive magnet to the back of each piece so that we could use them on a metal tray or cookie sheet.
You can also attach velcro to the back of the pieces and to the puzzle guide. You want to make sure the velcro on the pieces aligns with the vecro on the guide. Using velcro or magnets helps the puzzle pieces stay in place while the children are putting the puzzles together.
I set the puzzle guides out along with the puzzle pieces and the children picked a piece and placed it on the correct spot on the mat. I store the puzzle guides in a file folder along with the loose pieces that I put in zip lock sandwich bags.
You can see a video of the spring puzzles by clicking the image below and you can also download the puzzle patterns here.