Showing posts with label Pre-School. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pre-School. Show all posts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Teach your child to tie their shoe laces.



Teaching AND Learning to tie shoe laces couldn't be easier. Your child will learn to tie shoe laces in no time at all. With a comfortable size practice board, your child can practice any time and any where.


This activity includes:
  • 1x Shoe Lace Practice Board
  • Shoe lace tying instructions
  • Rhymes.
Pages: 3
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

 Tie your Shoelaces - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

Measuring with Monsters - Non Standard Measuring Skills




Use this measurement center to help your kids practice their non-standard measurement skills using….monsters! The purpose of this activity is two-fold, help your child learn how to measure lengths of objects using non-standard units and teach your child to pick the right tool. Print as many sheets as you need.


This activity includes:
  • 1x sheet of small monsters
  • 1x sheet of medium monsters
  • 1x sheet of large monsters
  • An item sheet
  • Directions for play
Pages: 8
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

Measuring with Monsters - Directly download here.





The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.


How to use:

Use the Item sheet as a guide, feel free to think of your own things to measure. Let your kids measure with the monsters then write the answer down, e.g: Pencil = 4 small monsters long. Use the same size monster to measure one item.

Tip: Tell your kids: Use small monsters to measure small things and use big monsters to measure big things. If your child is measuring a large item and they run out of monsters, show your kids how to put one monster from the back in front of the monster in the front, but still keep track of the number of monsters they used.

After your kids have mastered measuring with monsters, teach them how to use their hands to measure things. Then teach them how to use their feet and big steps to measure things.

Learn To Cut and Glue


Top secret gluing and cutting techniques for beginners.  This activity provides a song that teaches young children the right way to use drip glue. It also includes practice sheets for children to actually demonstrate what they have learned from the songs (like what a dab is, what a glob is, and even a frame! They will master them without too much mess and fuss. Also, find out which hand your child prefers to hold and cut with scissors, use the simple cutting board to practice.


This activity includes:
  • 2x practice cutting boards
  • 2x practice gluing boards
Pages: 5
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

 Learn to Cut and Glue - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

Lacing Cards


Lace It.


This activity gets to work on your child’s fine motor skills and concentration. With 14 colourful lacing cards, let your child have fun weaving through the card.


What you will need:
  • A punch – try using the small craft punches that cut out shapes.
  • String/wool

This activity includes:
  • 14x lacing cards
Pages: 7
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

 Lacing Cards - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

Alphabet matching game with Ice cream and Cones


Ice Cream Alphabet Match


Match up the Scoops of Ice cream to the ice cream cones. Help your little one recognize the alphabet with this fun activity. Print the Ice cream and cone mat in A3 for better game play.


This activity includes:
  • A3 Ice Cream and cone mat
  • Corresponding alphabet ice cream scoops
  • Directions for play
Pages: 3
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

 Alphabet Ice Cream Match - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

This activity improves concentration, fine motor skills, memory skills and recognition of the alphabet.

Place the Ice Cream and Cone Mat onto the table. Place the Ice cream Scoops upside down onto the table. Let your child pick one ice cream scoop and match it to the mat. To make it more interesting you can time your child, say 10 seconds to each scoop. You can also work on a point system, with every correct placement; your child gets one point. If your child places incorrectly, show them where it is, but then place the scoop back in the pile, and let them pick a different one.

The Colourful Caterpillar - A 5 in 1 board game to practice shapes, colours, numbers.



A 5-in-1 activity. With lots of games to play you can practice shapes, colours, numbers, lower case alphabet letters as well as a board game.


This activity includes:
  • 1x A3, Caterpillar Mat
  • 1x set of lowercase alphabet letters
  • 1x set of numbers 1 to 10
  • 1x set of shapes (10 shapes)
  • 1x set of flower circles (1 to 10)
  • 1x die
  • 1x Directions for play
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

The Colourful Caterpillar - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

How to Play with the Colorful Caterpillar.

Place the Caterpillar mat on a table. Don’t forget to give your caterpillar a name. You have a choice between a number of different games:

Using the Shapes.
Use a white board marker to write in the circles of the caterpillar, either draw a shape and let your child match the shape, the word of a shape: e.g.: triangle, or the amount of sides a shape has: for example a square has four sides, so you would write the number four into the circle, your child must then find a shape with four sides.

Using the Numbers.
You can either write the number word out in the circles, your child must then find the correct number, or use the marker and draw dots inside the circle, your child must then count the dots and find the correct number circle.

Using the flowers.
Write the number into the circles, your child must then find the matching circle by counting the flowers.

Using the alphabet.
Choose ten letters of the alphabet; write these in the caterpillar circles. Let your child find the matching alphabet.

Using the Die.
Cut out, fold and glue the die together. With a white board marker write what you will be practising into the circle of the caterpillar, for example, if you would like to practice the uppercase alphabet, you will write 10 letters into the circles. You can use the flower circles as game pieces for the game. Now take turns rolling the die and moving forward, following the die instructions, who ever finishes first is the winner.

Tip: To keep any of these games interesting try using a point system or a timer system. Mix things up by using shapes, numbers and letters. Laminate the mat so you can use it over again. To give the caterpillar mat a good clean, give it a wipe with a tissue and a dab of rubbing alcohol/surgical spirits.

Build A Snowman Board Game - Practice letters, words and numbers





Play a fun and simple snowman board game. At the end of play, see how many snowmen you are able to build. Practice: letters/words/numbers.

This activity includes:
  • 1x A3 Game board, laminate for extra play time.
  • 1x Die
  • 4x Snowmen game pieces
  • Set of snowmen cards - Print 3 or more sets to build the snowmen
  • Directions for play
Pages: 4
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

Build A Snowman Board Game - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

How to play:
Place the board game on a table. Write with a white board marker the words/numbers/letters that you will be practicing into the snowballs.
Cut out the die and stick together. Cut the snowman game pieces and fold on the solid line, place the game pieces before the start snowball. Cut out the cards and place them face down on the table. Take turns to throw the die and move forward, following the die instructions. You or your child must then read what is written on the snowball, if correct, take a card. Play the game over until all the cards are finished, and see how many snowmen you can build with the cards that you have. Help your child read the words until he or she knows them before using new words.
Tip: use rubbing alcohol/surgical spirits to remove the white board marker if it does not wipe off nicely.

Bingo Cards – Colours and Shapes



BINGO is an all time favourite game to play! Our Bingo games are educational and fun and just the right size for your pre-schooler. With a 4x4 grid and colourful, thematic pictures to reinforce shape and colour recognition.


This activity includes:
  • 2x Bingo Colour Cards
  • 2x Bingo Shape Cards
  • A Calling Card
  • Directions for play
Pages: 4
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R
The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

What you will need:
Markers: Markers are used to cover the called out shape or colour. You may use anything you wish, for example, coins, jelly beans, pebbles, army men.

How to Play:
Cut the Bingo cards on the dotted line. The parent must keep the calling card. Hand out a bingo card to your child. The caller must then call out randomly, your child must then find the correct one and mark it/cover it. To win the game, your child must fill a whole line with markers, once they see a full line they must shout out bingo. It is a lot of fun if the parent plays too. Before you start the game explain what type of line your child must make. The line can be predetermined, horizontal, vertical or diagonal.

Goal setting and point charts for your kids.



Create lasting habits with these charts and point cards. Get your kids motivated to do things for themselves. Encourage independence and your child’s confidence will sky rocket. This activity is the perfect tool for helping your child develop life skills.  All the charts you need in one go.


This activity includes:
  • 1x Big A3 point chart system - Print in A3
  • 1x Chore Chart
  • 1x Daily List chart
  • 1x Goal Chart
  • 1x Weekly planner
  • Directions for use
Pages: 5
Grade: pre-school, Grade R, Grade 1, Grade 2

 Goal Setting and Point Chart - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

How to use the charts and Point cards.

Before starting any new routine with your child, discuss it with them first and make it fun.

The Big A3 point card system.
Each cloud has 10 stars inside. This chart is for all the small things you would like your child to do. Like, sharing, using their manners, being quiet when asked, doing their home-work. Each time your child does what they are asked to do, you can mark a star. You can either reward your child after just one cloud or after the whole card has been marked.

The Goal Setting Chart.
Teach your child about goals by actually setting one for your child. For example, getting themselves dressed in the morning, learning to tie shoe laces. Place the card somewhere easy to see everyday. Set a goal, and choose a reward, like an outing with dad or lunch with mom or movies with the whole family. Add a mark on the chart every time the desired behaviour is achieved. If your child skips, you can decide to start from the beginning, take one away or just keep going.

Don't forget to remind your kids to keep doing the desired behaviour. Just because the fun of earning the prize is over doesn't mean it's time to go back to the way it was before!

My Daily List
Write down all the daily things you would like you child to do. Examples are: Make my bed, say my prayers, get dressed, do my hair, Eat breakfast, brush my teeth, school Bag ready. Homework, Give hugs, Go to bed on time.

The Chore Chart
Write down what chores you would like your child to do. For example: feed the pet, open the curtains, and help with dinner.

The School Weekly Planner
Stick on your fridge to keep track of your child’s school schedule, for example: P.E, bakers day, library and extramural.

A Lady Bug board game to practice colours, numbers, first words and letters


Go Home Little Lady Bugs.



The lady bugs need to get back to their family. A beautiful A3 size game board. Use this game board to teach colours, first words, numbers, letters and more. Print this game board in A3 for better game play.  Laminate it so you may write with a white board marker and wipe it off.


This activity includes:
  • A3 Game board
  • Dice
  • Game pieces, colour blocks
  • Directions for playing
Pages: 3
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

Go Home Little Lady Bugs - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

Cut the dice, lady bug game pieces and the square colours out. Use the game pieces to move across the board. With a white board marker, write the words, letters or numbers into the clouds. The Player rolls the die, and moves forward, which ever cloud the player lands on, and the player must then read what is written. Use the colour squares to learn colours, or use a mix of colours, numbers, words etc.

Teach your child their Address and your Phone numbers




Teach your child their phone number and address from an early age, don’t wait. It’s important for them to know this information for a number of reasons one being safety: emergencies can happen at any time, be prepared. Laminate the cards you want your child to practise on, or print more than one.


This activity includes:
  • Name cards – Good Idea – Print two - one to stick up in their homework area and one to practice on
  • Mom and Dad name card to practice on
  • Moms cell phone number card
  • Dads cell phone number card
  • Home phone number card
  • Home address card - to stick up in their room.
  • Envelope card - to practice address, city, town
  • Name tags
  • My friend phone book
  • A Certificate
  • Directions for play
Pages: 12
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

 Phone Number and Address - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

How to teach your child their name and surname.


Repetition is the key. Stick the name card up where they usually draw, colour or do home-work. Every time they draw a picture or colour in their colouring book, make it a rule that they must write their full name onto their drawing, so everyone knows they did it. Use the laminated name card to practice on. Use the Mother and Father Name card to practice writing mom and dads name as well as their name.

How to teach your child their address:
Step 1: Take your child to the top of your gate, let them look at your house number so they have a visual, explain to them what house numbers are, point out to them that the other houses also have numbers on them. Take a walk down your road, pointing at the house numbers, then take them to your street sign, spell the street name out, explain that the street sign is pointing towards your road. They won’t forget this walk. Say your house number and address so they can put the two together. While you are up there, explain the post box, what is a post box, how letters arrive.

Step 2: Fill in the House picture card with your address and house number. Hang the house picture in your child's room so they see it every day and becomes familiar with it.

Step 3: Let your child write their address onto the envelope Card. Writing down the information may help it stick because they get the repetition along with the visual of the numbers. Explain towns and cities: tell your child a town is a small area where they go to the shops, school, and local areas. Cities are bigger areas and they have their own names. Tell them some places they have been in their city, like a water park, zoo, and that you had to drive a little further than what you would normally do to go to your local shop.

Step 4: Rhyme the address to make it easier to remember. For example, for the address 321 May St., say, "I have fun at 321; I play all day on a street called May." The rhyme doesn't have to make sense as long as it gets your child excited about learning his address.

Just keep practicing writing, singing, rhyming your address and your child will learn it in no time at all. Don’t forget to praise, praise and praise some more.

Play Dough Letters - Shaping letters with play dough



Make learning letters and sounds fun with this multi-sensory activity!  Kids will love making letters on these colourful, engaging templates. Before your child can write the alphabet why not let them practice shaping the letters with play dough. If you laminate these letter mats, all you do is wipe them clean and use again. Kids get to work on their fine motor skills as well as learning the sounds and names of the alphabet letters.


This activity includes:
  • 26x A4 letter templates (one for each letter)
  • Play dough recipe
  • Directions for play
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

 Play Dough Letters - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

You will need:

Play Dough (Recipe included)

Directions:
Provide your child with a Letter Mat and some play dough. Have your child roll the dough into long tubes and place over the letters. When completed, let them trace over the letters with their finger while saying the letter name and its sound.

Flipping Eggs-Alphabet - Upper to lower case matching




Learning the letters of the alphabet can be tons of fun with Flipping Eggs activity. This activity can be used for letter identification, upper- to lowercase matching, or matching the beginning sound to the letter. Also improves fine motor skills.


This activity includes:
  • 1x Egg Set of Uppercase Letters (26 eggs)
  • 1x Egg Set of Lowercase Letters (26 eggs)
  • 26x Eggs with corresponding beginning sound pictures.
  • Directions for play
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

Flipping Eggs - Directly download here

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

You will need:
  • A Spatula
  • A paper plate
  • A good idea is to laminate the sheets and then cut them out.

How to Play:
Choose how many eggs you are going to be using at one time. Place the eggs face down on a table. Provide your child with the paper plate. Your child will then pick the egg up with the spatula and put the egg on his/her plate. Your child must be able to name the letter correctly to keep the egg. This activity can also be used as a matching activity. Your child chooses the two eggs that match and puts them on the plate (upper to lowercase or beginning sounds).

Rotten Apples - Practice letters, numbers, emotions, first words, vocabulary and basic math




This is a fun activity that will have your pre-schooler begging to play again. This activity can be adapted to play and practice a number of different things: emotions, letters, numbers, first words, sight words, vocabulary, math, comprehension questions, shapes and colours.


This activity includes:
  • 1x Big A3 apple tree mat
  • 22x apples
  • Directions for play
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

Rotten Apples - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

Directions for playing Rotten Apples.
With a white board marker pen, write out your sight words/letters onto the back of the apples.
Place the tree on the floor. Place all the apples on the tree writing side facing down. Give your child a basket/container for collecting their apples. Let your child pick an apple off the tree. If your child can read/say what is written on the apple – the apple goes into their basket. If they cannot read the letter on the apple, the apple goes back on the tree.

If the child picks the rotten apple – the apple with the worm in it, all of their apples must be put back onto the tree. If your child turns over the Go Again apple he/she gets to pick 2 consecutive apples.

Note: After the Worm apple and the Go Again Apple have been picked, take these cards out of the game.

This game can be used to play a number of activities: letters, numbers, emotions, first words, vocabulary, math, comprehension questions. The possibilities are endless.


I would suggest laminating these pages, then cutting them out. You can also print the tree in A4, just scale the picture to size before printing.

Number Tracing Cards - Practice Pencil Grip, handwriting, number recognition, number word recognition


This is a great way for kids to practice writing their numbers!


The number tracing cards allows kids to draw on them with a white board marker as it wipes away easily with a tissue.  Kids can practice writing their numbers correctly and wipe it away and try again. This helps with pencil grip, handwriting, number recognition, number word recognition.

This activity Includes:
  • Number 1 to 10 A4 Cards
  • Directions for play
Pages: 11
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

Number Tracing Cards - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.
I would suggest laminating these A4 pages, so you can use them over again.

Keyword Flash Cards - Letter and sound recognition


Teach your child letter sound and letter recognition. Your child will love these colourful keyword flashcards.  Before using letter-only flashcards, try using these flashcards with keywords to cue correct letter sound. Before your child starts reading, he or she will need a solid foundation. Flash cards are the perfect tool for helping your child to develop that foundation. Your child will learn vital skills such as uppercase and lower case letters, how to write the letters of the alphabet, letter sounds and letter recognition.


This activity includes:
  • 1x set of keyword flash cards
  • 12x games to play
  • 1x Alphabet Strip
  • Directions for play
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

Keyword Flash Cards - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

Stick the Alphabet Strip where your little one can see it. They may use this as a reference.

Flash card Hunt: You start out by hiding the flash cards around the house or a room. You don’t have to use all the flashcards. You call out a letter like this "Can you find W for wagon, your child will then hunt around the house or room looking for the correct letter or picture.

Letter sound Hunt: Spread the flash cards on the table. Take a walk around the house or garden, then point out objects and say the word, your child must then go back and find the starting letter flash card and stick it on the object with prestik. E.g: If you have a swing in your garden, ask your child to find the beginning letter Ss.

Letter Sort: Jumble the flash cards so they are not in order. Help your child then sort them alphabetically.

Letter identification game: Spread out the flashcards, printed side up. Call out a letter, your child must find the corresponding card as quickly as possible. Use a point system. For every correct letter, your child earns one point.

Copy the letters: Ask your child to choose a letter, then let him/her write it down, be creative, go write in the sand pit or get a shallow tray, add some flour, let your child draw in the flour.

Learning the alphabet: Display the cards where little ones will see it all the time! Go through the alphabet regularly, pointing to the letters and saying the sounds they make; of course you can also sing the alphabet song!

Alphabet race: Lay the cards out in a row - either alphabetically, or randomly. Have a counter for each player and a dice. Put the counters at the beginning of the row and let your child roll and move their counter the appropriate number of spaces. Depending on the age of the child, you can adapt the game in many ways:

When you land on a letter, you say the sound that the letter makes or move back x number of spaces.

When you land on a letter, you say the name of that letter or move back.

Say a word which begins (or ends) with the letter you have landed on, or move back.

Say a noun, adjective, verb, adverb etc. which begins with the letter you have landed on, or move back.

The winner is the first to reach the end of the row! This game is also very adaptable for different ages, as you can assign each child a task appropriate to their age and skill.

Which letter is missing? Lay out the alphabet cards in alphabetical order. Ask your child to close their eyes, take one card away. On your command they open their eyes and identify which letter is missing.

Beginning, middle and end: Use a set of alphabet cards and 3 containers (bowls, paper plates etc.) marked "beginning", "middle" and "end". Shuffle the cards and have the child turn them over one by one and place them in the appropriate container. Younger children could do this with the help of the alphabet strip.

Either side: Using a set of alphabet cards, turn one over at a time and try to identify as quickly as possible the letter before, the letter after, or both! Younger children could use the alphabet strip to help.

How many words: Give each player a piece of paper and a pencil, and shuffle the cards. If you want, decide on a "theme" such as flowers, girls' names, cities etc. Turn the top card over and, in a given amount of time, see how many words your child can shout out as quickly as possible for each letter. Every correct word, your child's earns one point.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Alphabet Beginning Sounds

Alphabet Beginning Sounds
Alphabet beginning sound match up.

Let your child practice their beginning sounds with lots of colourful pictures. Have your child match the letters to the beginning sound of each picture.



This activity includes:
  • A set of lowercase alphabet letters
  • A4 picture templates to match up.
  • Directions for play
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R


 Alphabet Beginning Sounds - Directly Download by clicking here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

How to Play:
Choose a picture card to work with. Place this in front of your child. Spread out the letter circles and help your child match them up to the correct beginning sound picture.

Have Fun Learning Together!

AppleTree Play Dough Maths - Basic maths skills



This is a fun activity for encouraging early and basic maths skills using Apple Scented Play Dough and a set of die. Using this math activity will help your child in areas of counting, subitising, numbers and basic addition and subtraction sums.


This activity includes:
  • 1x Apple Tree mat, A4
  • Directions for play
  • 4x early learning math games
  • Apple Play Dough Recipe
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R, Grade 1



Apple Tree Play Dough Maths - Basic Math Skills: Directly Download by clicking here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.
There are a number of ways these materials can be adapted for different age groups and abilities in areas of counting, subitising, numbers and basic addition and subtraction sums.
What is subitising?
Subitising refers to immediately knowing how many items lie within a visual scene for a small number of items. It is to have a rapid and confident judgement to know at a glance and without counting to identify the number of items in a group. For example, when a dice is thrown the ob-server at a glance, immediately and accurately knows how many dots lie on the face of the dice without counting.

You will need:
  • Apple scented play dough – Directions on how to make it are given to you.
  • The apple Tree mat
  • A set of Die


How to play.
The apple scented play dough is used to create play dough apples which are placed on the tree depending on the maths activity that is being done.
The Apple Tree Play Dough Maths can be used in a number of ways:

1. Subitising – rolling one or two dice and creating that number with play dough apples on the tree. Move the play dough apples around the tree to find different ways of presenting this number.
2. Counting – rolling one or two dice and counting the number thrown, then re-creating this number again but this time as apples on the play dough tree mat. Children will count and re-count to make sure they have the correct number of apples as thrown on the dice.
3. Addition – this can be done on one or two play dough tree mats. Throw one dice and create this number of play dough apples on the tree. Then roll the dice again and ‘add’ how many more apples to the tree. How many apples are in the tree?
4. Subtraction – This is done a little different to the addition as it only uses 1 dice. Place 6 play dough apples on the tree and then throw one dice. Remove the number of play dough apples from the tree that is shown on the dice. How many play dough apples are left on the tree? For older children this can be done starting with 12 play dough apples on the tree and then subtracting the amounts shown on the two dice.