This is an easy way to teach children how to write their letters with correct directionality.
Often times kids simply don't know where to place their pencil/marker to start each letter and how to trace each letter.
We say, "Start at the Star!"
I also use similar wording as the handwriting program Handwriting without Tears (my favorite compete program to teach handwriting!) This free printable I made is a great place to start.
I recommend starting with one letter a day so your child masters exactly how to write each letter using "big lines, little lines, big curves and little curves." Building confidence is an awesome first step to successfully teaching handwriting.
Just print and laminate (optional) and you've got an easy way to teach your child to write their letters. If you're a teacher - make a class set!
Grab this FREE printable here FREE Alphabet Tracing Practice
My children love any activity with magnets. This is a fun one to practice both letter recognition and letter sounds.
I print this double sided and laminate for durability (optional). Simply place on a cookie sheet and give them magnets to practice both sides.
With activities like this, I use the "I do, We do, You do" approach.
I do it first and model what is expected, then we do it together so if they have questions you're right there and only after that it becomes an independent activity.
Find our favorite set of magnets to use with these mats HERE
These magnets are strong (unlike many magnets that fall right off) plus they come with CAPITAL and lowercase and even numbers too (I have mats for numbers and counting too further down in this post!) The carrying case the magnets come in are easier than a tub.
You can grab these FREE alphabet activity mats here----> Alphabet Tray
Practice recognizing and matching the entire capital alphabet with these adorable cut/paste sheets. You can do all at one time, or use one sheet each day. A great way to practice fine motor skills, following directions, and alphabet names and sounds.
Grab these for FREE here---->Alphabet Cut and Paste
I also have lowercase letters included in my August No Prep Pack that hits CCSS aligned standards HERE
Use this free Highlight a Letter pack to teach letter recognition. I print this pack and use the worksheets as reinforcement and extra practice. This is the perfect activity for fast finishers or on substitute days.
Each page focuses on a different letter. My kids love to use highlighters or even daubers to switch it up!
You can grab it for FREE here Highlight A Letter PDF
LEARN TO WRITE YOUR NAME
The highlighted blue area shows you where you can type! The blue will not show up when you print.
Simply open the file in Adobe 11 Reader and type your child's name! This can be edited as many times as you would like - so if you're a classroom teacher you can use this one worksheet for your entire class.
This editable name worksheet is FREE in my Exclusive FREEBIE LIBRARY for email subscribers!
Simply sign up HERE and you can access this FREEBIE, plus so much more right away.
This is the perfect go-to busy bag or center activity for patterns and sorting (and colors too!)
You can print these pages, laminate for durability and leave as a mat or cut apart.
Grab a pack of buttons and this activity is ready to go. There is something about buttons that kiddos just love playing with!
Print these adorable popsicle stick pattern puzzles for an an busy bag or center activity.
This activity works on so many skills including patterns, spatial reasoning, problem solving, following directions and more!
I print, laminate, cut apart and put these in a basket with a handful of colorful popsicle sticks. Super easy and the kids love completing them.
You can get coordinating color popsicle sticks HERE
Grab the FREE pattern cards here Free Popsicle Patterns
My free pack comes with 8 puzzles, but if you need more puzzles, you can get an additional 8 puzzles with this pack HERE
This is a super fun busy bag for little hands to work with. It requires them to work on hand-eye coordination, left to right tracking, patterns, problem solving and more.
This works great as a classroom center for preschool and kindergarten as well.
You can get a large tub of these chains (seriously - endless entertainment!) HERE
Print the FREE pattern cards here Linking Chains Busy Bag
There is something about these counting bears that kids just love to play with them. From pretend play, to patterns, sorting, counting and more... these bears are a must have for every classroom or busy bag collection.
I made both follow the pattern printable cards and complete the pattern printable cards. They coordinate perfectly with these bears found HERE
Grab these FREE printable activities here Bear Patterns
My girls all love using this fruit busy bag!
Children can match the fruit to the picture/word cards
Follow the fruit patterns
and even fill up their baskets with fruit to match the pattern cards!
This complete kit is FREE and it addresses so many important skills such as matching, patterns, following directions, problem solving, beginning reading skills and so much more!
I made the cards to match this adorable fruit kit HERE
Grab this FREE printable busy bag kit here Fruit Busy Bag
NUMBERS & COUNTING
This is a fun activity for kiddos to practice number recognition and 1:1 correspondence. Lots of kids will say, "I can count to 10!" But they cannot actually count 10 objects. 1:1 correspondence is trickier than it looks for many children.
Print and use these adorable train cards to recognize number and practice "loading" the trains with the correct number of "rocks."
You can use mini pom poms, rocks, beads, etc.
Grab these FREE cards here Train Counting
To go along with my magnetic alphabet mats, I also have number and counting mats too. Print and use with cookie sheets and magnets - one practices number recognition on a train and the other targets counting fruit in baskets.
Grab these FREE mats here Number Mat Activities
We love using Unifix Cubes! They are so versatile and can be used for so many things. I especially like how they are easy for little hands to work with. They snap together and break apart easily.
These pattern cards work on 1:1 correspondence, counting, number recognition, following patterns, fine motor skills, and more!
Grab these FREE pattern cards here Unifix NUMBERS
If you need more activities to teach your kiddos numbers 1-20, click HERE to see my complete Counting and Cardinality Games and Activities Pack
We love to use long and short popsicle sticks to practice building shapes. It is so much fun to watch kiddos grow in their understanding and problem solving skills after practicing with this busy bag.I used this as a center in my kindergarten classroom, but now I use it as a busy bag with my 3 and 5 year old at home.Children follow the pattern cards using their popsicle sticks, and then can fill out a recording sheet (accountability during center time!)There is even an I Can directions poster included to help children be independent.
Try out four of the pattern cards for FREE Popsicle Stick Cards
For more activities for learning shapes, colors, patterns and more, please see my toddler freebie page ages 18 months - 4 years old HERE