Penguin Shape Sort for Kids

This penguin shape sort activity is one of my post popular posts! We made these cute little penguins from construction paper and then matched foam shape stickers to each penguin. This activity is perfect for developing shape recognition and fine motor skills. But most importantly, it’s simply fun!! And you can scroll down for FREE printable versions of the activity too.

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This is what you will need:

Construction paper

Scissors

Glue stick

Googly eyes

Foam shape stickers

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut your penguin shapes and glue down some googly eyes.

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2. Sort your stickers to each penguin.

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If you would like a FREE printable version of this activity click this link:

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And here is a FREE penguin template that you can print out as many times as you like!

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Q-tip Painting for Kids

Q-tip painting is a favorite activity of ours! It is relatively mess-free and is perfect for developing fine motor skills. This activity is the best way for kids, preschoolers and toddlers to practice shape, number and letter recognition. Best of all, it’s lots of fun!

Scroll down for your FREE printable shape, letter and number printable worksheets.

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This is what you will need:

Paint (I recommend washable kid paint!)

Q-tips

Free printable templates – scroll down and you will easily find these

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Shape Recognition and Tracing for Kids

1. Prepare your shape template. You can print my FREE printable worksheet here, or draw up your own.

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2. Dip the Q-tips into paint and then use them as paint brushes to trace or dot along each shape.

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Number Recognition and Tracing for Kids

1. Prepare your number template. You can print my FREE printable worksheet here, or draw up your own.

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2. Dip the Q-tips into paint and then use them as paint brushes to trace or dot along each number.

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Letter Recognition and Tracing for Kids

1. Prepare your letter template. You can print my FREE printable worksheet here, or draw up your own.

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2. Dip the Q-tips into the paint and then use them to trace or dot along each letter.

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Monster Scissor Skills

I love Halloween crafts so much! I think that one of the main reasons why they are so fun is that you get to use googly eyes – lots of them. Googly eyes make your monsters, ghosts and ghouls look Halloween spooky, but also kind of cute. If you don’t have googly eyes at home for your Halloween crafts, then this FREE printable worksheet might be perfect for you.

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Here is the FREE printable worksheet file:

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Rainbow Scissors Skills for Kids

We LOVE practicing our scissor skills and this activity is one of the most fun and easy ways for kids to develop their fine motor and scissor snipping accuracy. You will only need some colored paper, a glue stick and a marker pen for this activity. And, if you don’t have time to put one of these rainbows together for yourself, scroll down for my free printable version.

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This is what you will need:

Colored construction paper

White printer paper

Scissors

Black marker pen

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut a cloud shape from a piece of white paper. Cut strips of colored construction paper and attach them to the back of the cloud. You can use a glue stick or tape to attach your colored strips.

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2. Take your marker pen and add some different line patterns to each strip of paper.

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3. Take your scissors and carefully snip along the lines on the colored strips.

!WARNING! Remember that scissors are sharp. Always be very careful when using scissors and remember that adult supervision is always required when children are using scissors!

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Here is your FREE printable version of the activity:

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Easy Greater than, Less than Math for Kids

I loved learning about greater than and less than numbers when I was at school. My teacher had this really neat way of teaching us the underlying principals. She used this cute crocodile analogy to show us that the crocodiles open mouth pointed to the bigger number! It’s something I still remember to this day, and has proven a great way to help my children learn these math basics.

You can easily make one of these crocodiles with some craft sticks, or scroll down below to find a FREE printable version of the activity.

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

White computer paper

Clear sticky contact or packing tape

Green craft sticks

Googly eyes

Scissors

Blue tack or a glue stick

Dry erase or white board marker

Washi tape (optional)

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Start by making your game board. To do this, paste down two squares of white paper onto the recycled cardboard. Cover these squares with clear contact or packing tape to make a wipeable board. You can then write the number of blocks you will need to build in each square with white board marker.

Next, make the crocodile. To do this, take two craft sticks and use blue-tack or a glue stick to attach two googly eyes. Cut a strip of sharp white teeth from the your left over white computer paper.

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2. Collect some blocks – we used Duplo blocks, and then you are ready to play. Build your towers and move your crocodile mouth to point to the largest tower.

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Here is your FREE printable version of this activity:

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Lion Scissor Skills for Kids

This super cute activity is great for helping kids develop their scissors skills. It is a really quick activity to put together and only requires a couple of easily accessible materials. You will only need some paper, a marker pen, scissors and a glue stick. The end result is a super cute piece of art too!

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This is what you will need:

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Black marker pen

Gluestick

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!WARNING! Remember that scissors are sharp. Adult supervision is always required when children are using scissors!

This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut circles from orange and yellow paper. You might like to trace a circle onto the paper first to help with the cutting. For each lion, you will need one large circle and one smaller circle.

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2. Use the glue stick to paste the smaller circle into the center of the larger circle.

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3. Using a black marker pen, draw a face on the lion.

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4. Grab a pair of child safe scissors and snip from the outside of the larger circle to the smaller circle. Keep cutting until you have snipped around the entire circle.

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5. Paste your lion down onto a piece of colored paper using your glue stick.

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If you would like a copy of the FREE printable version of this activity, download the file below.

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Cupcake Counting Activity for Kids

We loved this fun counting and early numeracy game for kids! It was super easy to put together and was a fun way to recycle a piece of cardboard. It is also a mess-free activity and once made, the game board can be played with over and over again.

If you don’t have time to make your own game board or you would prefer the FREE printable version, simply scroll down for your copy.

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

Colored construction paper

Scissors

Marker pen

Pom poms

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut some cupcake shapes from colored construction paper and paste them onto your piece of recycled cardboard. You could also draw them with marker pens. To be honest, this will probably be a lot quicker and easier than cutting the paper ones out 😉

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2. Label each cupcake with a number. The number will correspond to the number of pom poms you will add to each cupcake.

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3. Grab some pom poms and place the corresponding number onto each labelled cupcake.

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Here are the FREE printable files:

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Car parking lot number game for kids

Number car parking lots are so fun to play with and are a great way to encourage kids to learn early numeracy skills like number recognition, subitising and 1:1 correspondence. They are also so easy to make. And if you don’t have time to make your own from scratch, scroll down for your FREE copy of my cute parking lot template.

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This is what you will need:

Printed copy of the FREE template

Toy cars

Sticker sheet

Marker pen

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This is what you will need:

  1. Print out a copy of the parking lot worksheet. You will find it here:
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2. Use your marker pen to make dots on the stickers. Attach them to your cars.

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3. Simply play! Drive your cars into the parking lots and match the number of dots on each car to its corresponding car parking spot.

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DIY Fishing Game for Kids

DIY fishing games are a wonderful way for children to build and explore many developmental skills including fine motor skills, motor strength, hand eye coordination, problem solving and even some early math and literacy skills.

This DIY fishing game is the easiest to put together and lots of fun to play. And if you don’t have time to make your own game from scratch, scroll down to the end of this article for a FREE printable version.

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What you will need:

Empty cardboard box (a cereal box would be perfect)

Colored paper

Tissue paper confetti (optional)

Scissors

Marker pen

Paper clips

Magnetic wand or toy fishing rod.

!WARNING! I do not recommend using small magnets in this activity. Small magnets are not to be ingested and parents should always carefully observe their children when playing with small parts – especially magnets.

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What you will need to do:

1. Very carefully cut the front away from the cereal box with scissors. This can be a little tricky, so you may need to ask an adult to help you with this. You might also need to secure the corners of the box with sticky tape to prevent it from falling apart. Once your box is ready, line the surface of the box with blue paper so that it looks like water.

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2. Using your scissors, very carefully cut out some fish shapes. You can do this by eye or if you have a paper cutter, like a Cricut, you may like to use that! Place the fish into your box.

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3. If you would like to practice some early numeracy skills, you might like to add a number to each fish. You can collage the number with paper or simply write it out with pencil. You might also like to add some tissue paper to the box for some extra detail.

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4. Next, carefully thread a paper clip onto each of the fish. Remember that paper clips are small and an adult should always watch small children closely when using.

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5. Grab a magnetic wand or toy fishing rod that you may have at home and catch the fish!

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Here is the FREE color match printable worksheet for you:

The worksheets looks like this –

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Here is the FREE color match printable worksheet for you:

The worksheets looks like this –

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Easy Spring Math for Kids

Time has gotten away from me lately! I have hardly had a chance to blog. I actually made these fun printable math worksheets at Easter time, but have not had a second to myself to sit down and publish them.

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These early math worksheets are perfect for preschoolers and are a great way to help them learn about and develop number recognition, one-to-one correspondence and subitising skills. Kids will also get a chance to work on their scissor skills as they enjoy this activity.

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What you will need:

A copy of the FREE printable worksheets

Scissors

Glue

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What you will need to do:

1. Print out the FREE Carrot Scissor Skills worksheet. The worksheet will look like this and you will find the free documents at the end of this page.

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2. Take a pair of scissors and carefully cut around the green rectangle on the right hand side of the page.

!WARNING! Please remember that scissors are sharp. Adults should always carefully supervise children when they are holding and using scissors!

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3. Use your scissors to snip the green rectangle into thin strips. These strips will form the leaves on your carrots.

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4. Glue the corresponding number of leaves onto each carrot. Allow the glue to dry.

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For the second activity entitled “Carrot Number Math,”

1. Print out the two page worksheet. You will find this FREE document below.

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2. Use your scissors to carefully cut around each numbered carrot. Remember that scissors are sharp. Adults should always carefully supervise children when they are holding and using scissors!

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3. Match the numbered carrots to the corresponding carrot on the worksheet. You might like to glue the carrots down, or just match them over and over again.

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Here are your FREE documents:

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