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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Christmas Scissor Skills for Kids

This easy scissor skills activity is perfect for developing fine motor skills. You can make your own version of this activity with some scraps of colored paper or you can download my FREE printable worksheet to save time. Scroll down to find your copy.

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This is what you will need:

Colored strips of paper

Black marker pen

Scissors

Glue stick

Or this FREE printable worksheet

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut your paper into strips and paste a Christmas tree shape to the end of each strip. This will give your paper snipping activity direction. Once the glue is dry, draw some lines along the length of the strips with black marker pen. These lines can be straight, curved – anything that you like.

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2. Then grab some kids safety scissors and ask your kids to carefully snip along the lines.

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Halloween Patterns for Kids

This cute spider activity is perfect for helping kids learn about shapes and patterns this Halloween! Simply print out the templates below, snip the shapes carefully with scissors and then paste them onto the spider legs to continue the patterns. This activity is great for developing early numeracy skills, scissor skills and fine motor skills. And it’s heaps of fun too!

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This is what you will need

Construction paper

Scissors

Recycled cardboard

Glue stick

Stickers

Washi tape (optional)

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This is what you will need to do

1. Cut a spider shape from black construction paper and glue it down onto a piece of recycled cardboard. Add some stickers to start a pattern. Your pattern could be simple alternating patterns or more complicated ones that involve 3 or more colors or shapes. You might also like to add a border of washi tape to finish your game.

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2. Next ask your child to finish the patterns with their stickers. We used small square stickers, simply because that’s what we had on hand. You could use sticker dots or even paints and Q-tips to finish the patterns.

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Here is the FREE printable file for you!

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Here is what the FREE printable worksheets look like. They are so cute!!

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Easy Sun Math for Kids

My kids loved this super easy math lesson. Adding the sun rays to each smiling sun was such fun, and a perfect way to learn so many early numeracy skills including number recognition, addition and subtraction, subtilizing and 1:1 correspondence. I made this easy template from some colored construction paper and a piece of recycled cardboard, but if you are short on time, I have a FREE printable version that you might like to use. Once printed, you could even laminate it so that it can be used over and over again!

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This is what you will need:

A piece of recycled cardboard

Colored construction paper

White printer paper

Scissors

A small square of sticky contact

Dry erase marker

Googly eyes

Glue stick

Washi tape (optional for border)

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Cut a sun shape from some orange construction paper and glue it to the piece of recycled cardboard. You might like to give your sun a smiley face too! Next, paste a square of white paper to the top right hand corner of your cardboard. Cover the white square with a piece of clear sticky contact – this will make your board wipeable and allow it to be used over and over again. You will also need some small rectangle “sun rays. Cut these from yellow construction paper.

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2. Print the free Sun Numbers worksheet and use this to practice your numbers. Select one of the suns, count the rays, write the number in the box and the place the corresponding number of sun rays onto the sun.

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3. Use a wipeable or dry erase marker to write the number of rays on the white square. Then add the corresponding number of sun rays to your sun. You don’t need to paste the paper rays down. Just let them sit there so that you can play over and over again.

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Here are the FREE printable worksheets:

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Easy Math for Kids with Dominoes

Dominoes are such a great learning tool for kids. As well as helping preschoolers develop number recognition, they also help teach patterns, subitizing, 1:1 correspondence and even fine motor skills. There is such a lot of learning in such a simple toy! In the following activities, I actually use paper dominoes that I have made into a printable worksheet. You can scroll down for your own FREE copy if you would like.

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This is what you will need:

Dominoes

Pom poms

Tweezers (optional)

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This is what you will need to do:

1. Print out your FREE copy of the paper dominoes and carefully cut around each individual piece with scissors. Match pom poms to the dots on the dominoes. Count the dots and pom poms as you go.

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2. You may like to extend the activity by making it into a rescue game. To do this, place a dominoes piece into each well of a muffin tray. Add some pom poms to each well and then tape down some layers of sticky tape.

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3. Then carefully snip away the washi tape to reveal your dominoes and pom poms. Once the playing pieces are revealed, match the pom poms to the dominoes.

!WARNING! Remember that scissors are sharp! Always supervise children when they are using scissors!

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Here is your FREE printable download:

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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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Easy Winter Math for Kids

I love this colorful mitten number match game I posted on my Instagram this morning! The mittens are super simple to cut from colored construction paper and then you can play with them anyway that you like. You could match pom poms, stickers – any loose parts that you might have. Don’t feel restricted to only adding the pegs.

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What you will need:

Construction paper

Pencil

Scissors

Glue

Pegs or clothespins

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What you will need to do:

1. Draw and cut mitten shapes from colored construction paper. I used my Cricut maker to cut mine. Once you have cut your mitten shapes, label them with a number.

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2. Match pegs or loose parts to each mitten. You can match numbers, colors, shapes – anything that you like.

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Here are some fun and FREE mitten match printables for you!

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Thanks so much for reading! Please feel free to leave any comments you might have below and I will get back to you! Jacinta Xx

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