Monday, December 28, 2020

Truck and Digger Vocabulary Cards

Montessori 3 Part Cards for Trucks and Diggers

I've got a toddler who love playing with vehicles of all sorts! I have been meaning to make some materials using trucks and diggers for a while and finally got around to it!  You can read about how we use our vocabulary cards and print other cards for free on my Vocabulary Card Page.

You can also check out my other vocabulary cards below.

You might also like my Truck Word Family Roll and Cover


Friday, December 18, 2020

Christmas Preschool Activities

With Christmas right around the corner, we took a week to do holiday themed preschool activities. Archer was pretty vocal about wishing I had just done more letter themes, but he still enjoyed some of the activities! (Since he is 2.5, I don't force him to do any of them).
This was his desk area. The shelves had some of the books from his Christmas Advent Bags and the wall had some work.
These were the playroom shelves. The top had Magna-Tile trees and a cup of "puppets" (printed from Making Learning Fun) to use with Bear Stays Up for Christmas. Shelves on the left had a pipe cleaner tree with pony beads, a puzzle, a big bin of jingle bells and magnets and Don't Break the Ice. Shelves on the right had Manga-Qubix, a wooden Christmas cookie set, Candy Construction, lacing letters, base ten blocks and a basket of cars.

Pipe cleaner tree with pony beads.

Math measuring (Free to print here).

I used an overhead marker to write on Don't Break the Ice. He would knock them down and then read me the words he got.
Ornament Venn Diagrams. I just printed ornaments of different patterns and colors and used our Venn Diagram rings.
Skip counting trees were a big hit. He actually went to my drawer of materials and got them out multiple times. (Free to print here)
Ornament word families. Archer still needs a bit of help with this. He can do it by looking at the letters, but struggles a bit by rhyming out  oud (free to print here)
We used an ornament matching game to play memory. (From Tons of Fun)
Felt ornaments and tree.
Archer wanted to do lots and lots of play dough this week. I think he really liked having a big bin of toys and tools.
Snowflake stickers.
Melissa and Doug reusable stickers are some of the few fine motor activities he really likes. This was the Chirstmas set.
Christmas pattern blocks. Really, he only likes this one with presents because it reminds him of the number blocks. (From PreKinders)
Lacing Letters (garland?)
Tracing letters in his alphabet coloring book (laminated for dry erase). Not Christmasy, but he asked to do it.
More letter tracing. Once again, his choice.
Big bin of Christmas bells better put to use to hold up his math cubes?
This was by far the favorite activity. I made little letters on slips of paper with gingerbread men. He would draw a slip and then create the number with his base ten blocks. I thought he'd do one or two, he did seven the first time. He's also gotten it out almost every day since, even now that we are supposed to be on vacation.
Candy cane letter matching (from The Activity Mom)

Friday, December 11, 2020

Letter K - Kangaroo Week

These are our homeschool preschool activities for the Letter K and Kangroos week. Archer was 30 months. You can see our full "curriculum" post here, but we will only use some activities each week. The majority of his time is still unstructured play.
This was his desk setup. I hung some bulletin board letters, a sign language card (from And Next Comes L) and his work from the week. The shelf had a letter construction capital and lowercase letters, an Alphabet ReaderMeet the Phonics Letter Reader, a peg letter and a wooden letter train car.
I'm trying to include readers to read together, but also books about the week's letter or animal. We had an Animal Antics ReaderFirst Little Readers book, a non-fiction sight words reader, a Meet the Phonics reader, a My "k" Book, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?, Jump, Kangaroo, Jump, and Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do.

There were his shelves for the week. I used Magnatiles to make a K on his white board and added some magnetic letters and fridge phonics. On top I have his Alphabet Soup Can, a kangaroo and his preschool basket.

Shelves on the left had a tray puzzle, Magna Quibix, a spinagain and an abacus. Shelves on the right had a button snake, Koala Kapers, a golf tee game, block buddies, a human body puzzle, place value blocks and a basket of cars.
Letter construction (From Tired Need Sleep)
Letter maze (free to print here).
Letter K dot to dot (from
He has been very into bottle cap letters lately, so he did this many times (free to print here).
Tracing cards and line tracing (free to print here).
We did our normal playdough routine with cookie cutters and a  letter stamper (similar to these).  He liked making the kangaroo cutout "hop." We also used our alphabet dough mat (free to print here).
Alphabet sensory bin
Dot magnet page that he ignored (free to print here).
Letter K puzzles
I got Archer sa bigger set of place value blocks and he has really been enjoying them.
Using dry erase notecards to put words on Magna Tile garages.
He has really been enjoying 12 piece puzzles lately, especially ones with vehicles on them!
Doing his calendar.
Button snake (felt pieces and a ribbon with a large button on each end)
Block buddies. I gave him more cards and pieces this week. He did well, but I forgot to get pics of him.


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