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Magic Letters Name Game

Looking for a quick and fun name game for kids? Names are one of the first words many children learn to read and write and this low-prep name game is an exciting way to practice them. In Magic Letters, kids learn how to spell their name by making the letters magically appear. Fun, right?!  When you’re done…

Building Block Letters and Numbers

Building Block Letters and Numbers

Looking for a hands-on way to practice letters and numbers?! Students will BEG to repeat these building block challenges.
 
The print and play cards have kids build all 26 uppercase letters, their 26 lowercase pairs PLUS the numbers 0 to 20.
 
Students will have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re working on problem solving, geometry, math vocabulary… even beginning fractions!
 
Just print the cards on cardstock, cut them apart, and grab a batch of LEGOS or DUPLOS. 
 
The set even includes record sheets and challenge worksheets for kids who are ready for a next step.
 
 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
 
–> 2 versions of uppercase letter cards (in color + black and white)
 
–> 2 versions of lowercase letter cards (in color + black and white)
 
–> 2 versions of 0-20 number cards (in color + black and white)
 
–> Record sheets
 
–> A bonus challenge asking kids to build a word out of LEGOS and count the number of bricks they used.
Pattern Block Letters and Numbers

Pattern Block Letters and Numbers

Looking for a motivating way to practice letters and numbers?! These pattern block challenges are a MUST!

The print and play cards have kids build all 26 uppercase letters, their 26 lowercase pairs PLUS the numbers 0 to 20.

Students will have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re working on problem solving, geometry, math vocabulary… even beginning fractions!

To make it easy for you to differentiate, there are TWO versions of the activity:

-> For Pre-K or beginning Kindergarten, have students build the letters and numbers directly on the full size mats.

-> For later Kindergarten and First Grade, stretch students by giving them the mini versions of the pattern block designs so they have to look at the image and then recreate a real-life replica. They’ll practice shape recognition, of course, but they also work on their design, engineering, problem solving and scaling skills too.⁣ By adding a little extra dose of thinking, they magnify their STEM skills. ⁣

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND…

BEGINNING VERSION –

–> 2 versions of uppercase full size mats (in color + black and white)

–> 2 versions of lowercase full size mats (in color + black and white)

–> 2 versions of 1-10 full size mats (in color + black and white)

ADVANCED VERSION-

–> 2 versions of uppercase letter task cards (in color + black and white)

–> 2 versions of lowercase letter task cards (in color + black and white)

–> 2 versions of 0-20 number task cards (in color + black and white)

–> Record sheets

–> A bonus challenge asking kids to pick a number or letter and find ANOTHER way to build it.

-> The set even includes record sheets and challenge worksheets for kids who are ready for a next step.

Hidden Alphabet Letters

Hidden Alphabet Letters

Kids love a great mystery, so pull on your detective hats and dive into a batch of hidden letter sheets that work on upper and lowercase pairs, letter recognition and comparing all at once. Grab your set in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers!  For more letter fun, check out our best-selling Ultimate Preschool…

Is Your Curriculum Science of Reading Aligned? Watch Out for These Signs!

Is Your Curriculum Science of Reading Aligned? Watch Out for These Signs!

Are you curious if your curriculum is science of reading aligned so you can ensure your students are receiving the best reading instruction possible? If so, this list is for you. The Science of Reading is a research-based approach that continues gaining traction because of its effectiveness in teaching children to read. It emphasizes phonemic…

Alphabet Chant

Alphabet Chant

When students are first learning to read, written letters look like meaningless shapes on a piece of paper. They might as well be squiggles or scribbles – letters don’t have any rhyme or reason. But this fun little alphabet chant changes all of that because it helps students connect each funky shape we call a…

The 7 Jobs of Silent E

The 7 Jobs of Silent E

Did you know that the silent E is an extremely busy letter? It has SEVEN jobs! And somehow, the silent E also finds time to make it difficult for struggling readers to learn it. But here’s a handy way to start making things finally click for kids… Teach students that the silent E is a sidekick. Just like…

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Bubble Gum Sound Mapping

Bubble Gum Sound Mapping

When students are struggling to hear the individual sounds in words they’re trying to spell, they often need to build a skill called phonemic awareness. And sound mapping is a simple but powerful way to boost it! Add in a fun gumball theme and some squishy playdough balls and it’s a literacy match made in…

Slinky Phonemic Awareness Game

Slinky Phonemic Awareness Game

If you’ve ever had a student who could sound out each letter in a CVC word but, when it came time to blend those sounds together, they said something else instead like “D-O-G. Drop?” then this phonemic awareness game is for you. Grab a slinky and get ready to s-t-r-e-t-c-h students’ phonemic awareness. Kids will…

Sight Words Lists by Phonics Skill

Sight Words Lists by Phonics Skill

These sight word lists for Dolch pre-primer, primer, 1st and 2nd grade, the first 200 Fry sight words, PLUS the Zeno sight words are a HUGE game changer! Why? When you organize your sight word lists by phonics skill, students learn the words faster…

Old school lists like Dolch and Fry were sorted by the frequency words appear in text. For instance, THE is written most often so it’s the first words students practice. The philosophy isn’t terrible – if a child is going to read THE more than any other word, it makes sense that learning it first would come in handy.

The problem is that THE is often taught right alongside other words that follow completely different rules: OF, AND, A… And that means kids have to wrap their brain around:

– the short A sound in AND,
– the long A sound in A,
– the F that makes a V sound in OF,
– and (as if that wasn’t enough!) the two letters T & H that make just one sound in THE.

It’s no wonder that so many students struggle with sight word lists!

But there is a *much* easier way! Instead of sorting sight words by frequency, we can sort them by phonics skill. Then students can master one spelling rule at a time!

These print-and-go sheets make it so easy for you to do just that! They include the Dolch sight words through second grade, the first 200 Fry sight words, and the Zeno sight words.

Apple Alphabet Match

Apple Alphabet Match

With back to school season upon us and fall right behind, it’s fun to have some themed, seasonal learning activities on hand.  This apple alphabet match is the perfect activity for this time of year… or anytime, really. Grab your playful set below and then hop over to grab our best-selling Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in…

Beginning Sounds Center

Beginning Sounds Center

It’s crazy but true! If you teach a student 10 sight words, they can read 10 words… BUT, if you teach that same child 10 letter sounds, they can read THOUSANDS of words. That’s the power of phonics! And these beginning sound cards a playful, hands-on way to help kids practice just that. Snag your set below and…

Phonemic Awareness Pop Its

Do you have any students who know ALL of the letter sounds but, when it comes time to blend those sounds together to read a word, they STILL struggle? This will help! A lot of times readers just need to practice something called phonemic awareness. Luckily, this playful pop it center is a super fun…

ABC Art Book

Making an ABC book is a fun, hands-on way to introduce children to letters and help them understand how those letters are used to make words. This free printable ABC book takes all of that learning one step further by introducing kids to art techniques including apple printing, car painting and (my personal favorite!) elbow stamping!!…

Race to School ABC Game

Learning alphabet letters is an important skill for young learners.  This Race to School ABC game is a fun and engaging way for children to practice both uppercase and lowercase letters.  It’s a great game to use at the beginning of the school year with preschool or kindergarten students. For more alphabet fun, check out…

CVCe Word Work

Are you looking for a helpful tool to teach students about the silent E once and for all? This playful CVCe word work center is a must-try! Scroll below to grab your freebie! Then, for more vowel work, check out our Vowel Team Centers in our shop, too! Getting Ready My prep for this CVCe…

Apple Vowel Clip Cards

Back to school season is right around the corner, and with it comes all things apples.  Add some seasonal fun to your reading centers this fall with these hands-on medial vowel clip cards. Scroll below to grab your freebie and then jump over and grab our Vowel Team Centers for more fun! Getting Ready To…

Word Family Centers

Word Family Centers

If your students have learned their beginning sounds, practiced their end sounds, chances are they are ready to dive into those tricky vowels sounds. Giving kids a strong foundation for this important skill is a must which is why I LOVE our new word family centers pack. It’s a great way to compare and contrast…

Short U Centers

Short U Centers

Teaching new readers can feel like a daunting task – for both students and teachers. There are so many moving parts. When teaching vowels I like to dig deep into just one at first. It helps boost kids’ confidence and gives them a solid foundation for their reading. Double score! And our short U Pack…

Fireman ABC Spray Game

This ABC game is sure to be a hit with firemen fans. Just grab a pack of brightly colored index cards, a water sprayer and a fireman’s outfit {if you have one} and you’re ready to spray. The ABC game has become a must-play in our house and I hope it will be a favorite…

Building LEGO Names

What better way to get kids really looking at how letters are built than by constructing them with LEGOS?! This hands-on LEGO name activity is a great preschool work station, name game or afternoon project. Follow below and then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all of the…

Free Ice Cream Blend Puzzles

If you’re looking for a motivating, visual way to teach kids how to read and write blends like BL-, FR- and SM-, you’ll love these free ice cream puzzles. They’re great to use as literacy centers, guided reading activities or homeschool practice. You’ll love the low prep set up and kids will love the sweet theme:…

Alphabet Printables

These free alphabet printables are perfect for young learners! Help children identify beginning sounds, lowercase letters and uppercase letters with a colorful alphabet chart, clip it cards and letter matching puzzles. Snag your set below and then hop over to our shop and grab the Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack for more alphabet and learning fun! Alphabet Printables The…

Fire Hydrant ABC Coverall Game

This fire hydrant ABC coverall activity is great to go along with Fire Prevention Week in October or a community helper unit any time! Pull on your fire gear and get ready for some seriously fun uppercase and lowercase alphabet letter recognition.  Then, hop over to our shop and grab our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack…

Transportation Word Puzzles

Kids love things that move! Some of the first terms that children learn are the different vehicles that they see on the streets and in the air. It’s no wonder, really. Wheels turning, loud noises and the magic of things soaring through the air easily capture the attention of a small child.  That’s why it’s…

Pumpkin ABC Letter Tracing

Pumpkin letter tracing is a fun fall ABC game and fine motor activity in one. As kids trace alphabet letters with candy pumpkins, they build hand-eye coordination, hand strength and letter formation skills they’ll use for writing words later. Pumpkin fans will love this festive ABC game!  When you’re done tracing letters, hop on over to…

Alphabet Puzzles

These bright, hands-on alphabet puzzles are a must-grab. Kids will love that they’re fun and YOU’LL love that they’re so easy to prep. Snag your set below and then hop over to grab our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop! Getting Ready To prep for the alphabet puzzles, I began by printing the puzzles…

Family Word Puzzles

I’m always on the hunt for simple prep, motivating learning activities for kids. That’s our thing, after all! So I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Educators’ Spin on It’s new book, 100 Fun & Easy Learning Activities for Kids. And I’m excited to report that it’s as engaging and playful as I hoped.  First up:…

Gumdrop Patterns Activity

This festive gumdrop patterns activity sheet stretches students to create patterns of their own. AB, ABB, ABC patterns… they’re all there! The no-prep activity is easy to differentiate making it perfect for preschoolers, second graders, and every age in between!  For more pre-K fun, check out our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop! Getting…

ABC Sort: Curvy or Straight?

ABC Sort: Curvy or Straight?

Playing an ABC game is one of the best ways to introduce the alphabet to your little ones. Our brains learn best when we use several senses at once, so this ABC sort helps pre-readers use a variety of senses to help their brains remember the differences between letters. To play the letter sort, children reach…

CVC Clip Cards

Clip cards are a quick and easy way for kids to practice reading skills. That’s one of the reasons we love them so much! Rhyming, alphabet letters, blends, digraphs… you name it, we’ve clipped it!  These CVC clip cards are a motivating way to help students identify middle vowel sounds. They are a perfect addition to…

Diphthong Puzzles

I’m super excited to pass along a brand new freebie your kids will love: diphthong puzzles! Use the set as a literacy center or word work station focusing on those tricky diphthongs including -AU, -AW, -EW, -OI, -OO and -OU. Scroll below to grab your freebie and then hop over and snag our fun-filled Editable…

Digraph and Blend Chart

Digraphs and blends tend to trip up new readers. Just when kids finally have their letter sounds down, out pop tricky letter combinations that change those sounds. Oy! This digraph and blend chart is a helpful way for students to keep letter clusters straight once and for all. Grab your copy below and then hop over and…

Diphthong Clip Cards

If you’re teaching kids about diphthong (two letters that make one sound like OI in the word “coin”), these free clip cards are a must-try literacy center or word work station. They’re easy to prep and fun to play!  For more word work, check out our Editable Word Work Games in our shop! Getting Ready…

Magic Fizzing Popsicle Paint

These magic fizzing popsicle paints are an awesome kids’ science project for all ages. One hot day a few weeks ago, I pulled out a batch of the magical popsicles from our freezer and invited my 4 year-old daughter to start painting.  She was thrilled when her masterpiece began fizzing! Ready to make your own…

School and Bus Alphabet Match

Alphabet recognition is an important skill for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.  This School and Bus Alphabet Match is a fun way to work with uppercase and lowercase letters when heading back to school this fall. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop! Getting Ready…

The Super Simple Word Slider

As kids learn letter sounds they can start putting those sounds together to read words. This super simple word slider is an awesome visual showing them how to do just that. It’s one of those teaching tricks you’ll never want to forget.  For more reading fun for your beginning reader, check out our Emergent Readers Bundle in our shop! Getting…

Free Apple Playdough Mats

We love playdough recipes and activities! With fall just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to whip up a batch of oh-so-yummy green apple playdough  and get some hands-on number practice. These free apple playdough mats are a perfect preschool math activity for fall. This is one fall activity you won’t want to miss!  When you’re…

Seashell Vowel Team Sort

This seashell vowel team sort is a motivating way for students to practice their long vowel sounds this summer! Scroll below to grab the freebie and then jump over and snag our Vowel Team Centers in our shop! Getting Ready The prep for this vowel team sort was very simple. I printed the vowel team pails…

Blend Clip Cards

If you’re teaching kids how to read blends including FL-, BR- and SM-, these free blend clip cards are a must. Use them as a literacy center, word work station, word work activity or homeschool game. The sky’s the limit!  When you’re done, hop on over and check out our Inflectional Ending Centers in our shop…

Lowercase Letter Tracing Roads

Whether you’re a classroom teacher, homeschooling parent or hands-on family member, our newest freebie is a must-try.  A follow up to our incredibly popular uppercase letter tracing book, this letter tracing sheets set makes learning how to write lowercase letters super motivating and fun. We hope you love it as much as we do. On your…

Word Family Mats

Fun fact: Did you know that every word in English has a vowel? In fact, every SYLLABLE in English has a vowel. So why is that such a big deal? Well, kids learn to read middle vowels in CVC words AFTER they learn to read those ending consonants. For instance, a new reader might see…

Festive American Activity Pack

Are you looking to introduce some fun early learning American holiday activities to your students? Well, look no further! These two jam-packed activity packets are the perfect solution. Combined, this gives you a fantastic handwriting practice workbook, along with two number puzzles(depending on your students’ abilities) PLUS a fun flag craft! So buckle up and…

Playful Contraction Centers

Playful Contraction Centers

If you’re teaching contractions like CAN’T, SHE’LL and I’VE, this bundle is a must grab. The playful contraction centers make it fun to practice and they’re flexible enough to use for one-on-one instruction, small groups, literacy centers and even whole group lessons. Snag your bundle in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers! Teaching Contractions…

Vowel Sound Sticks

For many kids, the hardest letter sounds to learn are those tricky vowels: A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. Every word in English has at least one, so tackling them is uber important but, MASTERING them…. well, that can be a long road for some.  This vowel activity is here to help! These…

Free Reading Assessment

Free Reading Assessment

An important first step in teaching kids how to read is figuring out what they already know. This simple reading assessment makes it easy to see the letter names, sounds and sight words students have mastered so that you can determine what to teach next. It’s the perfect jumpstart to our 4 week teacher training…

Two Kinds of Readers

Two Kinds of Readers

Did you know that there are two kinds of readers sitting in your classroom right now? It’s true! And if you’ve ever felt unsure about how to help a struggling reader, than you’ll want to stick around, because knowing how to spot each type will help you get bigger, faster teaching results. This is just…

How to Teach Reading

How to Teach Reading

If you’re wondering how to teach reading, you’re in the right spot! This step-by-step guide covers everything from pre-reading skills to phonics, sight words and reading comprehension so that you can take kids from NON-readers to STRONG readers. Check out the step-by-step below and then request an invite to my 4 week course, The Reading…

Middle Vowel Cards and Puzzles

Vowel sounds (A, E, I, O and U) are often the most difficult for children to master. These hands-on puzzles and word cards give kids plenty of practice sounding out short CVC words and identifying the missing middle vowel sound. They’re great to use as literacy centers, guided reading activities or word family games with new readers. …

Mitten Name Activity

My four year-old and I have been playing games with the letters of his name for quite awhile now. I taught him a silly song to help him learn how to spell it, we’ve built his name with blocks, turned it into a rainbow… the list goes on and on. So I knew he would…

Beginning Sound Clip Cards

These beginning sound clip cards are a hands-on way to make learning fun and engaging for young learners! Students simply look at the picture on the sunflower and clip the letter that starts the word. They are a great addition to your small reading groups or literacy centers.  For more literacy fun, check out our…

Beehive Alphabet Match

Learning the alphabet is exciting, but mastering it takes practice… lots and lots of practice.  I’m always looking for fun ways to make all of that hard work fun for students and this playful alphabet match up was just the trick! Grab your set below! Ready for more fun preschool centers? Check out our awesome…

Community Helper Dab Sheets

Getting ready for a community helper theme?! These playful alphabet dabber sheets are a must-try. Just grab your box of daubers, print off the pages and you’re ready to work on the ABCs. They’re a perfect complement to our super popular Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack! This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Getting Ready To prep, I…

Digraph Playdough Mats Activity

Kids will learn common digraphs in no time with these cute playdough mats. They are easy to prepare and make an awesome word work station or literacy center. This playdough digraph activity is the perfect complement to our popular Digraph Activity Pack!  Grab your download below!  And for more playdough fun, check out our awesome…

Flower Alphabet Match

We often say we learn 26 letters. While that’s partially true (we learn 26 letter names) we are actually learning several more symbols when we combine both upper and lowercase. So, practice, repetition and having fun are all ways I can help my kids work on their letters and build their confidence!  This flower alphabet match…

Raindrop Beginning Sound Match

“Rain, Rain, Go Away…” Are you having some rainy days this spring, too?  Even if you aren’t, this raindrop beginning sound match is a great alphabet activity to add to your spring literacy centers! Scroll below to grab your freebie and then make sure to hop over and snag our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack for…

Acorn Alphabet Match

Learning to identify letters of the alphabet takes a lot of time and practice. Since we always want that learning to be a fun experience for kids, we LOVE adding new games into the mix!  This acorn alphabet match was the perfect game! Grab the printable below and then hop over to become a VIP Plato…

Fall Leaf Alphabet Match

As the air turns cooler and the leaves change colors, it can be fun to bring a little bit of autumn into the classroom. Kids will LOVE this playful fall alphabet match! Click the blue “download” below and then hop over to grab our awesome Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop! Getting Ready Just like…

Rainbow Name Writing

There’s no word on the planet that my 3.5 year-old loves spelling more than his name. Recently, he became extremely motivated to learn how to write it, too.  Like most things, I knew that he would need plenty of practice before he would master his new skill so to make writing and rewriting a little…

Shape Puzzles

These twelve colorful shape puzzles are a fun way to practice the names of shapes while kids begin spelling out words. Sliding together one puzzle piece at a time, young mathematicians magically make each shape appear. The shape game is guaranteed fun! For more shapes fun, snag our Roll and Cover Pattern Block Mats in our shop! Getting…

Math My Name Activity

I love using a skill that kids have already mastered to help teach them a completely new skill. These math activity sheets do exactly that! In Math My Name, your child can practice handwriting, number recognition, addition and subtraction, ten frames, tally marks and even drawing! You and your little one will have the best…

Unicorn Sight Word Game

Practicing sight words just got so much more fun!  As kids race to reach the rainbow first in this sight word game, they read, write and spell their sight words along the way. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our best selling 32 EDITABLE Sight Word Games for even more fun! Getting Ready Prepping…

Gold Coin Counting

Little leprechauns will love this reading and counting activity along with this gold coin counting book! Snag your set below and then hop over and grab our best-selling Number Formation Sheets in our shop! Getting Ready This counting activity was really easy to prepare! I simply printed all 11 pages of the book on festive…

Conversation Heart Letter Tracing

I’ve seen tons of fine motor skills activities on Pinterest lately. Beading projects, scissor cutting, playdough trays.  They are all great for building kids’ hand-eye coordination and muscle strength so that they are ready to write on their own later. Conversation Heart Letter Tracing is a great way to build those important fine motor skills…

Word Family Egg Game

When Easter is over, what do you do with those extra plastic eggs?  Instead of tucking them back into storage, keep them out for this hands-on word family game! See the surprisingly simple step-by-step below and then request an invite to our 4 week course, The Reading Roadmap, so you can get the proven, ready-to-deploy…

Invisible Ink Valentines

What kid doesn’t like a little bit of magic?!  Add in a sweet message and you’ve got a sure fire winner for Valentine’s Day. These invisible ink valentines are a perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day party, friendship unit or rainy day activity. For more science kids will love, check out our 30 Science Experiments,…

Icy Magic E Sort

Are you looking for a fun way to practice magic E words this winter?  This icy magic E sort is a must-play! You can stay warm and cozy inside while you practice six long vowel word families. Snag your set below and then hop over to grab our Vowel Team Centers in our shop for…

Frozen Science Experiments

Whether you’re a super fan of the movie Frozen or you’re just on the hunt for some wintery science projects kids will love, these 20 Frozen science experiments are sure to melt your heart. Whip up ice that’s hot to the touch, melt Elsa’s frozen hands, make some fizzy ice castles and more. Get inspired below and then…

Conversation Heart Patterns

Making patterns is an important math concept for kids to know – and what better way to learn them than through conversation heart patterns!? When I told my 5 year-old, A, that she would be making patterns using classic Valentine’s conversation hearts, she couldn’t wait to get started.  A loved sorting the different colored hearts,…

Digraph Fishing Center

This digraph center is full of fishing fun! Digraphs are two letters that make just one sound. (“DI” literally means two and “GRAPH” means letters). For example, “shark” has the digraph SH- and “chant” starts with the digraph CH-. Learning digraphs can be tricky for kids, so it’s important to give them plenty of practice….

First Grade Centers

If you’re looking for first grade centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite first grade centers in one spot right here. Just click one…

Kindergarten Centers

If you’re looking for kindergarten centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite kindergarten centers in one spot right here. Just click one of the…

Pre-Kindergarten Centers

If you’re looking for pre-kindergarten centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite pre-kindergarten centers in one spot right here. Your students will love switching…

Number Activity Sheets

For most kids, learning how to count and write numbers takes lots and lots of practice. So why not make all of that hard work fun for kids with these number activity sheets?! These free number activity sheets are a no prep, motivating way to practice the numbers 0 to 5. Grab your set (below)…

Toothpick STEM Structures

Toothpick STEM Structures

Need an easy way to help kids build engineering skills they’ll need for their STEM future? These 24 printable challenge cards are perfect to use in STEM centers, makerspaces, or math stations. Kids will love learning about 2 and 3-dimensional STEP structures as they build and analyze each toothpick STEM structure! Grab your set in our…

Homemade Flour Paint Recipe

Want a DIY, taste-safe paint recipe for kids? You’ve come to the right spot! This simple homemade flour paint recipe is surprisingly easy to make and keeps the kids entertained for hours. Plus, as a huge bonus, it’s safe for kids to put in their mouths – making it perfect for even the youngest artists! Snag…

Alphabet Hearts Activity

If you’re on the hunt for a motivating alphabet activity for Valentine’s Day, you’re in the right spot! This playful heart game is a guaranteed win.  Grab the freebie below and then snag our best-selling Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop for more playful learning!   Getting Ready To prep, I simply printed the…

50 Fun ABC Games for Kids

ABC games are a fun, hands-on way to teach kids the names and sounds of letters. This roundup of 50 ABC games includes favorite finds from across the web. Whether you’re looking for a super-active game or you’d like an easy download you can print and play, this list has you covered. Then, hop over to become a…

Paper Cutting Station

Teaching kids to cut with scissors is an important life skill and helps build fine motor strength and hand-eye coordination they’ll need for writing alphabet letters and words later.  Paper cutting stations are here to help! Handing over a pair of blades to young kids sounds intimidating, but you’ve come to the right spot! Find out…

Must-try Playdough Mats

Must-try Playdough Mats

These must-try playdough mats are a squishy, hands-on way to develop kids’ fine motor skills while they practice upper and lowercase letter formation, letter sounds, 2D shapes, counting and writing the numbers 1 to 10. They’re the perfect combination of fun and learning! Grab your pack in our shop!  And for more fun, snag our Ultimate…

Shamrock Sight Word Puzzles

These shamrock sight word puzzles are the perfect addition to your March literacy centers and word work time. Grab your set below and then hop over to download our popular Editable Sight Word Games, too! Getting Ready To prep this activity, I printed each page on cardstock and used a paper cutter to cut around…

Beginning Sound Rainbows

Kids love rainbows (and I do too!) so I couldn’t wait to create a set of colorful rainbow puzzles that would give new readers plenty of practice matching alphabet letters with their beginning sounds. These beginning sound rainbows are perfect to use as a literacy center, guided reading activity… even a St. Patrick’s Day game! …

Penguin Word Family Sort

This playful penguin word family sort is sure to be a hit with kids and you’ll love that they’re practicing important reading skills. To make it easier for you to get EVERY student bigger results, the freebie comes in TWO versions so you can quickly adjust the difficulty: One focuses on rhyming And the second…

Snowball Digraph Puzzles

Our snowball digraph puzzles are a fun, hands-on winter literacy center or word work activity. Just match the digraph to a word that starts with it. No snowsuit required! Snag your activity and then hop over and snag our Vowel Team Centers for more practice with words! Getting Ready To prep, I printed the digraph puzzles…

Race to the Snowballs CVC Game

This Race to the Snowballs CVC game is sure to be “snow” much fun for students!  It’s a great way for beginning readers to sound out and write three letter words. Scroll below to grab your download and then check out our best-selling Editable Sight Word Games in our shop! Getting Ready Prepping the activity…

13 Gingerbread Activities

13 Gingerbread Activities

Gingerbread activities are always a hit with kids and this batch of literacy and math games is no exception. Pre-K and kindergarten students will love the 13 motivating activities including alphabet puzzles, counting activities, sight word games, graphing sheets, pattern cards, addition and subtraction activities and more. Grab your set in our shop or on Teachers…

Thanksgiving Book

If you’re looking for a fun little Thanksgiving book, we’ve got you covered! Kids will love reading about these yummy Thanksgiving foods! It’s the perfect complement to our Thanksgiving Activity Pack. For more reading fun, check out our Emergent Readers Bundle! Getting Ready I love using emergent readers with my students.  The repetitive text and…

100 Free Playdough Mats

100 Free Playdough Mats

Playdough mats are an easy way to grow kids’ imaginations, develop fine motor skills and teach important skills like counting and the ABCs. This roundup of 100 free playdough mats includes some of our favorite finds from across the web. Get inspired below then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you…

25 Must-Try LEGO Activities

25 Must-Try LEGO Activities

Little engineers will love these 25 LEGO activities. They’re hands-on, motivating ways to practice math, literacy, engineering… even science! So grab your bucket of bricks and get ready for some serious LEGO learning fun. And for more fun, check out our Epic STEM Challenge Bundle! This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Getting Ready Before jumping in…

23 Christmas Centers

‘Tis the season for Santa Claus, jingle bells and sweet treats. I love it! This go-to Christmas Activity Pack includes 23 elf-approved math and literacy activities bundled together in one easy instant download. It’s perfect for Pre-K and Kindergarten. Grab the printable below and then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all…

Santa Stationery

This free Santa stationery is a perfect addition to your writing center this holiday season! Snag the activity below.  Then, ready for more writing? Take a look at our Writing Center Starter Kit in our shop and turn your students into authors! Getting Ready Prepping the Santa stationery was easy peasy! I printed a copy…

Fall Centers

Fall Centers

Get ready for some seriously fun learning! These 14 fall centers are perfect for kindergarten or first grade and include print-and-play math AND literacy stations. Grab the printable below and then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all of the tools, strategies and support you need to reach…

Pumpkin Spice Salt Tray

Pumpkin Spice Salt Tray

Salt tray writing is a super simple, multi-sensory way to encourage kids to practice letter formation and sight words. And with a little orange food color and a dash of pumpkin pie spice, you can quickly turn an ordinary salt tray into a PUMPKIN SPICE one. It’s such a simple way to add a BIG…

Apple Activities

Apple Activities

Nothing screams fall quite like apples, am I right? These 16 motivating apple activities make it fun to practice literacy, math, science and STEM. And the best part is that your kindergarten and first grade students will LOVE every single one of them! Snag your jumbo-sized apple pack in our shop or on Teachers Pay…

Alphabet Stamping Sheet

The title of this ABC game really says it all!  These easy prep alphabet stamping sheets are a fun and simple way to practice letter recognition or stretch kids to pair upper and lowercase combinations. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our best-selling Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop! This…

Diphthong Centers

Diphthong Centers

Get ready for some serious fun! These 18 engaging print-and-play centers motivate kids to practice reading and writing the 8 most common diphthongs: -AU, -AW, -EW, -OI, -OO, -OU, -OW, -OY If you’re looking for more just like this, become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all of the tools, strategies and support you…

Squish and Seek Sight Word Game

Looking for some sight word practice that doesn’t include flashcards?  This easy-peasey, squeezy activity is one of our favorite sight word games! It’s the perfect compliment to our Editable Sight Word Games! Getting Ready The prep for this was as easy as it comes. I quickly wrote a list of sight words down the right-hand…

Alphabet Geoboard Challenges

Alphabet Geoboard Challenges

These alphabet geoboard challenges build problem solving and design skills while working on geometry, counting, perimeter, angles, comparing, scaling AND letter recognition at the same time.

They’re jam packed with learning!

Just print the cards on cardstock, cut them apart, and grab a geoboard and rubber band set. Kids will love building all 26 uppercase letters and their 26 lowercase pairs.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND

–> 2 versions of uppercase letter cards (easier + harder)

–> 2 versions of lowercase letter cards (easier + harder)

–> Record sheets

–> A bonus challenge asking kids to build 4 geoboard designs of their own.

 

You can easily stretch the activity for kids who are ready for a challenge by giving them the set of harder challenges or simplify it for students who are new to geoboards by pulling out the easier one.

As a bonus, the set also includes record sheets and challenge worksheets for kids who are ready for a next step.

Graph of the Week

Graph of the Week

Graphs of the week are a valuable way to teach students how to create, read and analyze graphs.

This mega bundle provides 5 pocket chart graphs for each month so kids can practice data analysis all year long.

They’re great to use as morning work or quick whole group lessons!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> EDITABLE student cards that make it easy to print personalized pocket chart cards for every child in class.

–> 5 pocket chart graphs for each month.

–> 5 follow up record sheets for each month.

Graph of the Week

Graph of the Week

One of my favorite weekly traditions was pulling out our jumbo-sized pocket chart so students could complete a whole class graph. That’s why I am SO excited about our newest activity pack: a MEGA pack of weekly graphs you can use ALL YEAR LONG. Scroll below and then become a VIP Plato Pack member so…

Farm Activities!

Farm Activities!

Whether you’re prepping a farm unit or just need motivating ways to teach STEM, math, science, reading and writing skills, this farm MEGA pack is a must-try. These activities are yours when you become a VIP Plato Pack member. Just join, print, and play! SO EASY TO DIFFERENTIATE As always, the activities are designed for…

Back to School Activities

Back to School Activities

These back to school activities will keep kids engaged and learning all month long! The mega pack includes 15 math and literacy centers.

The back to school set is perfect for kindergarten and first grade.

Scroll down to take a peek at all of the exciting fun ahead!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY

–> Rhyming Clip Cards. Clip the word that rhymes!

–> Match Up. Sound out 16 pairs of CVC words.

–> Alphabet Glue. Motivate students to work on letter recognition and upper and lowercase pairing.

–> Letter Sound Puzzles. Solve playful puzzles by matching letters to words that start with them.

–> EDITABLE Hide and Seek. Playfully practice sight words, alphabet letters, classmate names… anything under the sun!

–> EDITABLE Back to School Sight Word Race. Race to the school as you read and write sight words, word families, classmates’ names… you pick!

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.

MATH

–> Counting Clip Cards. Reinforce the numbers 1 to 20 by practicing counting on and number recognition.

–> Spin to 20. Work on counting, number recognition and ten frames at the same time!

–> Color by Ten Frame. Motivate kids to build number recognition from 1-20!

–> Making 10 Challenge Cards and Review Sheet. How many more do you need to make 10?

–> 2 Roll and Cover Pattern Block Mats. Race to cover the pattern block mat and practice number recognition OR addition along the way.

–> Subtracting from 10. Roll the dice, subtract the number that lands on top and write the problem you created.

–> Subtraction Color Up. Race against your partner to solve the most subtraction problems.

–> Spinning Shapes. Work on 2D shapes and graphing with a playful spinning game!

Short Vowel Emergent Readers

Short Vowel Emergent Readers

Helping kids notice differences between short vowel sounds can be tricky but, thankfully, these ten short vowel emergent readers are a huge help!  The ten emergent reader books are a motivating and easy prep way to help kids build critical pre-reading skills. Each set even includes pocket chart cards and follow up practice sheets so you can easily…

Alphabet Posters

Alphabet Posters

These bright and colorful alphabet posters are the perfect addition to your classroom or homeschool!

They’re a helpful tool for Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students who are learning beginning sounds because they can easily match the upper and lowercase alphabet letter to a familiar word that starts with it.

You can even print multiple sheets on a page to make flashcards students can take home for review.

Get ready to add a fun pop of color to your walls!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 26 alphabet posters featuring uppercase and lowercase letters and an image to go along with the letter

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

Looking for St. Patrick’s Day activities your students will beg to play over and over again?!

This print and play pack includes 13 motivating ways to teach alphabet letters, word families, sight words, number concept, graphing, making ten and so much more.

The St. Patrick’s Day activities are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for pre-K and kindergarten!

Check out all the fun details below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY

–> Alphabet Puzzles. A playful way to work on letter sounds.

–> Rhyming Puzzles. Find the matching words.

–> Perfect Pairs. Sound out 16 pairs of CVC words.

–> EDITABLE Gold Rush Sight Word Game. Race to the gold as you read and write sight words along the way.

–> EDITABLE Leprechaun Words. Write your word list in a St. Patrick’s Day tray!

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.

MATH

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including counting, number writing, patterns, shapes and graphing.

–> 1-20 Ten Frame Dab. Read the number and then fill your ten frame with that many dots.

–> Shamrock Ten Frames. Spin a number and color the shamrock ten frame to match.

–> Making 10 Challenge Cards and Review Sheet. How many more do you need to make 10?

–> Cut and Paste Patterns. Solve AB, AAB and ABC patterns.

–> Leprechaun Shapes. Spin a shape, name it and graph it. What shape reaches the top first?

–> Counting Clip Cards. Count the St. Patrick’s Day objects and clip the matching number from 1-12.

Playful Rhyming Games

Playful Rhyming Games

Learning how to rhyme is an important step toward reading. It teaches kids to notice patterns in words, break words into parts and incorporate rhythm when they read with expression later. This rhyming pack includes eight of my favorite ways to teach kids how to rhyme. The activities are flexible enough to use with one student or 28 – making the…

Gingerbread Centers

Gingerbread Centers

Gingerbread activities are always a hit with kids and this batch of literacy and math games is no exception.

Pre-K and kindergarten students will love the 13 motivating activities including alphabet puzzles, counting activities, sight word games, graphing sheets, pattern cards, addition and subtraction activities and more.

Check out all the fun details below!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY

–> Alphabet Gumdrops. Such a motivating way to work on letter recognition and upper and lowercase pairing.

–> Beginning Sound Puzzles. Solve playful puzzles by matching letters to words that start with them.

–> Gingerbread Families. Practice word families by brainstorming three at a time.

–> EDITABLE Gumdrop Words. Make sight words magically appear on gumdrops!

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Race. Race around the game board reading and writing sight words!

–> Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.

MATH

–> 1 to 20 Clip Cards. A fun counting, number recognition and fine motor activity in one.

–> Roll a Gingerbread Man. Practice the numbers 1 to 6 with a playful dice game.

–> Colorful Numbers. A motivating way to work on number writing.

–> Gumdrop Patterns. Practice AB, AAB, ABB, ABC and AABB patterns with a holiday twist.

–> Shape Graphs. Flick the spinner, name the shape and graph it. What shape reaches the top first?

–> Gumdrop Write and Wipe Addition Cards. How many gumdrops do you have in all?

–> Subtracting from Ten. Roll the die and take away that many gumdrops. How many are left?

Letter Sound Wheels

Letter Sound Wheels

These letter sound wheels are absolute alphabet perfection! The playful clip cards are a motivating way to work on beginning sounds.

Clip the words that start with each letter.

But don’t be fooled! Four of the choices aren’t a match.

There’s one wheel for all 26 letters.

—> Bundle with all of our other alphabet activities and SAVE!

23 Alphabet Centers

23 Alphabet Centers

Get ready to add a huge dose of fun to your alphabet centers! These 23 fun, motivating alphabet games teach kids critical skills including letter names, letter sounds, ABC sequencing, letter formation and uppercase-lowercase pairing. Use them as literacy centers, small group activities, morning work or homeschool activities. There are so many possibilities! Grab your…

Editable Literacy Center Labels

Editable Literacy Center Labels

Whether you use Daily Five, reading groups or something else entirely, these editable literacy center labels make it *so easy* to customize a station rotation that’s a perfect fit for your classroom. Grab your set in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Then, speaking of literacy, try out our awesome Emergent Readers Bundle to…

Cell Phone Sight Words

Looking for a motivating sight word activity for kids?! This is a must-try! It’s a clever way to turn kids’ love of technology into a screen free activity that helps them practice any words under the sun – word families, sight word lists, names… even alphabet letters! For more exciting sight word practice, snag our best-selling Editable Sight…

15 Word Work Board Games – EDITABLE

15 Word Work Board Games – EDITABLE

These 15 editable word work board games are a huge time and money saver! Type your unique word list once and the words pop into the right spot on every single game.

Whether you’re in need of ready to go word work activities, literacy centers or fun spelling practice, this pack has you covered.

Use it with any word list under the sun: sight words, word families, themed words, classmates’ names…the sky’s the limit! Kids love that they’re fun – grown ups love that they’re ready to play!

The games make practice reading, spelling and writing words so motivating.

EASIEST PREP EVER

The word work game boards couldn’t get any simpler to prep. Just print the activity you want kids to work on, grab one or two school supplies like playing pieces and dice, and you’re all set. Easy peasy!

EASILY DIFFERENTIATE WORD LISTS

The word work game boards are incredibly easy to differentiate so you can give kids at different reading levels “just right” practice. Type in your word list for your first level of readers, and print the activity you want your kids to play.

Hop back to the word list and swap out the words for your next level of readers. The new words will automatically load into the correct spot on all of the activities.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

The 15 editable board games  are guaranteed fun for kids!

The pack includes ready to play board games and coordinating follow up record sheets:

–> Unicorn Race

–> Construction Site

–> Scuba Dive

–> Forest Hike

–> Monster Mash

–> The Farm

–> Car Race

–> Firefighter Dash

–> Space Race

–> School Carnival

–> Flower Garden

–> Police Chase

–> Basketball Swoosh

–> Treasure Hunt

–> Snow Day

32 Clever Word Work Centers

32 Clever Word Work Centers

Clever word work centers make it fun for kids to practice everything from rhyming to word building, sight words, word families, spelling and more. These motivating word work centers are so entertaining that kids won’t even realize they are learning. Snag your free game below and then hop over and grab 14 more board games for your…

Zoo Name Puzzles

My favorite way to begin teaching kids how to read is to start them off with the word they love most: their name! These playful, editable name puzzles are perfect for a zoo unit, beginning of year activity or just because. And, just like our super popular Editable Name Games, they work with any name under…

Pumpkin Activity Packet

Pumpkin activities are a must for fall! These 21 playful pumpkin math, literacy and science activities take learning to the next level by teaching kids alphabet letters, sight words, numbers, beginning addition, pumpkin life cycles and so much more. They’re perfect for preschool and kindergarten! Grab the activity pack in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers, Want more?! Hop over to…

CVC Sound Boxes

CVC sound boxes are an awesome way to help kids learn how to sound out and spell simple three letter words such as cat, log and dog. These print and play sound box mats are a ready to go literacy center or word work station. Since kids can practice spelling the CVC words using magnetic letters…

Blends Activity Pack

Blends Activity Pack

Consonant blends (also called consonant clusters) are groups of two or three letters that are often placed together in words. A few of the most common blends are BL-, CL-, CR-, FR-, SC- and SM-. Our Blend Activity Pack makes it easy to focus on one type of blend with newer readers (for instance, L blends) or…

Beginning Sound Centers

Beginning Sound Centers

These eight beginning sound games are the perfect combination of fun and effective for kids! As children learn how to read, the part of words they are able to isolate and spell first are beginning sounds. It is as though their brain works so hard to pull apart that first sound that the rest of the letters just melt away.

Each game comes in color and black and white versions, and they are perfect for centers or small reading groups. Grab them now to help your students move on to ending sounds in no time!

BEGINNING SOUND GAMES INCLUDED:

–> Clip cards

–> Alphabet match up puzzles

–> 5 game boards

–> Color by sound no prep sheets

–> Sound sort

–> Mystery beginning sound no prep sheets

–> Beginning sound cover up mats

–> Match & cover consonants and vowels

 

NOTE: All of our activities are instant downloads.

Editable Name Games

Editable Name Games

For most children, the most important words they’ll ever learn to read and write are their names. That’s why names are the perfect word to teach them first. These 10 editable name games make learning fun for kids and easy for grown ups. Because all of the sheets are editable, the activities work with any name…

EDITABLE Name Games

EDITABLE Name Games

The first words many children learn to read and write are their names. These 10 playful name games make learning them fun for kids and easy prep for grown ups.

Because all of the pages are editable, the activities work with any name under the sun. Type it once and the name automatically loads into every page. It’s a huge time saver!

The editable name games include ten motivating activities.  Check out all of the fun details below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Dot the letters in your name sheets

–> Name puzzles

–> Colorful letter art collages and class book

–> In my name/not in my name sorting mat

–> Magnetic letter spelling mat

–> Play dough spelling mat

–> Name writing practice sheets

–> Name book

–> Glue tracing page

–> Symmetrical name craftivity

 

NOTE: All of our products are instant downloads.

Bug and Butterfly Centers

Bug and Butterfly Centers

If you’re looking for motivating bug and butterfly activities for Pre-K or kindergarten, this set is for you!

The bug and butterfly set includes plenty of variety so that you can easily differentiate for different learners. Work on alphabet letters, word families, sight words, counting, adding, life cycles and so much more!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Rainbow butterflies practicing upper and lowercase pairs

–> Alphabet puzzles working on letter sounds

–> 2 EDITABLE sight word games

–> Rhyming clip cards

–> Word family clip cards and writing activity

–> 0-20 counting clip cards

–> Ten frame coloring sheets

–> Roll and cover pattern block mats practicing counting and adding

–> Ladybug addition sheets

–> Butterfly life cycle hats

–> Butterfly life cycle posters

–> Ladybug life cycle wheels

–> Ladybug life cycle posters

–> 4 story starters

Handwriting Activity Pack

Handwriting Activity Pack

These NO PREP handwriting activity sheets make it fun for kids to practice letter names, letter formation and letter sounds!

BIG UPDATE–> The pack now includes D’Nealian handwriting pages and British English versions that ask kids to “colour” instead of “color”.

Use the covers to bind them together as an engaging handwriting book or have kids work on the sheets one at a time!

The handwriting activity sheets are great to use as morning work, word work stations, supplemental handwriting practice or alphabet activity in kindergarten or preschool.

 

STUDENTS WILL:

–> Write upper and lowercase letters with highlighters,

–> Rainbow write them with six colors of crayons (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple),

–> Write them in boxes

–> Trace them on a line

–> And color a word that starts with the sound

 

These handwriting activity sheets are so motivating! Just print and play.

Our Instagram Reel

Our Instagram Reel

Welcome Instagram friends! This is the place to find all of our latest posts in one spot. Simply scroll down and click on the activity you’re searching for – our newest posts are on top. Spring STEM Challenges in our shop // on Teachers Pay Teachers 3D Shape Puzzles Sticky Ice Rainbow Digraph Puzzles Egg…

Valentine’s Day Activities

Valentine’s Day Activities

Looking for Valentine’s Day activities your students will beg to play over and over again?!

This print and play pack includes 20 motivating ways to teach alphabet letters, word families, sight words, number concept, graphing, estimating and so much more.

The Valentine’s Day activities are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for pre-K, kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY

–> Alphabet Hearts. Such a motivating way to work on letter recognition and upper and lowercase pairing.

–> Letter Sound Clip Cards. Clip the letter that starts each word.

–> Rhyming Puzzles. Find the matching words.

–> Perfect Pairs. Sound out 16 pairs of CVC words.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Dash. Race to give your friends their valentines as you read and write sight words along the way.

–> EDITABLE Heart Words. Write your word list in a Valentine’s tray!

–> 2 Little Reader Books. Practice pointing underneath each word, using picture clues and more.

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.

MATH

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including counting, number writing, patterns, estimation, odds and evens and graphing.

–> 1-20 Ten Frame Dab. Read the number and then fill your ten frame with that many dots.

–> Spin to 20 Game. Race to reach 20 as you practice adding on.

–> Making 10 Challenge Cards and Review Sheet. How many more do you need to make 10?

–> Heart Patterns. Solve AB, ABB, ABCD, AABB, AAB and ABC patterns.

–> Shape Graphs. Pick up a valentine, name the shape and graph it. What shape reaches the top first?

–> Estimation Station. Practice making good guesses and comparing them to actual answers.

 

AND THAT’S JUST THE BEGINNING!

There are 20 Valentine’s Day activities in all.

Gingerbread ABC Match Up

I always think the pumpkin season is our favorite classroom theme… until it is time for gingerbread! This Gingerbread ABC Game is a simple way to incorporate some seasonal fun into mastering letters and sounds, ABC order and even CVC words! When you’re dong matching, snag our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop for access to all of our…

A Year of Sight Word Games

A Year of Sight Word Games

I won’t downplay it – I’m totally obsessed with these 32 editable sight word games.  And teachers are too! The pack has earned more than 1,300 four star ratings on Teachers Pay Teachers. “This has to be one of the best things that I have ever bought! These save me so much time and headaches when it’s time to…

Name Writing Workbook

My son knows how to write all of his letters and numbers, but the sizing, spacing, and smoothness needs a fair amount of improvement. To help him work on handwriting skills in a motivating way, I wanted him to practice writing my son’s favorite word: his name! I created this fun name writing workbook so I could follow along with his…

Ice Cream ABC Game

Learning the alphabet can be a lot of work, but one way to keep kids motivated is through fun games. Such as this free ice cream themed ABC activity! Scroll below to grab the freebie then make sure to hop over and snag our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack! Getting Ready This free alphabet matching game…

Superhero ABC Game

Superhero ABC Game

ABC games are a motivating way to teach kids the names and sounds of letters. This superhero-themed alphabet match up takes the fun to a whole new level. As kids pair upper and lowercase letters together, they magically build an awesome superhero. This ABC game is a low-prep, must-try activity kids will beg to play again and again. For more alphabet fun, snag…

Clip-On Paint Chip Names

Clip-On Paint Chip Names

My almost 3 year-old is obsessed with his name so, to help him practice spelling it, I headed to my local hardware store. With just a few supplies, I quickly whipped out this paint chip clothespin name activity.  Its a good thing this took a mere minutes to prep because my kiddo could barely wait…

25 Awesome Name Games

25 Awesome Name Games

These 25 awesome name games are sure to keep kids entertained for days. They’ll love crystallizing, tracing and painting the most important word they’ll ever learn. And for more fun, be sure to grab our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop! Whether you’re in the mood for an art project, need to burn off some extra…

Christmas Activities

Christmas Activities

These 23 Christmas activities will make even the Grinch smile! The festive math and literacy centers include alphabet games, counting activities, pattern and shape practice… so much learning in one download.

The set is perfect for Pre-K and Kindergarten!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY

–> Rhyming Clip Cards. Clip the word that rhymes!

–> Alphabet Christmas Lights. Such a motivating way to work on letter recognition and upper and lowercase pairing.

–> Letter Sound Puzzles. Solve playful puzzles by matching letters to words that start with them.

–> Alphabet Clip Strips. An awesome way to practice upper and lowercase pairs.

–> ABC Trees. Roll the alphabet die and color the matching ornament. So fun for letter recognition!

–> Christmas Themed Handwriting Activity Sheets (in Print and D’Nealian). Strengthen letter formation and fine motor skills.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Maze. Race to Santa’s workshop and read sight words along the way.

–> Christmas Bingo (Class Set). Play a fun round of Bingo as you practice reading Christmas themed words.

–> North Pole Little Reader Book. Practice pointing underneath each word, using picture clues and more.

–> 5 Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.

MATH

–> Christmas Counting Clip Cards. A fun counting, number recognition and fine motor activity in one.

–> Counting Mats. Reinforce counting from 1 to 10 and ten frames.

–> 1-20 Ten Frame Dab. Read the number and then fill your ten frame with that many dots.

–> Color by Ten Frame. Work on instantly recognizing the numbers 1 to 20.

–> Spin to 20 Game. Race to reach 20 as you practice adding on.

–> This or That. Compare two numbers and color the one that’s largest.

–> Roll to 30 Sheet. Practice number recognition and adding on as you race to 30.

–> Making 10 Challenge Cards and Review Sheet. How many more do you need to make 10?

–> Cut and Paste. Solve AB, ABB and ABC patterns.

–> Candy Cane Patterns. How many different patterns can you create?

–> Reindeer Spin and Graph Shapes. Flick the spinner, name the shape and graph it. What shape reaches the top first?

–> Christmas Tree Roll and Cover Pattern Block Mat. Race to cover the pattern block mat and practice number recognition and adding along the way.

 

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Name Songs for Kids

Name Songs for Kids

If you’re looking for a really quick way to help students learn to spell their name, you’re in the right spot! These simple name songs for kids make it surprisingly easy for them to learn the letters in their name… and their classmates’ names too! Get your hands on a printable version of the songs…

4 Playdough Recipes for Fall

Looking for a playdough recipe that’s perfect for fall? These homemade playdoughs are scented with real apples, pumpkin, and spices. Use them in a pretend bakery shop, play with some free playdough mats or stamp them with alphabet letters… the possibilities are limitless. Each playdough recipe makes enough for 2-3 children to have a large ball of…

23 Alphabet Centers

23 Alphabet Centers

Get ready for some serious fun! These 23 alphabet centers teach kids critical skills including letter names, letter sounds, ABC sequencing, letter formation and uppercase-lowercase pairing.
 
Use them as literacy centers, morning work or small group activities. Just print and play!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LETTER RECOGNITION

–> Hidden Letter Sheets

–> Alphabet Stamping

–> Letter in My Name Sort

–> Curvy, Straight Letter Shape Sort

–> Alphabet Clip Cards

–> Alphabet Memory

–> Little Mouse Alphabet House Game

LETTER FORMATION

–> Handwriting Activity Sheets (in standard AND D’nealian fonts)

–> Alphabet Tic Tac Toe

–> ABC Hide and Seek

–> Race to the Top

–> Matchbox Car Tracing

LETTER SOUND

–> Alphabet Chant

–> Alphabet Charts (in color AND black and white)

–> Alphabet Match Up

–> Phonics Clip Cards

–> Phonics Match Up

–> Alphabet Wheels

ABC SEQUENCING

–> Paperclip Letters

–> Missing Letters Game

–> Missing Letters Clip Cards

Bundle with our fine motor and preschool math pack and save here!

20 ABC Games for Boys

20 ABC Games for Boys

ABC games are a great way to teach kids the names and sounds of letters. What makes this roundup of 20 ABC games a little different is that it’s filled with boy-tested and strongly approved activities that are about the things boys love most. No worksheets allowed. So roll up your sleeves, pull on your fireman hat and get ready to…

100+ Preschool Activities

100+ Preschool Activities

I love finding preschool activities that make learning fun for my kids – science projects, math games, ABC games… you name it, I’m a fan. That’s why I was excited to pull together a list of more than 100 of my favorite hands-on preschool activities from across the web so that I could find tons of fun, educational ways to fill…

Squeeze Bottle Salt Writing

Squeeze Bottle Salt Writing

This activity is perfect for developing fine motor skills. This salt writing project was a creative and fun fine motor skills activity perfect for building the hand muscles my boys will use later when they’re writing. I was excited to play it again at home. For more preschool fun, try our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack! To…

Word Family Spiders

These Word Family Spiders are cute AND educational! If you follow me on Playdough to Plato’s new Instagram page, you already know that our family has a serious case of Halloween fever. And I love it. So I decided to overcome my arachnophobia and pull together a low-prep, spider word family activity for my oldest son,…

LEGO Word Families

LEGO Word Families

My boys have been on a LEGO kick the last few weeks. The other day, as I watched them play, an idea popped into my mind: in addition to building THINGS with this favorite toy, they could also build WORDS. Later that evening, I pulled out their box of Duplos {the extra large size gave me…