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Winter Writing Tray & Printable Alphabet Cards


Try this fun snowy day inspired writing tray with your little ones today!

Many times when I am out and about and see something that I could use for our homeschool learning crafts and/or activities, I typically end up buying it because when I don't is when I am soon filled with regret that I wished I had bought it...  know what I mean?!  

It's like that cool find at an antique store or a place like, HomeGoods.  When you see something that catches your eye, buy it.... because it may not be there when you go back, IF you make it back.  And with four kiddos, making daily trips to the store is just not something I want to do. 

Snowy Day winter activity for kids

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So with that backstory in your mind, I picked up this snow-like "fluff'' at a craft store back at the end of September, and stored it high up in our school room closet.  I almost forgot about it if it had not been for the Virtual Book Club's Winter theme inspired by the book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Winter Pre-Writing Activity

It is a book I had read to my oldest several times, but Little Sis and Little Brother had yet to hear it.

After reading The Snowy Day, I made a simple snow day inspired writing tray with the snow-like fluff I picked up months ago.

prewriting activity for kids

With cute snowflake clipart from Chirp Graphics, I created alphabet cards so that Little Brother could practice recognizing and writing the letters of the alphabet.

On each card is an uppercase and lowercase letter.

writing tray for kids

I poured the snow like fluff in a deep tray {kept from a Melissa & Doug toy} and laminated and printed the alphabet cards.  I cut them all out and presented them along with the snow filled tray.

Little Brother went right to work practicing making the uppercase letters in the "snow."

Another way to use these printable alphabet cards is to present them to your child with a dry erase marker.  The font used leaves room that your child may trace the inside of each letter for more practice!

You could also use these printable alphabet cards to practice alphabetical order, a hide-n-seek game, etc. etc!

If you find another way to use these cards, please share!  I'd love to hear your creative ideas, too!

Enjoy some snowy day alphabet fun!

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*font licensed to Robyn Hyndman.

More Winter fun from the Virtual Book Club Co-hosts:

  • Snow Dough Bin- To Be A Kid Again
  • Cozy Winter Book Nook- CraftCreateCalm
  • Let's Build Snowflake Designs- JDaniel4's Mom
  • Snowman Lantern - Artsy Momma

Preschool Turkey Busy Bag with Printable Task Cards


Today I am excited to share our latest busy bag activity with you; it is a great activity to also work on your little one's fine motor skills.  Keep reading to learn more about our Beaded Turkey Patterns Busy Bag.  

I've included some printable task cards below to make this activity re-useable, so check those out, too!
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preschool turkey busy bag idea

This activity was fitting for our Playful Preschool Turkey Theme!  To make this activity yourself, you'll need to first assemble your turkey, so gather:

Preschool Turkey Busy Bag Activity

With the items listed above, paint the stryrofoam ball brown.  

Once dried, add googly eyes, triangular shaped beak, and red yarn.  To keep the stryrofoam ball from rolling around, I cut off a bit at the bottom so that the turkey would sit flat on the table.  

Next add your toothpicks.  If assembling the turkey isn't do-able, just use play dough instead!

Along with the styrofoam turkey, provide a small cup of pony beads and the task cards for your child to complete the turkey patterns.  

Encourage them to build the patterns. 

 For an older child, see if he/she can build the next sequence!
preschool patterns printable task cards
And I highly recommend you laminate the task cards for future use; this activity can be thrown in a resealable bag and it makes for a great busy bag activity to pull out when you need your child to do something on his/her own!  

Click through for the printable Turkey Patterns Task Cards {and please follow proper downloading etiquette.  

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For more Turkey Fun....
preschool patterning activity

And for more Fine Motor activities, check out these ideas...

Transportation I SPY & Graph Printable

Have a kiddo who is all about planes, trains, and automobiles?  He or she will love our latest I SPY & Graph printable worksheet!!  It's filled with fun, bright transportation images-- cars, boats, and planes!

How many of each picture can you find?  Just count and graph!

transportation counting worksheet
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Silly me! Although our printable doesn't include trains, grab the book Freight Train to read before or after this activity!  We just picked up a copy for ourselves at a local book sale and it has quickly become a favorite!  It's the book of the week for the Virtual 'Book Club, too!

And since we are talking about all things that go, did you know along with 11 other talented teachers and homeschooling mamas, I've created a bundle of 20 Preschool Unit Lesson Plans?!  If you have a transportation loving preschooler, we have a unit JUST on transportation!

Preschool Unit Lesson Plans

"Get ready for fun and learning with preschool unit lesson plans for Transportation. This thematic unit is packed with literature based activities that are easy to prepare and fun to implement.

- Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities!

- Build vocabulary and early literacy skills with songs and games!

- Get learners ready for school with printable pages!"

Inside the Transporation  Preschool Unit Lesson Plan are 24 interactive lesson plans for young children.  Activities cover literacy, math, art, sensory, science exploration, and more!!  

Transportation Preschool Unit Lesson Plans

Add this Transportation I SPY & Graph Worksheet to our Transporation Preschool Unit Lesson Plans for a good time learning with planes, trains, and automobiles!!

Preschool Transportation Worksheet

Our Transportation I SPY & Graph worksheet follows the same outline of our other popular graphing worksheets:

Just count each item you find and mark each one on the graph.

Grab a Do A Dot marker or writing utensil to mark the graph.

After the child has counted and graphed each picture, talk about the results:
  • Ask the child about what transportation image he/she found the most of/ the least of...  
  • How many more of X would you need to make 10?
  • Do any images have the same number? 
  • If the child is ready for simple addition questions, ask "How many boats and airplanes did you find?" etc... 
I did not make a printable answer key, so here you go.  Your child should find:
5 red cars
4 green boats
7 yellow cars
2 orange boats
1 airplane


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Clothespin Patterns: An Easy Preschool Busy Bag Idea


Help little ones understand patterning with these easy to make Pattern Sticks.

This Clothespins Patterns Activity is a wonderful way to sneak in fine motor and patterning skills.  It's perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners.

making patterns busy bag for kids

Preschool Busy Bag Idea

This activity turns into a great busy bag, so after you are done using it for the day, zip it up in a small bag or box to be stored away until another day.  It'll make a great activity to bring along on long car rides, times you know you be waiting around, etc. 

hands-on preschool patterns idea

To make your own clothespin pattern sticks, head on over to 123Homeschool4Me to learn more!

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FREE Homeschool Planner Weekly Checklist

We are several weeks into our 2017-2018 homeschool year, and so far.... so good!  A new school year brings plenty of all things new, along with scheduling!

Something that has been working for us is this colorful Homeschool Planner Weekly Checklist and thought it may help you, too!

This year our kiddos are 10 {5th Grade},  6 {1st Grade}, 4 {PreK}, 2 years old.  We have a mix of independent work and "mommy and me" learning sessions.  We have switched up curriculum again in most subjects, except math for both kiddos.

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I love curriculum shopping, but many times I fall short in planning, thus I created Weekly Homeschool Planning Sheets to use with my 10 and 6 year old.  

Homeschool Planning Worksheet

In the past I have just jotted down our plans and/or scribbled in what actually happened in a notebook, however we pretty much did the same thing every day, so writing everything down became quite tedious.  

To help make the process quicker, along came this weekly checklist.  

I have a spot to write in the week and corresponding month and days.

Along the top row are the days of the week, and along the sides are seven empty spaces to write in each subject.

At the very bottom is some space to write in a few notes such as extra books to read and/or things to do that don't have to been done on a certain day.

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It's been working well for us thus far!

There are four checklist, each with a different border but otherwise the same layout.  To save time, the best thing to do is print out each checklist and write in your subjects and then make several copies so you don't have to write in the subjects each week.

Each week I fill out a new checklist for both kiddos, hole punch the top of the sheet and add it to a report folder with a clear top.  This way what to do is only a glance away!

And if you are a bit curious, here's our curriculum choices for my 10 and 6 year old this year!!  {I love seeing what other homeschoolers choose!!}

Curriculum Choices for 10 year old {5th Grade}

  • Writing with Power {book 4}
  • Christian Light Math 500
  • Soaring with Spelling 5
  • Answers in Genesis Animals {we also have other titles for throughout the year}
  • Christian Light Reading 400/ 500
  • Mystery of History Vol. 2
  • Bob Jones Writing & Grammar 5
Curriclulum Choices for 6 year old {1st Grade}
  • Christian Light Math 100
  • Road Trip USA
  • Draw Write Now series
  • Answers in Genesis Animals
  • Logic of English B {and eventually C}
  • Beginning Readers {a mix of BOB books, All About Spelling Readers, & Logic of English Readers}

Start your homeschool planning today with our colorful set of of planning sheets!!  

>> Homeschool Planner Weekly Checklist <<


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