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Remembrance Day Tear Art Poppies Craft



Teach little ones the meaning of Remembrance (Veteran's) Day with this simple tear art poppies craft.


Remembrance Day Poppy Craft
Create a field of poppies to honor those that have served in the armed forces with this simple torn paper technique.  Each poppy will be as unique as the individuals who have fought for freedom.


November 11th marks the anniversary of Remembrance/ Veteran's Day.  The day first honored those who fought in World War I, but has since been broadened to honor all those that have served.  

Have you taught you children about Veteran's Day?  

Is there something special that you and your children do in remembrance of those who have served?

We made a field of poppies with paper.

Remembrance Day Craft


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How to Make This Remembrance Day Poppy Craft


Grab a sheet of green, red, and black construction paper.

From the red piece of construction paper, rip an oval-like shape.  Try as you might to get a perfect circle, but this technique doesn't allow that! (Ask how I know!!)

Next, rip a small circle from black construction paper and glue it to the middle of your tear art red flower.

Finally, tear a stem from green construction paper.

Glue the flower onto a piece of white paper.

Remembrance Day Poppy Craft

Continue tearing the colored sheets of paper to make more poppies until you have created a "field of poppies."

** If you have more than one child, making this Remembrance Day Poppy Craft a collaborative effort may be best.  Or, make several and find a neighbor, family member, or a Veteran from church and gift this lovely craft to him/her as a way to say, "Thank You."

Veteran's Day Poppies

Our field of poppies was truly unique.

I loved that it was a simple way to introduce a very complicated and sad part of history to my children.  Bonus that it also was a way to sneak in fine motor skills, too!!  Creating tear art was  a great way to keep little hands busy all while honoring those who have fought for us.


Free Trace & Color Alphabet Printables

Practice tracing letters A-Z with these free printable alphabet worksheets! Your child will trace a letter and a word beginning with the letter, and color an object and the letter with these abc pages!

Here are some fun and free (!) printable alphabet worksheets to use with your preschooler!  Your child will learn the letters A-Z by tracing the letter and a name of an animal that begins with that letter.  Each page also has the uppercase and lowercase letter and an animal beginning with the letter to color.

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Free Tracing Alphabet Worksheets A-Z

Free Printable Alphabet Worksheets


I definitely advocate for hands-on learning activities for the little ones-- age 3 to 6, but I do believe there is a place for worksheets as well.  I definitely use a mix of hands-on activities and worksheets for my young kiddos in our homeschool.  Worksheets aren't all bad; they have gotten a bad rap, I think, because it takes the relational aspect out of teaching.... 

Here child, sit here and do your worksheet..  I'm going to work over here.  

Instead, use this worksheet to sit with your child and work through it together!  Sing the ABC song.  Introduce the letter sound.  Trace the letters.  Color the pictures.  Have fun!

Free Alphabet Tracing Book

Tracing Worksheets A-Z


These printable alphabet pages include a worksheet for every letter of the alphabet.

Your preschooler will trace and color each letter A-Z.  

Each worksheet includes a row of uppercase letters on the top and a row of the lowercase letters on the bottom of the worksheet.  Your child can find and circle or place a manipulative when they find the letter that is on the worksheet.  

There is also an uppercase and lowercase letter that your child can color, or add in some hands-on learning by having your child fill the letter with play dough, buttons, or another small manipulative.  

Your child can color an animal that begins with that letter.

Next are two lines focusing on tracing the letter.  A row of uppercase letters, and a row of lowercase letters.

Then, your child can practice writing the name of the animal that begins with that letter.  

This isn't just a simple, plain ol' boring worksheet...  Nope! This is tracing, coloring, matching the correct letter, and more!  

Free Alphabet Worksheets


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  • Printable Alphabet Worksheets

Three Ways to Use these Trace & Color Alphabet Worksheets


Use these printable alphabet pages as consumable coloring/ tracing worksheets.   


Or, if you have a combing system, you could print the letters A-Z and make an alphabet book.  This would be a great option if you follow some type of Letter A Week program.

Or, you can place each worksheet in a dry erase pocket sleeves and use with dry eraser markers or dry erase crayons to re-use this activity another time.  Using a laminating sheet will also protect the pages if you decide to use with play dough or other small manipulatives.

A-Z Alphabet Tracing Pages

Are you ready to teach your child the letters of the alphabet?  I love this mix of tracing and coloring for little learners!

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Letter Matching Spider Web Activity for Preschoolers


Work on letter matching with this fun spider web activity. Your preschooler will LOVE this sticky wall spider web activity to practice their letter matching skills! 

spider web activity

To learn the letters of the alphabet, young kids need a lot of exposure of the letters through hands-on activities. A fun way to learn the alphabet is with this Letter Matching Spider Web! It's a creative way to make learning the ABC's fun for toddlers and preschoolers!

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But wait! you might say... spiders?!

Yes, spiders!  But fear not, they are felt spiders you can buy at your local craft store.  Spiders are not my jam, but this letter matching activity was a hit with my preschooler!  Look for these orange, black, and purple spiders in the Fall and/or Halloween decor at your local craft store.

This spider learning activity is perfect for the fall months, or when you are compiling activities for a preschool spider theme!


Spider Web Activity


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To prep the activity, set aside 26 spiders-- one for each letter of the alphabet.

On a dot sticker, write a letter of the alphabet.  Place a dot sticker on each of the spiders.  Alternatively, you could try to write the letter on the spider.

spider web letter matching

Spider Web Sticky Wall


Spider Web Sticky Wall How-to:


To prepare the sticky spider web, unroll a large piece of contact paper.  Pull the paper backing off carefully and tape the corners of the contact paper onto the wall.  Make sure the sticky side is facing OUT.

With a sharpie marker, draw out a spider web.  I started with a vertical line and then drew a horizontal line through the center.  So now you have a plus sign (+).  Next, draw an two diagonal lines through the center making an X.  In a way you have what reminds me to be a very simple "snowflake" design.

To finish the spider web, connect the lines by making u-like lines.

Are you still with me?!  I apologize in advance, I am no art teacher ; )   Thus now you should have a very simple spider web drawn onto the contact paper.

Finally, write a letter of the alphabet all over and around the spider web.

Spider Web Sticky Wall activity

Letter Matching Spider Web Activity


Alphabet Activity for Preschoolers


With the letter spiders in hand, have your preschooler match the spider to the letter on the spider web!

It's simple and fun.

It's creative and hands-on!

It's a great way to make learning the alphabet fun!

And, who doesn't love to play with contact paper?!  Move over worksheets and flashcards!  Your preschooler will love this Letter Matching Spider Web Activity!

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I had my preschooler match uppercase letters to uppercase letters, but you could also work on lowercase letters or uppercase/ lowercase matching.

You might also switch this up to work on shapes, numbers, or even sight words! 

matching spiders to spider web sticky wall

Are you planning on some spider fun with your preschooler?  Add this letter matching activity to your preschool lessons!  And check out more not-so-scary spider activities below:


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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Tree

Create your own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree with letter stamps!  Preschool & Kindergartners will love making their own alphabet tree!

I love being able to provide my children with plenty of manipulatives to use in our homeschool activities, that's why I shamelessly have a closet full of containers and bags of all sorts of Dollar Store finds, educational "tools," and more!   

We have pouch caps, paint chips, and popsicle sticks! 

LEGOs, glass gems, playdough, and letter stamps!

Such items are great for learning math or the alphabet.  Pair such items with a wonderful children's book, and you've made a fun learning activity like this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree Art Activity!



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chicka chicka boom boom tree


With the help of our alphabet stamp set and one of our favorite alphabet books, we made our own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Tree.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree



After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, gather these materials: 


On a white sheet of cardstock, encourage your child to paint a palm tree using brown paint for the trunk and green paint for the leaves {we are loving Crayola's Glitter Paint!!  Adds sparkle without the glittery mess!}.

Add a few brown coconuts if you wish, too!

chicka chicka boom boom tree materials

When the trees are nearly dry, set out the alphabet stamps.

We have read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom plenty of times, so we have the story line memorized by now!


With your preschooler, recite {or try} or read the story again and stamp the alphabet as you go along!


If you have younger ones, let them pick and choose the letter stamps at random.  They will have fun working with the stamp pad and watching the letter appear after they dab it in ink! 

chicka chicka boom boom tree preschool project

 It turned out to be a super cute craft to practice letter recognition using stamps!

Later on, you could always use the craft as an assessment or have child stamp the lowercase letters by the uppercase {or vice versa}.

Alternatively, you could write your child's name somewhere on their Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree and have your child use the just the letter stamps that make up their own name.

And here are our Chick Chicka Boom Boom Tree creations!  


Little Sis (4) top Left, Big Brother (8) top Right, Little Brother (3) bottom right, and mine is bottom left.  Never planned on having four stamp crafts, but everyone else always wants to join in somebody else's activity around here!

chicka chicka boom boom tree

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    Easy Clothespin Name Learning Activity for Preschoolers

    Work on letter matching with this simple preschool name activity!  Your preschooler will work on fine motor skills and learn the letters in his/her name! 

    Little Sis has been very enthusiastic lately about trying to write and spell her name, mom, dad, and her brother's names.  

    Trying to take advantage of this moment in time to help her recognize the letters in her name, I put together an easy name activity using clothespins.  This preschool name activity can't get much simpler!  It's perfect for toddlers and preschoolers just learning the letters in his/her name and is a great way to work on fine motor skills, too!  

    It's an easy activity to put together; add it to a baggie when all done and bring it out another day-- it's a perfect busy bag activity!


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    Preschool Name Activity


    Learning one's name is fun for little ones!  They love pointing to letters in random places that are also in their name.  This clothespin name activity is a simple way to introduce your child how to spell their name, well before they are able to write it.  

    To put together your own clothespin name activity, gather:

    This clothespin name activity makes a great busy bag.


    Simply write your child's name onto the popsicle stick with a marker.

    Next attach a letter sticker to each clothespin.  Alternatively, you could forgo the stickers, but I personally love the pop of color they bring to the activity!

    Add all the materials to a ziplock bag or small box, and you have yourself an easy to use busy bag activity for home or while out and about!

    Name Recognition Busy Bag for Preschoolers

    Match the letters by clipping the clothespin.


    Invite your child to match the letters on the clothespin to the letters on the popsicle stick.

    You may find that your child clips the letters upside down, but congratulate them for their effort.

    To prevent upside down letters, encourage your child to clip the clothespin from the top.

    working on fine motor skills

    And this preschool name activity is complete!  

    Preschool Name Activity for Fine Motor Skills


    To further encourage working on fine motor skills, have your child pinch the clothespins off the popsicle stick. 

    I just love that this name activity is easy to put together and will occupy your little one for a few minutes : )  

    This could easily be adaptable to the alphabet, numbers, and/or words!

    preschool name activity

    Uppercase vs. Lowercase Letters for Learning One's Name


    Whether you are in the Do Not teach all uppercase letters camp, or  teach both at the same time, or the "I haven't really thought about it" camp, this easy name learning activity is adaptable to all! 


    Arguments can be made for or against teaching your child their name in all uppercase letters.  I taught my first using all capital letters, but my other's I have introduced both uppercase and lowercase letters at the same time.  I have found that when they begin writing, ALL my kiddos used uppercase letters when first learning how to write their name-- regardless of how I taught them letters.  Uppercase letters are much easier to write for little hands as most letters consist of straight lines.  Many learning manipulatives only show uppercase letters, too.

    All that to say that if you are in the camp of not teaching all capital letters, use lowercase instead!  Or write their name as you would on a piece of paper-- an uppercase first letter and lowercase the rest : )

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