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Friday, July 31, 2020

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Free Mermaids & Pirates Preschool Board Game

My preschooler old loves mermaids, so we played this Mermaids & Pirates game about 6 times in 4  days!


It prints off easily on 2 sheets of paper and takes two players about 10 minutes play...the perfect length for short attention spans!

Plus, it has mermaids and pirates! My 4-year old's favorite things in the world are mermaids, unicorns, rainbows, princesses, and Spiderman, so she called her mermaid "The Princess" and the game suddenly included two of her all-time favorite things!

I love board games like this because they give kids a chance to practice counting, subitizing, a one-to-one correspondence, taking turns, and coping with winning and losing. Those are a lot of early reading, early math, and important life skills all wrapped up in a short game that you might end up playing twice in one morning!

I hope you love the game! If you want to share a copy with your friends, please send them to **this web page.**  (Please do NOT send them directly to the file.) When people click to the file FROM THIS PAGE, it actually creates revenue for me that allows me to share more printables for free. ๐Ÿ’–  I also love it when you pin this page or share it on Facebook.  Thank you so much!!



Happy Educating,
Carla


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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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FREE Summer I Spy (Visual Preschool Game)

It's summer time!! What are your favorite summer pictures? Can you find all the "hidden" pictures I listed? Can you tell I am excited to share this preschool summer I SPY game with you (for free)?!! 

Free Preschool Game


The download link is below.

Just print both pages once -- the first page is full of hidden pictures and the second page lists the hidden pictures. 

Of course, you can find other pictures too! Or let your preschooler pick something for you to find!

I'll tell you a secret: I think the seahorse, flamingo, and fireflies are my favorites!

Do you have a favorite? Or does your kiddo?

You can play this game with your preschoolers, put it in a Quiet Bin for nap time, or put it in a busy bag for when you need a quick activity! 

I SPY games are great for preschoolers because they help them develop lots of pre-reading and pre-math skills! Here are a few:

1- Visual Discrimination: Noticing fine details and differences is necessary for reading and telling letters and numbers apart! I SPY games give kids practice focusing on small things!

2- Working Memory: I SPY games require kids to choose an object on one page and remember it while looking at lots of distracting objects! A strong working memory lets kids sound out words while remembering the sounds from the beginning of the word AND helps them remember words they've already figured out from earlier in the page!

3- Language Development: Ideally, you and your preschoolers are talking about the pictures you see, which strengthens language development, which makes reading easier!

And they're tons of fun!

You can print more than one, mark the hidden items, or just print one and not mark anything!

I put printable games like this in a binder that the kids can pull out whenever they want. ;)





Happy Educating,
Carla


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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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FREE Beach Preschool Matching Game

Summer is here, and we just had our first beach trip in MONTHS!! (Honestly, almost a year!)  So, of course, I am excited to share this beach-themed matching game with you (for free)!! 

Preschool Beach Matching Game

The download link is below.

Just print the page twice so you have nine pairs of identical images. Turn them all upside down, and take turns looking for matches! 

My kids like to follow traditional "Memory" game rules:

On your turn, you turn over two cards. If they match, you keep the cards and get another turn. If they don't match, turn them back upside down. Play until all matches are found. The player with the most matches wins!

Or, if your kids are young enough to play without knowing who won, just celebrate the pictures each person collected!

You can play this game with your preschoolers, put it in a Quiet Bin for nap time, or put it in a busy bag for when you need a quick activity! 

I put most of our printable games in a drawer that the kids can get into whenever they want. ;)





Happy Educating,
Carla


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Friday, June 19, 2020

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Dinosaur Count & Clip Cards: FREE Preschool Activity

This dinosaur activity happens to be one of my preschoolers favorites! To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today it is a "Spot 3 Differences" activity!!

dinosaur count and clip cards

This is the last day in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity includes three pages for a total of 12 count and clip cards! Each card has a different number (1-12) of dinosaurs on it. Well, two of the cards have pterosaurs on them...and even though they aren't dinosaurs, we still love them!

My preschoolers love using clothespins! We use them for activities like these, to track their daily schedules, and sometimes just to play with!

Obviously, this activity lets your children practice counting and number recognition. Less obviously, it helps them develop a concept of one-to-one relationships, which is an important pre-reading skill! 

It also strengthens their fine motor muscles and is an exercise in cause and effect!

There are SO many things happening with this simple activity!!

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool count and clip dinosaur cards is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book--I have literally wanted to write this for 14 years! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Spot 3 Differences: FREE Dinosaur Preschool Activity

This dinosaur activity happens to be one of my preschoolers favorites! To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today it is a "Spot 3 Differences" activity!!

dinosaur preschool activity


This is the ninth activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity includes one page with two pictures on it. You can cut the pictures apart or just leave them together.

If your preschoolers have trouble spotting the 3 differences, give simple hints like, "Are there any differences in the trees?" or "Are there any differences on the dinosaur faces?" If they absolutely cannot find the differences, use another sheet of paper to cover up a portion of the picture to help them focus.

I think my daughter could do these all day long...I'll probably make some more soon because she loves them so much!

They are great for helping to strengthen visual discrimination, or the ability to recognize details in images. This skill makes reading and math easier, which in turn make many other things in life easier!

It also is an opportunity to practice making observations, which is a science reasoning skill that we work on constantly!


A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book--I have literally wanted to write this for 14 years! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Find the Hidden Dinosaurs: Free Preschool Activity

I am super excited about this dinosaur activity because I think my preschoolers will love it! To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today it is a "Find the Hidden Dinosaurs" activity!!

find the hidden dinosaurs

This is the eighth activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity is kind of like playing hide-n-seek on paper!

As your preschoolers find the number of each dinosaur, they can write it in the box at the bottom near the dinosaur. Or, if they aren't writing numbers yet, they can make tally marks or dots!

I should probably make one quick note here--pterosaurs are technically not dinosaurs, but they lived during the same time and are such fun animals, that I tossed one in. Flying reptiles? Yes. Dinosaurs. No. :) But then, the trees aren't dinosaurs either. ;) 

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book--I have literally wanted to write this for 14 years! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Dinosaur Number Puzzles - Free Preschool Activity

We are moving right through our 10 days of FREE Dinosaur activities!!  To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today, you can get these fantastic counting puzzles!!

Dinosaur Number Puzzles - preschool activity

This is the seventh activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

Today's printable activity includes 3 puzzle strip puzzles! One helps with counting and number recognition from 1-10, another uses numbers 11-20, and the third counts by 10's to 100!


A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Monday, June 15, 2020

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I am a T. Rex Dinosaur Minibook - Free Preschool Activity

Today we start the second week of preschool dinosaur activities!! To celebrate my new book, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze, I am sharing loads of FREE dinosaur activities, and today it is this I am a T. Rex, a coloring-book style minibook!!

dinosaur minibook

You will also want to check out all the other free dinosaur activities I have in the 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity includes one sheet that you fold up to make the minibook.

Just print it out, fold it in half twice, and you have a little minibook! Color in the pictures and read the story!

You will notice that the minibook is all about size comparisons -- it is doubly fun to find bananas the size of a T. Rex teeth, a couple apples to represent eyes, and make a T. Rex face!  To be fair, T. Rex had like 60 teeth, so you might not have a perfectly realistic mouth, but even just a couple are fun!

You can also use a tape measure to measure 40 feet, and see how many kids it would take to line up to be as long as a T. Rex!

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! 

AND, the T. Rex in the little minibook is the T. Rex from this book!!  ๐Ÿ˜

I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Friday, June 12, 2020

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Dinosaur Alphabet Stomp: A Letter Game - Free Preschool Activities

Today's Dinosaur Alphabet Stomp game might be my favorite part of the celebration of my new book A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze & the annual 10 Days of Tips for Homeschoolers! It's such a fun and engaging way to review or learn letters!

Dinosaur alphabet stomp - a letter game for preschoolers

This is the 5th activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

Here are a few reasons why I love this game:

* It is SUPER FUN!! (I know it sounds silly, but learning is SO much easier when kids are having fun!)

* It uses your preschoolers' WHOLE BODY! This gross motor development activates more parts of their brain, which means they will remember the activity (and letters!) better!

* It strengthens skills that are important for early reading AND early math!

* And, of course, it has DINOSAURS! ;) 

This printable activity includes 26 dinosaurs holding each capital letter and 26 dinosaurs holding each lower case letter! 

Here's How to Play:

1- Print the letters you're working on. If your preschoolers are not unusually gentle, I'd suggest laminating them too. ;)  Generally I suggest using 5 letters your kids already know well and introducing 1-2 new ones at a time.

2- Scatter the dinosaur letters on the floor.

3- Call out a letter, and let your preschoolers "stomp" on it!

There are really an endless way to mix up the game or use the dinosaur letters for other activities!


Here are a few ideas:

1- Play music and tell your kids to stand on a letter in their name when you stop the song!

2- Print the letters in your preschooler's name and let them glue them on to paper.

3- Place 2-3 letters on a table (one table for each letter) and gather things that start with that letter. Place them on the correct table!

4- Use a flyswatter instead of a stomp! Place the letters you're working on the table and let your kids swat them when you say them!

5- Flip them upside down and match the uppercase letters to the lowercase letters in a memory game!

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Dinosaur Head / Tail Puzzles - Free Preschool Activity

As part of the celebration of my new book A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze & the annual 10 Days of Tips for Homeschoolers, I am sharing these Dinosaur Head-Tail Puzzles for your preschoolers!!

Dinosaur Puzzles for Preschoolers - Free Preschool Activities

This is the 4th activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity includes 8 dinosaur "head - tail" puzzles. Well, technically, there are 6 dinosaurs, one flying reptile, and one fish. But I might group them together and call them dinosaurs because it's shorter. ;)

You can play tons of matching games with them!

Try these ideas:

1- Place them all face-up and match them together. Older kids could race with you!

2- Place them all upside down and play memory or matching games with them.

3- Glue the right side of each dinosaur (or flying reptile or fish) to make a file folder matching game.

3- Use each puzzle piece like a card to play games like Old Maid--add in a blank card to work like the "old maid" card!

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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Dinosaur Dot-to-Dot - Free Preschool Activity

Have your preschoolers been enjoying our dinosaur activities this week? Today's dinosaur printable is a dot-to-dot set!

Dinosaur Preschool Activity

This is the third activity in my 10-day Preschool Dinosaur Activities series! Check out the rest HERE (there's also a gift card giveaway in that post--scroll to the bottom for details)!!

This printable activity includes 4 different dinosaurs with dot-to-dot drawing on them! As your kids connect the dots, they are strengthening their fingers, practicing eye-hand coordination, reinforcing the concept of one-to-one correspondence (important for reading), and reviewing number identification and counting! Whew! That's a lot for a little dot-to-dot!

And, of course, after they connect the dots they can color in the picture!! Try adding in some grass, butterflies, or a sun!

You can also put the pages in sheet protectors and use a dry-erase marker to connect the dots!

And remember you have ENDLESS options for coloring! Have you tried crayons, markers, colored pencils, chalk, and paint? Great! What about filling in small areas at a time with glue and then pasting yarn scraps, sand, or other small objects?!

We are celebrating dinosaurs this month because my new book is officially ready for orders! You can a special Kickstarter-only edition by clicking HERE!

A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze Book

The link for the free preschool dinosaur activity is below!

First, I want to share my new book with you! This is my first picture book! It combines silly characters with rock cycle science--it is both fun to read out loud and fun to look at the pictures! I would love to invite YOU to JOIN ME in its first hardcover print run! You can learn more (and see some of the inside pages!) HERE! Let me know if you have any questions--I am SUPER excited about this!! <3 

Aaand...



Happy Educating,
Carla


Have you seen HEEP? It is a preschool homeschool curriculum! Learn more here!



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