Week four the letter is Dd, the color yellow, shape diamond and the number is 4.

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Egg matching game.

With Easter coming up in a few weeks I made an Easter egg theme activity that can be used in a variety of ways. I made several sets of cards to go along with the eggs for different age levels and skills. For my youngest daughter (age 2) I made cards with the numeral number on them and cards with shapes on them to match with the eggs. For my oldest daughter (age 6) I made cards with the written number word and written shape word on them. For her to practice reading in a fun way. I left the eggs uncolored for kids to color themselves depending on their skill level. After the egg cards were colored I then laminated everything for durability. You could print them on cardstock to make them less see through.

A game idea with the cards could be placing the egg cards face up and picking whichever set of cards matches the skill you want your child to work on. Placing those cards in a pile and having your child pick a card and place it on top of the correct egg. For example the number four would go with the egg that has four shapes on it.

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Easter theme counting and shape book for early learners.

With Easter coming up in a few weeks I wanted to make something that would be appropriate for both my daughters (age 2 and 6). My youngest is currently working on her shapes and numbers. Although my youngest can count to 12 I’m trying to go beyond rote counting (remembering numbers) to rational counting (connecting numbers to their quantity). My oldest daughter is learning to read which takes utilizing countless strategies daily. Therefore I made an early reading shape and counting book to color that could be stapled together and turned into a book.

What really helps my youngest with rote counting are counting videos. We tend to dance to learning videos. As a way to get exercise in as we learn. It really helps her to learn, and get up and move around. My oldest daughter has always been a reluctant learner and struggles to pay attention and stay focused. It was a struggle for her to pay attention and memorize counting to 20. She started off Kindergarten struggling to count. It wasn’t until recently that she could make it to 120. Our dancing to counting videos really helped her as well.

Here is a list of counting videos we listen to the most to give you more ideas to help your reluctant learners or your eager to learn young learners…

*Jack Hartmann Grandma and Grandpa count to 120
*Jack Hartmann Welcome to the Zoo count to 120
*Count from 1-20

Stapled together, or could be hole punched and strung together.

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The above egg toys are fun shape and number learning toys my daughters enjoy playing with.

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Making a shape book for young learners.

I’ve been working towards teaching my youngest daughter (age 2) shapes. At the same time I’ve been trying to teach my oldest daughter (age 6) to recognize the written word for different shapes. I made traceable shape pages that could be turned into a book. If you wanted to make the book reusable you can choose to laminate each page, or keep it as a one time use. I give my daughters a new page a week that goes along with the focus shape of the week. I made two different versions suitable for different ages.

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Above toys are helpful in teaching the concept of shapes to young learners.

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The number is three and the shape is an oval.

For my youngest daughter (age 2) preschool lessons the shape of the week for week three was an oval. I made a coloring page with a simple sentence for early readers such as my oldest daughter (age 6). I also made an oval tracing activity appropriate for both their ages. I placed the tracing sheet within a dry erase pocket to make it a reusable activity.

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Above items are great puzzles that I use with my daughters to help reinforce numbers and shape learning. My youngest daughter enjoys using the teach my toddler kit. It’s a helpful resource in teaching fundamental concepts however the colors are slightly off. I use it as a way to explain the fact colors come in different shades.

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Leaves with shapes coloring pages.

Most weeks I give my daughters five coloring pages with simple sentences for early readers to read and color together. The month of November we went with a leaves theme for the last month of Fall.

My youngest daughter is beginning to learn names for different shapes. Therefore I made five fun leaf coloring pages with different shapes for extra practice and exposure for my youngest daughter that she could do along side her older sister.

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I am made of shapes! Pumpkin dough mats.

With my daughters having a four year age gap I’m always trying to find and come up with activities that are suitable for both their levels. My youngest is turning two in November therefore my husband and I are working on introducing her to different shapes. Both my daughters enjoy using dough to create and play with. Therefore I made a fun pumpkin theme dough mat to go along with our other dough tools. The pumpkin is made up of various shapes for my youngest, while keeping in mind my oldest daughter I made sure I labeled everything I’m always trying to expose her to letters and the fact letters make words. The more exposure to simple reading the better.

I am made of shapes pumpkin printable.
Playing together.

If you hate the mess of dough and not interested in a dough activity the Shape Pumpkin can be printed out and decorated for fun as well. It could even be cut out for fine motor practice. Any way in which it’s used it can be a great way to introduce children to shapes and for older children the written word of shapes.

I made the Shape Pumpkin both in color and without color. I personally try to reserve color ink as much as possible therefore whenever plausible I print out in black and white. It also allows my daughter to color things in making it feel more like her own. In case anyone was interested in a colorful play dough placemat I provided one of those as well.

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Items above are some of the Play-Doh kits my daughters and I play with on a regular basis.

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Preschool toy store scene. I want to buy a ______ at the toy store.

I recently ran out of ink for the printer, my daughter kept asking if I had ink yet because she had a request. Naturally when my husband came home after work with ink my daughter immediately informed me of her request. She wanted a store, and people with masks, because of course masks are mandatory. She said the masks were the most important. This is what I made.

After my daughter and I colored, I laminated, and she cut out the pieces.

I chose a simple sentence “I want to buy a ________ at the toy store,” to fit in a little reading with play time. I’ve been trying to get my daughter to really focus in and learn to read number words. I decided to use this as an opportunity to casually throw that concept in. Originally the people each had a number one, two, three, and four. My daughter cut out all the pieces herself except for the person with the word two, which means my intentions fell short. She got in a short scissor practice so not a total loss.

I chose to refrain from using color because it saves on color ink and currently I’m still out of that because black and white was the only in stock. Also it gives us a chance to sit down together as we color and talk about the picture. I can ask her to read the sentence and look at the words with their corresponding images.

I’ve been making people with shapes recently because it gives me more opportunities to plug in shapes with my youngest daughter. Who will grab anything my oldest is playing with.

Besides the toy scene I made a printable to go along with it. A simple circle the correct number. It looks like this.

I apologize for the crumby state of the images, I had forgotten to take a picture before giving the sheets to my oldest, when my youngest was wide awake and ready to snatch anything. I could have reprinted, or taken a picture from my computer, I figure that’s real life though. I’m just a mom trying to educate my children all awhile dealing with the chaos that comes with it.

Printable isn’t in color, pictures taken after my daughter and I colored the pages.

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Farm scene from an earlier post. I see a __ on the farm.

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Playground scene from an earlier post. I see a __ at the playground.

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