Nov 27 11
by cara
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Printables to the Rescue!

The Littlest Apple’s preschool was closed the entire week of Thanksgiving, and since this was an extra busy week for me, I had to pull out some new activities to keep The Littlest Apple occupied while I was busy in the kitchen.  Although he still detests coloring and writing, I have been sneaking in a few fine motor activities when I can.   Enter the handy printables!  There are so many great resources on line for FREE printable activities for preschoolers.  I’ve always seen and admired them, bookmarked them, pinned them, but never actually used any of them…until now.  These are great to have on hand when you need something that doesn’t require too much supervision and won’t require much cleanup or prep work for mommy.  Although The Littlest Apple still prefers more active learning, I think printables like this definitely have their uses (particularly in the areas of pre-handwriting and cutting practice), and I’m so glad I tried some of them!

The Littlest Apple LOVED these Letter Paths from Tons of Fun.  There are paths for every letter A-Z (upper case and lower case) as well as Number Paths for 1-20.  We used F (The Littlest Apple’s initial).  He used his Do-A-Dot Markers for this- one color to mark all of the capital F’s and a different color to mark all of the lower case F’s.

We also made good use of the Thanksgiving Preschool Pack, from 1+1+1=1.  The Littlest Apple loved the pictures (most were images from the Little People Thanksgiving set, something he’s seen at preschool).  He completed several of the activities and would have done more if we had more time before Thanksgiving Day!  I don’t have more photos of him in action because I was busy cooking, but here’s a sample of one of the activities:

I’m definitely going to print out and prep some other printables to keep on hand for times when I just need a few minutes to get something done.

Here are some sites/blogs that have great free printables:

1+1+1=1– Loads of different units for Tots and Preschoolers.  I’ve got my eye on this Gingerbread Baby Pack as well as the Knights Preschool Pack (pictured below).  There are excellent options for boys AND girls!

Over the Big Moon– a recent find for me, via Pinterest.  She has a handful of seasonal themes, including the Nativity Pre-K Pack (pictured below) and Winter Wonderland

Confessions of a Homeschooler-tons of free printables, including a Christmas Preschool Pack (one activity pictured below).  She also has a Letter of the Week Curriculum that includes 26 weeks worth of activities for just $10

Musings of Me-lots of great free themed units like the Superhero Unit (pictured below), and the Christmas ABC Coloring book.

Lawteedah– printables for letters, colors, shapes, themed units, holidays.  I’ve got my eye on the Alphabet Tracing Pages (pictured below).

What are your favorite websites for tot/preschool printables?  Do you use printables regularly?

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