Thursday, 23 October 2014

Forest animals printable pack

I've been working on a lot of printables lately. A lot, a lot. Mr. Toddler has been progressing so much and so quickly that I can hardly keep up with him! We're also embarking on a new journey for us - he's asking to learn his letters. We've been working on letter recognition somewhat sporadically, but now, he is so interested that I know that have to really focus on reading! I'm not too sure how we're going to tackle this, but I am excited for it ... and a little unprepared as I didn't expect him to show such an interest until quite a bit later!

This week, I am sharing Forest Animal activities! Mr. Toddler loved working on these, and I'll be sharing all of the printables I used and more in the bottom of this post! As always, the printables are available in English and Russian.


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Nature exploration


We have a lovely Chestnut tree in the backyard. For this work, I gathered fallen chestnuts, and placed them in a bowl. I presented two other bowls, as well. We removed the outer layer and placed it in one of the bowls. The actual chestnut went into the third. Easy, simple, and fun!


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Afterwards, he got a spoon and practiced spooning! I love that kid.



Language


Mr. Toddler explored three part animal cards that I included in the prinbtable pack below. We use them as pre-reading cards, where he matches the images. I like to format them as 3 part cards though so when he is reading, I already have them on hand ;) I also point out letters occasionally, but we basically just worked on identifying the animals and building vocabulary. 



I used the animal 3 part cards and animal track cards I had made to create a small animal book. The inspiration for this came from Prekinders, but I created my own printables as I need Russian for our works. 

Math


Mr. Toddler has also been doing beautifully when it comes to counting and learning his numbers! I am so impressed that he can suddenly count, recognise quantities, and is just breezing through works like this: 



Forest animal toddler activities & Free Printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #toddleractivities #montessori

Forest animal toddler activities & Free Printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #toddleractivities #montessori

We were doing works like the one below all summer, and now, Mr. Toddler can easily discern between the different sizes! He seems to prefer works like this if I put velcro on the printables. Otherwise, he will ignore it. Funny, huh? Velcro adds another element of fun, I suppose. 


Forest animal toddler activities & Free Printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #toddleractivities #montessori

I have been meaning to really teach him about different shapes, and presented something like this a few times now. He's really loving seeing the various images in the shapes! 


Forest animal toddler activities & Free Printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #toddleractivities #montessori

I created this one as a way to show him how much each number was. He got bored of it before finishing off the entire grid in one go. 


Forest animal toddler activities & Free Printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #toddleractivities #montessori

Free printables


Forest animal toddler activities & Free Printables by Welcome to Mommyhood #toddleractivities #montessori


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