Thursday, 4 December 2014

Arctic activities and free printables


Today, I am sharing a bunch of preschool activities. A lot of photos, a lot of free printables, and a lot of fun!

I feel like I have been majorly slacking on sharing the loads of printables that I've been making with you guys. And by loads, I mean about 20 different word documents filled with assorted printables (holiday themed and not), along with lists and lists of ideas for various works! 


I'm going to keep this intro short and sweet - we've been working on the arctic (along with Christmas, Saint Nicholas Day, and winter ideas that will be coming in future posts). These works were so much fun to put together, and most importantly, my son really enjoyed pulling them from our shelves! 



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As always, the printables you see during this post are available for free in English and Russian at the bottom of this post! 


Preschool activities: 

Montessori inspired arctic unit


Fine motor


Mr. Toddler loves twisting, turning, and opening things so I swapped out the contents of our last open and close containers from our letter c unit, and added some items that match these arctic works. Basically just blue and white items (beads, sequins, etc) to represent snow and water. I like to add 1 item per container, except I poured a few sequins into one of the containers. 

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Mr. Toddler loved this bead stringing work. It's both a pre-math work (matching beads to the proper pipe cleaner), and involves a fine motor component by having the child practice their pincer grasp with the beads. This was probably Mr. Toddler's second favourite tray! 

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Language 


Matching 3 part cards to each other (I simply ask Mr. Toddler to match the images, he cannot read yet).




Math


We did so much pre-math. I love preparing these types of activities, maybe because they tend to be Mr. Toddler's favourite types! He adores anything with manipulatives, which I tried to involve a bit more this time around. 


For this next one, Mr. Toddler had to simply place 1 snowflake sticker into each compartment. I should have provided tweezers though as the glitter from these got everrryywhere. All over his hands and all.  

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I used the counting mats I had showed in my hibernation unit as well as cotton balls (snowballs) to create another counting work. I added a wooden spoon in case Mr. Toddler preferred to use that instead of his fingers for placing the balls in the proper place. 

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I used the beads and mat from the pipe cleaner sorting work to create another simple work - colour sorting. Mr. Toddler got to use the spoon to make two different columns of beads: white and blue. 

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I made some snowflake counting cards for a winter unit, but decided to dig them out a bit earlier! 

Mr. Toddler wasn't terribly interested. I tried to make them a bit more fun by adding white beads (more snow) to use as manipulatives. It kind of worked. We sat down together and practiced counting as I placed a bead underneath each card. Mr. Toddler preferred placing them directly on the cards. 


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Mr. Toddler also got to practice his spooning and one to one correspondence with this next work. He loved it! A third favourite! 

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I wasn't quite sure how to categorise this next work. It involved quite a few steps or a few ways to do it.


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I bought some fun snowman clothespins and snowflake stickers. Mr. Toddler could do any of the following: 
  • Sort snowmen and snowflakes into different bowls (pre-math)
  • Use clothespins to clip snowflakes (fine motor)

Arctic animal number matching 


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I also made some size sorting printables (available in English and Russian at the end of this post). The idea is to laminate each component and you can add velcro if you want. This way, they live longer.  


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Preschool activities: Montessori inspired arctic unit and FREE printables {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #freeprintables


Practical life


Mr. Toddler also got to sweep some 'snowballs' (cotton balls). He loooves sweeping. So much that I could even get an action shot without him getting majorly distracted and demanding to make some photos himself. 


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What do you think of the Christmas bucket? I kind of love it and it totally works because it's December. Right? Yep, yep, yep!

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Pouring 'water' (blue glass beads). Real water would have worked especially well given the theme. 

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Sensoiral


Mr. Toddler got a playdough kit for our Saint Nicholas' Day celebration with my in laws. (If you want to know more about that, drop by my Saint Nicholas' Day in the Netherlands post!)

I recently got a small tube of assorted animals, and picked out a few that resembled arctic ocean animals. I covered them in blue playdough and Mr. Toddler got to dig them out. He had a blast! 


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You could also ask the kids to match the animals to the 3 part cards I showed earlier! We didn't do that at this point - because I hadn't printed them yet. I did work on language though by telling him what each animal was. 

I got some inspiration for this activity from Renae at Every Star Is Different


Free printables



Preschool activities: Montessori inspired arctic unit and FREE printables {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessori, #preschoolactivities, #freeprintables

The arctic animal printable pack includes: 


  • Arctic animal 3 part cards 
  • Land, air, and water cards for sorting where arctic animals belong
  • Snowflake size sorting
  • Penguin size sorting
  • Arctic animal number matching cards


Arctic animal printables:




Arctic printables (English)
Arctic printables (Russian)
Number mats
Snowflake counting cards

More animal activities 


Books suggestions


Materials that may enhance this unit 



More winter activities

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