DIY Dominoes

Monday, February 26, 2024

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Dominoes was one of the first games Ronan really loved. We've made many DIY versions of it, including these magnetic ones. I love it when my kid gets to put their own personal spin on games, so I thought I would make a simple printable so you could do the same! You can download the PDF of this printable at the bottom of the page!



The most complicated part of creating your own dominoes is making sure you have a full set. That means you have doubles and one of each element for another element. So if you choose to use colors, you would have a red red, a red orange, a red yellow, a red green, and a red purple. Then you would repeat that process for all of the other colors. I made a little chart to hopefully help explain.



With this printable you should be able to make a set with 6 different elements. You can use dots, like normal dominoes, or get creative and use shapes, colors, patterns, etc. The options are limitless!




Click here to download the DIY Dominoes PDF!

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Printable Scavenger Hunt

Monday, February 19, 2024

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There is something about scavenger hunts that my kid just LOVES. He will hide and re-hide, then beg me to hide, and then hide everything all over again. The only problem is sometimes he forgets how many things he's hidden, or where their hiding spots are. So I decided to create a scavenger hunt that included a checklist, so we could make sure that every piece got found every time.


All you need to do to have your own scavenger hunt is print out the PDF (link at the bottom of the page) and cut on the dotted lines. If you would like your checklist to be reusable you can cover it with packing tape and use a dry-erase marker!
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Love Bug Sorting Acvitity

Monday, February 12, 2024

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Here is a quick and easy number recognition sorting activity for all of your love bugs, just in time for Valentine's Day! You can find the link to this PDF at the end of this post.



This printable is a simple sorting game. You will need scissors, and maybe something to color with, but that's it. Have your child cut out the bugs on the dotted lines, then count the number of spots on the bugs and put that bug on the appropriate petal. I love how cute these bugs turned out!




And if you like these love bugs, check out my "Love Bugs Valentine" post! Click here to see how to make an adorable "love bug" bouquet!
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Super Simple Valentine's Day Cards

Monday, February 5, 2024

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This week I want to share some very simple Valentine's Day cards that I've created! I added a little window element to make them a little more exciting, but there is plenty of room for customization so your little one can create exactly the Valentine they want. You can find the link to the PDF at the bottom of this post!




To make these Valentine's cards you will need scissors and something to color with. If you want to do the scribble method, first you'll turn the paper blank side up and scribble all over it. Then cut out the two rectangles. Now you want to fold your paper long ways, so the heart is folded in half, with both sides looking the same. Now cut out your heart. Fold the card in half on the dotted line. Finish by filling in the "To" and "From."




Click here to download the Valentine's Day Cards PDF!

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Shadows Book Basket

Friday, February 2, 2024

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Happy Groundhog's Day! Let's be honest here, we talk about the groundhog, but the real star of the show is the shadow. So I put together a book basket all about shadows, just to celebrate! These books get into the myths, science, and fun of shadows. And I've included two books that directly tie into Groundhog's Day! Plus links to a bunch of fun shadow-related activities. If you'd like a PDF of the book list, plus a few extra goodies, scroll to the end of this post.


  


 





Once we figured out the best method, Ro had a lot of fun drawing shadows. You can find out more about this on the Emma Owl blog!


This Shadow Matching Activity from Hands On As We Grow is genius, and uses supplies you're sure to have around the house.

We made some very simple shadow puppets when we did our Flashlight Book Basket, and we had fun guessing what the shapes were when they were on our garage!


The great thing about having shadows as a theme is the activities are endless. Use your hands to make animal shadows. Play a shadow game where you are the shadow and have to copy what the other is doing. Set up a lamp and just have fun with shadows on the wall. And, best of all, if you get your books from the library this can be a free day full of fun!





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Printable Groundhog Day Activity

Monday, January 29, 2024

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 It's Groundhog Day soon! We, unfortunately, do not have access to a groundhog this year. What we do have, though, is access to a printer and a mom who has a hobby of making ridiculous activities for her kid. So I made our own groundhog for us to predict the weather with! You can download this PDF at the bottom of the post.



To create your own groundhog, and test whether they see their shadow, you are going to need something to color with, scissors, and maybe some tape. First,  color in your groundhog. Then, cut on the dotted line (Pay attention! It is very important that you ONLY cut on the dotted line.) Last, you will fold on the double line, allowing your groundhog to stand up, while the flat parts work as a base. If your groundhog has trouble staying up, try adding a little tape to the cut part on the right. Now you can set up your groundhog outside to see its shadow (or not!)



Click here to download the Groundhog PDF!

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Sleepy Sloth Game Printable

Monday, January 22, 2024

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 This game is all about sloths getting to bed, so it is a little sloooow. It works like a basic roll-and-move game, but the chances of your sloth taking a little rest on your next turn are very high! Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a link to the PDF.



To assemble the game you will need scissors and (optionally) tape. To play the game you will need a single die. After you have the game printed, cut the sloth figures out on the dotted lines, then fold them on the double lines to create a figure that stands. If your sloths won't stand on their own, you can always add a little tape.

Beginning where it says "start" both players will take turns rolling the die until someone gets to the finish. Be careful though! If you hit a "ZZZ" space your sloth will have to take a little nap before they can continue!





Click here to download the Sleepy Sloth Game PDF!

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Dot-to-Dot Reading Tracker Bookmark

Monday, January 15, 2024

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I am a huge fan of reading trackers. I just love being able to check off a box, and when I get to do it for something I already enjoy it's a real treat! I'm always looking for a new format of tracker to keep things fun for our readers, so for our printable this week I've created three bookmarks that are a dot-to-dot reading tracker. You can find the link to this PDF at the bottom of the post!


 

To fill this reading tracker out you will be paying attention to how much time you've read, rather than how many books. This type of tracking tends to be more rewarding for our readers who are working their way through one big book, rather than many small ones. Of course, the time spent reading doesn't have to be in one big chunk. Just track each 5 minutes as you go, or time yourself, and then fill it out after you've read for a while!




Click here to download the Dot-to-Dot Reading Tracker Bookmark PDF!




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Abstract Chore Chart Printable

Monday, January 8, 2024

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This week's printable was something I created because I wanted to take something boring and add a fun spin to it. I attempted to create a chore chart that I wouldn't mind hanging on my wall, and this cute little printable fits the bill! The link to the PDF can be found at the bottom of this post!



Have your kid color in a shape every time they finish a chore. Can they fill the chart in a week? 




Click here to download a PDF of the Abstract Shapes Chore Chart!

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Goal Tickets Printable

Monday, January 1, 2024

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The start of the year is a great time to talk about setting goals. It could be as simple as "take a walk this week" or as complicated as "clean my room once a week this year." Goals are an important life skill, and are so much fun if you implement them correctly! This week's printable is what I am calling "Goal Tickets." You can download this printable PDF at the link at the bottom of this post.




With this printable you will be able to create a booklet full of goals! Sit down with your child and have them tell you what they would like to accomplish, then think of a reward that fits the difficulty of the goal! Your kid can color their booklet, then cut it out and staple it together. When they accomplish their goal they can tear out the page and use it as a coupon to receive their reward!




Click here to download the Goal Tickets PDF!


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