These Alphabet Letter Identification Printables are such a fun way for preschoolers to learn their letters! Just download, print and start the learning fun!
These Valentine’s Day Bookmark Punchcard are the perfect way to help your kids track their reading and help motivate them to learn to love to read!
These Harry Potter Printable Bookmarks are the perfect way to help track your progress as you read all the Harry Potter books! The reader can easily mark off each chapter as it’s finished!
Roll a Rainbow is a super fun St. Patrick’s Day Kids Game that is fun for kids of all ages! Roll the dice and place the candy or item on its assigned color to create your rainbow! It could also be used year round as a way to practice color recognition!
These Printable Punchcard Bookmarks are the perfect way to help your kids track their reading and help motivate them to learn to love to read!
Hey friends! Spring sports really put a kink in my dinner routine… we had way too much takeout or quick thrown together meals! But, this summer I’m getting back to meal planning and trying to make sure our meals our better balanced. That means back to trying to get my kids to eat and try new vegetables! Problem is that 2 of my 3 kids tend to fight me on the “new” vegetables! In the past we’ve really only had a few vegetables on a regular basis – corn and asparagus. When I would make something different the kids would automatically swear to me that they HATED it! It made me so sad that the other 75%+ of vegetables my kids truly believed they didn’t like them. I knew it was my fault for not having them try more younger! So, I came up with the idea of making a Kids Vegetable Checklist!
With the checklist, my kids can mark off as they try different vegetables! This will be especially fun, because I’m growing quite a few new things in my garden this year! But even the ones that I’m not growing, the kids think it’s pretty fun to go to the store and pick something off the list! My 4 and 7 year old are LOVING this! My almost 9 year old is sort of playing along. haha!
Here is a list of the vegetables that I’ve included on it:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potato
I am aware that there are other vegetables, but I just chose the ones that are the most popular and can easily be found at any grocery store. So, there are 24 vegetables in total on the list! I did create a 2nd version of the printable, that includes an area at the bottom where you can write other vegetables in if you’d like.
I hope you that this can help your family expand their taste buds too! If you liked this printable, make sure and check out a few others that our family loves!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kids II. All opinions are 100% mine.
Hey friends! Today I’m sharing a car themed reward chart that I originally designed for a friend and then I used it with my middle child (who is now 6) as well! I decided to print a new copy a few weeks ago, because I needed to help my daughter find a little motivation and I thought this would do the trick!
During the week it’s just me and Dylan at home and for the most part she’s an angel (read: no brothers are home to fight with). The only problem is she thinks she and I need to do EVERYTHING together! Including picking up after her, going potty, etc. I really needed her to start finding some motivation to do some things on her own.
I’ll eventually design a more girl themed printable, but she loves cars and Go Grippers, so I figured this works for now. And I’ve never shared it here on OTBM! You’ll find the download link at the bottom of the post! Here’s how I utilize the reward chart:
One thing you will want to make sure you preface to your kids is that you decide when the reward is earned/given. They are not allowed to mark the chart or add a sticker without you saying that it’s okay. In the beginning, as they are getting used to the system, I may allow them to complete it a little faster. Especially the very first time. This way they learn the whole reward chart concept. But, now that I’m a few weeks in I’d say that Dylan will take about 2 weeks to complete her chart each time.
Also, sometimes they will ask if they mark their reward chart for something they’ve done. Sometimes I will say yes, but not if they’re asking too often. I will just remind them that I get to choose when a behavior earns a mark.
Together choose the end reward.
This could be a dollar amount, a prize or reward. Because of Dylan’s age (3), she chooses between a prize or reward. But, with my son we eventually transitioned to prizes or dollar amounts, so he could save up for something that cost a little more.
My friend recently allowed her son to earn the Oball Go Grippers™ Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway™ by completing two charts! To make this work, instead of having 1 chart hanging up, she taped two next to each other! It worked great!
This toy is so fun! I wish it was around when my kids were little! To be honest, when my kids are over at his house they have no problem playing with it!
His favorite feature is the claw that will reach down, grab the toy and then drop it on the bounce pad! Plus, the speedway has two ramps and multiple paths, so the kids love just having cars zoom down the raceway!
The entire collection is genius if you ask me! You know those balls that have the holes in them, so that babies and toddlers can grab them easily? Well, they designed this entire toy line after them! You really can’t find anything like it out there!
It helps those little developing minds using their imagination and play for hours!
You can buy the entire collection at Toys R Us. They have lots of different options: Oball Go Grippers™ Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway™, Oball Go Grippers™ Vehicle Assortment, Oball Go Grippers loader ™, Oball Go Grippers dump truck™, Oball Go Grippers car carrier ™, Oball Go Grippers Race Cars™. You can shop this collection easily on Kids II too!
Reward behavior or actions that are above expected behavior.
My kids don’t get a sticker for doing things that I expect or their regular chores! Obviously, this is different for each of my kids, depending on their age.
For my daughter, cleaning her room up when asked would be a great accomplishment. Before using the chart, she would whine some and then come and beg me to help her. So, if I ask her and she does it without complaining and on her own, then I’m super stoked and I would allow her to mark a spot on her reward chart!
However, for my older son, that wouldn’t be the case. He would get rewarded for picking up his room without being asked. But, not if I have to ask him to do it.
Praise their good behaviors and accomplishments.
Kids love and NEED to hear acknowledgement of their good choices! So make sure to praise when they do good!
Also, make sure when they complete their first reward chart that you explain to them that that their reward is because of all their good choices and behavior!
“We get to have a fun date night, because of all the good choices you made to fill up your reward chart!”
Also, I never take away a mark or sticker for a bad behavior! I want to keep the chart a POSITIVE thing and if they are always feeling threatened that they could lose a mark, then they may lose the motivation to keep trying for them. Plus, they earned that mark. It’s theirs to keep!
This needs to be something that your kids can expect and rely upon you to remember! Otherwise, they won’t stay motivated!!
Now for the download!
Don’t forget to check out the Oball Go Grippers Toy Collection! Every home with little kids needs it! There isn’t another toy line out there and your kids will love this for a long time!
Hey friends! In 2015 I kind of had a silent year in regards to creating new learning printables. My PreK Packs, A-Z Letter Identification Printables and Skip Counting Printables have been favorites of my kiddos! My older two boys had somewhat outgrown them and my daughter was too young. So, I kind of took a sabbatical. But, I’m starting to gear up for fall! Plus, in the summer I like to make sure my kiddos to a worksheet or two everyday and so I knew I also needed to get some “school” ready for Dylan too! I have lots of favorite places to look for learning printables of all levels! I found some awesome new sites with a little more challenging printables for my boys and have loved all that amazing things they have to offer! So, today I wanted to share some of them with you!
And also, this summer I am going to get back into creating some new ones. So, watch for them later this summer and this Fall!
Here are my favorite sites with learning printables and a description of what they have to offer!
On my site I have over 30 Pre-K Packs! Every Holiday has at least one themed pack, there are tons of boy themed packs and I have a few girl ones too! I have plans to start creating more new ones, since my daughter is getting to the age that she wants to do them! I also have a Letter Identification Printables that are really popular!
I’ve also been following this site forever! We’re really excited to use her Reading Bucket List and Calendars this summer! You’ll see from her sites name that she is all about creative learning, which is so refreshing. But, she has also lots of fun printables to ASSIST in hands on learning! We love using her Word Ladder! My almost 8 year old loves when I set a timer and he can try and beat out his previous time!
Life Over C’s is one of my favorite printable sites right now! There are so many things to choose from, plus she has printables for all ages! Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade and Upper Elementary!
This is hands down the #1 site that got me started making PreK Packs! There is ENDLESS amount of printable and ideas for ALL ages – click HERE for a giant list! Her tot school is soo much fun and she has such great ideas for preschool trays! Dylan has been loving her Ocean Animals Preschool Printables lately!
The Reading Mama has SO many fun learning printables! I love her Learning the Alphabet series the best! My daughter Dylan has started using them! I also love her cutting pages!
I am obsessed with Itsy Bitsy Fun’s color by number and letters worksheets and so is my 6 year old! But, there are tons more worksheets too! Check them out!
This website was one of the first websites that I used regularly! She has SO SO SO SO many free printables, plus even full curriculum that you can purchase. Her Letter of Week Curriculum is awesome and my boys were always fans of her Clothes in Number Cards!
Please tell me that I’m not the only one that has a love/hate relationship with Playdough! My 2 and 5 year old play it at least 3 or 4 times a week! I love how much they love it and how creative they are with it, but I also know that I’ll have a mess to clean up off the floor after! I recently designed these fun Learning Shapes Playdough Mats and I wanted to share them all with you today!
My kids have loved playing with them the last 6 weeks, since I designed them! They’re super easy to print at home, because they are designed to print on an 8.5×11 piece of cardstock!
We start by rolling out lots and lots of “snakes!”
My kids like to trace the shape, as well as make mini-snakes to trace out the spelling of the shape name. My 5 year old is really into forming words right now and loves practicing the spelling of the shapes!!
Today I’m offering you 7 different shape options! All are 8.5 x 11 Printable Shape Playdough Mats!! I like to print them in full color on a thick cardstock. Then I run them through my home laminator! And that’s it! Then just hand them over to your kiddos and they’ll have hours of fun playing with them!
Make sure and check out our favorite Stay Soft Playdough recipe!