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Arrrr! Let's get counting and skip-counting with the pirates! Here is a fun activity for the young ones to practice counting skills!



Pirate Themed Counting Activity 
Learning activities, specifically counting activities, should be a fun experience for young children. Make counting fun for them during your pirate theme/unit with these free printables. Simply print and laminate and help the pirate to his ship by counting, arrrr!


Use a dry-erase marker to draw the "path" by counting to get to the pirate ship. Use the 1-10 counting sheet, skip counting by 2's or 5's, depending on the ability of the child and the skills you want to develop at this stage. Notice the path goes from left to right? It is the direction we read and write, making this a pre-writing activity as well.


Add real or play coins to the activity to count out the "path" to get to the ship. Coins and pirates go together, right? And, using coins adds a hands-on element to this counting activity to make it more fun, not to mention the fine motor skills it develops to stack small coins! 

Picking up small items like coins calls for the pincer grip. The fine muscles used for the pincer grip are also used to grab a pencil when writing. This is an important skill to develop while doing other activities.

Counting, fine motor, and pre-writing skills in one fun activity with the pirates, arrrr! Fun learning indeed!

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Nadia from Teach Me Mommy
Nadia is a South African mommy of two and a therapist at an elementary remedial school. She blogs over at Teach me Mommy about easy and playful activities with the aim to teach. You can follow along on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.




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Preschool and kindergarten kids will love these shape sorting activity with treasure boxes. Looking for a fun way to reinforce math shapes? This activity will have kids reading the name of the shape, identifying the matching objects on each card and then sorting the shape into the correct ‘treasure box’.


To prepare:

Print as many sets of these mats as you need. Laminate the mats or use dry erase pocket inserts for easy prep! Laminate the shape cards too, and have them ready in a plastic sleeve.
Shape Sort – Pirate Treasure BoxUse these mats to help kids develop number sense and strengthen their knowledge of shapes. They can be used in a number of ways. Have the kids sort the shape cards into the correct boxes. Another great way to use these mats is to print them out in black and white and have the kids cut and paste the shapes into the corresponding treasure boxes. You can do this by printing two pages on one landscape page. 


This pirate themed activity is perfect for kids who are interested in pirates and love the theme! You can definitely differentiate this activity by using the shape boxes that the kids are familiar with if you have kids who are not familiar with all the shapes.

This game can also be played as a group. It will be even more enjoyable to have a competitive game played between groups. Give each group the same mat and have the kids sort their shape cards all at the same time. The group who finishes first with the most number of sorted shapes wins the prize!






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Founder of Sea of Knowledge, an ESL teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She loves creating fun activities that children and learners can benefit from. You can also find me on: Facebook and Pinterest.
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Pre-k and kindergarten kids will enjoy ‘feeding the sharks’ as they work on their beginning sounds with these fun mats. There is a poster with the key to each picture letter-sound so you can definitely differentiate this activity! Print the learning mats, laminate them and you’re set to go.


To prepare:

Print as many mats as you need for the number of students in your class. Be sure to laminate the shark mats along with the fish letter cards. There are letters a-z fish cards and a random mix of beginning sound pictures on the shark mats but 24 picture sounds in total.



Beginning Sounds Activity – Feed the Sharks
Use these mats to help kids develop beginning sounds skills. Start by getting the kids to choose a random ‘fish letter card’. They identify the letter on the card and then look for a picture on the mat that starts with the same letter. They can also look for the key on the printable poster to help them identify the picture they are looking for.

For advanced play, have the kids do this without looking at the key. My ESL kiddos need to refer back to the key as they match their beginning sounds. I find that the second time around, they are able to do this more easily as they remember the name of the pictures on the mats!


This game can also be played in a group as a competition between two teams (or tables). Have the mats printed on large A3 poster paper and get the kids playing on these. Be sure to print the fish cards also on A3 paper (nice and large) for the little ones to match.



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Yara from Sea of Knowledge
Founder of Sea of Knowledge, an ESL teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She loves creating fun activities that children and learners can benefit from. You can also find me on: Facebook and Pinterest.


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Preschool moms and teachers are always looking for new ways to work on basic skills. If you're looking for a new tool to use with your preschoolers as they work on letter identification, these letter find cards are just what you need! Preschoolers (and kindergartners!) will love searching for each letter of the alphabet on these cards. This low-prep activity is quick and easy to set up so you'll be all ready to go in no time.



Letter Recognition CardsI suggest printing the alphabet cards on cardstock and laminating them for durability. Cut the cards apart so that you have a total of 26 cards. You can store them in a zipper pouch or plastic bag. Or, you can punch a hole in the top right corner and place them on a binder ring. Gather some glass gems, counters, or mini erasers, and you're all set!



Have your child or student choose a card and identify the letter the alphabet kid is holding. After they've identified the letter, encourage them to place a gem or counter on the matching letters. There are five of each letter on the alphabet cards.



You can choose to introduce the cards one at a time. Or, you can give them the entire set. You could give your older preschoolers a few cards and have them put the cards in alphabetical order before completing the letter find portion of the activity.

There are many ways you can use these cards. They'll make a great addition to your letter recognition activities all year long!



For more preschool alphabet fun, be sure to check out the following free printables from our contributor, Homeschool Preschool:

Alphabet Writing Cards
Letter Recognition Alphabet Worksheets for Preschool
Feed the Monster Alphabet Game


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Tara from Homeschool Preschool

Tara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. She has successfully homeschooled her oldest two, and is currently homeschooling her youngest. Though her children are older, she is always looking for an opportunity to create educational activities and content for young learners. She blogs about homeschooling, preschool activities, and other educational topics at Homeschool Preschool.


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Preschool kids will love these alphabet playdough learning mats! This kit includes a ‘cheeseburger’ mat for kids to build their letters on and alphabet play dough ‘pickles’ letter cards. Kids will choose a pickle card and then identify the letter on the card. They will place it on the play dough mat and build the letter using play dough.


To prepare:

Print the ‘cheeseburger’ mat and 'pickle' letter cards. There are two options for this mat (one with eyes and one without). Laminate the mat along with the 'pickle' cards. There is also a black and white option for the letter cards to save colour ink. You could use coloured paper to print them on too – although this will make it slightly harder to see when the kids start building their letters.



Alphabet Formation Cheeseburger Play Dough Mats
These mats are so much fun for preschoolers and kindergarten kids alike. Kids need a lot of practice in reading, tracing and building their letters once they begin learning them. It is important that we provide them ample opportunities to study each letter formation and shape.

Once everything is laminated, place them on the learning table along with play dough tubs and maybe some rolling pins. A student will choose a letter ‘pickle’ card and then identify the letter on the card (e.g: ‘e’), they will say a word that begins with the letter ‘e’ like egg. They will then place the pickle card onto the cheeseburger mat and start building the letter.

You could also choose the letters you are working on and focus on a particular set rather than the whole set at once. The kids will love doing this! If you would like this activity larger, print the cards along with the ‘Cheeseburger mat’ on A3 poster paper.



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Yara from Sea of Knowledge
Founder of Sea of Knowledge, an ESL teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She loves creating fun activities that children and learners can benefit from. You can also find me on: Facebook and Pinterest.



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Pre-K and kindergarten kids will love this owl themed alphabet sort activity! Create a sensory experience for kids by placing the owl cards into a sensory bin with some coloured rice. Students will look for the owl alphabet cards, identify the letter and then place the owl on the matching log.  


To prepare:

Print and laminate all the cards. You could also use dry erase inserts for these if you want to skip the lamination step. Print as many sets as you need for your set of students. Cut up the owl cards, you could also cut up the log cards but I didn’t cut them up just to provide more of a challenge for the kids.


Alphabet Sort – Owls on a Log
This activity is so much fun for preschoolers and kindergarten kids alike. You could totally differentiate this alphabet activity depending on the  level of the students in your group. Once you’ve prepared the log cards, place them on the table along with the sensory tub and owl alphabet cards (inside the tub). The kids will look for an owl card and pick one out randomly. They will identify the letter name and then look for the matching log strip. There are upper and lowercase letters for practice. Have the kids match all the owl cards onto the logs. For an easier option, have the kids match only a few letters at a time.

You could also choose the letters you are working on and focus on a particular set rather than the whole set at once. The kids will love doing this! If you would like these mats larger, print the mats on A3 poster paper.



This post was contributed by:


Yara from Sea of Knowledge
Founder of Sea of Knowledge, an ESL teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She loves creating fun activities that children and learners can benefit from. You can also find me on: Facebook and Pinterest.



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Get your kids and students excited about Earth Day with these awesome FREE printables that teach kids about recycling and taking care of the Earth through fun, hands-on activities!


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Earth Day Printables from Totschooling

Earth Day Pack

Happy vs. Sad Earth Sorting

Recycling Sorting

Color by Letter

CVC Words Recycling

Tracing Sheets

Q-Tip Painting

ABC & 123 Order Puzzles

Chunky Raisin Box Puzzles

Earth Day Printables from Other Blogs

Earth Day Do-a-Dot Printable Pack by Gift of Curiosity
30 Page Free Earth Day Pack by Happy and Blessed Home 
Earth Day Packs by Royal Baloo
Earth Day Learning Pack by 3 Dinosaurs
Earth Day Printables by Homeschool Encouragement
Earth Day Printables by Wise Owl Factory
Waste Sorting Sensory Bin with printable by One Time Through
Earth Day Recycling Sorting Activity by A Little Pinch of Perfect
3-Part Montessori Recycle Cards by Living Montessori Now
Earth Printables for Preschoolers by Life Over C's 
Earth Day Bingo by Gift of Curiosity
Earth Month Scavenger Hunt by Edventures with Kids
Earth Day Memory Game by Learn Create Love
Earth Day Dominos by Storytime Standouts
Earth Playdough Mat by The Preschool Toolbox
Earth Day Action Reminder Cards by Cutting Tiny Bites
Earth Day Board Game by Play 2 Learn with Sarah

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Get your pre-k and kindergarten students excited for Earth Day with these fun, no-prep worksheets where they can practice letter recognition (uppercase and lowercase options), color words and fine motor skills while coloring pictures of our Earth, recycling symbol, trees, flowers and nature!



These FREE Earth Day Color by Letter sheets are great for kids to color on their own. They will love revealing the mystery pictures.

For preschoolers or children who can't read color words, I recommend that you color the crayons at the top of the page before giving it to the child so that they know which colors to use.

There are 5 pages included in this set, each in uppercase and lowercase versions. Each page contains 4-5 letters.

  • Earth with heart/flowers (letters A,B,C,D,E)
  • Nature scene (letters F,G,H,I,J)
  • Recycling symbol (letters K,L,M,N,O)
  • Hands holding the Earth (P,Q,R,S,T)
  • Earth, Sun and sky scene (U,V,W,X)

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Get your kids excited for Easter with this fun and easy egg-themed printable board game! 



This Easter egg board game is a great way for preschool and kindergarten kids to practice visual discrimination, as well as social skills like taking turns and following directions. 

How to Play:

  • Each player chooses a game piece (small toy, eraser, etc.) and places it on the "Start" circle. 
  • Players take turns rolling the dice.
  • After rolling the dice, players move their game piece to the next closest egg that matches the egg on the dice.
  • The first player who reaches the "End" circle wins!




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