Friday, 25 April 2014

Toddler Activity Sheets - Free Printables

This collection of printable activity sheets is great for busy toddlers and can be adapted to suit your child's age and skills.  They will help develop your child's vocabulary, colour recognition, beginning alphabet and counting.

1.  Animals with word match up

A two-part activity to help your toddler recognise familiar animal names. Print two copies of each page and laminate. Cut around the pictures and words on one copy of each page and attach to the other with Velcro.

Suggested activities:

Start by matching just the animals and reading the names to your toddler.  When they are ready they can match the names with the animals by looking at the shapes of the letters.  As they get older, this could also be used an an early literacy activity by removing the words and jumbling the words.  Have your child read the word to you before placing it on the sheet. 

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Animal and word match up PDF


2.  Fruit and Vegetable Matching game

Match the fruit and the vegetables to their corresponding picture.  Print two copies of each page and laminate. Cut around the pictures on one copy of each page and attach to the other page with Velcro. 

Suggested Activities

Talk about the names of the different fruits and vegetables.  Have your child work independently (if they are able) to match the different fruits and vegetables.  Develop early literacy by talking about the first letter sounds of each fruit and vegetable.

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Vegetable match PDF
Fruit match PDF

3. Number and Colour Matching Game

Match the numbered balls to their corresponding picture.  Print two copies and laminate. Cut around the pictures on one copy and attach to the other page with Velcro.

Suggested Activities

Develop your toddler's counting skills by counting with them as they find the correct numbered ball.  If your child is younger, use this activity to develop their colour recognition and talk to them about the colours.  When they are ready discuss the numbers you see on each ball.  Allow them to match the shapes of each number until they recognise what each number looks like.

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Number match PDF

4.  Alphabet Pictures

Match the picture with the correct letter of the Alphabet.  Print one copy.  Cut the pictures out and Velcro to the alphabet pages by first letter.

Suggested Activities

This is an activity for older children (3-4 years).  Start with just one page to begin with.  Have your child find the picture that starts with the correct letter of the alphabet for example Apple starts with A.  Place the apple next to the letter "A".  Work with your child to help them understand the sounds of each letter as they are looking for the corresponding picture.  As your child develops, add another page until they are doing all the letters of the alphabet.
For younger children, work at developing beginning alphabet and learning to recognise what each letter looks like.   You could help them by suggesting the picture they are to find and have them repeat to you "apple starts with A".  A makes an "a" sound.  a a apple. 

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Alphabet pictures PDF (7 pages)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Nesting and Sewing

This post is long overdue.

Three weeks ago I gave birth to our second daughter.  She is beautiful and we love her!

Towards the end of my third trimester, during that "nesting phase", I found some energy, and a desire, to sew!  We didn't know at the time whether our baby was a boy or a girl, so I tried to remain gender neutral...and it kind of worked :o) 

I had some soft minky dot fabric that I was dying to use on a blanket.  I found a cute jersey knit at spotlight and this is the result.


What blanket is complete without a taggie dinosaur??  I used the leftover fabric to make this cute toy.  Even my 2 year old loves it!  Click HERE for the link to the tutorial I used.

While I was on a roll I decided to make some muslin wraps.  They always seem so expensive to buy. I've wanted to make my own for a long time.  I took advantage of a sale at Spotlight.

I had a bit of fabric left over so whipped up some matching bibs and burp cloths.  They are super cute! and they were really easy to make.  I love them.


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