December Fine Motor Activities

The December Fine Motor Activities packet will keep your little ones busy during the most wonderful time of the year! This packet contains centers and printables to strengthen fine motor skills. The activities can be used in morning tubs, math tubs, whole group, small group or independently. Children will practice tracing, cutting, gluing, dabbing (with bingo daubers), making puzzles and creating with play dough. The activities have a Christmas and Hanukkah theme. This also includes simple holiday crafts which provide children with cutting and gluing activities.

Here are a few examples from the packet!




Rolling Play Dough:


Making Puzzles:

Have fun with these fine motor activities and Happy Holidays!

Gingerbread Centers

Today I'm going to show you centers from my Gingerbread Math & Literacy Centers Bundle. It includes 11 centers and activities for your classroom at a HUGE savings!

There are five language arts centers:

The Gingerbread Rhyming Cards activity is always a favorite for the pocket chart center! The children say the name of the pictures on the gumdrops and decide if they rhyme or do not rhyme. Then they place the card with the correct sign. I always do this activity in whole group first and then add it to my pocket chart center or morning tubs!

Gingerbread Spin a Letter is a fun way to practice letter identification and letter writing. The children will spin the spinner and cover or trace the letter. This game offers a variety of game boards and printables to practice uppercase and lowercase letter from A to Z!

Gingerbread Letter Match includes uppercase cards, lowercase cards and two sets of beginning sounds pictures from A to Z! This game can be used in so many ways - match uppercase letters, uppercase to lowercase or letters to beginning sounds! Use this one all month!

Gingerbread CVC Words includes 40 CVC picture cards. Children spell the words by writing, using letter tiles or magnets. This is a great activity for small groups or morning tubs!

Gingerbread Sight Words Roll, Say, Keep is a fun game to review 220 sight words! This game is easily modified for a variety of learners. Watch out for the FOX!

 There are five math centers:

Use the Gingerbread Counting Mats to count from 1-20! Use the gumdrop cards included or use real gumdrops to count with! These are an engaging math center activity for the whole class!

Gingerbread Pattern Cards is an engaging activity to teach students to identify and create AB, ABC, AAB and ABB patterns. Use the gumdrop pictures included or use real gumdrops to make the patterns!

Gingerbread Counting and Number Writing Game is a fun way to practice number identification, counting, tally marks, and number writing.

Gingerbread Ten Frames includes two games in one! One for counting out gumdrops (cards included) and one addition game. Place these in the math center for counting practice and partner games!

Gingerbread Count the Room is always a favorite! Hang the cards around the classroom. Give each child a clipboard and recording sheet and let them move around the room to find the cards and count! This is always a great way to get some energy out while keeping them engaged with counting! 

This unit has a BONUS! Five Little Gingerbread Pocket Chart Set includes a poem page, props, pocket charts words and printables. Your little learners will love this during circle time and in your pocket chart center! 

I hope these activities keep our little learners busy all December!

Emergent Readers for Fall

Fall is my favorite season of the year! It is an exciting time in Kindergarten, too! We always have so much fun learning about apples, leaves and pumpkins! I created these Fall Emergent Readers to incorporate Fall themes AND to support the reading skills we are working on at this time of the year.

All of the emergent readers include:

  • repetitive text
  • large text 
  • sight words
  • simple sentence structures
  • one line of text
  • familiar subject matter
  • pictures that support the reading

When using these emergent readers your students will read sight words, color words, and count. The best part is they will color their books and read them to their friends and families!

This little reader, Who Likes Apples? is fun to read during your apple theme.

It features farm animals that like to eat apples! The sight words are I, the and like.

The back page lists the sight words included in the book. It also has 5 spaces the kids can color in (check mark, stamp, or sticker) when they read to a friend at school or home!

Fire Station is a great little book to use during Fire Safety Week in October!

Each page contains the phrase "I see the" followed by an object from the Fire Station (truck, firefighter, helmet, hose, hydrant, ladder, dog, badge, ax and fire station)

Read it at home and check off a box each time!

My Autumn Walk is a Fall themed counting book. Your students will count and color Fall pictures.

Each page uses the phrase "There are . . . " followed by the number word and Fall object word. The pages are in order from one to ten

Use the back cover to practice reading the sight words. Also, check off a box each time the book is read!

Fall Leaves is a fun emergent reader for fall.

The book uses the words "The leaf is . . . " followed by a color word. The children will color the leaf to match the word on each page.

Practice reading the sight words and color words on the back page. Check off a box each time the book is read.

It's Halloween Night is a Halloween themed book with cute pictures (not scary!) so it is perfect for beginning readers!

Each page uses the phrase "Look at the . . ." followed by a Halloween word such as ghost and cat as seen below.

Review the words on the back cover and check off a box each time it's read! Happy Halloween!

Turkey Colors is a book about color words!

The children will read each page and color the turkey to match.

Practice reading the color words on the back cover and check a box each time it is read!

Do you need a place to store your emergent readers? Check out my fun family homework activity to make a book box out of a cereal box!

Syllables in Kindergarten

Breaking words into syllables - or chunks - is an important component of Phonological Awareness. Having a strong foundation in syllables is an important beginning step in learning to read and write. This skill will help children decode words and read more fluently.

I designed these clip cards so children can independently practice counting syllables. It also allows me to informally assess their skills! I like using the clothespins with this activity to encourage fine motor development, however, you can use any game marker you have to cover the numbers!

Fall Syllables includes 60 cards for Back to School, Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Winter Syllables includes 60 cards for Winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine's Day and Dental Health.

Spring Syllables includes 60 cards for Spring, St. Patrick's Day, Easter and Earth Day.

Summer Syllables includes 60 cards for Summer, Beach, Camping and Sports.

Check out the Bundle for 240 clip cards to use all year!

Centers for Back to School!

I'm so excited to share with you my Back to School Math & Literacy Bundle! I wanted to make centers with easy to learn directions so the children will have success during center time! 

The bundle includes 10 centers in all - 5 literacy and 5 math. Here is a glimpse of what you will find in this bundle:

First, Back to School Letters and Beginning Sounds Puzzles. This center has a variety of activities to do! The kids can match uppercase to lowercase letter (as shown in the top for letter A), match uppercase to beginning sound (shown for letter B), or match lowercase to beginning sound (shown for letter C). You can choose which way to play! OR you can start with matching letters for a few weeks and then move on to matching letters to beginning sounds. It's a great way to get a lot of use out of this center! Do you use morning tubs? It's perfect for morning tubs, too!

Spin and Cover is a center my students love to play! This can be played alone or with a partner. The kids will spin the spinner, identify the letter and cover it on the game board. You can use paperclip to make the spinner or pick up these awesome arrow spinners from  Amazon {here}  Just snap them on and you have a spinner!!! This is another center that can be used in a variety of ways. Use for uppercase, lowercase or for handwriting! This is a center that you can use for weeks and the kids won't get bored!

Letter Match Clip Cards is fun way to match letters. There is an uppercase version and a lowercase version. My favorite way to use these is mark each letter with a clothespin. This helps the children strengthen their fine motor skills while working on letter identification!

Shapes Roll and Cover (or Color!) is a center that allows practice with shape recognition. Have the kids cover the shapes with a game piece OR use the printables and color the shapes! This game can be used any time of the year.

Next, practice patterns with school tools! This center has sets of AB, ABB, AAB, and ABC patterns. The children identify the pattern and add the card that completes the pattern. This is another center (or morning tub) that can be used over and over again by progressing through the different types of patterns.

Back to School Roll and Color has two versions of the games - 1-6 and 7-12. There are several games that you can choose from - numerals, tally marks, counting and numeral writing. The children roll and color the matching number on the recording sheet. Again, this is game that you can use for the whole month of September because there are so many games included! it is perfect for morning tubs, too!

There are FIVE more centers in this Back to School bundle! Just click on the picture below to find them all in one money-saving bundle:

Here are links to items I use when setting up these centers in my classroom: