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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Free Printables

A printable that spans the interest of my 2-year-old, my 4-year-old and my 6-year-old with Down syndrome?

Uh-huh!

Can you say JACKPOT?

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This is a printable palm tree with all the letters of the alphabet in round circles (coconuts).

For the 2-year-old, I called out a letter and pointed to it and he dotted it with a bingo dauber.  As I pointed to it, I would say whether it was at the top of the page, the middle, the left or the right.  The point was just to give him exposure to the use of those words.

For the 4-year-old, I called out a letter and told her approximately where it was on the page, “near the top, near the bottom, in the middle, to the left, to the right, on the trunk.”  Since she already knows all her letters, she could find them on her own, and the use of the prepositions and directions gave her some good practice at these often overlooked words.  She would find the letter and dot it with the bingo dauber.

Noah – 6 with Down syndrome used this as a matching activity.  Before we started, I printed all the letters of the alphabet on some round pricing stickers I had.  I pointed to a letter on the printout, named it and pointed to the area on his sticker sheet where the matching letter was located.  He took off the sticker (yay fine motor skills!) and placed it on the matching letter on the printout.

When he was all finished, he took a bingo dauber and dotted all the stickers.  I don’t know what it is about those bingo daubers, buy my kids LOVE them!

Here’s the link to the free printable alphabet palm trees:

http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/CCBBLetterAssessments.htm.

Alphabet Magnets and Cookie Sheets – A Matching Activity

In my search for alphabet recognition activities, I found some great free cookie sheet printables here:

http://blog.maketaketeach.com/?p=508

The idea behind the cookie sheets is this:  If you tape the printable to the cookie sheet, the magnetic letters stay in one place as your child adds to them. 

 

 

 

 

I figured Bella (3) could handle this no problem, but I knew Noah (5 – Down syndrome) would need a little more to go on than just the printed letter to match the magnet to.  I wish I could claim credit for this idea, but alas I did not think of this myself.  Too bad I have NOOOO idea which blog I saw it on, but I knew this would be just the thing for Noah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can print this directly from your color printer by clicking on it; your alphabet magnets should fit exactly over these letters. How cool is that?  I found the fact that the colors on the printable matched the actual colors of the magnetic letters to be a big help in guiding my children to the correct match.  These magnets came from the dollar store.  If you can pick up a set, hopefully your colors will match mine.  If not, use your colors, line them up in alphabetical order in rows like mine, take a picture allowing the letters to take up the full screen, and print the picture full size.  I slipped my printable into a page protector for durability and then taped it to the cookie sheet.

I had no idea what a hit this activity would be.  I had all three littles, including Seth (2) climbing all over each other to take a turn matching the letters.  I just love it when that happens.