Shape Mats: Drive & Trace Activity Pages

With the release of our newest product, “Shape of the Week,” we’ve been busy learning all about shapes.   This new set is geared towards Tots and Preschoolers and includes lots of hands-on fun!  Best of all it’s FREE and the shapes coordinate perfectly with our Shape of the Week program so you can easily integrate this into a fun center time activity.

Drive and Trace Mats should be used with small toy vehicles for children to drive around the shape.  We recommend laminating them for durability.  Students can then trace the shapes with a dry erase marker or a finger.

Print Drive and Trace Mats Free from our Sister Site: PreschoolMom.com

Looking for more?  Try our new Shape of the Week Program today!

 

 

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Free Homeschool Planner

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It’s August and that means Homeschool Planning!  Over the years I’ve created a variety of Free Homeschool Planners, Goal Tracking Worksheets, and Curriculum Guides so I thought I’d share them here easily in one post!

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Free Homeschool Calendar/Plans/Goals Worksheets

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Free Independent Weekly Student Planner

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Free Homeschool Budget Tracker

(5 Simple Ways to Stick to a Homeschool Budget)

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6 Simple Steps to Homeschool Readiness

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Valentine’s Day Preschool Game

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It’s Valentine’s Day Week!

I hope you already have a ton of fun hands on activities planned for your children, but here is one more you can add to your teacher toolbox.

Love Match Math Game is a a free file folder game you can use for learning number bonds.

Children find the correct heart to make a love match for each animal.

There is a Make 10 number chart and a follow up worksheet for children to show what they know.

This Valentine’s Game is available free on our sister site Preschool Mom.

Find More Valentine’s Day Preschool Printables Here

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Christian Easter Activity Pack

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We had such a huge response to our Christmas Activity Pack last year, that I thought it would be a good idea to put together a similar resource for Easter!

I know many of you are already planning your Easter lessons, so I wanted to get this out in January to give you plenty of time to put these resources to work for you.

And since it’s the 31st I can pat myself on the back for that goal met…. ha!

You can download our Easter Activity Pack  from our Teachers Pay Teachers eStore

 

Want to peek inside?  

This pack is filled with  80 pages of multi-level games, activities and resources to take all the work out of your Easter Sunday School Lesson planning.

Three Different Easter Bible Games:

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Seven Easter Arts and Craft Activities:

(Five shown below)

Easter Story Wheel & Easter Story Resurrection Eggs:

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Easter Cross Geometric Art Project for Kids:

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Easter Story Eggs for Art Projects

(Wreaths, Storybooks, Easter Baskets….etc)

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Easter Crowns for Take Home:

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There are TONS of coloring pages and Worksheets:

Full Size Easter Egg Coloring Pages

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Three Levels of Easter Mazes for Kids

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Easter Crosswords, Word Scramble and Word Search

(these make great take home items!)

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Easter Copywork

Print, Cursive and Blank available with NIV

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You can download our Easter Activity Pack from our Teachers Pay Teachers eStore

 

 

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Nativity Finger Puppets

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If you are looking for some hands on fun this Christmas, try out these adorable Nativity Finger Puppets!

I’ve created these puppets to be just the right size for your preschool classroom, simply print on carstock, Laminate and then punch out the finger holes.  (Do be careful to keep the edges smooth….try using a hole puncher instead of scissors)

This would make a great set of puppets you can use in your pretend play center.  If you’re short on time I supposed you could just glue a craft stick to the backs of them as well, but children really do LOVE to make the characters walk around on the tables….they just look adorable don’t they?

Print Nativity Finger Puppets Free from Christian Preschool Printables

Find More Free Christmas Printables Here

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Apple Nomenclature Printables

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I know so many of you are teaching your Autumn themes right now so these apple printables should fit in nicely with your units.

I made two different versions of these printables, one is black and white, and the other features each respective part colored in.

There are many ways to use these

  • Cut apart the picture from the name to make a matching game
  • Provide children with blank versions to color in
  • Staple together with a red construction paper cover to make a minibook

Print our Free parts of an apple nomenclature cards on our sister site here.

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Counting to 100 Printables

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With the first day of school upon us, it’s a great time to work on counting to 100! I’ve just created this super adorable set of counting cards and charts for working on key counting skills. This set includes counting cards to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 25’s as well as a full size hundreds board. Combine this with our Write to 100 Pack for a handy unit to start off your school year. You might even add this to your Daily Folder for quick impromptu review with your child.

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Homeschool Writing Journal

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Today I’ve spent some time updating our Free Daily Writing Journals for Kids!

These are simple DIY journals that you can make with any standard children’s notebook.

You could even adapt these to use within a binder instead.

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I designed these to be super simple and require minimal resources so you can really use these as your foundation and then add in any online programs or hands on manipulitives you have on hand.  This is not required, but it would liven up the daily structure a bit for children.

Come grab these printables and read the tutorial for setting up your notebooks here.

 

Looking for a simple, no-prep writing program for kids?  Click Here

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Free Homeschool Science Printables

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With the release of our latest eBook, I thought it might be helpful to post a round up of some of our most popular Homeschool Science Printables and resources!

Free Science Printables & Resources:

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Periodic Table of the Elements Activity Pack

Sample Pages & Photos of Games & Resources

This activity pack includes the following resources:

Reproducible Charts:

  • Full Color Periodic Table Chart (8.5 x 11)
  • B&W Periodic Table Chart (8.5 x 11)
  • A3 Size Color Periodic Table Chart (11 x 17)
  • A3 Size BW Periodic Table Chart (11 x 17)

Printable Cards and Games:

  • Element Letter Tiles
  • Element Fact Cards
  • Element Boggle Gameboard
  • 8 different Element Bingo Cards
  • 8 Element Bingo Cards with Symbols Only

Worksheets:

  • Fill in the Blank Symbols Worksheet
  • Fill in the Name /Atomic Mass/Number Worksheet
  • Blank Periodic Table in Color
  • Blank Periodic Table in B&W
  • Symbol Stumper Worksheet

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Periodic Table Printables

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If you’ve been following me on facebook you know I’ve been working on this project for past couple of weeks.  It’s taken HOURS upon HOURS but I’m finally ready to share this printable with you!

I created this Periodic Table Chart because I wanted something colorful and EASY to read after printing. For some reason everything I printed out online either came out blurry or the letters were too small for my old eyes to read….even with glasses.

So this chart is print friendly and FREE for a limited time!

 

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I was so inspired by how this turned out, I went ahead and created a handful of games and resources that could be used alongside this colorful chart.

 

Here’s a sneak peek inside:

Charts

I’ve included a handful of reproducible charts:

  • Full Color Periodic Table Chart (8.5 x 11)
  • B&W Periodic Table Chart (8.5 x 11)
  • A3 Size Color Periodic Table Chart (11 x 17)
  • A3 Size BW Periodic Table Chart (11 x 17)

 

Worksheets

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There are a few worksheets and Fill in Charts:

  • Fill in the Blank Symbols Worksheet
  • Fill in the Name /Atomic Mass/Number Worksheet
  • Blank Periodic Table in Color
  • Blank Periodic Table in B&W
  • Symbol Stumper Worksheet

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Flashcards

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And of course I made a variety of  Cards and Games:

  • Element Letter Tiles
  • Element Fact Cards
  • Element Boggle Gameboard
  • 8 different Element Bingo Cards
  • 8 Element Bingo Cards with Symbols Only

 

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One of my most favorite parts of this activity pack are the Element Tiles……all 118 of them!

They are just under 1″ square and can coordinate with the Bingo and Boggle games shown above but they can also be used to encourage students to make words:

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Or you could creatively cut them into cute bookmarks

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Or children could use them to reassemble the periodic table, or…….play I have who has…..or……

The possibilities are really endless with these once you start thinking creatively!

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You can purchase Periodic Table of the Elements Activity Pack  in our eStore for only $5.

I’ve priced it this low because I too have a homeschool budget and I know how hard it can be to squeeze eveything into it :)

In fact, most of the items in our eStore are $5 and under for this reason!

 

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If you use our chart in your homeschool or classroom please let us know below!  We love to hear from our visitors and how our resources are being put to use.

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First Grade Mini Office

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Today I have a fantastic expansion set to add to our Mini Office Printables!

Our Mini office has been an amazing resource for my son’s Preschool and Kindergarten years, and I wanted to make sure I added in a few First Grade items for his upcoming year.

I decided to offer this as a First Grade Expansion Pack and it’s full of helpful resources you can use with your students

So What is a Mini Office?

A Mini Office is basically a custom built learning resource for your student.  The goal of a mini-office is to serve as a self led reference chart for children, freeing up time for teacher to work with other students and encouraging children to find answers to their own questions. The benefit of making a mini office is also in the size and the minimal supply list. All you’ll need is a couple of file folders, scissors, glue, and your printable pages.

Print Your Free First Grade Expansion Pack Here

(It’s near the bottom as I’ve got assembly instructions and other expansions available there as well)

What’s Included in this Expansion Pack:

 

Math:

  • Telling Time  (clock with moveable hour and minute hands, 5 minute intervals around)
  • Place Value Blocks (written word, number form and place value up to 1000)
  • Shape Symmetry (visual depiction of a line of symmetry)
  • Skip Counting (numbers 2-12, up to 12 numbers. First Grade Use: 2, 5, 10, and maybe 3)
  • Rounding Numbers (Visual Rounding Clown to help children round and estimate)

Language:

  • Writer’s Glove (The 5 W’s: Who, What, Where, When, and Why for writing sentences)

Geography:

  • USA State Map & Compass (State Names as well as Directional Compass for daily practice)

Social:

  • My Address/My Phone (Use as Reference and Practice)

 

My son won’t be starting his First Grade year until this September, so I might add a few more updates to this pack by then.  Be sure you are subscribed to our newsletter if you’d like updates on available resources!

Find More Mini Office Printables Here

 

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Recycle File Folder Game

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Who doesn’t love to sort the recycling?

Okay….let me rephrase that.

 

Children LOVE to sort things!

This is a fantastic game for children who love to sort.

And Win.

Because this game can be played with up to 3 players (if you want more players just print more gameboards and cards).

Best of all this game is Print, Punch & Play meaning you can assemble it quickly and easily without any papercuts!

You can print this game free from File Folder Fun.

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Find More Free Earth Day Printables Here

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Solar System Coloring Pages

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Learning about our solar system can be great fun!

One of our favorite Summer activities is Meteor watching during the Perseid showers in August.

We stay up late into the wee hours watching as amazing streaks of color flash across the sky.

It’s considered one of our yearly Family traditions and it’s a fantastic way to get the kids interested in Astronomy!

(This year it will be making it’s appearance on August 13th)

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“Perseiden Meteor (2009)” by Andreas Möller. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 de via Wikimedia Commons

 

When my children were younger, we learned the names of the planets by singing a song.

And while it wasn’t a Rap song, it was still just as effective at teaching them the correct order.

My youngest two children are now ready to learn about the planets so I’ve been busy drawing and creating simple resources we can use.

 

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Solar System Cut & Paste

Solar System Coloring Page

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Both pages and some additional Planet Notebooking Pages are available at HomeschoolClipart.com

You can even grab the clipart and customize your own resources.

 

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Writing to 100 Worksheets

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I don’t know what it is about the number 100 but my boys are constantly trying to get there.

They want to do 100 jumps on the trampoline, build a tower 100 blocks high, and I’m convinced they try to ask me “WHY?” at least 100 times a day.

In our house, there are so many opportunities in REAL LIFE to practice counting to 100,  but the actual writing to 100 is something new for my Kindergartner.

He’s been working super hard this year with his Mini Office, so I wanted this set to sort of emulate the same chart he’s been using to learn his numbers.

I included quite a few different printable worksheets in this pack:

  • Tracing to 100
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Counting by 2
  • Counting by 5
  • Counting by 10

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Because children need so much practice, I recommend sliding these into a page protector or laminating these and using a dry erase marker

Print our Writing to 100 Worksheet Pack free at File Folder Fun

Find More Kindergarten Math Games Here

Find First Grade Math Games Here

 

 

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Sight Word File Folder Game

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My kindergartner has been making so much progress with his reading!  We’ve worked our way through many word families and it’s time to start getting serious about sight words.  I decided to make him a simple game he can play to slowly build up his sight word reading skills in a fun way.  This game features 54 different sight words from the Dolch 220 PrePrimer list and is a fantastic starting point for young children learning to read.

To play,  children roll a die and move their guy, reading the word they land on as they go.  There are detours, crosswalks, and other traffic related hazards along the way to the Candy Shop, making this a fun game that builds a bit on sportsmanship as well.

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25 book set

We personally own and cherish these little books.  I must have spent an hour in the bookstore examining all the different early reader book sets they had to offer and this series was the one that stuck out the most.  Both my preschool and kindergarten aged boys love this set, we own set A, B, and C and they offer my kiddos a chance to experience success at reading which is worth it’s weight in gold. Most pages of these full-color storybooks feature just one line of simple, repetitive text to help children learn to read with ease and confidence. Click Here for Sample Pages

 


 

Find More Free Sight Word Resources Here:

Sight Word Worksheets

Sight Word Bingo

Fishing for SightWords

Word Family Printables

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Legend of the Candy Cane Printables

CandyCaneThe Legend of the Candy Cane is such an amazing resource book around Christmas!  I love books and tangible objects that can point children to God and serve as a reminder of his everlasting love for them.  If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of this popular book, I highly recommend it, there is a Kindle version as well making is simple to add this book to your holiday collection.  J is for Jesus is another sweet holiday story for children that uses the candy cane to represent the gospel message.

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This year I created some adorable coloring pages that can be used alongside your Candy Cane Christmas unit.  There are two different versions, one for boys and one for girls.  Children can folor the stripes of the candy canes to complete the “Jesus loves me” message.  You could easily glue these to red construction paper and laminate for placemats.

Download Here: Candy Cane Coloring Pages

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Don’t miss these Candy Cane Devotion Minibooks!

Each booklet is folded from a single sheet of paper, and when paired with a small candy cane they make a wonderful take home gift for visiting children this Holiday season.

Find More Christmas Printables Here

 

 

 

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Japan Paper Fan Craft

FanCraftPin2Another fun way to make Japanese Paper Fans! You can use our premade fans to color or paint abeautiful picture….or use our printable fan
template and let children design their own! This is a fantastic group activity as each project turns out wonderfully unique.

Materials:


Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

japanfancraft   JapanFan   japanesecelebrations       japan


Art Project Tutorial:

Print Fan Template

We have three printable fan templates for children to decide from, or you can give them a blank template and they can design their own.

Step 1

Color in your picture. We used Colored Pencils because this fan is very detailed.

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Use the watercolors to paint in the background.

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ou don't have to fill in the entire makes a pretty effect too!

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Turn your fan over and glue a popsicle stick to the back as shown.

Step 5

For extra strength, you can add two more sticks to make a "Y" shape. Using hot glue is a quick way to get these finished, but should only be used by teacher or older students.

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Once the glue is dry your fan is ready to be used. These make fun classroom decorations and generally children want to color MORE than one so be sure to have multiple copies on hand to send home with them.

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Rocks & Minerals

RocksMineralsPinChildren love to learn about rocks and minerals because they get so much “hands on” learning about a topic they can easily extend with life experience. Here you’ll find some suggestions for helping children explore the differences between different and similarities between various rocks and minerals.

Materials:

Variety of Rocks
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we purchased a kit)
Printable Rocks & Minerals Worksheet
Colored Pencisl
Scale
Nail & Streak Tile
Ruler and String


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

Rocks   Minerals   rockongeodes


Art Project Tutorial:

Materials

Gather a variety of rocks. Variety of Rocks (we purchased a kit) Printable Rocks & Minerals Worksheet Colored Pencisl Scale Nail & Streak Tile Ruler and String

Station 1

Pick a rock! I set out all the different rocks the kids to pick and choose from! You can number the rocks so that children can easily see the name of the rock and write in on their experiment sheet.

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Experiment sheet. I printed up a bunch of these and left them next to some colored parts of the sheet, and can trace or draw a picture of their rock with the colored pencils. other features.

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The next station was a learning station, where the kids could look up more information about their rocks. This was filled with different library books with photos so they could find the names of their rocks as well. (I didn't label a few of the "pretty" rocks

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I set up our Pan Balance Scale and layed see how much their rocks weighed in grams

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Just for some extra fun I pulled our Diet Scale (Walmart) and let them also weigh their rocks in ounces. This wasn't very accurate but it was fun nonetheless!

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Our final station had a magnifying glass, a nail, and a streak plate. Children used the nail to see if they could scratch the rock, and the streak plate to see if they could write with the rock. I also laid out a ruler and some string for them to take measurements. Then they recorded all their information on their sheet, turned them in and started the process again on a different rock! Lots of fun and lots of learning!

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Scientific Method Printables

ScientificMethodSmallUse our printables to teach children the Scientific Method. You can print the chart and laminate it to hang in you classroom, or cut out the strips for children to practice putting them in order. Great review for children learning to take the necessary steps when preforming an experiment.

Suggested Resources:


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This fun, sceience-themed bulletin board set includes: — 9 posters (12″ x 17″ each) that reinforce the steps of the scientific method. Also includes a poster (12″ x 17″) that listsall of the steps Click Here


 

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A printable chart you can hang in your classroom, or give to children to keep in their science notebooks. Additionally, you can cut an extra copy into sequencing strips to aid children in remembering the steps.

 

 

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A simple step by step worksheet featuring the scientific method. This is great for review, or even beginning to explain the process to children.

 

 

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Scientific Method Worksheets

I made these to use with my children as we learn to put the Scientific Method into action. This is a set of 6 steps, that will take children through the process of asking a question, forming a hypothesis, testing with variables, recording, interpreting and reporting information

Step 1: Ask a Question
Step 2: Research Topic
Step 3: State your Hypothesis
Step 4: Test your Hypothesis
Step 5: Analyze your Results
Step 6: Report Your Results

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God Keeps His Promises Game

GodFaithfulChildren learning about Noah’s Ark can learn an important truth that God always keeps his promises.

We have a variety of Noah’s Ark printables, crafts and resources you can add to your Sunday School Lesson, but today I wanted to add in a center time activity.

This is a game that can be placed in your learning centers or morning activity table for children just arriving or played in your own home with sibilings.

Each child receives a gameboard that reads “God keeps his promises” and has a space for each color of the rainbow.

Children take turns drawing colors from the middle hoping to be the first one to fill up their rainbow board.

If a child draws a color they already have, it’s simply discarded and the next child takes a turn.

There is even a place for children to place their favorite color.

Download God is Faithful Game Here

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Expand your unit:

Noah’s Animal Groups Sorting Game

Noah’s Ark Crafts & Printables

Noah’s Ark Bible Verse Visuals

Noah’s Ark Worksheets & Timeline Cards

Noah’s Ark Lapbook

 

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