Do a Dot Printables: Turkeys

Our do a dot printables are very popular educational resources for kids. Our latest packet is all about turkeys and they will be perfect activities for kids on Thanksgiving while they wait for their feast!

This seven page free packet is full of many opportunities for fun learning. Let me show you!

do a dot printables turkey packet

Here is a recap of everything that comes in the packet.



Preschool Do a Dot Printables:

Each page is brings learning to life.

We love the coloring pages for kids. We always put at least one page like this in each packet!

Feel free to use crayons, markers or both!

turkey color pages for kids

And the do a dot markers are a great way to build fine motor skills.

There are lots of opportunities for using these dobbers!

t is for turkey thanksgiving do a dot printables

Look at how colorful!

do a dot printables for kids

As you noticed above, the first page is all about the letter T.

Have your youngster use the green do a dot marker to find all of the big T’s.

Then, use the orange do a dot marker to find the little t’s.

do a dot letter printablesI love when we work some math in too!

Count the turkeys with your do a dot marker.

count how many turkeys there are using your do a dot markers

How colorful can you make this turkey with your markers?

Count the circles as you mark them!

do a dot worksheets


And here is another fun way to count and color with the turkey.

Fill in all of the circles one by one.

do a dot thanksgiving printables

Find the letter T.

Use the colors indicated in the instructions for marking upper case and lower case.

This is always a fun page.

do a dot letters

And here is your color page! Love this one.

Never discredit what a fun coloring page can do.

We also have a kid color page that is pumpkins. Love this.

Coloring pages are great for:

  • building motor skills
  • developing grip
  • enhancing hand and eye coordination
  • expanding cognitive skills
  • encouraging creativity
  • teaching color recognition

turkey color pages And then follow the maze along as you help turkey find his friends.

preschool do a dot printables

Have fun!

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25 Books for Kids About Leaves

Have the leaves changed where you live? Are you kids intrigued by this? My kids ask tons of questions this time of year.

The trees are just gorgeous in the Fall and what better way to celebrate than with a collection of books kids must read that are all about leaves!!

We personally own many leaves on this list. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Leaf Man and Going on a Leaf Hunt are personal favorites. Some of the books even have fun activities and things you can create with leaves. So much fun!

25 books for kids about leaves


25 Books Children Must Read About Leaves

  1. We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt
  2. Leaves
  3. Let It Fall
  4. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
  5. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
  6. Why Do Leaves Change Color?
  7. Leaf Jumpers
  8. The Little Yellow Leaf
  9. Look What I Did with a Leaf!
  10. The Leaves on the Trees
  11. Lucky Leaf
  12. Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!
  13. Leaf Man
  14. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!
  15. Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind
  16. Fall Leaves
  17. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
  18. Tree Finder: A Manual for Identification of Trees by their Leaves
  19. A Leaf Can Be . . .
  20. Trees, Leaves & Bark
  21. On My Leaf
  22. Ruby’s Falling Leaves
  23. Fall Leaves: Colorful and Crunchy
  24. Autumn Leaves
  25. In the Leaves

Have you done any fun leaf activities for kids this season? I would love to hear about them.


Hand Print Art: O is for Octopus

Ready for more hand print art ?

This week’s craft is O which is for Octopus. Besides being a fun letter craft for preschoolers, it also makes a great craft for an ocean theme! You could even pair it with the jellyfish hand print from a few weeks ago! At the end of the post are more activities to go with the letter O. How fun would it be to make this hand print octopus, the letter O-shaped octopus (includes a book suggestion!), and eat an octopus snack?!

Hand Print Art: O is for Octopus

Supplies Needed:

Octopus Hand Print Art

How to make the O is for Octopus Hand Print Art:

Choose a color to make the octopus. Squirt a small amount on to each hand. Have the child rub their hands together until both are completely covered. Try not to get paint on the thumbs if possible.

Make a hand print with the fingers pointed down

Make a print with the other hand so the palms are overlapping each other. There should be eight legs (finger prints).

Let dry.

Hand Print Octopus Craft

Draw on eyes and a mouth or use googly eyes.

Write ‘O is for Octopus.’

Optional: Add dots on the octopus legs. You could draw them on, glue on sequin or buttons, or use glitter glue.

O is for Octopus Hand Print Art

Make it a fun counting activity! Add 1 dot to the first finger, two on the second, three on the third, and so on all the way up to eight.


Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter O)

20 Preschool Books: Letter O

Do you have a youngster who is learning the letter O? Maybe they are a preschooler, PreK’er or Kindergarten?

One activity you can do with kids while they learn their alphabet is to pull in some great books. Here is a list of  books children must read as they learn the letter O.

This is the perfect list to take to the library, too! You can learn more about each book by clicking on the link and getting author information and more!

At the end of this post we have tons of letter of the week activities you can do with your kids. Don’t forget to check that out too!

books children must read for the letter o


Books Children Must Read: Letter O

3.Oscar Otter
4.Olivia Owl Finds a Friend
5.I Have an Olive Tree
6.Ox-Cart Man
7.AN Octopus Followed Me Home
8.Paul Bunyan and His Blue Ox
9.Owl at Home
13.Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite
14.Beautiful Oops!
15.Octopus Alone
16.Little Oink
17.The OK Book
18.The Odd One Out


Looking for more activities that are all about the letter Oo? Here are tons and a great way to make learning hands on!

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter Oo)

Literacy Games: Snowman Sight Word Race

I’m always looking for fun activities for kids to do inside during the winter months.  It is always a bonus when I can incorporate literacy ideas into those activities!  The kids end up having so much fun that they don’t even realize they are learning.

Ideas for literacy games can be tricky to come up with for beginning readers.  This game covers all the bases.

It’s fun.

It’s filled with sight word practice opportunities.

And, it’s perfect for beginning readers.

ideas for literacy games: snowman sight word race


Snowman Sight Word Race is great for beginning readers who are working on sight word recognition.  The sight words included in this free printable are words that a typical first grader would be learning during the winter.  You could adapt the game and include words that your individual child needs to practice.

ideas for literacy games: snowball sight words


Supplies Needed:


Cut out the playing cards (snowballs) and place face down in a pile.

You will need to play in an area with a hard surface for drawing.

Each player will need a playing piece, a piece of paper and a drawing utensil.

How to Play:

Each player places their playing piece on “start”.

The youngest player goes first by choosing a card and reading the sight word.  If they read the word correctly, they get to move one space up the board.  If the player lands on a spot with a direction, they read the direction and draw the part of the snowman on their paper.   A player does not move if the word is read incorrectly.

If a player draws a snowball card they have to return to start.

The first player who reaches the finish line and completes the drawing of their snowman wins!



Hand Print Art: N is for Nest

As I mentioned last week, we are halfway through the hand print alphabet series. I am just as excited about the second half! As you may already know, the hand print art matches the Letter of the Week crafts that have been shared on Crystal & Co., previously.  Be sure to check out that post if you are curious what’s in store for the remaining thirteen posts. At the end of this post we will list additional activities to do with your little on that go with the letter N.

This week’s hand print activity is Letter N for Nest.

Hand Print Art: N is for Nest Craft

Supplies Needed:

How to make the N is for Nest Hand Print Art:

Have the child paint their hand brown. Go over any spots they may have missed.

Ask them to hold their hand so that the fingers are touching each other instead of spread open.

Make a sideways hand print in the middle of the page.

Nest Hand Print Art

Choose a color for the birds and make thumbprints inside the nest. As I mentioned in the Letter L is for Lollipop post, my daughter tends to always want three of everything since that is her age. We also made a mommy bird using two thumbprints. Let Dry.

Draw on beaks, feet, eyes, wings, and tails. I also added a little worm hanging from the mom’s mouth so it looks like she’s flying back to feed the baby birds.

Hand Print Art - N is for Nest

Optional: Draw on a tree branch underneath the nest and color it in.

Write ‘N is for Nest.’

N is for Nest Hand Print Art

This hand print nest craft would be cute for Spring or as a Mother’s Day craft since the mommy bird is feeding her baby birds.

I always find the Letter N theme to be one of the more difficult letter to find activities for. Thankfully, Crystal has an entire Letter N preschool theme section here on her blog including a huge book list!

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter N)

Free Printable Math Game Pete the Cat Inspired

We are in love with Pete the Cat books! Seriously. My boys love them.

Have you read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons? Super fun book! I love the way it incorporates math into the story.

And guess what? My boys and I made a free printable math game to go with the book! We love educational activities for kids!

Free Printable Math Game for Kids


Cut everything out in the printable pack.

Assemble the spinner using the craft brad.

Assemble and glue the dice together.

Place all of the cards in stacks according to color, face down.

Place the space value card near each stack so that the kids know how many spaces each card is worth.

board games for kids

Roll the dice and the child who rolls the highest number will go first and then the order of the rest of the players will go clockwise.

board game spinner

Whatever color they land on when they spin, this is the color of card they will draw.

If they answer the math problem correctly, they will move forward the number of spaces indicated.

If they get the answer wrong, they will move backwards that many spaces, or back to START if there are not enough spaces back to go.

If you get the math problem right, you keep the card.

If you get the math problem wrong it goes back at the bottom of the stack.

board game

The first player to reach the final spot on the game board is the winner!!

board game for pete the cat


Enjoy reading the book together as well! Such a fun read!!

pete the cat button book


Check out my free printable sight word game too!


More Pete the Cat Activities for Kids:

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes:


 Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons:


Books and Activities featured at the Virtual Book Club for Kids

We’d love to see the Pete the Cat  inspired activities that you do with your child or class!   Come share your activity Idea and photos on our VBC Facebook Page or in the Comment Section.

Printable Book List for upcoming Authors and Books for #vbcforkids 


Hand Print Art: M is for Mouse

Guess what?!

After today’s post, we are exactly halfway through the hand print art alphabet series! It seems like we just started, but time sure does fly when you having fun….tee, hee.

This hand print art turned out so cute – letter M is for Mouse! There are tons of books about mice, but the first one that comes to mind for me is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. It’s a cute, funny story if you have never read it.

(More mouse activities for kids are listed at the end of this post.)

Hand Print Art: M is for Mouse

Supplies Needed:

How to make the M is for Mouse Hand Print Art:

Decide what color you would like the mouse to be. Make a print with the fingers pointed down.

Add ears at the top then let dry.

Mouse Hand Print Art

Draw and color the inside of the ears.

Either draw the mouse’s eyes or glue on googly eyes.

M is for Mouse - Hand Print Art

Draw on a nose and whiskers. Alternatively, white pipe cleaners would make great whiskers!

Write ‘M is for Mouse” across the top.

M is for Mouse Hand Print Art

More variations: Use gray pom poms for the ears or pink construction paper for the inside section of the ear. Try making a footprint mouse. Or make just a palm print (no fingers).


Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter M)

20 Preschool Letter N Books

How is your school year going?

Maybe you homeschool, maybe you don’t. But I am willing to bet, either way you encourage your child(ren) to read. Reading is such an amazing way to build vocabulary, make memories and encourage a child’s imagination to run wild! And reading is for all ages- from preschoolers to grownups.

If you are teaching your preschooler the letter N, here is a great list of books children must read that focus on this letter. These books are awesome to use with your letter of the week activities too!

You can use this one of two ways. You can either order some of the books on Amazon, or use this collection to create your list for the local library. Just click on each link and you can get more information about each book and about the author.

Don’t forget to check out the list of other activities at the end of this post you can do with your preschooler that focus on the letter N.

20 Preschool Books to Read While Learning the Letter N


20 Books Children Must Read: Letter N

  1. The Nutcracker
  2. The Nutcracker Ballet
  3. Night Tree
  4. Night in the Country
  5. In November
  6. The Name Jar
  7. Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs
  8. My Favorite Nature Book: Animals on the Farm
  9. Why Should I Protect Nature?
  11. Nature Trails: In the Woods
  12. One Starry Night
  13. Nighttime Ninja
  15. The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear
  16. Nighttime On the Beach
  17. My Night-Time Animals
  18. Fancy Nancy
  19. The Numberlys
  20. Noddy’s Super Busy Day

Don’t miss this collection of crafts, printables, snack ideas and more! We love making learning fun and hands on!

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter Nn)

Hand Print Art: L is for Lollipop

It is time for another amazing hand print art project and this week it is all about the letter L!

Can you think of all the things that start with the letter L? Lamp, lawn, leaf, lemon, lime, lizard and more!

At the end of this post we have a collection of letter L activities for kids that is perfect to focus on all week long!



Hi everyone! We are back with another hand print art post. How have you been liking the series so far? My daughter and I have been loving it. She just adores making hand prints and footprints!

Today’s post is ‘L is for Lollipop’ which goes perfectly with the Letter of the Week Snack: apple lollipops!

Hand Print Art: L is for Lollipop

Supplies Needed:

How to make the L is for Lollipop Hand Print Art:

For this craft, we will be making palm prints instead of using the whole hand to make a print.

You will need at least 2 different paintbrushes and 2 colors of paint.

Hand Print Lollipops

Choose one color and make a curly-cue on the palm. Ours sort of looked like we drew a ‘G’ on it.

Take a 2nd color and fill in the remaining unpainted areas. Optional: You could also add a 3rd color like we did with the first lollipop.

Repeat this same process for however many lollipops you wish to create. My daughter always wants to make 3 of everything since that is her age.

Lollipop Handprint Art

Draw on a lollipop stick. I added angle lines to our sticks and alternated colors.

Write ‘L is for Lollipop” across the top or bottom.

L is for Lollipop Hand Print Art

Can you guess what Letter M is going to be?


Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter L)