- A to Z Letter Find
- Alpahbet Book Cut & Paste
- Alphabet Dot to Dot
- Alphabet Hats (A to Z)
- Alphabet Playdough PLAYmats
- Duplo Alphabet Mats
- Feed the Elephant Game
- Phonics Coloring Sheets
- Reading the Easy Way – Preschool Dolch Sight Word 12 week Reading Program
One early math (and literacy) skill we can encourage is the ability to match and classify objects. Being able to match and classify means that children are learning to describe relationships between objects, places or people. Sometimes it means looking closely to determine whether something IS a match, or it might mean deciding why something is NOT a match.
For example, an elephant is big and doesn't have wings so it's going to need some space and it won't be able to live in the sky. Even if a child has never seen an elephant before or has never read a picture book with an elephant in it, they'll still be able to reason this out (unless they're thinking of Dumbo)!
Much of our future knowledge is based on prior knowledge which is why reading to young children is so important. It's stories like The Ugly Duckling that teach children how much ducks like ponds!
Sometimes our ability to match and classify needs prior knowledge. For example, if we look at a crab we could assume it might like the desert because it's got everything it needs to dig awesome holes. So, this is when real life experiences, books and discussions become important. While there might be crabs in deserts (I'm not a desert expert), hanging out around the rock pools at the beach seems much more likely!
- Download the printable at the bottom of this post.
- Print off the pages onto card stock and use a laminator for durability
- Find some little pegs, paper clips or small objects.
- Ask your child to look at the animal and the 3 habitat options.
- Name the animal (they might need help) and chat about what the animal looks like and how well they might be able to survive in the different habitats.
- Take a peg or paper clip and use it to mark the habitat the child believes is best suited to the animal.
- If any questions get raised, do an internet search if possible to encourage your child to look for answers to their own questions.
Looking for more free matching activities?Here's a free activity for visual discrimination, which is an important pre-writing skill.
Free Habitat Adventure game to help K-6th graders learn about various animal habitats / biomes around the world and lots of beautiful animals.
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