Inside: Summer Shape practice with adorable crabs in different shapes.
Welcome to day 1 of my 10 Days of Summer Printables for Preschoolers!
Today, I am excited to be sharing with you my basic shapes printable for learning and practicing shapes, with these ADORABLE crabs! I can't get over how adorable they are!
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Benefits of Using Summer Printable Activities Worksheets
Last year was rough. Remember that? Trying to figure out how to be home 24/7 AND educate your kids AND occupy them so they weren't bored? When you think about it, it was pretty good training for summer.
I would DREAD trying to figure out what to do with them to keep them occupied. I'd get overwhelmed at all the options of what we could do each day. I wanted them to have fun, I wanted them to be learning (not just melting their brains watching Pokemon) and I wanted to be able to do things myself also.
This is when I realized if I created a printable for them and laminated it, they could have something to work on and work with over and over.
Grab a book from our list of top ocean books for preschoolers to take this craft to the next level!
Printables give you extra free time.
So I had to make more, and I HAD to share this new found freedom with my readers. Let's get started.
What you'll need to get started on your summer shapes printable:
-The free printables (OF COURSE!)
–A laminator– You want to keep these printables around as long as you can, so I recommend laminating the pages so you can get the most use out of these printables. I love that we can write all over them and then just erase them after and use them again tomorrow– Or with the next kid!
–Page Protectors– The laminator is perfect for the black and white crab pages, as well as the individual shapes, so you can trace over and over. When you want to keep your busy book all together, I can't recommend page protectors and a good three ring binder enough.
–Scissors– You'll need to cut out some of these crabs if you'd like to create a busy book, or you can cut them all out and make it a matching game.
–Markers – There are also dotted shapes that your little can trace.
–Clear Hook and Loop Dots– I prefer to get the clear dots because I like that they can see through them to the image below. They're perfect for busy books. If these are too big, I cut them in half, and they still work great!
-Pencil Pouch for Binders– I use these to hold all of the loose shapes to keep them with the pages they belong to.
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Prepare Your Summer Shapes Printable:
-add the black and white crab page into the page protectors
-laminate and then cut out the red crabs. Add the hook and loop dots to the back of the red crabs, and the black and white crabs in the page protectors.
How to use Summer Shapes for Preschoolers Printable
For this activity, your child will be adding the red crabs to their identical black and white crabs.
After your child has placed all of the colored crabs onto the black and white crabs, kids can remove the crabs, and start all over again.
Included in this printable is a page of red crabs (in full color), an identical page of black and white crabs, and another page with just the shapes, no crabs.
Adapt Summer Shapes Printable For Younger Kids
To make this work for younger kids, you can simply keep the red sheet in a page protector and refer back to it often. Point to each crab with your child and say what the shape is. You can also say “show me the square crab” and have your child point it out to you.
Another way to use this printable is to place all of the red crabs out on the table in front of your toddler and have them pick up a shape and say the name of the shape.
You can also use the outlines page with markers and just trace the shapes.
Adapt Crab Shapes Printable For Older Kids
For older kids, We like to play “Go Fish”, and use all of the shapes. You can print the red crabs out three times, laminate and cut them out for this card game, or you could print each page out once, laminate, and use those. The latter is more challenging, matching a red crab, black and white crab, and the shape outline requires a little more thinking and shape recognition, so it keeps the older children more occupied.
Other Ways to Learn with These Crab Summer Shapes
Another way to learn with these printables is talking about each shape.
-How many sides does a triangle have?
-How does this parallelogram look different from this rhombus?
What Will Kids Learn?
Shapes, of course! Putting them together will help with shape recognition, and differentiating.
Get the Printable Here
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For more free printables this week, be sure to check out this post with links to all of the freebies.