Archives for September 2013

Fall Fun ~ Just Color!

Fall Coloring Printables

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added a new Fall Fun Coloring set!  Look for this graphic on the Just Color! page and click to download the printables!

Fall Fun Coloring Printables

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

Looking for more Fall Theme fun?

Fall Fun...Apples, Fall Leaves, Pumpkins

Tot School Gathering Place ~ week 38

Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!



Kait & Co. shared this adorable Air-Land-Sea sorting activity they did for their G is for Garden ~ Creation week!

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Love this idea from Nestpirations, you’ll have to visit her blog to see the details about the bottles!




Over at The Kavanaugh Report, this beautifully prepared tot activity was ignored by her son.  Why would I feature this?  To remind us all that we will be rejected by our tots many, many times!  We will work hard to prepare beautiful  {and what we call fun} activities only to have them snubbed by our opinionated tots.  Funny thing, in a few weeks or months he might love this!

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Were you featured?

You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional!

Tot School Feature

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By linking up you agree to the following:
  1. A photo and a link to your post may appear in a future Tot School post. You give me permission to choose a photo from the post you link up, and give me permission to use your ideas in my post. I will link back to you, mention your blog, and give you full credit for any ideas choose to share form your post. If you don’t want me sharing photos, your blog, or ideas, please don’t link up.
  2. Your post is a post written specifically for Tot School and not just an idea for tots. It features your own child{ren} in action. This is a community for moms to come together and share their journey with Tot School virtually.
  3. Provide a link back to Tot School within your blog post {you can use this link: or a direct link to the weekly post you link up to} if you link up. If you do not link back to Tot School, your link will be deleted. Link backs on the sidebar, or in a massive “I link up here” page don’t count ~ they are too difficult for me to find and the first thing I look for when verifying links is the link back.
  4. Link up your exact Tot School post {not your blog homepage} if you are unsure how to do that read this!
    Each week I will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Sometimes it may be one simple idea, sometimes it may be a collection based around a concept .

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Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


See the Tot School webpage here!

New to linking up here? Read this first! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Mindful Play eBook Bundle

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I have another eBook bundle to share with you, this one has my Animal ABCs bundle {value $10} in it! 

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I must be honest, I am only familiar with 2 of the other resources included in this bundle, Sensory Bins and Treasure Basket Play.  I was asked to be a part, said yes, and then got the list of others who said yes!  I am looking forward to checking out Mudworks and Freaky Rivet the most!

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Grab your chance to get these nine e-resources for only $14.95 USD for  $74 worth of learning materials! The Mindful Play eBundle is geared towards children ages 1-12. 

This is a FAST bundle sale, it ends October 3, 2013! The graphics say it isn’t available until Sept. 30, but contributors are allowed to promote and sell early!

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Once purchased you will receive access to download the files, they must be downloaded by November 1, 2013.

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Any technical questions are probably answered on their FAQ page.

Play with Numbers Printable Pack & Giveaway

This post is sponsored by KneeBouncers, who believe in playing with purpose! Visit for a multitude of fun games that will help your child get ready for preschool and be sure to try their new Great Play with Purpose iPad App! 45 funtabulous games that support preschool readiness and learning. Available NOW on iTunes and coming soon for Android. All opinions expressed in this article are my own.

Play with Numbers Printable Pack

We were given the full version of KneeBouncers Play with Purpose iPad app and got to explore the entire content.  The app is FREE and comes with 5 free games, and there are in app purchase options {which you can turn off if desired} to have all of the content.


I honestly wasn’t sure what Ladybug would think of the app.  We have a LOT of apps, and she is super picky nowadays.  She really enjoys her “school” apps, I just wasn’t sure if this one would make the cut for her.  Immediately she recognized the design, as we have the KneeBouncers Volume 1 {we bought it years ago}.  She began scrolling through the games and I ended up having to peel her way.  She really enjoyed this app and the educational quality was great.

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I was asked to develop an activity that was inspired by the Play with Numbers section in the app, so of course I thought a printable pack would be awesome!

Play with Numbers

Ladybug’s favorite mini game was the Puppy Race, so I made a roll and graph game featuring the puppies!

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To say she loved the roll and graph game would be a total understatement.  She saw it in a box on my desk one night {before I had planned to show her} and went nuts and begged to play!  I couldn’t resist so we had a bedtime game of Puppy Racers together!

We play our Roll and Graph games differently each time, you can see other variations here. This night she asked for stickers to mark her graph. 

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The blue puppy won!

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But, she wasn’t done yet, she was having so much fun she asked to fill in the entire graph!

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Such a simple and easy to prepare activity, with so many valuable extensions for developing early math skills. Many of these same skills are developed while using the Kneebouncers App also!

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I couldn’t stop there, so I also worked with KneeBouncers to develop a number maze, and also some number cards to play various games with!

Here you see her putting the cards in order.  We continued by matching the 2nd set of numbers too!Kneeboucners Play with Numbers -9090

Lots of math talk going on as she made the realization that both 3 and 13 had the number 3 in them, and so on!  It was a big light bulb moment for her!Kneeboucners Play with Numbers -9094

There are 2 sets of 1-20 cards, you can use them to work on matching, numerical order, number ID, or play memory!  There are so many variations with just a simple set of printable numbers with adorable designs kids love!

We didn’t get a chance to work on the number maze yet, it’s a bit more challenging as it contains all numbers and you have to follow the correct order to get through the maze.

Number Maze

Download the  KneeBouncers Play with Numbers Printable Pack here!

Play with Numbers Printable Pack

I am excited to be giving away a $15 virtual iTunes Gift Card to allow you to purchase the complete KneeBouncers Play with Purpose iPad app! Use Rafflecopter to enter below, giveaway is open to US residents only and remember the app is only for iPad right now {Android version is coming soon}. Giveaway ends 10/7/13. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Home Preschool ~ Letter M

Each week I share 2-3 posts sharing our home preschool learning.  This post is only sharing our letter focused work. If we have a theme of the week, it will be a separate post too.  All of our general play based learning will be in a final weekly wrap up post called, “Learning with Ladybug.”  I am separating out the posts to make them easier for people to find down the road when searching for specific letter/theme activities.  See our entire home preschool plan here!

Home Preschool Letter M

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We love our ABC Baskets!  I love how much she enjoys digging through them.  We play a lot together during the week exploring the contents.

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Usually on one day during the week, I will pull out all of the puzzles and display them as an invitation for her to complete them, she almost always accepts the invitation!

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I gathered some of our books about mice, moose, and monkeys!

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I drew an M on our easel and drew one mouse, thinking that’s what we would add to our letter.  The kids had a different idea and decided M was for Minecraft! Home Preschool Letter M -8734



She loves the paint cut and glue crafts from Learn, Create, Love.  This week we made the mouse!

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I create a binder with all of the printables I chose and allowed her to flip through and choose something to do.

We used glitter and glue to create our letter Mm from the Q-Tip alphabet printables.  She didn’t want to use a Q tip!

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The next few printables are from the Letter M pack which is available here. This printable pack was given to us from a kind blog reader who also creates printables!

I decided to try the word puzzles and although she didn’t LOVE them, she definitely liked them.  After we put them all together, with the help of a Littlest Pet Shop bug, we worked on sounds.

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I would sound the word out slowly and she would move the bug to the word I was saying.

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We used stickers to fin the words that begin with Letter M, she loves this activity!

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Stickers again, to find the upper and lower case letter Mm.

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ABC Find It! is a favorite still, so we had fun with that of course!

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Working on her lowercase Animal ABCs letter m is for mole craft…Home Preschool Letter M -8273



Our All About Reading Pre lesson for lowercase m was a moon, which we made with tinfoil!Home Preschool Letter M -8560

Then, she painted the night sky black!

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Working on “What begins with M?”

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Krash used our letter construction kit to make this {it’s a mouse} for her!

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Our finished Letter M work

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See more Letter L ideas on our M is for Pinterest board, and even more ABC ideas on my ABC Ideas board!

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See more theme based printables to go with the Letter M here!


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