Animal Alphabet Coloring Pages M-R

Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables M through R

We have a new set of Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables for you! Letters M through R are free to download here and other free sets will be coming. If you don’t want to wait, you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

Each letter features an animal and a fun coloring picture to go along. M is for mouse, N is for narwhal, O is for owl, P is for penguin, Q is for quail and R is for rhino!

M is for Mouse Coloring Page N is for Narwhal Coloring PageO is for Owl Coloring Page P is for Penguin Coloring PageQ is for Quail Coloring Page R is for Rhino Coloring Page

You will also find the name of the animal at the bottom of the coloring page too. This helps with print awareness in young children. These coloring pages are a great addition for children who are learning their letters and love to color! 

Download M-R for free here!

Grab the entire set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!


Grab A-F here and G-L here!

Animal-Alphabet-Coloring-Printables-  Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables G through L[4]

Looking for more ABC ideas, check out our ABC Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board ABC Ideas on Pinterest.

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Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kit Review

 Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

We continue to be in love with Ivy Kids Kits.  These are by far the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivky Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

This is a photo of the inside of the box, there is a fabulous reference guide on the box to show you all of the items and activities included at-a-glance. We were sent  “Penguin and Pinecone” for this review. 

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When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit.  I mean EVERYthing.  These kits are incredible!

Each activity has a very well written instruction and idea sheet.  I organize all of these in sheet protectors in a binder.  They come in these great plastic baggies, but this method works better for my brain.

I keep all of the bigger items in the box, and when we chose an activity, I go to the box and grab what we need.


Activities From Our Box…

I showed her the book first and she immediately curled up to read it herself.  I read it to her also.

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She LOVED it!

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We began by extending the story and making scarfs for the tree and the pinecone, just like the book.  She loved the little plush penguin and sled.

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Planting her own pine tree seed was a BIG HIT! I was hoping the seed would actaully grow, and thankfully it did!

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About 2 weeks later she has a sprout! We will plant it in our yard in the spring!

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We used the cute little walking penguin to play a game together using the included alphabet board.  She wound up the penguin and let him walk on the board, wherever he landed she had to think of a word that started with that letter!

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Any craft is her favorite craft.  She loved making the penguin bag and the snowflake mobile. The mobile took her awhile, each snowflake is laced!

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One of the best things about these kits is the organization.  The clear instructions allowed me to leave activities for my mom to do with her while she was babysitting one day!  They did the BINGO activity together and played the Feed the Penguin game with the cute little fishies.  Nanee even took some pictures for me!

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We explored a pinecone together and learned lots of facts about them!  She loved this!

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She spent SO long getting her pinecone craft just right.  We are planning to use it as a Christmas tree ornament!

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We ended with a bang, a very successful pinecone in water experiment.  She had to guess what she thought would happen to the pinecone after it was in water for awhile.  Based on what she had learned, she guessed that it would close up.

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It did!  She was amazed!  It closed up even more after I took this photo! 

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Her enthusiasm for these activities is through the roof, she loves her “box time” and begs me to do something from the box all the time! You can see ALL of the activities included in the box here!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, which we reviewed a couple of months ago.

Ivy Kids Kit Review


20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

Use code: IVY20

10% off all past kits during February 2016


A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review.  If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

Penguin Painting ~ Home Art Studio Project

We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now.  You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and has been a blog sponsor ever since.  We love working with them and sharing Home Art Studio with you!

Penguin Art with Home Art Studio

For our most recent project, I actually jumped up to our 3rd grade dvd and chose “Penguins On Ice” after looking at the instructions.  I thought she could handle it and she did!

I completely enjoyed this project with her, which is rare for me.  She is really embracing the idea that art is creative and that everyone’s outcome is different.  Her attitude was fabulous and she smiled a lot. It hasn’t always been this way so I celebrate!

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Her favorite part was learning the texturing technique taught by Ms. Volin in the video.  She thought this was so fun!

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She practiced drawing penguins, and then practiced painting them.  She really enjoyed perfecting the types of penguins she wanted on her final piece.  Finally, she decided she liked what she had done and got to work on the final project!

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She LOVED it, and so do I!  She kept saying, “make sure you tell the art teacher I’m only in 1st grade and I did the 3rd grade project!”  She cracks me up!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin,  designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

Penguin Doodle Coloring Pages

Penguin Doodle Coloring Pages

We have a brand new set of Penguin Doodle Coloring printables for you! These are great for adults who like to color as well as children. 

The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. 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!

If you want to make a mini coloring book, you can scale down PDF files.

Here’s a peek at the different pages in this free printable set! Pick the ones you like and enjoy some coloring time {with or without your kids}!

Penguin Doodle Coloring (1) Penguin Doodle Coloring (3)

Penguin Doodle Coloring (2)

Penguin Doodle Coloring (5) Penguin Doodle Coloring (4)

Download the Penguin Doodle coloring printables and more here!

Look for this graphic and click to download!Penguin Coloring

Find tons of free Winter printables here!


Winter Theme Printables and Ideas

We have lots of printables to help little ones enjoy winter!  Snow, snowmen, penguins, arctic animals, snowballs, winter clothing, igloos, and even Frozen!  Tons of printable fun and other ideas to help you have some educational fun this winter with your kids.

Winter Theme Printables and Ideas


Do you have kids who like to color?  We have two sets of Winter Coloring Printables free to download and print!

Just Color Winter  Winter Coloring Printables

Want to do a bit of learning each day during one of the winter months?  Maybe try our Arctic and Antarctica Calendar Connections {free}.  If you like the version that prints front to back and has the eBook to go along, you could purchase Let’s Explore The Arctic and Antarctica Premium Bundle.

Arctic and Antarctica Calendar Connections  Arctic Bundle

We love our Winter Fun Sensory Bin each year and making Indoor Snow is easy and super fun!

Winter Fun Sensory Bin  Homemade Snow


Have some Q-tip painting fans?  We have a few sets to choose from: Winter Clothing Q-Tip Painting, The Mitten Q-Tip Painting, and Frozen Q-Tip Painting.

Winter Clothing Q-Tip Painting Printables  The Mitten Q-Tip Painting Printables  Frozen Printables Q-Tip Painting

If The Mitten is a favorite book of yours, be sure to check out our free The Mitten Printables and The Mitten Letter Mazes.

The Mitten Printables  The Mitten Letter Mazes


Want to have some bath time fun with your little one?  Try Snowballs in the Bath, and read all about how this is not something I normally do.

Snowballs in the bath

Snow Painted Snowmen are a super fun winter craft.


Looking to create a winter theme for your tot or preschooler?  See what we did when my daughter was younger: I is for Igloo Winter Tot School Theme, and Winter Theme Preschool Fun.

Tot School Printables I is for Igloo  Home-Preschool-Winter-Theme


Grab our free Winter Fun easy readers!  We have a color version for digital devices, or a black and white printable to color!

Winter Fun Digital Easy Reader  Printable Winter Fun Easy Reader


We love Q-tip Painting and have a fun winter themed setSnowman sequencing is fun for tots and preschoolers, we have two sets in color and BW!

Winter Fun Q-Tip Painting Printables  Snowman Sequencing Printables


Winter Books for Kids

Looking for even more ideas?  Be sure to visit our Winter Printerest board!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Winter Theme on Pinterest.