Tot School Printables A to Z Bundle!!

Tot School Printables A - Z Bundle


I am so excited to share our new Tot School Printables A-Z Bundle! I created this program for tots years ago when my daughter was younger and it was my favorite year with her! We had so much fun with these units, during such a fun time of her life!  I love toddlers!

First, what is Tot School Printables A to Z? This is a program I developed to help parents and caregivers expose their tots to early learning skills at home while having FUN together. It is not a set of worksheets, but is in “printable” format to make it easier for the parent to build on. Each printable has ideas for hands on fun that your tot may enjoy. There are many options for each unit because all tots are different and won’t enjoy the same activities!

Let me repeat – this is NOT a set of worksheets for toddlers. Toddlers don’t need “school work” and just enjoy playing. I believe in open-ended, hands-on learning, especially in the younger years. Many parents want to expose early learning skills through play and they just don’t know what to do or how to organize their thoughts. That is why I created TSP, for you and for me. It’s all meant to be fun for the tot and for you!


Why a Bundle?

As you may know, the original files for Tot School Printables are available for free. Many people prefer a bundled format and would rather buy it that way which is why I created this.  Below you will see the special features of the bundle so you can decide if this is right for you!



Special Features in the Bundle…

Each of the 26 units has been edited and updated. The basics are the same, but a few things needed some editing and that was done. Specifically, all vocabulary cards were updated to include an option with or without words. The number cards were also updated to include 1-20 in all units.

Intro pages were added to each file to help you prepare for each unit. There is a new intro sheet which features a direct link to our blog post for inspiration, as well as links to our Pinterest boards for that unit.  You will also see ideas for books and toys to add to your learning.



A new planning sheet is included with each unit, to help you gather your thoughts.  I do not believe in writing lesson plans for tots, they are all different and need you to follow their lead when it comes to “school stuff.”  This is why you will not see a daily plan written by me for you.  You have to do what feels right with your tot, this page can help you organize your thoughts and plan!



There are 2 additional pages with direct links to helpful posts, just to make it easier for you to reference helpful posts and items!

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There’s also a basic supply list included, which you can also see online here.

Tot School Printables Basic Supply List



I created a few new extras for the bundle, that are only available in the bundle! The new extras include Play Dough Mats and Q-Tip Painting.  Other extras in the bundle are Flashcards and Shape Dot Fun.

Tot School Printables Extras

Buy Your Bundle Now!


TSP Bundle Horizontal

Accordion Book Printables

Accordion Book Printables

When my kids were little they loved mini accoridion books.  Something about the design really drew their attention.  My daughter especially loved them, begging me to make them with her.  I never really put all of the accordion books I created all in one place until now!

On the new Accordion Book page you’ll find all of these and I hope to add more in the future!  Alphabet, Shapes & Numbers, Bugs, Farm and Ocean are there now!

Download all of these for free here!

Accordion Book Printables ALPHABET  Accordion Book Printabls NUMBERS and SHAPESAccordion Book Printabls BUGS  Accordion Book Printabls FARM

Accordion Book Printabls OCEAN

Top Ten Posts from 2015

Top Ten Posts from 1 1 1=1 in 2015

It’s fun to look back in life and as a blogger.  I love seeing what my readers loved the most and wanted to share what I found with you.  Below you will find the top 10 NEW posts in 2015, the top 10 posts visited in 2015 {from anytime}, and our top 10 referring sites!

These are our top ten visited posts in 2015 which were all new posts in 2015.

  1. World Geography Country Printables
  2. Thanksgiving Doodle Coloring
  3. Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring
  4. K and 1st Grade Learning Apps
  5. Dot Fun Letter Mazes
  6. Christmas Ornaments Coloring
  7. Christmas Doodle Coloring
  8. Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart
  9. AT Word Family
  10. Rainbow Crafts for Tots and Preschoolers

World Geography Country Printables Free Cards  1st Grade and Kindergarten Learning Apps Dot Fun Letter Mazes A-Z FreeChristmas Doodle Coloring Pages Christmas Ornaments Coloring Pages Free Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Pages Thanskgiving Doodle Coloring Pageat Word Family Printables Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart Printables Rainbow Crafts for Tots and Preschoolers


Our blog has been around awhile and often old content is the most visited.  These ten posts were the top overall visited posts during 2015.  None were actually published in 2015!

  1. Preschool, Tot and Kindergarten Packs
  2. Tot School Printables
  3. All Printables A-Z
  4. Brown Bear Brown Bear Printables
  5. What’s in the Preschool Box Week 1
  6. Lego Kindergarten Printables
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables
  8. Q-Tip Painting Alphabet Printables
  9. Tot School Printables A-Z
  10. Alphabet Printables and More

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Top Referring Sites to Our Blog in 2015 ~ THANK YOU!

  1. Free Homeschool Deals
  2. Living Montessori Now
  3. This Reading Mama
  4. Money Saving Mom
  5. Homeschool Giveaways
  6. Wildflower Ramblings
  7. Pizzazzerie
  8. Kids Activities Blog
  9. In My World
  10. Spielgaben

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A Homeschooler’s Early Childhood Gift Guide

Ultimate Early Childhood Christmas Gift Guide

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I get asked a lot how I acquired so many fabulous early learning toys for my children.  One of the most helpful methods was by adding them to gift wish lists!  My parents and my in-laws were gracious and often bought learning toys for birthdays and Christmas!  Today I have an extensive Early Childhood Gift Guide for those of you hoping to stock your homeschool space with great learning tools for your young children. Any questions – leave me a comment and I will do my best to help!

Click on the graphics to see prices and links!

Alphabet Toys


lauri abc puzzle   Alphatales    lauri alphabet puzzleAlphabet Counstruction Set  Alphabet Soup CansLauri Alphabet Stackers    Puzzle Boards ABC    Sequence Letters


Numbers and Counting Toys

71JfIWn4qvL._SL1000_Lauri Number Puzzle Boards71vt7HH53nL._SL1000_LR Pop CountingLR Number PopsiclesNumber puzzlesLR Muffin Tin   LR Number Construction


Colors & Shapes

Beginner Pattern BlocksShape Bean Bagsmagnetic pattern blocksLearning Resources Counters Giveaway from www.1plus1plus1equals1.netLR Cookie Shapes   LR Color Pie Shape Puzzle  


Building Toys

City Blocks  Magneatos Stacking Pegs SetInterloxCandy ConstructionFoam BlocksStraws and Connectors 705 pieces  Wedgits  Link n Learn


Grow with You Games & Toys

Many of these would technically be geared towards elementary aged kids, not tots or preschoolers BUT don’t overlook these!  These provided tons of fun during our Tot School years and are toys and games my kids STILL play with!  We used the pieces for color sorting, building, fine motor work, and all sorts of other things!


BlokusCitiblocsQwirkleZoobs 1

Suspendwho lives where


Gross Motor Fun

Many of these are featured in our Blessed with Boundless Energy post, you can read why we recommend these there!

Balance BallBalance pods Balance Boardplasmacar DiskSONY DSC                       Waliki the Jumping BullGonge See Saw


DVD Sets

These are great DVD sets to begin collecting when your children are young!  My daughter is 6 and LOVES all of these!

    whats-in-the-bibleLiberty's KidsFriends and Heroes DVDs


Want even more gift ideas?  See our complete list of gift recommendations here! See direct links to our specific lists for toddlers, preschoolers and more!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids


Here’s direct links to the gift idea posts we shared last year featuring my son and daughter’s favorites at age 5 & 8

Gift Ideas for 5 Year Olds  Gift Ideas for 8 Year Olds

15 Unique Books for Fine Motor Skills

15 Unique Books for Fine Motor Skills

I am honored to have Janine LaTulippe with us today sharing a guest post and giveaway!  I just love Usborne {I am not personally a consultant but use and love the books} and am excited to share with my readers!

Developing a strong grip and hand-eye coordination is so important for a young child. The easier it is for children to control their hands and fingers, the more they can express themselves and learn through art, writing, and play! Here are 15 books to help children gain fine motor skills from a very early age.

This post contains and Awesome Giveaway at the bottom. Don’t miss it!


Books for Fine Motor Skills

Practicing pencil grip and writing is one thing, but many of these books offer so much more! Critical thinking, creativity, and many more skills are hidden in the fun activities these books bring to your home.

1. Baby’s Very First Touchy-Feely Fingertrails PlayBook Your baby will fall in love with this sensory playbook! There are textures and lift-the-flaps, plus bumpy finger-trails and dots that motivate baby to follow the path and develop those fine motor skills even at a very young age (ages 0-2).

Fingertrails Fine Motor Book


2. My Farm Animal World This is actually a little box with 9 mini books inside. The box is lined and each book fits in a certain spot and becomes a little puzzle when putting the books away. The little pages make perfect fine motor practice for young children (ages 2-4). My Farm Animal World

3. I Can Draw Animals Even the youngest children can draw with this easy to follow step-by-step drawing book. The results children get from using this book is why it is award-winning and perfect to inspire self directed fine-motor practice.

I can Draw animals


4. Lift Out Colors Jigsaw Book This book does 3 things; teaches colors, matching, and fine-motor skills! Each page features jigsaw pieces embedded in the book that reveal surprises underneath (ages 3+)

Lift Out Colors fine motor book


 5. Busy Bug Book If you have a reader that doesn’t like to sit still for very long, this is the perfect book for them! It features a pull-back toy that rides along the pages through the story (ages 3+)


6. My First Keyboard Book The perfect first introduction to the piano, this book features simple tunes children can play right away without any knowledge of how to play. The tunes are actual recordings of musical pitches and NOT electronic sounds and both the black and white keys work. This book will definitely get those fingers working! (ages 3+)

Keyboard book


7. Look Inside a Castle Use those fingers to lift and look under 60 flaps and learn all about castle life. Because of the detailed illustrations, castle lovers will be motivated to look under every one and practice their pincer grip.

look inside castle


8. Wipe-Clean Alphabet Children love wiping these activity books clean after practicing their handwriting skills. This alphabet book is unique because the letters are hidden in the playful pictures that begin with that page’s letter so it keeps children’s attention longer than most letter practice pages. (ages 4+)



9. 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm Sticker Book Sticker books promote creative thinking, reasoning, matching and association. Plus, they are great for fine motor skills! This Farm book is also a seek and find, so it’s fun to read even after the stickers are gone. (ages 4+)

Things to Spot on the Farm Sticker Book


10. Castles, Build a Picture Sticker Book Let their imagination run wild and feel good about all the fine motor practice they are getting with this Build a Picture Sticker Book all about Castles! (ages 4+) Castles Sticker Book


11. First Coloring Book Zoo This coloring book features full color backgrounds so it is easy for young children to complete the picture. It also has stickers for finishing touches. With familiar animals from around the world, this coloring book is a great learning activity. (ages 4+) first coloring book zoo


12. My First Color By Numbers This beginners coloring book is perfect for children learning their numbers. It has lots of finish the scene and patterns to reveal using the simple color key. (ages 4+)

color by numbers 

13. My First Big Book of Dot-to-Dots A fun way for kids to practice pencil control, this book is really fun! Complete the scene by connecting 1-10 and drawing the missing picture. Add finishing touches by coloring and placing stickers too! (ages 4+)

first dot-to-dot


14. Under the Sea Jigsaw Book This sparkly puzzle books has six 15 piece puzzles embedded into the pages. Each puzzle comes with a special hidden shape within the puzzle and features fun facts about the beautiful sea life. (ages 5+)

under the sea jigsaw


15. Fingerprint Activities Everyone loves fingerprint art! This book makes it easy for kids of all ages to make prints and pictures with their fingers.

finger print activities

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