We’ve loved our alligator unit. My 3½-year old granddaughter, Zoey, has enjoyed learning about alligators and all the hands-on activities we’ve done. Today, I have a free alligator do-a-dot printable for you that Zoey had fun using with our new ¾” circle punch.
Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now
My daughter, Christina (a former Montessori child), and I are partnering to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. The printables are typically themed and use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler to use them):
- They use isolation of quality.
- They use photographs or realistic images to emphasize reality. Whenever I can, I’ll tell you the specific name of the object or animal featured. Today’s printable emphasizes the American alligator on the credits page.
- They typically use traditional Montessori colors such as red for consonants and blue for vowels.
- They use lowercase letters, which are what we introduce letter sounds with in Montessori education. (Children tend to pick up the uppercase letters without being introduced if they’re introduced to the lowercase letter sounds.)
- They often feature themed printable versions of Montessori materials.
Free Alligator Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter A
To download the alligator do-a-dot printable, click here and then click on the file image in the upper right corner of the PDF to save to your computer (just choose where you want it saved).
Montessori-Inspired Activities Using the Alligator Do-a-Dot Printable
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Alligator Do-a-Dot Letter A Tray with Hole Punching and Gluing
I used a Multicraft tray with ¾ inch circle punch, green printer paper, glue, and a colored pencil. Your child will need to punch out 22 circles for the dots on the letter “a.” I also added /a/ for alligator font printable from our subscriber freebie alligator pack. At other times, I’ll have a transfer activity with tools such as quick sticks, sugar tongs, or toast tong.
You could add a tracing activity to the printable. If you laminate your printable, you can use an erasable crayon like the Melissa & Doug Learning Mat Crayons or Crayola Erasable Crayons. If your page isn’t laminated, you could add a pencil or colored pencil like I did for the tracing. For a 2-year-old or other young preschooler who’s not ready to write letters, you can just leave off the crayon or pencil.
Alligator Do-a-Dot Letter A Tray with Hole Punching and Gluing
I cut each piece of green printer paper in half to make it easier to use with the circle punch. Zoey found the circle punch easy to use and was fascinated to see how it made circles that fit the dots on the page.
After punching out the dots, Zoey glued them onto the letter “a.”
Zoey has been interested in writing lately, so I introduced the “alligator” word tracing. I made a small green dot where each letter begins so that Zoey would know where to start each letter. She did very well and got the activity out again the next time she visited.
(Note: Zoey’s “smiles for days” outfit is from Gymboree!)
If you want to know how to introduce the letter sound for a, check out my post on how to teach letter sounds using Montessori principles.
Alligator Printables and Activities for Preschoolers-Early Elementary
More Free Do-a-Dot Printables and Ideas for Using Them
I love the versatility of do-a-dot printables! If you’re doing a month-long theme, you could easily change out the type of do-a-dot activity weekly to add interest. Here are four ideas of hands-on activities for any of our do-a-dot printables from my frog do-a-dot printable post (see post for details and materials used).
(Note: the Free Frog Do-a-Dot Printable (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download) is available in either black or red outline.)
The free bell do-a-dot printable can be used at any time of year, but it’s especially perfect before the holidays.
You’ll find a fun printable for any season with the free dinosaur do-a-dot printable.
You’ll find two free printables and ideas using glass gems in last month’s free tarantula and spider do-a-dot printables.
If you’re looking for a printable for the start of the school year or a forest unit, you’ll find a free raccoon do-a-dot printable using stickers (great for a Kissing Hand unit).
I have a free ant do-a-dot printable and activity using Power Magnets.
In another post, you’ll find a free snail do-a-dot printable and activity using Do-a-Dot markers.
In another post, you’ll get a free car do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using pom poms and quick sticks with the printable.
In another do-a-dot printable post, you’ll get a free recycling do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using glass gems and toast tongs with the printable.
In another do-a-dot printable post, you’ll get a free butterfly do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using pom poms and toast tongs with the printable.
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