Arctic animals are an especially fun winter theme, but it’s sometimes difficult to find printables with realistic images. Today, I have a free polar bear do-a-dot printable for you along with fine-motor transfer work. The printable uses a real polar bear image, is an instant download, and is super-easy to access and use.
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 name of the object or animal featured.
- 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 Polar Bear Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter P
To download the polar bear 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 Polar Bear Do-a-Dot Printable
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Polar Bear Do-a-Dot Letter P Tray with “Snowball” Transfer Using Ice Tongs
I used a Montessori Services large plastic tray , white pom poms, and ice tongs for a transfer activity. Quick sticks, toast tongs, or almost any type of tongs works very well for a pom pom transfer, too. Don’t worry if your child just wants to use fingers for the transfer. There’s still fine-motor work involved in getting the pom poms arranged on the letter.
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. For a 2-year-old or other young preschooler who’s not ready to write letters, you can just leave off the crayons.
Do a Dot Tray with Practical Life “Snowball” Transfer
Zoey often transfers part of the pom poms with the tool, finishes the transfer and arranging with her fingers (because it’s much easier to fit the pom poms exactly on the dots with fingers), and then uses the tongs to put all the pom poms back in the glass.
There are often more activities involved than phonics and transferring, too. Zoey often likes to count the number of objects placed on the dots. She even rubbed one of the pom poms against her face to feel how soft it was … a sensory activity as well.
(Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s outfit is from Gymboree!)
If you want to know how to introduce the letter sound for p, check out my post on how to teach letter sounds using Montessori principles.
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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 frog do-a-dot printable 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.
Montessori-Inspired Packs – Subscriber Freebies
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You can buy an Animal Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack (with 26 different animals and letters) in the Living Montessori Now shop! There’s also a Healthy Food Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack along with other printables using real photographs.
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