Whether you use Montessori education or a more traditional form of teaching or homeschooling, free printables are invaluable for saving time and creating attractive, professional-looking activities.
Creating Montessori-Inspired Activity Trays
I already have a post with free Montessori materials online with links to many fantastic Montessori printables. Montessori printables are generally created for hand-on learning. Montessori activities are arranged attractively in baskets or trays on low shelves where preschoolers can easily choose their own activities.
Other printables can generally be made into Montessori-inspired activity trays with hands-on learning, too. Often small objects can be added to the activity or you can think of how the activity can be made reusable. Many times, the pieces can be cut apart and laminated. Remember, the younger your child is, the more important hands-on learning is.
Thank you to the bloggers who so generously share their free printables. There are so many great sites offering free printables. I’ll be focusing especially on sites that have lots of printables available in color. Here are some sites with lovely printables that can often be made into hands-on activity trays (listed in alphabetical order according to my computer):
Sites with Free Preschool Printables That Work Well for Activity Trays
1+1+1=1 Kindergarten Printables (containing specific kindergarten skills)
1+1+1=1 Preschool Packs (themed printables similar to the tot packs but with added skills for ages 3-5)
1+1+1=1 Tot Books and Tot Packs (themed printables)
1+1+1=1 Tot School Printables (with a general target age of 2)
Enchanted Learning (has a membership section but also has free printables)
Homeschool Creations Before 5 in a Row (BFIAR) (literature-based studies)
Homeschool Creations Preschool Packs (themed printables)
Homeschool Creations Preschool Printables (includes non-themed printables)
Itsy Bitsy Learners (free printables along with printables available for purchase)
KidSparkz (has a membership section but also has free printables)
KidsSoup (has a membership section but also has free printables)
Teachers Pay Teachers (Teachers Pay Teachers has printables for all levels, both free and to purchase. There are over 2,000 free printables for preschoolers. You have to register to download printables, but it’s free and the weekly newsletter has links to free resources each Sunday.)
Teacher’s Pet (a UK site, so look for Foundation Stage activities for ages 3-5)
The Daycare Resource ConnectionThe Christian Home School Hub has unlimited downloads for $1 per year membership to access the site. (Here’s a link to an example of foreign language printables available through the site.)
Totally Tots (thematic posts with links to printables from sites listed here)
Do you have a favorite site or sites for printables that you use for activity trays?
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