Earth Day is so important, yet it can be hard to know how to fully honor it. My daughter and I have been creating some special printables to help. Today, we have a free recycling do-a-dot printable. It’s another instant download … super simple and super versatile!
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. In the credits page of this printable, you’ll see that these are recycling symbols, which you can introduce to your child.
- 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 Recycling Do-a-Dot Printable
To download, 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 Recycling Do-a-Dot Printable
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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.)
Recycling Do-a-Dot Tray with Glass Gems
Both my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and I LOVE glass gems. They’re so pretty and fun to touch. They’re perfect with do-a-dot printables, especially when using a tool for transferring the gems from container to the dots. (Note: Be careful with glass gems around children who still mouth objects since they’re a choking hazard and very inviting.)
Right now, I have this tray on our shelves for Zoey. You can use a variety of tools for transfer activities, such as quick sticks, sugar tongs, or toast tong (what’s pictured). I find the toast tong works best for 2 year olds and young preschoolers when transferring glass gems. The other tools require more advanced fine-motor development. I used a wooden Multicraft tray for the activity.
You can add erasable crayons or markers to a laminated page for preschoolers to work on tracing skills. Because Zoey is just 2 years old, I don’t have her trace letters or numbers except with her fingers. So that’s why I don’t have a writing instrument on the tray. Check out my frog do-a-dot printable post for ideas of trays with tracing activities included.
Zoey’s proud of the fine-motor skills she’s developed. This type of work is wonderful for fine-motor development, increasing attention span, and reinforcing letter sounds.
If you want to know how to introduce the letter sound for r, check out my post on how to teach letter sounds using Montessori principles.
In last month’s do-a-dot printable post, you’ll get a free butterfly do-a-dot printable and see an idea for using pom poms with the printable.
Free Recycling Cutting Strips (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
You can add another helpful activity to your Earth Day theme with our free recycling cutting strips!
Montessori-Inspired Packs – Subscriber Freebies
And don’t miss our subscriber freebie frog pack, subscriber freebie butterfly pack, and subscriber freebie recycling pack! You’ll get a monthly freebie with link and password if you subscribe to the Living Montessori Now weekly newsletter!
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