This free printable is for both ant lovers and young children who are afraid of ants. It’s designed to make ants fun and focus on phonics skills at the same time. This free ant do-a-dot printable reinforces work on the short a letter sound. It’s an instant download, too!
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 this is an odorous house ant, 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 Ant Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter A
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 Ant Do-a-Dot Printable
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Ant Do-a-Dot Letter A Tray with Power Magnets
Right now, I have this tray on our shelves for Zoey. This activity can be used on a magnetic board like the Melissa & Doug Magnetic Chalk/Dry Erase Board I used or even on a cookie sheet or the refrigerator.
This activity includes a variety of curriculum areas. It has phonics and writing (if appropriate for your child), math if you want to place the dots in a pattern (such as the ABAB pattern we used), and science with the magnets.
Zoey loves Power Magnets! Of course, only use Power Magnets with a toddler if he or she is past the mouthing stage or is very closely supervised while using the magnets.
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.
(Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s dress 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.
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.)
In last month’s 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
And don’t miss our subscriber freebie ant pack, subscriber freebie snail pack, subscriber freebie car pack, 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!
If you haven’t already, check out the first-ever online Montessori conference for parents, teachers, and administrators! It goes through Thursday. If you sign up by Friday, you have a year to watch the workshops and download any printables.
You can buy an Animal Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack (with 26 different animals and letters) in the Living Montessori Now shop! It’s 20% off through July 21 with the coupon code SUMMIT2016 at checkout!
Learn more about my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to. Teach Grace and Courtesy! I’m also one of the coauthors of the book Learn with Play – 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning!
Learn more about Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy!
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