Bells are especially popular during the holidays, but they can be used as a theme year-round. Today, I have a free bell do-a-dot printable for you plus a fun practical life activity! The printables is an instant down and 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. If you look at the credits pages, you’ll notice the bell is a church bell.
- 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 Bell Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter B
To download the bell 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 Bell Do-a-Dot Printable
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Bell Do-a-Dot Letter B Tray with Bell Transfer Using Toast Tong
I used a Multicraft tray with ¾” bells of one color and toast tong for a transfer activity. Quick sticks work very well for a bell transfer, too. It’s fine for your child to just use fingers for the transfer if preferred. There’s still fine-motor work involved in getting the bells 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.
Bell Letter B Do a Dot Tray with Practical Life Bell Transfer
We’ve had so much fun with our bell work in the past month! Bells are great for multi-sensory work. Zoey always spends a bit of time listening to the bells as she works with them. And there’s a challenge with transfer work because the bells will roll if not placed upside down on the paper.
(Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s outfit is from Gymboree!)
If you want to know how to introduce the letter sound for b check out my post on how to teach letter sounds using Montessori principles.
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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).
Just click on an image to go to the post with the related free printable!
Note: I’ve arranged the following gallery in alphabetical order, although some posts have two do-a-dot printables (and two different letters). You’ll find at least one free do-a-dot printable for each letter of the alphabet!
Also, I don’t introduce letters in alphabetical order. You can find out the order in which I introduce letter sounds here. I deviate from that order for our unit studies, though, and focus on a letter that’s simply related to our unit. That’s in addition to our other letter work.
For complete themed alphabet do-a-dot packs, see our Animal Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack, Spanish Animal Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack, and Healthy Food Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pack available for purchase in the Living Montessori Now shop.
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