I’m so excited to share a free Montessori-inspired frog do-a-dot printable with you today! It’s an instant download … super simple! And the activities you can make with it are super simple to prepare, 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 animal or object featured. In the cover page of this printable, you’ll see that this is an emerald glass frog, which you can teach to your child. Preschoolers love to learn proper terminology, so you don’t need to just say this is a frog.
- 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 Frog Do-a-Dot Printable
Today’s free printable is a frog do-a-dot printable in honor of Leap Year, spring, and the fact that frogs are just fun.
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 Frog 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 you can create with our frog do-a-dot printable:
Frog Do-a-Dot Activity with Power Magnets
This is a very fun activity … one that my 2-year-old granddaughter loves! 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. (Note: The Power Magnets or other objects used on the dots don’t have to be red. I kept a consistent theme here so that I could change the do-a-dot tray easily.)
We added 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. I haven’t found a good erasable marker yet. If you find one, let me know!
For a 2-year-old or other young preschooler who’s not ready to write letters, you can just leave off the crayons. 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.
Frog Do-a-Dot Tray with Do-a-Dot Markers
Another activity my granddaughter loves is using do-a-dot markers. They’re a fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to develop the coordination needed for writing. For this activity, I used a Montessori Services large plastic tray.
Frog Do-a-Dot Tray with Pom Poms
Pom poms are another fun item to use with do-a-dot printables. I love Montessori Services quick sticks for transferring activities. I also like sugar tongs, and toast tongs for transferring pom poms. This photo shows a Montessori Services tray, although I often use the wooden Multicraft trays as well.
Frog Do-a-Dot Tray with Glass Gems
Glass gems are another of my favorite items to use with do-a-dot printables … and for transferring activities in general.
If you want to know how to introduce the letter sound for f, check out my post on how to teach letter sounds using Montessori principles.
More Frog Resources and Blog Posts
- Montessori-Inspired Frog Activities for Leap Year or Anytime
- Montessori Frog Life Cycle Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Free Frog Printables and Montessori-Inspired Frog Math Activities
- Free Frog Do-a-Dot Printable (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
- Free Frog Cutting Strips (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
- “5 Green and Speckled Frogs” with Props and Free Printables
- Lots of Learning and Fun with Frogs Sensory Bin
- Kids’ Frog and Leap Year Activities Pinterest Board
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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.
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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