Our magnet unit has been one of our favorites. We’ve had so much fun with STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) activities along with magnet activities in a variety of curriculum areas. Today, I’m sharing another magnet resource – a free magnet do-a-dot printable. It’s an instant download – super easy to download and prepare.
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 specific name of the object or animal featured. Today’s printable emphasizes a horseshoe magnet on the credits page.
- 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 Magnet Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter M
To download the magnet 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 Magnet Do-a-Dot Printable
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Magnet Do-a-Dot Letter M Tray with Power Magnets
I used a Multicraft tray with Power Magnets and a magnet for extra magnetic exploration (optional). Your child will need 24 Power Magnets (or whatever item you add to the dots) plus 4 more Power Magnets if you want to hold each corner of the page to the refrigerator or other magnetic surface. I also added /m/ for magnet font printable from our subscriber freebie magnet pack. At other times, I’ll have a transfer activity with tools such as quick sticks, sugar tongs, or toast tong.
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. If your page isn’t laminated, you could add a pencil or colored pencil like I did for the tracing. For a 2-year-old or other young preschooler who’s not ready to write letters, you can just leave off the crayon or pencil.
Magnet Do-a-Dot Letter M Tray with Power Magnet Activity
For simplicity (and because it’s good for kids to do some work on a vertical surface), we used the do-a-dot page and Power Magnets on the refrigerator.
Zoey has been interested in writing, so I introduced the “magnet” word tracing. I made a small green dot where each letter begins so that Zoey would know where to start each letter. When she was finished tracing the word “magnet,” she used the horseshoe magnet for magnetic exploration with the Power Magnets.
If you want to know how to introduce the letter sound for m, check out my post on how to teach letter sounds using Montessori principles.
Magnet Printables and Activities for Preschoolers-Early Elementary
More 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).
(Note: the Free Frog Do-a-Dot Printable (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download) is available in either black or red outline.)
The free bell do-a-dot printable can be used at any time of year, but it’s especially perfect before the holidays.
You’ll find a fun printable for any season with the free dinosaur do-a-dot printable.
You’ll find two free printables and ideas using glass gems in last month’s free tarantula and spider do-a-dot printables.
If you’re looking for a printable for the start of the school year or a forest unit, you’ll find a free raccoon do-a-dot printable using stickers (great for a Kissing Hand unit).
I have a free ant do-a-dot printable and activity using Power Magnets.
In another 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.
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