The moon is a very popular topic with my 4-year-old granddaughter, Zoey. So we’ve been having lots of fun with our moon unit. Today, I’m sharing another moon resource … a free moon do-a-dot printable. It’s very 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.
- 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 Moon Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter M
To download the moon 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 Moon Do-a-Dot Printable
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Moon Do-a-Dot Letter M Tray with Quicksticks, Chopsticks, and Pom Poms
I used a Multicraft tray with pom poms, quick sticks, and chopsticks. You could have a transfer activity with other tools such as sugar tongs or toast tong. Or you could have a totally different type of do-a-dot activity. See ideas below. Just choose what is best for your child’s skill level and interests.
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. I often do that. 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.
Moon Do-a-Dot Letter M Tray with Quicksticks, Chopsticks and Pom Pom Transfer
Zoey’s just learning to use chopsticks, so I only have her use the chopsticks to transfer one or two pom poms. Then I have the quick sticks available for her to use with the rest.
Zoey came up with the idea of using the chopsticks to straighten the pom poms after transferring them with the quick sticks. I thought this was creative and took a lot of fine-motor work to do. I don’t mind when a child comes up with a variation to how an activity would normally be done as long as he or she uses the materials respectfully. Zoey concentrated hard on this, and I loved seeing her variation!
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.
Astronomy Printables and Activities for Preschoolers-Early Elementary
- Astronaut Unit
- Montessori-Inspired Astronomy Activities
- Montessori-Inspired Star and Constellation Unit
- Montessori-Inspired Moon Unit
- Montessori-Inspired Solar System Activities
- Montessori-Inspired Astronomy Units
- Montessori-Inspired Moon Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Montessori-Inspired Phases-of-the-Moon Playdough Tray
- Astronomy Unit Study Pinterest Board
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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