Young children are typically fascinated with snails. In case you know a toddler or preschooler who’s interested in snails, I have a free printable focusing on phonics, writing, and snails! This free snail do-a-dot printable reinforces work on the letter s. 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 a chocolate-band snail, 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 Snail Do-a-Dot Printable for the Letter S
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 Snail Do-a-Dot Printable
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My 2½-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves Do-a-Dot markers, so I used one with the snail do-a-dot printable.
Snail Do-a-Dot Letter S Tray with Do-a-Dot Marker
Right now, I have this tray on our shelves for Zoey. It’s on a Multicraft tray. Using Do-a-Dot markers is a simple and fun activity that helps with coordination and concentration. At other times, I’ll have a variety of transfer activities with do-a-dot printables, using tools such as quick sticks, sugar tongs, or toast tong.
You can add erasable crayons or markers to a laminated page for preschoolers to work on tracing skills. Because Zoey is just 2½ years old, I don’t have her trace letters or numbers except with her fingers. So that’s why I don’t have a writing instrument on the tray. Check out my frog do-a-dot printable post for ideas of trays with tracing activities included.
This type of work is wonderful for fine-motor development, increasing attention span, and reinforcing letter sounds.
(Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s outfit is from Gymboree!)
If you want to know how to introduce the letter sound for s, 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 do-a-dot 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 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!
Montessori Monday Link-Up
Except for content, this is now a no-rules linky. If you have some Montessori-inspired activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. They can be for home or classroom. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post.
If you’re wondering what’s considered “Montessori inspired” and what to link up (or not link up), check out my “What Is Montessori Inspired?” post. Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date. Don’t link to giveaway posts (unless the giveaway is only part of a Montessori-inspired post). Giveaways in general should go on my giveaway linky. Also, don’t link directly to products. You can link up a review of a Montessori product or activity post related to a Montessori product.
I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky each Monday morning and keep the linky open throughout the week. I do a lot of sharing on the Living Montessori Now Facebook page from the Montessori Monday link-up. Thanks for participating!
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