Color Matching Fish Puzzles

Are you looking for a way to work on colors with your preschooler?  Or maybe you need a quick activity for your kindergartener to use to better understand color words.  Either way, our printable color matching fish puzzles are the perfect activity for you!  They can be used in the classroom or at home as a fun busy bag and take almost no time to prepare!

Free printable color matching fish puzzles can help preschoolers and kindergarteners work on color and color word recognition in a fun way!  Grab these easy to prep puzzles for home or classroom use!
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Color Matching Fish Puzzles


The set of coloring matching fish puzzles includes 11 individual printable puzzles.  Each puzzle has a different colored fish on it with the corresponding color word.  

There are 2 versions available to use depending on where your child is at with color word recognition skills.  

Simply print out the color matching activity from the link below.  I printed ours out on white cardstock for extra durability.  You can also laminate your set to use over again and again!  Cut around each puzzle and then carefully across the middle zig zag line.  

Free printable color matching fish puzzles can help preschoolers and kindergarteners work on color and color word recognition in a fun way!  Grab these easy to prep puzzles for home or classroom use!

Print the version of the puzzles that works best for your child!  

If your child is just beginning to learn about color word recognition, use the version that includes color words written in the color, not just in black.  This set helps introduce what the color words look like, and makes the game fun for all levels!

For a more difficult way to play, use the set that has all of the color words written in black.  This set is for kids who have mastered or who have almost mastered their color words.  It may be overwhelming to introduce color words with this set!

Free printable color matching fish puzzles can help preschoolers and kindergarteners work on color and color word recognition in a fun way!  Grab these easy to prep puzzles for home or classroom use!

In my classroom, I would use this set in a few different ways with my preschoolers.  I would introduce the color matching activity during circle time.  Whenever I introduce a new activity, I use non-examples mixed in with the actual answers to check understanding.

Simple activities like this are set up in a learning center for individuals or small groups to work together to complete.  My preschoolers rotate through our table top activities freely during the morning.  If I don't observe certain preschoolers playing with an activity, but still want to check their skills, I'll use it during a small group time too.

Assessing understanding of the color recognition and color word skills can easily be done with the set of puzzles that include the color words written in black.  Playing games while evaluating students is way more fun than just answering question after question!

Free printable color matching fish puzzles can help preschoolers and kindergarteners work on color and color word recognition in a fun way!  Grab these easy to prep puzzles for home or classroom use!

Download the coloring matching fish puzzles {HERE}.

Some of our favorite ocean and fish themed books can be found below! 
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Check out the other fun ocean and fish themed activities from some of my favorite bloggers!




FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Odd and Even Number Fishing // Adventures of Adam
Ocean Animal Beginning Sound Clip Cards // The Letters of Literacy
Ocean Counting Mats // Mom Inspired Life
Ocean Felt Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Free Ocean Flip Books for All Ages // Simple Learning Kids
Shark Roll and Cover Game // Playdough to Plato
Write and Wipe Addition Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Color Word Clip Cards // The Simplified Classroom
Ocean Sensory Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
Subitising Fish Game // Fairy Poppins
Diving Fish Science Experiment // Schooling a Monkey
Ocean Animal Count and Clip Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Ocean I Spy Printable // Powerful Mothering
Color Matching Fish Puzzles // Modern Preschool
Ocean Sensory Bin // Play & Learn Everyday




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Construction Zone Sensory Bin

Do you know any construction truck lovers?  We sure do!  My preschool classroom is full of them, and I have a couple of fans at home too.  This construction zone sensory bin could not be easier to put together and you can adapt the materials around what you already have on hand.  Rocks and construction trucks are always fun to play with!

Construction zone simple sensory bin - perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love construction trucks and playing in rocks!  Great for a transportation or construction theme.
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Construction Zone Sensory Bin


To set up the construction zone sensory bin, I used these supplies:

I'm a huge fan or storing and reusing supplies when it comes to our activities!  You may remember our alphabet rocks {HERE} and {HERE}.  And our black pebble rocks were the perfect filler for our Jingle Bell Rock sensory bin last Christmas!

And we use this size bin every day in my preschool classroom!  

Construction zone simple sensory bin - perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love construction trucks and playing in rocks!  Great for a transportation or construction theme.

I added all of the black pebble rocks to the bottom of the plastic bin.  I piled the alphabet rocks as "boulders" at one end of the bin.  

Now it was time for the construction vehicles to get to work!

Construction zone simple sensory bin - perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love construction trucks and playing in rocks!  Great for a transportation or construction theme.

Boulders and pebble rocks were loaded into the dump trucks.  

Rocks were pushed and lifted and moved.  

Ramps were built with the boulders to help the trucks get where they needed to go.

Imaginative conversation was occurring too.  Vehicles were chatting.  Pretend workers were arguing over the work that needed to be accomplished.  

Pretend play is one of my absolute favorite parts of sensory play!  This construction zone sensory bin is the perfect place to encourage pretend play while digging and moving all of those rocks.

Construction zone simple sensory bin - perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love construction trucks and playing in rocks!  Great for a transportation or construction theme.

It's always fun when activities and books go together seamlessly!  

Here are some of our favorite construction themed books that are perfect to read along with the construction zone sensory bin.

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Construction zone simple sensory bin - perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love construction trucks and playing in rocks!  Great for a transportation or construction theme.





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Dinosaurs in Lava Science

This never gets old.  NEVER.  My big kids at home are as intrigued as my preschoolers when it comes to this simple science activity.  We have done different versions of this baking soda reaction experiment, but creating lava during our dinosaur theme may be the most creative to date.  And my preschoolers went crazy for the imaginative play aspect that was involved!

Kids can discover and explore chemical reactions made with baking soda and vinegar in this simple dinosaur and lava themed activity tray!
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Dinosaurs in Lava 


Setting up this baking soda science activity is so easy!  This is one of the reasons that I consider this a must-do activity, especially with preschoolers.  

You probably have the supplies on hand!


In my classroom we used multiple trays on the table so that all of my preschoolers could participate at the same time. 

Simple sprinkle baking soda all over the tray bottom.  I put an empty glass jar (I save our salsa jars to use in my classroom for water, paint, and sorting activities.) in the middle of the tray and added vinegar to fill almost half of the jar.

Kids can discover and explore chemical reactions made with baking soda and vinegar in this simple dinosaur and lava themed activity tray!

I found the plastic dinosaurs that were able to stand up on their own from our toys along with pretend plastic trees and rocks from our toys.  I set them up around the trays to resemble a village of dinosaurs.

To make the activity a little more fun, I added a few drops of orange liquid watercolor to the vinegar in the jar.  This definitely is not necessary, but my preschoolers loved it!  

COLOR TIP!  If you want to add color to your vinegar, go with orange over red.  Red mixed with the white baking soda makes pink, which may not give the lava color you may be looking for.

Kids can discover and explore chemical reactions made with baking soda and vinegar in this simple dinosaur and lava themed activity tray!

Baking Soda & Vinegar Lava!


Before my preschoolers could begin to experiment with the baking soda and vinegar reactions, they had to be reminded (or taught!) again how to use a dropper.  This is an important step because it's a multi-step process that needs to be understood to be successful -- and not frustrated!

To help my preschoolers, I showed them how to put the dropper into the cup, squeeze, let go, and then drip, drip, drip on to the baking soda.  "Squeeze and let go.  Drip, drip drip."  Saying it while they were using the droppers helped too!

Kids can discover and explore chemical reactions made with baking soda and vinegar in this simple dinosaur and lava themed activity tray!

The chemical reaction between the vinegar, which is an acid, and baking soda, which is a base, creates carbon dioxide.  The reaction we saw were all the bubbles that we pretended were bubbly lava.  

Using the small droppers allowed for this activity to last a long time.  The drops on the baking soda occurred, but still left plenty of baking soda left for more science fun!  

As more lava filled the trays, my preschoolers pretended to save the dinosaurs and take down the trees.  There were lots of giggles, screeches, and excitement over the baking soda and vinegar reactions.  And this was an awesome activity to go along with our dinosaur theme!

Kids can discover and explore chemical reactions made with baking soda and vinegar in this simple dinosaur and lava themed activity tray!

Do you have a dinosaur lover on your hands?  Check out these other must-try activities!









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Dinosaur Egg Alphabet Match

It's not always easy to come up with alphabet activities for younger kids who have no prior letter knowledge.  Exposing preschoolers to letters of the alphabet without the stress of a correct answer or desired outcome is a fun way to begin learning the alphabet.  Our dinosaur egg alphabet match can be set up for young children to play different ways to fit their individual learning needs.

Expose young preschoolers and even kindergarteners to uppercase (and even lowercase) letters of the alphabet with this dinosaur egg matching activity!  Perfect for a dinosaur theme and easy to prep!
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Dinosaur Egg Alphabet Match


To set up this activity, you'll need just a few supplies.


Gather 26 smooth, flat rocks to use as dinosaur eggs.  Wash any excess dirt off of them and let them dry.  On our rocks I used vinyl alphabet letter stickers.  You could also use scrapbooking letter stickers or just write the letters on the rocks with a Sharpie.

The dinosaurs we used in this activity were from a set of all different sized dinos.  My preschoolers call these the babies.  It does not matter what size dinosaurs that are used though.  If you can't find a set of small dinosaurs, use whatever size you can find!

Expose young preschoolers and even kindergarteners to uppercase (and even lowercase) letters of the alphabet with this dinosaur egg matching activity!  Perfect for a dinosaur theme and easy to prep!

I used the circle stickers that you can find in the office supply aisles to add letters to the dinosaurs.  Simply write one letter of the alphabet on a each sticker with a marker.  Apply one sticker to each dinosaur.

Now that the dinosaurs and the rock eggs are prepped, it's time to play - and learn!

Expose young preschoolers and even kindergarteners to uppercase (and even lowercase) letters of the alphabet with this dinosaur egg matching activity!  Perfect for a dinosaur theme and easy to prep!


Ways to Play!


For kiddos who are not yet mastered the uppercase letters of the alphabet, start this activity with just the letters in your child's name.  Slowly increase the amount of dinosaurs and rock eggs as confidence builds.  Practice saying the names of the letters on the rocks and dinosaurs.  Ask questions about what the letters look like, and if your child can find the matching egg for the dinosaur.  Encourage creative play with the dinosaurs and the rocks too!

Older kids who have alphabet knowledge can match uppercase letters to uppercase letters on the dinosaurs and the eggs.  

To add more of a challenge to the activity, add lowercase letters into the game!  Write uppercase letters on the rock eggs and lowercase letters on the stickers.  Practice letter recognition and matching with this mixed set!

Expose young preschoolers and even kindergarteners to uppercase (and even lowercase) letters of the alphabet with this dinosaur egg matching activity!  Perfect for a dinosaur theme and easy to prep!

My preschoolers love dinosaurs!  It's such a fun theme and the learning activities to go along with dinos is endless!

Check out our DINOSAUR LETTER TRACING BUSY BAG and our DINOSAUR STICKER SORT for more learning ideas!






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Butterfly Alphabet Puzzles

Printable activities can be life savers!  When you desperately need a few minutes to fold the laundry, make a grocery list, or even just sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while it's still hot, low prep activities are the way to go.  Keeping your kids busy and engaged while having fun learning is always a plus!  Our butterfly alphabet puzzles are perfect to use as a busy bag at home or a learning center in a classroom setting to practice uppercase and lowercase letter recognition!

FREE printable butterfly alphabet puzzles for preschoolers and kindergarteners.  Practice uppercase and lowercase letter recognition with this busy bag learning activity!
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Butterfly Alphabet Puzzles


This alphabet printable set includes 26 butterfly puzzles.  Each puzzle has a full butterfly on it with one uppercase letter and the corresponding lowercase letter.  

Print the butterfly alphabet puzzles below on white printer paper.  I prefer cardstock when I am printing activities for my preschoolers.  Laminate the set for extra durability.  If you chose to laminate the set, you can print, laminate, and then cut the puzzles out!

Carefully cut the butterflies in half down the white dotted line.

Now it's time to play!

FREE printable butterfly alphabet puzzles for preschoolers and kindergarteners.  Practice uppercase and lowercase letter recognition with this busy bag learning activity!

There are 2 main ways to play!

For younger learners who are not quite ready to independently match uppercase letters to lowercase letters, PRINT 2 COPIES of the puzzles.  Cut out sets like in the photo above.  Leave one set as a full puzzle, meaning do NOT cut the puzzles in half down the white dotted line.  Cut the second set of butterfly alphabet puzzles apart into 2 separate pieces.  The object is to find the uppercase and lowercase puzzle pieces that match the butterfly that has not been cut apart.

The other way to play is to match all of the butterflies back together correctly!  Start with a smaller set of butterflies that does not include all 26 letters if it could be frustrating.  Mix up the pieces and find the matches!  

Or flip the pieces upside down and put the puzzles together like a memory game!

FREE printable butterfly alphabet puzzles for preschoolers and kindergarteners.  Practice uppercase and lowercase letter recognition with this busy bag learning activity!

Download the BUTTERFLY ALPHABET PUZZLES ---------> {HERE}


Grab a set of our butterfly count and clip cards too!


Check out these butterfly themed books too!  


      


Now that you've grabbed your own set of butterfly alphabet puzzles, check out the other bug and butterfly themed kids' activities from some of my favorite bloggers!



LEFT TO RIGHT:


Get the Bugs Out Sensory Bin // Coffee Cups and Crayons

Butterfly Alphabet Puzzles // Modern Preschool

Butterfly World Play Dough Kit // Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Bug Addition Cards // The Kindergarten Connection

Caterpillar Word Family Activity // Mom Inspired Life

Bug Race Math Game // The STEM Laboratory

Ant Life Cycle: First, Next, Then // Liz's Early Learning Spot


Butterfly I Spy Game // Pleasantest Thing

3D Ladybug Counting Game // M is for Monster

DIY Clay Minibeast Tic Tac Toe // Adventures of Adam

Butterfly Life Cycle Hats // Playdough to Plato

Butterfly Count and Color Sort // Powerful Mothering



Spring Insects Skip Counting Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom

Ladybug Spot Counting Activity // Play & Learn Everyday


Butterfly Memory Game // Teach Me Mommy

(Not Shown) Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly Craft // Life Over Cs



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Bee Pollen Counting Activity

Who doesn't love a super simple activity that can be played over and over again?  Simple activities are perfect for my preschoolers in my classroom.  And I love when I am able to sneak in learning skills without taking any of the fun away.  To go along with our bug theme in preschool, we focused on bees for a while.  Our bee pollen transfer counting activity was a hit in my classroom while we practiced math and number skills!

Bee pollen transfer counting activity for preschoolers and toddlers!  Practice identifying numbers, counting, and strengthening fine motor skills with pretend pollen!
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Bee Pollen Counting Activity

You may have the supplies on hand!  For this counting activity you will need:


Once you collect all of your supplies, you are just about ready to play!  Yes, it's that simple!

I use individual trays in my classroom for a lot of our table top activities.  This keeps all of the materials together and also gives my preschoolers an area that is just for them to play in.

Each egg carton bottom was placed in the tray, and the yellow pom poms were scattered on the rest of the tray.  

Bee pollen transfer counting activity for preschoolers and toddlers!  Practice identifying numbers, counting, and strengthening fine motor skills with pretend pollen!c

The egg carton represented the bee hive and the pom poms were our pretend pollen.  My preschoolers pretended to bee the worker bees transferring the pollen from the flower back to their hive.

During circle time on the carpet, I introduced the bee pollen counting activity and showed my preschoolers 3 different ways to play.  The first way was to simply move the pollen pom poms from the tray to the bee hive with the kid-friendly tweezers.

I also showed them how I would roll one of the dice, identify the number, and then count out loud while I moved the correct number of pollen pom poms into the hive.

The last option that I modeled for my preschoolers, was to just move the pollen pom poms as I counted.  This was a more open ended option to the dice rolling and identifying choice.  It also allowed them to count higher than 12, which was the highest number on our blue die.

Bee pollen transfer counting activity for preschoolers and toddlers!  Practice identifying numbers, counting, and strengthening fine motor skills with pretend pollen!

No matter how they chose to play, when the be hive was full, they dumped the pollen pom poms back on to the tray and either played again, or went to another area in the classroom to explore and play!

Bee pollen transfer counting activity for preschoolers and toddlers!  Practice identifying numbers, counting, and strengthening fine motor skills with pretend pollen!

Are your kiddos BUZZING about bugs like we are?  Don't miss out on some of our other learning activities for a bug or spring theme:










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