This Earth-themed word-building activity with printable cards is the perfect addition to an Earth Unit study or an Earth day full of educational fun! Ideal for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
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Can someone make time slow down, just a little bit? I find myself trapped between wanting the kids to grow a little independence, and feeling like they’re growing so fast that I can’t keep up.
Somehow, my oldest son is learning to build words. It really does feel like just yesterday he was learning the alphabet and how to count to 10. My mama heart can barely take it.
But, they do say that time is a thief. No matter how much I want them to stay babies forever, they will continue to amaze me in new ways constantly.
So, here we are. My biggest baby is building words and working on reading. It’s almost too much to take. Lately, I’ve gotten the feeling that he needed some curriculum that is just a little bit more challenging than what we had been doing before. Less counting, and more addition. Less letter recognition, and more phonics. Fewer board books, and more storybooks. All of this, while still keeping things play-based and fun. It’s going really well.
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Planet Earth Word Building Activity + Printable Cards
This is now something I plan on adding to many of our units this year. It’s interesting because I absolutely don’t expect him to be able to read these words. And yet, the interest and fire he has to figure out what they say, and how he can replicate the same idea is so strong that I can’t ignore it.
We have been working on CVC words already, and work on reading beginner reading books like these. But the words found in this printable pack are far more complicated. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that this activity will last us for several more years. Knowing the unit that we’re studying, along with having pictures on the side of each card, make these appropriate for children as young as 4.
Materials for this Literacy Activity for Preschoolers
I used an old sheet pan set up on our chalkboard. It could also be fun to leave on your fridge. Ours is not magnetic on the front, despite the fact that it looks like it’s made out of metal. Ugh!
All you have to do is set out the materials, and show your child how to build the words on the cards. This is great for pre-writers because they’re usually interested in writing and creating words, but don’t yet possess the dexterity possible to write the words themselves.
What theme should our next word-building card set be? Let me know in the comments below!
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