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My kiddos are going crazy for sharks these days. Discovery Channel's Shark Week seems to do that to them. What's been fun this year, is that the desire to learn more about sharks has lasted all Summer and into the Fall.
Today, I'm sharing Sunshine's Shark Activities for Tots and Preschoolers with Free Printables. She always wants to do what her siblings are doing. Since their activities are too difficult, we decided to make more age appropriate ones for her. She is loving them all!
Shark Themed Prewriting Sand Tray
Sunshine continues to work on prewriting activities, using a sand tray. Right now we're using blue sand to resemble water. The prewriting tasks resemble shark fins or waves in the ocean.
Source: The free printable for this activity can be found at Walking By the Way.
Shark Themed Nomenclature Cards
Nomenclature cards are great for children when trying to develop vocabulary and letter recognition. Sunshine uses the control cards provided to help her match up picture and word cards. She really enjoys these cards and is using new words in conversation on a regular basis. Yay!
Source: I create the printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Printable Pack 3. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
Shark First Letter Sounds
This activity is recommended after introducing the shark themed nomenclature cards. Sunshine uses the control cards provided (if needed) to determine the first letter sound of each shark vocabulary word. She places a glass bead on the correct answer.
Note: Not all cards in the printable are being used.
Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Printable Pack 3. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
Sunshine practices counting sharks using the cards provided. She uses the glass beads provided to mark her answers.
Source: I created the printable for the activity as part of my Shark Unit Math Printable Pack 2. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
Shark Themed Greater Than/Less Cards
Sunshine is learning to identify greater than, less than, and equal signs. We're having loads of fun explaining that sharks open their mouths to the bigger bite. She uses glass beads to mark her answer on each card.
Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Shark Unit Math Printable Pack 2. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
I Spy Lots of Sharks!
Sunshine completes this activity, marking each shark as she counts them. She then circles how many of each shark she finds.
Source: This free printable is available at Simple Fun for Kids.
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