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Summer Sports Activities for Kids with Free Printables

 Many look forward to the summer games. 

They can be equally exciting for children when they understand the sports involved.

These Summer Sports Activities for Kids with Free Printables are the perfect way to help children understand sports they may see during the summer games.

These resources are designed for children in Montessori preschool and elementary classrooms at home or at school.

All image are true-to-life.

No images included in this resource are from previous or current summer games. They are from other sporting events available on Wikipedia Commons and Pixabay.

The focus of these activities is to help children learn about various sports.

Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Activities

Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Activities for Kids with Free Printables


Summer Sports Card and Object Match Up


Summer Sports Card and Object Match Up

In this activity children can enjoy matching cards to objects. 

We chose to use objects in my kids' LEGO collection as well as some other figures. You can choose  to use whatever you have on hand. 

Every sport in the summer games is represented so you have a ton to choose from.

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Printable Pack in the Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Bundle.

Summer Sports Sorting Activity


Summer Sports Sorting Activity

In this activity children can sort sports images by summer sport. 

Younger children can sort images of very different sports.

Older children can sort images of sports that are similar.

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Printable Pack in the Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Bundle.

Which Summer Sport Am I? Activity


Which Summer Sport Am I? Activity

These cards can be so much fun whether children are able to read or can be read to.

An adult or child reads the description card and then chooses the summer sports card that matches.

Depending on the abilities of children, just a few or several sports can be introduced.

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Printable Pack in the Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Bundle.

Which Summer Sport Doesn't Belong?


Which Summer Sport Doesn't Belong?

In this activity, children utilize their knowledge of each set of sports cards and decide which image does not belong.

For younger kids, you can use the set of sports cards as control. 

Older kids may not need the control.

Children can use the white beads provided to mark their answers.

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Printable Pack in the Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Bundle.

Summer Sports Clip Cards


Summer Sports Clip Cards

In this activity, children use the white beads to mark the correct summer sport written on the clip card.

Nomenclature cards can be used as a control with this activity.

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Printable Pack in the Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Bundle.

Summer Sports Logo Painting Activity


Summer Sports Logo Painting Activity

In this activity children can paint summer sport logos.

Please be aware these are unofficial logos from Wikipedia Commons and may vary from those seen during the summer games.

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Printable Pack in the Montessori-inspired Summer Sports Bundle.

FREE First Summer Sport First Letter Sound Clip Cards


FREE Summer Sports First Letter Sound Clip Cards

These FREE Montessori-inspired Summer Sports First Letter Sounds Clip Cards are a great way to teach children the names of summer sports.

Children use white beads or another marker to mark answers on each card.

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St. Nicholas Day Activities for Kids with Free Printables

These St. Nicholas Day activities for kids with free printables are perfect for early elementary students when learning about holidays around the world.

Learning about Saint Nicholas is the perfect way to introduce the wonderful man who inspired our modern day Santa.

Understanding St. Nicholas Day is easy when you use all of the beautiful true-to-life images included in printables.

We hope you enjoy these Saint Nicholas activities and printables as much as we do!


St. Nicholas Day Activities for Kids with Free Printables


St. Nicholas Day Activities for Kids with Free Printables


St. Nicholas Day Picture and Description Cards


St. Nicholas Day Picture and Description Cards

What better way is there to learn the details of St. Nicholas Day than through nomenclature style picture and description cards?

These beautiful Saint Nicholas Day picture and description cards show and explain symbols of the holiday that children may see during celebrations.

Cards can be used as a memory game or simply Montessori nomenclature style.

Source: The printable for this activity is included in our St. Nicholas Day Printable Pack.

St. Nicholas Day Writing Strips


St. Nicholas Day Writing Strips


Some children love reading and speaking. 


Others love writing.


These beautiful writing strips are designed for the children who love to write. 


There are two options as to how to use the activity, to ensure all can participate.


Tracing cards are provided for children who need extra support in order to be successful.


Blank writing strips are for those who feel confident in their writing.


Source: The printable for this activity is included in our St. Nicholas Day Printable Pack.


St. Nicholas Day Skip Counting by 3s Coin Activity


St. Nicholas Day Skip Counting by 3s Coin Activity


The number three is special to St. Nicholas Day in multiple ways.

Stories related to this number and holiday are to be shared at the discretion of the caregiver or teacher. 

In this activity children sequence the number cards.

If they need help and assistance in knowing what comes next, they can use the chocolate gold coins as counters.

For those who are uncomfortable using chocolate gold coins, you can easily switch them out for plastic coins

Source: The printable for this activity is included in our St. Nicholas Day Printable Pack.

St. Nicholas Day Skip Counting by 3s Hundred Board Activity


St. Nicholas Day Skip Counting by 3s Hundred Board Activity

Another way to practice skip counting is using a hundred board.

In this activity kids skip count by 3 marking their answers with the "cold coins" provided. 

Stamps, stickers, and other manipulatives can also be used in this activity.

I love using the hundred board when teaching skip counting because it provides a fabulous control for children who may not be able to skip count on their own.

Source: The printable for this activity is included in our St. Nicholas Day Printable Pack.

More St. Nicholas Day Skip Counting Activities


FREE Montessori-inspired St. Nicholas Day Skip Counting Printable Pack


If you're looking for more ways to practice skip counting, be sure to check out this FREE resource. It includes multiple St. Nicholas Day themed skip counting activities for kids.


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St. Nicholas Day Celebrations Around the World Flag and Description Cards


St. Nicholas Day Celebrations Around the World Flag and Description Cards


Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated in multiple countries around the world.

In this activity children learn the different countries that do celebrate St. Nicholas Day and how every celebration differs from one another.

These Saint Nicholas Day picture and description cards can be used as a memory game or in Montessori nomenclature style.

Source: The printable for this activity is included in our St. Nicholas Day Printable Pack.


St. Nicholas Day Sewing Activity for Kids


St. Nicholas Day Sewing Activity for Kids

I love when I can find the perfect craft to help kids develop fine motor skills in new and fun ways.

The set up of this craft is so easy. 

Depending on the age of your kids, will depend on if you want to pre-cut pieces or include cutting felt as part of the activity.

I can not take credit for this craft as I found it on the website of someone who is far more creative than I am.

I was very excited at the step-by-step picture instructions provided by the author.

They work as a perfect control every step of the way.

Source: This activity with templates and instructions can be found on the Wild Olive website.

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder

Many have asked about Borderline Personality Disorder in adults and how it compares to Reactive Attachment Disorder in children.

People wonder how to support loved ones with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Today I'm going to attempt to answer questions and provide help to those that are seeking it, the best that I am able.

There are people in my life that I care deeply for that have Borderline Personality Disorder.

If you've been following us for any length of time, you know that I am raising two adopted daughters with Reactive Attachment Disorder.


Borderline Personality Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder


Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are similar in that both diagnoses are related to trauma experienced in childhood. 

RAD and BPD are similar in that both operate on a spectrum like autism. 

There are extreme cases and there are cases that are much more mellow.

Reactive Attachment Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder are similar in that struggles are related to attachment.

In order to receive a diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder, trauma must occur within utero and/or during the first 18 months of life. 

This isn't the case with Borderline Personality Disorder. Trauma can occur any time in childhood.

Trauma can include an array of abusive situations and can also be due to neglect.

Reactive Attachment Disorder is a diagnosis given to children or teens.

Borderline Personality Disorder is a diagnosis given to adults. 

If Reactive Attachment Disorder isn't diagnosed during childhood and teen years, an adult showing similar symptoms may be diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

This adult may have had Reactive Attachment Disorder growing up, depending on when the early childhood trauma occurred.

Many diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder as children can receive a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis as an adult.

A person does not have to have had Reactive Attachment Disorder to be diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Those with Reactive Attachment Disorder may not receive a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder as an adult.


Signs and Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder


1. Those with Borderline Personality Disorder have an extreme fear of abandonment.


They may sabotage healthy relationships, education opportunities, career paths, etc. because of this fear of abandonment.  

A person with BPD may display extreme behaviors to avoid feelings of separation or rejection.

150+ Ways Children and Teens with RAD Push Others Away

150+ Ways Children and Teens with RAD Push Others Away


Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder are experts at pushing others away for fear of being loved and creating healthy attachments.

2. Adults with Borderline Personality Disorder may feel extremely positive feelings towards someone one moment and then think the same person is out to get them the very next moment.


There is a push pull factor in relationships with someone diagnosed with BPD. 

Moments where a person with Borderline Personality Disorder feels extremely positive feelings towards someone are very enjoyable. A loved one will feel so special.

Unfortunately, those moments when the person with Borderline Personality Disorder thinks someone's out to get them are very difficult. A loved one can become an enemy very quickly.

Those with Reactive Attachment Disorder feel that those closest to them are the enemy.

They are often very kind to others until they don't get what they want.

3. Borderline Personality Disorder can lead to feelings of being a bad person or even worse, someone that doesn't exist in the eyes of others.


These feelings of awfulness can lead to changing moods, goals, beliefs, values, suicidal thoughts, and behaviors. 

A person with Borderline Personality Disorder will often feel intense shame for her actions and who she is.

Many children with Reactive Attachment Disorder can not accept being called good by caregivers. They struggle with receiving compliments.

Due to their low self-esteem, children with RAD will often give up on endeavors in order to prevent feeling worse about themselves.

4. Those with Borderline Personality Disorder often experience paranoia and a separation from reality when triggered by abandonment.


They hear the words in their heads about themselves, rather than what's actually being said about them or to them by others.

This is one of the main reasons for the extreme changes in mood, push pulls in relationships, etc.

A person with Borderline Personality Disorder struggles so much to believe that they won't be abandoned.

Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder often dissociate and experience PTSD flashbacks that lead to the appearance of a separation from reality. 

Children with RAD can also experience paranoia related to anxiety and trauma they've experienced.

5. Adults with Borderline Personality often engage in unsafe behaviors.


These behaviors are usually quite impulsive and can be similar to behaviors of a bi-polar manic episode.

Usually these behaviors are a response to feeling successful or can be triggered by stress and anxiety.

Worst Cases of Reactive Attachment Disorder

The Worst Cases of Reactive Attachment Disorder


Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder also engage in unsafe behaviors when life feels "too good" or they are triggered by past trauma.

6. Borderline Personality Disorder includes significant shifts in moods that can occur quickly or over a few days.


Those with Borderline Personality Disorder may appear to have a mood disorder, shifting from high highs and low lows. 

Some shifts in mood include:
  • Happiness to Anger or Sadness
  • Confidence to Anxiety and Shame

Other times a person with BPD may simply be irritable.

7. Those with Borderline Personality Disorder struggle with anger issues. 


A person with BPD tends to lose their temper often, quickly and in big ways.

They may respond to the words and actions of others in very sarcastic and unkind ways.

In some cases anger may lead to property destruction and physical abuse towards others.

4 Steps to Managing Aggressive Behavior in Children

4 Steps to Managing Aggressive Behavior in Children


Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder also struggle with anger issues which can lead to aggression towards property and people.

8. Adults with Borderline Personality are victims of childhood trauma.


Borderline Personality Disorder is most often linked to childhood trauma, though there are also possible genetic links.

No person wishes to experience trauma, especially trauma that alters the ability to have relationships so much.

Let's end the stigma. 

Instead of being cruel to those with this disorder, let's help and support them.

Healing is possible for some.

Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder are also victims of childhood trauma.

Through continued work over a significant period of time, healing is possible for some.

Tips for Loved Ones Wanting to Help an Adult with Borderline Personality Disorder


1. Acknowledge childhood trauma.


In order to heal from Borderline Personality Disorder, it's important to understand where it came from and help the brain understand that it doesn't need to respond to situations in the same ways it did before.

Talk about trauma following the lead of the person with Borderline Personality Disorder.

If you are one of the causes of trauma, apologize and accept responsibility. 

Seek help for yourself. 

Show the person with Borderline Personality Disorder that you're working to be better.

2. Choose to Care while Setting Safe Boundaries.


A person with Borderline Personality Disorder fears abandonment more than anything else.

When it is safe, choose to continue to care. 

Caring about someone with Borderline Personality Disorder may look different depending the the severity of the case. 

Be sure to set very clear and safe boundaries for yourself in the relationship. 

If those boundaries are violated, continue to stay healthy and safe. 

Sometimes consistency in maintaining healthy boundaries is the best way to show that you care, when it's not possible to do anything else.

3. Support Mental Health Therapy.


Mental Health Therapy with an excellent counselor is crucial to improving Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms and eventual healing when possible.

There are many forms of talk therapy that are recommended for Borderline Personality Disorder.

When Traditional Mental Health Therapy Doesn't Work

When Traditional Mental Health Therapy Doesn't Work


After observing the benefits of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) in those I care about, I highly recommend this approach.

It is a less threatening and nonpathological approach to working through trauma and all things personality disorder related. 

Individual therapy appears to work best for those with Borderline Personality Disorder, until they are at a point where they can feel safe and comfortable adding others to a session.

If a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder decides to do IFS therapy, ask to learn about her parts.

Consider IFS therapy for yourself so you can communicate more effectively with your loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder and better understand what's going on in the moment.

4. Remember that Adult Choices Have Adult Consequences


There is a difference between raising a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder and caring about an adult with Borderline Personality Disorder. 

At times it can be challenging to remember that an adult with Borderline Personality Disorder isn't a child. 

An adult with Borderline Personality Disorder needs to make the choice to accept that she has a problem and seek help.

If the adult with BPD doesn't accept that there is an issue and refuses help, the relationship is not, and will not, be healthy.

It is not okay for another adult to treat you in unhealthy ways.

5. Help Separate Fiction from Reality


When an adult with Borderline Personality Disorder accepts her struggles and is seeking help, it can often be beneficial to help separate fiction from reality.

Ask the person with BPD to repeat back what she heard you say when triggered.

There is a good chance the adult with Borderline Personality Disorder heard something completely different and often the opposite of what was said.

Help her realize the difference, if she is willing,

After a lot of work in therapy, it may be possible for the person with Borderline Personality Disorder to start recognizing when she's interpreting things you're saying incorrectly and start asking about fiction versus reality.

Encourage these questions!

Support this process without being offended, knowing the person you care about with BPD is working really hard to grow and heal.

6. Promote Healthy Interdependent Relationships


Help your loved one feel safe and cared for as you promote a healthy relationship and attachment style.

Give reminders and reassurances that it's okay for each of you to be healthy individuals who choose to be together and support each other in all separate endeavors.

Learn how your loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder prefers to be cared for.

Share your preferences.

Accept that there will be mess ups, but if your loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder really wants help and is going to therapy, the relationship can and will improve.

Borderline Personality Disorder is very similar to Reactive Attachment Disorder. 

One could say it's the adult equivalent of the childhood disorder.

Despite the stigma surrounding both of these diagnoses, healing is possible when all parties are willing to put the work into it. 

Not all adults with Borderline Personality Disorder display extreme symptoms. 

Many adults' symptoms are much more mild than expected.

And in the end, it's all trauma.

Let's support healing from trauma!

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Pi Day Activities for Preschoolers with Free Printables

 Pi Day can be celebrated by children of all ages, including preschoolers, with these fabulous activities and printables!

Whether you want to focus on pi or pie, activities include options for each.

These Pi Day activities are designed with all children in mind no matter their skills and abilities.

There truly is something for everyone!


Pi Day Activities for Preschoolers with Free Printables

Pi Day Activities for Preschoolers with Free Printables


P is for Pi Do-a-Dot Page


P is for Pi Do-a-Dot Page


Do-a-dot pages can be used in so many different ways!


In this activity I use simple wooden circles and a set of tweezers.


Children use the tweezers to place wooden circles in the correct spots on the printable.


A do-a-dot page is the perfect way to introduce the symbol for pi when working with young children!


Source: The printable for this activity is from our Pi Day Printable Pack.

P is for Pie Do-a-Dot Page


P is for Pie Do-a-Dot Page


If your kids aren't quite ready to learn the symbol for pi, you can simply use the do-a-dot activity that introduces p for pie.

Like the activity above, I chose to use wooden red circles and a set of tweezers to encourage the development of fine motor skill.

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Pi Day Printable Pack.

Pi Counting Clip Cards


Pie Counting Clip Cards


I LOVE pie. I can think of no better way to practice counting than with pies.


These clip cards are fun and easy to use. 


There are multiple kinds of pies included in the activity.


I have chosen to have children place a clear glass bead on the answer.


Source: The printable for this activity is from our Pi Day Printable Pack.

Which Pie is the Same?


What Pie is the Same?


Identifying an object that is the same from a group of objects can be very empowering for young children. 


Discriminating between objects is such an important skill to learn!


In this activity a child finds the matching pie and marks it with a clear glass bead. 


Source: The printable for this activity is from our Pi Day Printable Pack.


Which Pi Symbol is the Same?


Which Pi Symbol is the Same?


For children who are up for a bigger challenge, they can find the same pi symbol.

You may want to include a magnifying glass for some extra fun.

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Pi Day Printable Pack.

Pi Color Nomenclature Cards


Pi Color Nomenclature Cards


Children can enjoy learning, practicing and reviewing colors with these cute pi cards. 


Cards can be used in simple nomenclature style, as matching cards, or as a memory game.


Source: The printable for this activity is from our Pi Day Printable Pack.


Pie Color Nomenclature Cards


Pie Color Nomenclature Cards

For kids who may not be ready for pi symbols, there is also a pie version of the same activity. 

I personally love these pie cards as there are so many delicious kinds of pies highlighted.

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Pi Day Printable Pack.

Pie Size Sorting Activity


Pie Size Sorting Activity

Going along with the theme of pies, this activity provides the perfect opportunity to sort by size.

You can choose to use all sets, or just one.

You can choose to present five different pie sizes or three.

You can choose to have children put pies in order from biggest to smallest or smallest to biggest.

There are so many possibilities!

Source: The printable for this activity is from our Pi Day Printable Pack.

It's Party Time!


It's Party Time!


This activity is a fun way to invite creativity.


Children can decorate the table using dry erase board markers anyway they'd like. 


Once they're finished. they can lay out the pies how they'd like.


Source: The printable for this activity is from our Pi Day Printable Pack.


Pi Day Patterns Printable Pack


FREE Pi Day Patterns Printable Pack


Once your preschooler is ready, these patterns can be so much fun.


After printing out pattern sheets and cutting them in strips, cut off the last image of the pattern.


Children will then match up the images with patterns.


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