Our Favorite Alphabet Activities of 2014

alphabet activityWhat an amazing year. 2014 has been a banner year for the blog with the most traffic, the most subscribers and I think the most fun! Over the next week I will sharing six posts filled with my favorite activities from 2014. Many posts are our own but there are some of our favorite bloggers woven into each list as well. Today we are doing alphabet activities. Here are my favorite alphabet activities of 2014!

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Come back Monday for our favorite math activities for 2014 and all week for even more!

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Happy New Year !

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2014 fbMerry Christmas ! I hope you and your family have a fantastic holiday and more importantly a new year filled with health and happiness. Thank you for being a part of our 2014, it was an amazing year and we have high hopes for 2015.

Tomorrow we launch a week of our favorite posts from this year. Some are posts from our own No Time For Flash Cards archives and many are from other crazy talented and creative bloggers. You won’t want to miss so many fun ideas.

Merry Christmas,

Allie and family.

7 ways to use this FREE Color By Number Printables

FREE color by numbers My daughter is HUGE into coloring right now. Unlike her brother ( or her mom) she loves the challenge of staying in the lines. I created this simple free color by numbers printables for her to use but the beauty of it is that it’s completely adaptable. The colors are set but you can adjust the way your child reaches that number many many ways.

free color by numbers worksheet

Gather your materials. You will need a light colored pencil for writing the info below into the circles, and markers or crayons. You may also want a clip board to keep it all together! You will also need the printable. Click on the image above and print! free color by number worksheets

  • Use it for reading – Write the word for the digit in the circles. Have your child read the word and color accordingly using the legendcolor by number number match
  • Use it for writing – Write the number and have the child trace the pencil with marker. <— my daughter thought this one up and as you can see loved doing it!
  • Use it for subitizing – Use tally marks in the circles and have your child translate them to digits and color accordingly.
  • Use it for addition – Write simple addition equations with the sum being the number your child must use to identify the correct color.subtraction color by numbers
  • Use it for subtraction – Write simple equations with the difference being the number your child must use for coloring.color by number for elementary
  • Use it for counting – add dots to the circles and have your child count to find out what color they should be using to color in.
  • Use it for number identification/ matching. Simply write in the number and use the legend to find the matching number and what color you need to use.

color by numbers for preschool

So many fun ways to use it! So I think you should print out a BUNCH. I loved watching my kids doing the same activity with their own adaptations together at our sun room desk!

color by nymber working together

Merry Christmas !

Painting Fortune Cookies – New Year’s Eve Activity For Kids

new year's even activity for kids You don’t have to keep your kids up until midnight to celebrate the new year but it is nice to have some extra special activities. The start of a new year is the perfect time to think about what lies ahead and make predictions. One fun way is to crack open a fortune cookie and read what’s inside! Just eating a fortune cookie is fine but you can take it up a notch and paint fortune cookies for a special New Year’s Eve activity and treat.

Gather your materials. You will need some regular fortune cookies, food color, a little milk, an ice cube tray, and paint brushes. You may also want some paper towel and a plate for your work surface. fortune cookie painting new years eve activity for kids

Mix your color with just a tiny bit of milk. You can use water if you are dairy free but the milk adheres just a little better. new years eve activity for kidsInvite your cookie artist and let the fun begin. While she carefully painted I dotted one of my own.painting fortune cookies for new years eve family activity

I loved it when she decided to dip dye the fortune cookie. fortune cookie painting new years activity for kidsIt looked beautiful but it never really dried making the cookie mushy. It’s best to paint just a little without too much soaking in.new years eve activity for kids

Make sure you have a handful of cookies for each kiddo because she just kept painting and painting!new years eve activity for children

Link & Learn – Holiday Activities !

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Happy Holidays!

I would love for you to share any holiday activities about any holiday you love. It can be Christmas, Hanukkah, Canada Day, Thanksgiving, Ramadan, Easter…. you get the idea. Anything meaningful for you, not just the holidays celebrated in the coming weeks.  I am always looking for ideas for all holidays to share on Pinterest – and believe it or not Valentines posts are already being pinned… I refuse to do it yet!!

I will have some fun ideas for New Years Eve soon though !