## 7 ways to use this FREE Color By Number Printables

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.

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!

• Use it for reading – Write the word for the digit in the circles. Have your child read the word and color accordingly using the legend
• 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.
• Use it for subtraction – Write simple equations with the difference being the number your child must use for coloring.
• 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.

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!

Merry Christmas !

## Shape Hunt Worksheet – FREE Printable

My daughter wants homework so badly. She sees her older brother do a little during the week and begs to get in on the action. I don’t think worksheets and preschool age kids make a great match. I think that hands on exploration and experiencing things with as many senses as possible is imperative for learning at this age.  However when you listen to your child and they are asking to try learning in a new way it’s not fair to ignore them. Instead find a way to twist the less developmentally appropriate activity into one that hits the targets you are hoping to hit. This worksheet is paired with a gross motor activity that lets the learner manipulate the shapes turning a static shape hunt worksheet into a dynamic activity.

Gather your materials. You will need our shape house printable ( or you can just draw some shapes on a piece of paper – both will work JUST fine), some crayons, a clipboard if they want to bring the sheet with them while they search, and objects in your house that match the shapes. I should have really checked to make sure we had a pentagon before doing this activity… I ended up having to cut one out of foam while my daughter searched in vain.

Show your child the printable and explain that everything has a shape. Today you are looking for those shapes at your house. When they find it they can color the matching shape in. Go searching! You can choose to hide shapes or just have them find things in the house that are in the same shape. We went for the later.Color the shape on the sheet when a shape is found.

For the square my daughter found a box which opened up an unexpected discussion about squares vs cubes.

She LOVED this even when it took forever to find a pentagon.

She was very very excited that we managed to find all the shapes and fill in her whole sheet.

More hands on shape activities – click on the image to see the full list!