First Grade Educational Activities: Winter Word Search Puzzles



Helping children learn to read must be a dual effort with teachers and parents.  My granddaughter is in the first grade this year, and she is learning to read.  As a result, I’m constantly searching for books, printables, games and anything else I can find to help her.  My grandson is an honor student, and he loves word search puzzles.  I purchased books for him and developed printables so he could learn word recognition.  I must admit, there were times I needed to occupy him as well.  Learning always comes to mind when I need to occupy the grandchildren.  There are times that I choose fun, but reading is truly fundamental so I turn to books or create printables for them.

I’ve decided to use the same method of teaching my granddaughter to read that I used with my grandson.  They are attending the same elementary school, so the educational concepts are the same.  I love word search puzzles because they assist children with word recognition, context clues and help with spelling.  Additionally, learning Context Clues is important. For example, snow, cold, coats and gloves are associated with winter. Word search puzzles help with spelling too.  So, I developed first grade educational activities to include all of the above.


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So, I mentioned choosing between fun projects or educational activities for the children when I needed to occupy them or help with homework.  I have learned that it’s important to make learning fun for children.  If successful, children will want to learn and will stick with it.  I strive for fun activities when I’m working on printables for my granddaughter.  When I do, she wants to complete the goal.  I also strive to keep the printables simple and not drawn out.  Children ages 6 and 7, have short attention spans.

To help with Context Clues and spelling, I developed a series of first grade educational activities.  The series includes winter word search puzzles.  My granddaughter loves cold weather, snow, and hot chocolate.

First Grade Eeducational ActivitiesYou can download the winter word search puzzles here.

Using Travel Checklists to Organize Packing


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Going on vacation can be exciting and at the same time stressful.  Having travel checklists to ensure that you have items that you need can remove some stress.  I place my travel checklists on a clipboard and just leave it on top of my luggage or close by.

I start using my lists at least a week in advance of my trips.  Why, because I’m still dealing with running my household and everything that goes along with life.  As a result, I don’t trust myself to remember everything that I need to take or do. So, I use a travel checklists to help me remember.  Stress can cause temporary memory loss or forgetfulness. At least it does for me.  There’s nothing worst than reaching your destination, unpacking and realizing you forgot a bathing suit, PJs for the kids or a pair of sandals.

Furthermore, I have created a travel checklist for my grandchildren.  What a lifesaver!  It’s hard enough packing your own luggage.  When you have to pack for the children and you add gathering documents, hotel reservations, and securing transportation on top of it, it can be stressful. Having a checklist for the children can reduce that stress and possibly save money by not forgetting items.

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Since I have a granddaughter and grandson, I tried to make the Kid’s Travel Checklist neutral.  Too many lists can be as stressful as not having any.  Furthermore, for the most part they need the same items.  I would suggest placing their luggage side by side, and placing the items on the list into both suitcases.  For example, they both need underwear, PJs, swimsuits, shorts, and tees/shirts.  Gather the items for both, and check them off the list.   I also suggest that you start placing a few items at a time into the luggage.  This keeps you from becoming overwhelmed because you’re trying to pack everyone’s bag the night before.

travel checklists I use the travel checklists above.  I figure out the activities or possible activities that I may participate in and make notes.   For example, I purchased a flowing skirt with an off the shoulder blouse to wear on trip to Mexico.  It’s perfect for dinner or a theme party.  I do this for other events as well.  If I’m traveling for business, a family reunion, wedding or whatever.  When I’m packing, I make sure that I pack what I want to wear along with accessories, shoes etc.  I hate having to purchase items that I’ve forgotten when I’m traveling.

I hope these travel checklists will be beneficial to you.  Feel free to download them here.


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Letter A Activities: A Is For Apple


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First, welcome to our Preschool/Kindergarten fruit and vegetable series.  We all have picky eaters.  But, just because they’re picky eaters doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be familiar with various fruit and vegetables.  As a result, I have created a series of printables that will help young children have fun with fruit and vegetables.  They may not want to eat them, but we can help them see what they look like, how they grow, and how they are used.

Our plan is to start with the letter A and work our way to the letter Z.  Can we find a fruit or vegetable that starts with a Z?  Stay tuned.

Second, our activities are designed to familiarize children with a fruit or vegetable that starts with each letter of the alphabet.  Additionally, the printables will help them with cutting skills, writing each letter of the word and than working their way to writing the actual word.  For example, this week’s word is Apple.

You will want to find magazines that have pictures of fruits and vegetables.  I requested catalogues from various on-line seed sites.  They are wonderful for this activity, and they are free.  If you have other magazines that you can use, that’s fine.

For this project, you will need to request seed catalogues.  In particular, I requested catalogues from Henry Field’s Seed and Nursery as well as a Baker Creek catalogue.  Another great catalogue is Seed Savers.  Each has great pictures and a nice variety of pictures.  Children will see that apples are not only red, but yellow, green and a mixture of reds.

These projects teach children that farmers grow apples in orchards.  But they are also grown in backyards.  Talk about how apples can be used.  For example, apple pie, apple sauce, apple cobbler, apple slices and apple juice to name a few.  Additionally animals love apples too.  Horses, pigs, rabbits, chimps, and birds love apples.  Be creative, and come up with interesting facts to share with the children.   Apples can be dipped in peanut butter, caramel and used for candied apples too.  Try serving a snack using apples.


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Give each child a catalogue and a pair of safety scissors.  Have them search the catalogues for apples. Once they find pictures, have them cut out up to 4 pictures of apples if possible.  Their choice of course, and they don’t have to be cut out perfectly.


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Print the template below.  Then have the child paste their cutouts in the squares below.

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Next, use our letter A activities to enhance your child’s writing skills.  Have your child practice writing the word. We have created a sheet that encourages them to trace  the letters in the word individually.  Once they get a good grip on each letter, have them trace the word.  Next, use the lined paper and have your child practice writing the word with tracing.

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Finally, I hope that you find the letter A activities useful.  Most importantly, I hope your child enjoys the letter A activities too.  Remember, practice makes perfect.  The more they practice their writing skills, the better they will become.  You can download the activities here.  You may also like Fall Kindergarten Activities.

Thanksgiving Kindergarten Activities

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Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Family and friends will be gathering around the fireplace.  They will spend the day watching football.  Furthermore, they will consume huge amounts of turkey, potatoes, stuffing and beverages.   Give the children a few activities to keep them occupied while dinner is being prepared.  Start gathering Thanksgiving kindergarten activities for the kids early.  The Macy’s Day parade will be on starting at 9:00am EST; however, children do become restless.

I’m constantly creating printables.  Subscribe to Mother 2 Mother Blog, if you’re interested in Preschool or Kindergarten activities.  Holidays excite children, so I created a few Thanksgiving Day printables.

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Activities

Coloring is always a great choice for Preschool and Kindergarten aged children.  I try not to miss an opportunity for learning.  The  pack includes coloring pages, math, and matching.  A bonus word search activity is included for older childrenAssign a teen or another adult to help the children while you’re cooking.


Our Thanksgiving Kindergarten Activities include an addition and subtraction math sheet.  We should be encouraging preschool and kindergarten aged children to count.  They should become familiar with numbers up to 20. Additionally,  you can help them color a turkey, pie and a few drumsticks. 

Kindergarten Math Activities


Add other activities to the list including making a Toilet Paper Roll Turkey.  This activity allows children to color, glue, and to be imaginative.  Its a great way to enhance your child’s motor skills.  Furthermore, we have a frame that the kids can make.  Take pictures throughout the day.  Print and give each child a picture for their Fall Leaf Frame.

Download the Thanksgiving Kindergarten Activities here Be sure to subscribe so you can receive other fabulous printables.  You may also like Fall Nature Hunt Game.  Taking the children outside for fresh air and a walk could be the break you need.  It will allow you to finish the last dishes or setting the table.

Last, need a few ideas for the kids table?  Check out 18 Tips and Tricks for Kid’s Thanksgiving Table.


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Alice Through The Looking Glass Activity Pack



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In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,”Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.

Disney is giving kids a treat with coloring pages, a maze, spot the differences printables, and book marks. This pack will keep them busy for hours. 


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One of my favorite movie quotes is “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”  –  Lewis Carroll.  I can relate, can you? Be sure to set some time aside to go enjoy this family movie and print the activity sheets to get the kids excited before you go.






Kindergarten Super Hero and Sports Matching Printables

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We’ve added two more games to our collection of educational games for preschoolers. Matching games are fun, but most importantly they help stimulate the mind.  Preschoolers and kindergarteners learn to work on their problem solving skills too.  Our focus is on toddler boys for this post. All little boys love Super Heroes and sports. These games will entertain them on rainy days or long enough for you to get a chore or two done around the house.  There’s Batman, Superman, Cat Woman and more on the Super Hero game and football, baseball, soccer and more on the sports game. Get those pencils sharpened and get ready for some fun with your toddler.

Matching items/objects helps to develop your child’s logic and make connections as well.  It also helps them to develop the desire to learn and builds a solid foundation for success.  Early childhood development sets children on a clear path for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

Helping your child to acquire logic skills is essential in helping them establish a solid foundation for higher  education too. It’s never too late to start enhancing your child’s skills.  This is especially important if they will be entering will be starting preschool or kindergarten in the fall.  We all want our children to enter the classroom with a good foundation, and we all know that it starts at home.

Learning should be fun. Children like to learn from objects and features that they’re familiar with.  These printables contain super heroes and sports equipment.  Boys love super heroes and sports. Superman, Flash and Spider-Man are ready to help your little one enhance their logic skills.  Being able to determine differences as well as items that match is part of establishing a solid foundation in early childhood development.  Be sure to print our delicious and colorful cupcake printable too


























Jungle Book Printables For Kids

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Disney’s Jungle Book will be opening in theaters April 15, 2016.  We have 2 Jungle Book printables for your children to enjoy, Spot The Differences and a Maze.  Feel free to print and have a little fun.

The Jungle Book” movie is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. The main character, Mowgli, finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turnedstern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.   

The characters and stories of “The Jungle Book” have reached people from all parts of the world. Bombay-born English writer Rudyard Kipling channeled his love of India in 1894’s “The Jungle Book,” following with “The Second Jungle Book” in 1895. Though considered children’s books, the stories—with their lush landscapes and talking animals—sparked interest in young and old alike—often introducing readers to India for the first time. Kipling, who wrote the stories while starting a family in Vermont, published additional books and short-story collections, and ultimately became the highest-paid writer in the world at age 32. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.  

Be sure to mark your calendar for April 15. Make movie night a family affair  and enjoy the printables.

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Preschool Activities Matching Game – Cupcakes

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Does your child love cupcakes?  Who doesn’t love these delicious treats.  First, Mother 2 Mother is creating  educational matching games to help stimulate the mind of preschoolers.  Our preschool activities matching games will also entertain your child and it help them recognize differences and similarities.

I’m a big advocate of early childhood development.  I believe it is essential in a child’s education.  Matching items/objects helps to develop a child’s logic and make connections.  Furthermore, it also helps to develop the desire to learn and builds a solid foundation for success.  Early childhood development sets children on a clear path for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

Unfortunately, my granddaughter will be starting Kindergarten in the fall.  It’s unfortunate because I wanted my babies to stay babies forever.  Yes, it is hard to believe that my 2 pound 10 ounce preemie is thriving and about to enter school.  As a result, I have created a series of preschool activities to help with her educational development.

Furthermore, our Cupcake Matching game is filled with brightly colored and delicious cupcakes.  They are sure to grab the attention of any preschooler.  So, feel free to print this worksheet and whip up a  batch of cupcakes.  As a matter of fact, you can ick up a few from your favorite bakery if you’re short on time.  They will be perfect to reward your little student for doing a great job.  You  can reward yourself too. I love this game already.

It is important that preschoolers use their thinking skills.  Matching items is a great way to accomplish that goal.  Drawing lines to connect the pairs to each other will help children sharpen their fine motor skills.  Help them match pairs at home with this fun preschool activities sheet. Children love figuring things out. You may also like our Super Hero  matching preschool activities sheet.

Download the preschool/kindergarten cupcake activity sheet herePlease leave us a comment below, and let us know how you’re helping your preschooler and kindergartener to develop logic and problem solving skills