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.

Fall First Grade Activities for Kids


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Fall is around the corner.  Hot dog roast, making S’mores, pumpkin patches and gathering around the fireplace with the family will begin.  Also, it’s a great time to start gathering cold weather for everyone.  My granddaughter started first grade last month. So, I’ll be putting together lots of worksheets for her and you will get the benefit of being able to print and use them.  Be sure to subscribe if you’re interested in printables.

Helping your child count to 20 before kindergarten is great, so if you have a preschooler these activities will help them too.


This time of year, the leaves are turning and pumpkin patches await visit First Grade Subtract the Apples.  It also starts to get chilly and rainy.  So, we created a first grade activity pack that includes math, addition, matching, and writing pages. Also, children love to color.  We included a coloring page and a page for them to draw a face on the pumpkin.  You can download the fall first grade activity sheets here.

Additionally, we have a Kindergarten Activities pack that will help kids count from 1 – 10 and than 1 – 15. We have also created an addition math sheet that encourages children to trace the sum of the numbers.   Furthermore, you can find pumpkins in the Cutest Pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch that need to be numbered.  Also, apples from the trees in the fall.  Your little one will have to number the falling apples in another activity.  Download the fall kindergarten activity sheets here.

Be sure to subscribe so you can receive other educational printables for kids.  You may also like Fall Nature Hunt Game.  Another activity that excites littles ones in the fall is Halloween. Actually it is around the corner, and everyone is exciting about the scariest night of the year.

18 Character Building Books for Children

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First, building character is essential when raising children.  Character helps define who we are.  Most importantly, it guides our perspective on how we see the world and how we operate in the world.  Our character will define whether we’re trustworthy, fair, responsible and caring.  Also, character is built over the course of years, but it starts in childhood.  We must teach our children that stealing, lying, being rude or not having empathy for others is unacceptable.  It’s imperative that we be examples for our children, and we teach them right from wrong.

Next, I put together a roundup of character building books that will help teach children life lessons.  Furthermore, they will help build their character:

Cell Phoney– Next, this book teaches children the six rules of cell phone usage. The rules teach them how to stay safe, but it also teaches them not to hurt others.

Cheaters Never Prosper – Noodle decides to cheat so he can win.  He has decided that everyone has to cheat once in a while.  What’s the harm?  Children will learn a lesson about cheating.  Ages 5 – 9.

Cliques Just Don’t Make Cents – Penny tries to hang with the Coin Clique, but sometimes feels left out. Quarter and Half Dollars are best friends. So, they do everything together.  But they tell Penny she isn’t worth much.  However, Dollar helps Penny see her value.  Penny learns to feel beauty on the inside and out.  Ages 4 – 8.

Hygiene… You Stink– Jean the fork hates taking a bath in the sink or in the dishwasher.  She doesn’t understand why the other forks are being used and not her.  The other forks, knives and spoons don’t want to be around her. She talks to the can opener, and he explains the importance of hygiene.  Ages 4 – 7.

Well, I Can Top That  – Brad loves to one up people. For example, a student wins a contest.  Brad tells how he won a bigger contest.  Another student breaks his arm.  Brad said he broke both arms and both legs.  This book teaches the importance of pulling people up, not one upping them.  Ages 5 – 8.

Sorry, I Forgot to Ask – RJ has to sit in the time-out chair a lot.  Without asking permission, he walks home instead of taking the bus. Later he gets on his dad’s computer without asking.  His dad teaches RJ the importance of asking permission.  This leads to less time in the time out chair. Ages 4 – 11.

Market Street– Every Sunday CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town to church.  CJ wonders why they don’t own a car, why he doesn’t have an iPod, and why they get off in the dirty part of town.  His grandma helps him see the beauty in their trip and everything around them.

Baditude! – Noodle thinks life stinks. Homework, practice and family pictures stinks.  His negative attitude is alienating everyone.  Noodle learns to turn his have tos into get tos.  Ages 5 – 8.

Lying Up a Storm– A Storm is Brewing.  Levi doesn’t tell the truth.  He just makes up stuff.  His mother explains that each lie that he tell starts a storm inside. She explains that telling lies damages trust.  Ages 4 – 8.

My Mouth Is a Volcano! – Louis has a hard time not interrupting. It seems his words wiggle and jiggle, he erupts and than interrupts others. He mouth is like a volcano.  This book teaches children to hold their words and wait for their turn to talk.  Ages 5 – 8.

Rude Cakes– This book is about a cake that’s not so sweet.  As a result, this cake never says please, thank you or listens to its parents. A lesson about manners and bullying is taught.  Even the rudest cake can change.  Ages 3 – 5.

Ricky Sticky Fingers – Ricky steals. He takes things that don’t belong to him.  But he learns how it feels when he has something stolen.  Ricky learns to use the good in him to return the items that he stole.  The book teaches empathy.  Ages 5 – 8.

Table Talk– Another one of our character building books teaches children to understand that table manners are about more than what fork to use.  Table manners also include being respectful, considerate of others and sharing feelings. Ages 8 – 12.

Teamwork Isn’t My Thing – RJ’s having another bad day. His teacher wants him to work with bossy Bernice, messy Frankie, and Norma (who just sits and picks her nose) on a report about Egyptian mummies. After a frustrating school day with his “team,” RJ goes home to find only one cookie left in the jar. And his mom makes him share it with his sister! With the help of his coach, RJ learns that working as a team and sharing are skills needed not just on the soccer field, but in school and at home too!  Ages 5 – 12.

Those Shoes– So, everyone at school is wearing a pair of the latest shoes.  Jeremy wants a pair, but his grandmother tells him they can only afford what they need.  Jeremy soon realizes that his grandmother is right. He has warm boots, a loving grandma and a good friend.  They’re worth more than the latest shoes. he wants.  Ages 5 – 8.

Bully B.E.A.N.S. – Our character building books include Bully B.E.A.N.S. It is a fun story that teaches people of all ages to become proactive when it comes to bullying. This book can help children and adults understand why bullying happens and what they can do to stop it.  Ages 5 – 8.

Soda Pop Head– Lester has a funny name.  His nickname is Soda Pop Head. But, when Soda Pop Head gets upset his ears get hot, his face turns red and he blows his top.  Fortunately, Lester’s dad teaches him to cool down before he blows his top. Soda Pop Head learns to control his anger and manage stress.

Tease Monster– Unfortunately, One-of-a-Kind” is laughed at by Purple. Purple thinks One-of-a-Kind is weird.  Green playfully calls One a klutz after tripping on the stairs.  Is he Tease Monster to blame?  Mom teaches about the Tease Monster.  Not all teasing is the same.  Mom teaches that laughing at someone (mean teasing) is hurtful, but laughing with someone is alright.

Last, we hope you enjoyed our roundup of character building books for kids.  As parents, we can all use a little guidance in teaching our children.  Therefore, these books will provide a little inspiration and will help to instill life lessons.  You may also like 24 Books for African American Girls.



Guest Post – The Importance of Early Childhood Education



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First, at a young age children absorb everything from their surroundings.  Every behavior model they adopt, new experiences, and every word they learn is an investment in a their future.  For example, the foundation for cognitive functioning is laid during early childhood development.  This includes social, self-regulation, and behavioral capacities as well as physical health.

Next, just as important a child’s health development can be impaired during the formative years too.  To reduce the factors that place children at risk, early childhood intervention programs were developed.  As a result, these programs come in the form of various learning activities that affect the children directly or indirectly. Early childhood education is available to provide support for children, their parents, and the family as a whole.

Here are a few benefits of early childhood education.

#1 – Socialization

Socializing with people other than those in their safe environment is essential.  It helps children gain self-confidence and overcome shyness.

#2 – Teamwork and Concept of Cooperation

We teach our children the importance of equality, listening, and having respect for others by having them participate in team environments.  Children will grow to be more sociable if they learn how to work as part of a team.  Especially, at an early age. Learning how to share, take turns and persevere are important lessons as well.

#3 – Concentration and Patience

The minds of young children are lively and imaginative.  Early childhood educators are there to teach them to participate in group activities, follow direction, and develop their ability to listen. They also need to practice patience and learn to wait for their turn by being involved and through different social experiences, role modeling, and examples.

#4 – Value of Education and Enthusiasm for Learning

Teaching lessons in an exciting and fun way to encourage children to be effective learners.  Preschool is where love for learning, reading, nature, and discovery takes root. Children are able to grasp the value of education and learning by providing actual experiences and setting an example as a role models.

#5 – Exposure to Diversity

Children can be exposed to diversity by placing them in preschools and child care centers. It is crucial to a child’s early development to value diversity and differences.  Children need to understand that everyone is unique in their own way with their beliefs, culture and ethnicity.

#6 – Self-Esteem and Confidence

Young children will learn how to approach problems and situations throughout their lives through positive interactions. These interactions will promote a healthy, positive and secure view of themselves.  As a result, healthy and positive interactions will provide children with self-esteem, optimism, and confidence.  Additionally, having a strong sense of will encourages children to explore their interests, talents, and skills.

Last, early childhood education is important for building a strong foundation for a child’s mental, physical, social and emotional development.  In this regard,  early childhood educators are important as well as their peers.

Finally, having an early childhood education is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  It entails more than playing, it will help children become well-rounded individuals.


Image-Diane-SmithDiana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls simply in love with interior design and DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.


Printable – Easter Games Package

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Easter is around the corner. Because it is so close, if you’re like me you’re looking for games and activities to occupy the kids.  While I’m preparing dishes and hosting other Easter festivities, I find it helpful for the children to distract and happy. Mother 2 Mother has created games to help stimulate the mind and occupy preschoolers.  We’ve also created an unscramble and word search game for older children.  Our Preschool Easter Matching Game will help preschoolers recognize differences and similarities.  Word Search and Unscramble games can help older children with letter and word recognition, vocabulary and spelling.

Early childhood development is essential in a child’s education.  Matching items/objects helps to develop their logic and make connections as well.  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.

Our Preschool Easter Matching game is filled with fluffy bunnies, cute chicks, brightly colored eggs, and chocolate eggs.  Just the same, lets not leave out the carrots for Easter Bunny.  Because rabbits love them.  Our matching game is sure to grab the attention of any preschooler.  However, our Word Search and Unscramble games will challenge the older children.  Furthermore, I hope your Easter includes lots of colored eggs, cookies, and chocolate bunnies . Be sure to reward yourself too.

In conclusion, feel free to print these activities sheets. They can be downloaded hereHow are you helping your preschooler to develop logic and problem solving skills?  How about older children?  Do you challenger their vocabulary, spelling, or word recognition skills. Please leave a comment below.