The amount of teaching resources, games, and printables that can be found online can be overwhelming at times. This can be true especially when they are labeled as “free.” What does that even mean? You click hoping you actually get the entire activity for free, but then you can’t even find the right spot to download the printable. Or you have to click through many different pages to find the printable. Or you have to click through a bazillion ads to find the printable. As a preschool teacher myself, this kind of stuff drives me bananas. So to make sure you don’t run into the same kind of things that frustrate me, I am sharing our top 5 printables that preschool teachers can’t live without!
Top 5 Printables Preschool Teachers Can’t Live Without
So here they are! Here is a collection of the top 5 printables preschool teachers can’t live without and that will help get them through the school year successfully.
Welcome to Preschool & Kindergarten Postcards
At the beginning of each school year, there is nothing better than receiving a postcard from your new teacher! Show you care from the start with these free preschool and kindergarten postcards that add a personal touch to the start. And they help reassure those littlest learners that their teacher already care about them…and of course that school is going to be so much fun! Printing front and back is easy with the set up included in the printable file.
Find the preschool & kindergarten postcards —-> HERE
Gross Motor Farm Game
With all of the research lately about little kids needing more recess and how being active helps learning, preschool teachers should be adding gross motor fun into their daily schedule. There is nothing more fun and engaging than moving like farm animals. This farm gross motor game is silly, fun, and get those wiggles out in a controlled way. One of the preschool teachers who uses these cards actually sends them home as homework for her preschoolers!
Find the gross motor farm game —-> HERE
Ice Cream & Sprinkles Alphabet Writing Tray
If preschool teachers are hoping to easily go that extra mile and add memorable activities to their classroom, writing in sprinkles is the way to do it! Yes, a few sprinkles may get eaten, but it will be worth it. The pre-writing and alphabet skills used during this ice cream & sprinkles writing tray activity promote fine motor practice and confidence to then write on paper. It’s a great sensory experience without the slimy gooey feeling that some kids just don’t love. And did I mention it’s super fun?
Find the ice cream & sprinkles alphabet writing tray —-> HERE
Rainbow Counting Beads Activity
You all already know that I am a huge advocate of increasing fine motor skills practice with preschoolers. I also like to combine learning activities and skills to make life easier all around. Identifying numbers 1-20 and then using fine motor and 1:1 correspondence skills in a way that can easily be leveled or differentiated according to independent learning levels is huge! And setting up the rainbow count bead activity is super simple.
Find the rainbow counting beads —-> HERE
Cookie Alphabet Pre-Writing Cards
So I know that many preschool teachers are looking at these cookie alphabet pre-writing cards and thinking, “no way am I giving my preschoolers chocolate chips.” And actually that’s ok! Use beads, dried black beans, play dough, or dry erase markers to practice the uppercase and lowercase letters instead. The idea is to be practicing letter formation and becoming more confident with the alphabet.
Find the cookie alphabet pre-writing cards —-> HERE
If you are still looking for more printable activities to get through your school year, you are in luck! Our literacy & math centers and fine motor busy bins are themed and can be used right as you head back into the classroom and through the entires school year!
You can also scroll through our free printable collection to see what else you can add to your classroom and planning!