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Valentine’s Day Sudoku Puzzles

Valentine's Day Sodoku Puzzles


Looking for a little additional learning fun for Valentine’s Day? These Valentine Sudoku Puzzles would be a great addition to your day!

Valentine's Day Sudoku Puzzle

There are six puzzles included in the download along with directions and a solutions page {just for mom}. The puzzles are a simple 4×4 square to make it a little easier for younger children.  Simply cut out the missing pieces from the bottom of the page and figure out where they belong!


Don’t Miss These Additional Printables for Valentine’s Day


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Candy Hearts Rhyming Printable

Candy Hearts Rhyming Activity {free printable}

PDF Printing Problems

Having trouble downloading or printing this file? Be sure to check out the post on PDF Download Problems for tips and tricks on getting the files to download properly. The solution is usually something simple and quick!


Enjoy free printables? If you are looking for something in particular, be sure to check out my Printables from A to Z list, a complete list of every printable I’ve created over the years. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Leave a comment and I’d be happy to help you out!

20 Activities, Crafts, and Printables for Where the Wild Things Are

One book that’s been on our shelves for years is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This was one of our oldest daughter’s favorite books! Perhaps your family has read the book over and over again (believe me, I understand that!) or maybe even watched the go-along movie.  

If your children are crazy over the book, here is a collection of ideas and printables that you can use with your kids or classroom when reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Activities to Go-Along

Monster & Sailboat Activities



Read the Story Online

If you don’t have a copy of Where the Wild Things Are at home, or if you’d like to do something a little different, read it online here.



Like this? Don’t miss my post The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities and Crafts

30 Activities, Crafts, and Printables for The Polar Express

Over 30 go-along crafts, activities, and printables for The Polar Express

Our kids still enjoy The Polar Express book by Chris van Allsburg and the go-along movie. When we pull out our stash of Christmas books, it is so much fun to see the favorites and re-read them! No matter how old you are, there is something magical about the Christmas season!

Here is a collection of activities, crafts, and printables that you can use with your kids or classroom when reading (or watching) The Polar Express.

Activities to Go-Along


Polar Express Crafts


Snacks & Yummies


Science Tie-ins



Read the Story Online

If you don’t have a copy of The Polar Express at home, or if you’d like to do something a little different, read it online here (read by Liam Neeson). 


Additional Literature Based Learning Ideas

Like this? Don’t miss these other literature based activity posts focused on some of our favorite children’s books. 

activities, crafts, and printables to go along with The Snowy Day

Alphabet Booklets – A to E Printable Set Freebie

Alphabet booklets for preschool and kindergarten - letters A to E printable set from Homeschool Creations

These alphabet booklet printables have been sitting in my queue for some time, but recently I had the chance to use them with a friend’s daughter (and also can’t wait for my nieces and nephews to use them). Each week we are working through a few of the letters and having some fun together. The booklets are very simple and fold up into a quarter-sheet size – perfect for smaller hands. This free alphabet printable  includes booklets for the letters A-E (more to come soon!).

A Peek Inside


Each of the letter sheets prints off double sided onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper and folds to a quarter-sheet sized booklet. There are a total of 8 mini-pages for each booklet and inside you’ll find the following: 

  • Cover – color in the block letters as you talk about upper and lower case letters and the sound the letter makes
  • Finish the Maze – find your way through the beginning sounds maze
  • Trace the Letters – trace the upper and lower case letters
  • Do-a-Dot upper and lower case – use crayons, paint, stickers, or other art mediums to color the circles
  • Color the Picture Words (2 pages) – color and say the words that being with the booklet letter
  • Words I Know – write down all the words your child knows that begin with the letter

alphabet-mini-booklet-fold-and-cut-exampleOnce printed, cut along the horizontal dotted line. Stack the papers (pages are numbered) and fold in half on the solid line to create a mini booklet. Borderless printing is recommend (an option in most printer settings).

While it’s a little hard to show you every single page from every single booklet, here is an up-close sampling of what each booklet includes. 




I’ll be sharing other letter booklets in the upcoming weeks and will have a bundle in my Teacher’s Notebook store that includes a bonus set of the picture mazes you see above!  You can purchase that set here




 Download the A to E set by clicking below! Enjoy!

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Don’t Miss These Printables! 

Alphabet Letter Mazes - full set from A to Z

If you enjoy these printables, you may also want to check out these A to Z Alphabet Mazes

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Crafts, Activities, and Printables

Brown Bear, Brown Bear crafts, activities, and printables

One of the first books we read to each of our children was Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. Full of colors and word patterns, it was always a favorite with both the kids and parents.  We talked about animals, sounds they made, learned colors, and tried to guess which animal was coming next. 

Beyond that, there are so many art ideas, cooking projects, and activities to work on in conjunction with the book. And when I say many, I mean a LOT. With my nephew and nieces loving his books, I put together this collection of over 30 crafts, activities, and printables for Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Click on the links below to visit the sites and activities – and have fun reading together!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities



Brown Bear, Brown Bear Arts & Crafts Projects


Brown Bear, Brown Bear Cooking & Snack Ideasfood Collage

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Science Activities

brown bear slime (6) label

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Printables to Go-along

Brown Bear Brown Bear vocabulary word cards for Read Build Write Mats from Homeschool Creations


Looking for more literature-based learning fun? Don’t miss the roundup of Very Hungry Caterpillar Crafts, Activities, and Printables


DIY Scratchpaper and Rainbow Ice – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Preschool and Kindergarten Community weekly linkup

Ready for another week of linking up and sharing ideas? I am so glad that you are stopping by today (really, I am!) and can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. Be sure to stop by our PreK & K Pinterest board to see a collection of the different posts we are pinning – including yours!

Don’t forget to link up a post or two of yours and share what you’ve been working on with your kids! Here are a few fun ideas from last week’s linkup.

Rainbow Ice Paint Race


This rainbow ice paint art and race from Mini Monets and Mommies is a great activity for a hot summer day. Not only will you learn about the different states of matter, but you’ll have a fun art project when you are done as well.  

DIY Scratch Paper 

homemade rainbow scratch paper

This DIY scratch paper would be a great summer activity, especially since your kids will be a part of the creation process. Choose your favorite colors and have fun with this project from Teacher Mom Plus 3. 

FREE ABC Playdough Mats


If your kids love playdough, you’ll want to download and print these FREE ABC Playdough Mats of both uppercase and lowercase letters. Such a great fine motor and letter recognition activity.


4th of July Activities

4th of July activities for kids

Looking for a few (or 25) activities to do in the upcoming month leading up to the 4th of July? You’ll find 25 4th of July crafts, printables, and more in this post – lots to keep you busy and your house all decked out!

That’s it for this week!! Thanks so much for checking in with us and sharing below.


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Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!

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Link Up with the Preschool and Kindergarten Community!

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool CreationsShare what you are doing with your kids! Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below and link back here too! Grab a button for your post and be sure to take a minute to visit the person who linked up before you.