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Brown Bear, Brown Bear Vocabulary Cards – Free Printables

Brown Bear Brown Bear Vocabulary Cards

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. is such a classic children’s book, and with my nieces and nephew working on books together with their mom, I put together these Brown Bear, Brown Bear Word Cards for them to use in the upcoming weeks – and thought you all might enjoy them as well!

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

There are three different pages of word cards – a total of 35 vocabulary words in all for Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Words include: bear, sheep, bird, dog, frog, horse, duck, fish, cat, teacher, students, as well as color cards. 

You will need TWO downloads (both free!!) to use the word cards – both the word cards and the Read! Build! Write! Mats.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page

The Read! Build! Write! Vocabulary Mats

Not familiar with the Read! Build! Write! mats? Basically, they are a fun way to work with your child on word identification and spelling.

Read, Build, Write collage

Here’s how the mats are used:

Read: Place one of the vocabulary cards in the top box and read the word together.

Build: Use letter tiles or magnets to build the word in the second box.

Write: Finally, practice writing the word in the bottom box.

Print the mats onto cardstock and then laminate them so that you can use Vis-à-vis markers or dry erase markers on the mats.

Read, Build, Write collage 2

Check out the Read! Build! Write! page to find additional themed vocabulary cards to go along with all of the Early Learning Printable Packs that I’ve put together so far.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page



Hope these help you all out! Feel free to ‘pin’ the printables and share them with others! If there are some other vocabulary cards that you would like to see me put together, leave a comment and let me know!


25+ Activities, Crafts, and Printables for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt activities, crafts, printables, and cooking ideas for a unit - from Homeschool Creations

Reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and doing so many fun activities along with it, was such a fun part of our literature-based learning with our boys. This collection of 25+ activities, crafts, and printables for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a small peek at all you can do, but it will definitely get you started!

Kaleb absolutely loved this book and the fun things we did: sequencing and acting out the story, a bear sensory tub, and we even went on a real bear hunt (because we’ve had one in our area!). Looking for the signs is fun (and maybe a little scary too!).

Click on the links below to visit the sites and activities – and have fun reading together!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Activities

map and binoculars bear hunt buggy and buddy


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Art & Craft Projects

bear hunt art project

We’re Going on Bear Hunt Cooking & Snack Ideas


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Printables


A House for Hermit Crab Literature Unit – Ivy Kids Kit

A House for Hermit Crab literature unit using Ivy Kids kits

Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and we were sent this kit to review and use with our family.

One of the things that makes so many picture books memorable for our children, aside from the constant reading, is the addition of hands-on activities that tie in with the books. Even now they are older, they’ve never really grown out of that – and truthfully, I love it as well.

Except for the planning out and gather process, if we’re being completely honest.  That I can often do without!

Finding materials and ideas to go-along with books can take a lot of time out of the day. (Getting distracted on Pinterest with the additional things found might be another rabbit hole for another day, but that can make it truly overwhelming too.) I love real books and bringing them to life through hands-on activities though, so when Ivy Kids asked if we would be interested in using one of their monthly educational boxes to go along with A House for Hermit Crab – well, YES!

You all – I am IN LOVE!!! I wish these would have been around earlier when our kids were younger. Kaleb and I have had much fun together working on activities and learning about hermit crabs, and I’d love to share some of the fun with you too.

A Bit About Ivy Kids Kits

Each month, Ivy Kids puts together an educational box that includes a broad range of activities to go along with a specific book. They offer a wide range of literature-based kits, and activities range from simply fun (like painting) to educational games. Each box includes a copy of the focus book as well, so you can add it to your shelf immediately when you are finished with your learning!

A House for Hermit Crab Ivy Kids kit activities

The box is packed with all the supplies you will need (including the book!) so you do not have to gather anything – simply open the box and start! Boxes are targeted toward children ages 3 to 8: Little Ivy (3-5) and Junior Ivy (5-8) and many activities can be adapted for kids, making it great for siblings to work on together. The box lid contains a list of all activities, so you have a quick reference guide of what the theme looks like.

activity box for A House for Hermit Crab

a quick peek inside our box

Activities are all grouped in ziplock bags, complete with instructions for each activity or game. At times there are pieces that are used for more than one activity, but it’s all clearly laid out for you as you go through the projects. Kits are personalized to your child and with your child’s name on the activities. We kept the instructions in the bags along with the supplies so we didn’t get anything confused. Sibling add-on kits are also available for each kit.

Activities in Our Box


While each kit includes activities specifically tailored to the theme book, we received A House for Hermit Crab. Can you believe we never, in all the many year and children, never read the book together before? While there were many activities included in our box, we have a few to highlight for you (see the full list of activities here).

We chose to do a few activities each day and spread them out over the course of two weeks. During that time we read the book together a few times as well and used the included bookmark to go over comprehension questions.


One of our favorite go-alongs in A House for Hermit Crab box was the pretend hermit crab that grows. Kaleb LOVED creating a habitat for his crab (and I enjoyed that we didn’t have a real one in the house!). His habitat has been sitting on his desk along with a  collection of shells as well.


Zachary wanted to join in with us as well, especially when it came time to paint. The suncatchers went along with the different creatures in the book and have been hanging in our schoolroom window ever since!


We observed a hermit crab shell, measuring and describing, writing a short summary about our findings after drawing a picture.


Kaleb’s hermit crab design…


Sorting shells by type – can you identify a bivalve or gastropod?


The photo fact cards that explain about a hermit crab are wonderful resources!


And plenty of painting and craft activities to go along!

These are just a sampling of the many activities, games, and resources included in Ivy Kid’s kit for A House for Hermit Crab. Be sure to visit their website to see the full list of activities.

We are definitely looking forward to working through another Ivy Kids kit (currently Make Way for Ducklings) and sharing that with you soon! If you’d like to try Ivy Kids Kits with your children, be sure to use the coupon code below!

Ivy Kids discount code

Subscriptions to Ivy Kids are available for one, three, or six months and add-on sibling kits are available for an additional $5. Try out any one of their past kits, but remember supplies are limited. Subscriptions are the best way to get the newest literature kit! Use the code IVY20 to save 20% off your first kit with any renewing subscription.

Recommended for grades preK – 3. Parent supervision is needed, but no prep-time is required. Our honest opinion has been given in this review and we wholeheartedly recommend Ivy Kids to other families.

50 Crafts, Activities, and Printables for The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Very Hungry Caterpillar crafts activities and printables

A favorite author in our house has been Eric Carle, especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Bright and vibrant colors follow through the book along with some wonderful learning opportunities: the days of the week, counting, the life cycle of a butterfly.

Beyond that, there are so many art ideas, cooking projects, and activities to do 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 50 crafts, activities, and printables for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Click on the links below to visit the sites and activities – and have fun reading together!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities



Very Hungry Caterpillar Arts & Crafts Projects

very hungry caterpillar clothespin craft

Very Hungry Caterpillar Cooking & Snack Ideas


Very Hungry Caterpillar Science Activities

Life cycle of very hungry caterpillar

Printables to Go-along

See More Very Hungry Caterpillar Ideas Here!

35 Crafts, Activities, and Printables for The Snowy Day

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

The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats (aff link) was such a fun book to read (and re-read) with our children. The illustrations are so unique (and fun to imitate) and there are many activities that go-along with the book to encourage learning, aside from the hands-on ones: story sequencing, finding shapes, learning about the weather, and much more!

This is a book that has earned a permanent spot on our bookshelves – for visiting friends and someday grandkids! I just can’t bring myself to pull it off and pack it away!

Here is a collection of 35 activities, crafts, science projects, and printables to go along with your reading of The Snowy Day. If you have a link you love, please let me know so I can add it below as well!


The Snowy Day Activities and Crafts

The Snowy Day go along activities

  1. Snowball pom-poms – love this idea from Delightful Learning!
  2. Borax snowflakes – they are so pretty when they are done!
  3. Indoor snow angels – how fun!
  4. Snowy Day sensory tub with peg dolls from Along the Way
  5. Make snow tracks – absolutely LOVE this idea from Chasing Slow
  6. Snow covered tree just like in the book
  7. Shadow Box for The Snowy Day
  8. Make snowflakes!
  9. Make a Peter doll for your child to carry around – love this idea from Wildflower Ramblings
  10. Snow dough – such a fun idea for building a snow man indoors
  11. Trace snow tracks and work on fine motor skills
  12. Make snowflakes!
  13. Edible snow dough from Wildflower Ramblings
  14. Sparkle snow – SO pretty!


snowy day snack ideas

Snowy Day Art Projects

Science Tie-ins

The Snowy Day science projects

  • Snow/Ice Melting – using snowflake ice cubes, Joyfully Weary tried four different methods to see how fast/slow ice melted with different mediums.
  • Fizzy snow from Intentional By Grace

Printables to Go Along

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. 

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

The Little Rabbit Printables

I am VERY excited to share The Little Rabbit Printables with you today!! It’s been a little bit since I’ve shared a new Literature Based Printable set, and I have to say that I am in love with the graphics in this pack!

The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn - find free go-along printables at homeschoolcreations.net

This printable set was created to go along with the book The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn. The book features real photos of a rabbit with a sweet story of a little white rabbit named Buttercup. We are reading this book as part of our Before Five in a Row studies {the manual has additional learning ideas to use as you read the story}.

Little Rabbit Printables - go along printables for the story The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn from homeschoolcreations.net

The Little Rabbit printable pack includes fun activities to tie in with the story ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, days of the week activities, syllable counting, a matching game – all with real photographs to tie in with the story.


——> Download the FREE Little Rabbit Printable Pack!!! <—–

Don’t Miss These Printables Either

~ The Little Rabbit word cards for the Read! Build! Write! vocabulary mats

~ Animal Classification Cards

~ Additional resources from Homeschool Share

~ More Literature Based Printables

~ Other Early Learning Printables


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