Finish the Symmetrical Drawing SUN DESIGNS

Finish the drawing activities, also called finish the picture or complete the image, help children reinforce a number of important cognitive skills.


When I introduced an earlier Finish the Drawing freebie I spoke about the significance of some of these learning skills, visual closure, spatial awareness, pattern recognition, and fine motor skills.


Finish the Symmetrical Drawing SUN DESIGNS


Now I introduce Finish the Symmetrical Drawing SUN DESIGNS, a slightly more advanced version with a Summer theme. I recommend this one for grades 2 and up, though you know your child’s skill level best.


Children finish each of the four sun patterns. (Careful, circles can be tricky!) Then they add a splash of creativity to the mix by coloring their finished drawings however they wish.


Ready to sneak a little more cognitive skill building into your child’s day? Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store and download Finish the Symmetrical Drawing SUN DESIGNS free.


Heads up, if you don’t already have a TPT account you’ll need one in order to access this free printable.  No worries, the sign-up process is simple and available to everyone, not just teachers.  Plus, membership grants you access to a craaaazy amount of freebies just like this one. Creating road trip binders? TPT is the perfect place to start. Here’s where to sign up.



Perfect Square Is Perfectly Imperfect

Perfect Square by Michael Hall is another one of those children’s books that speaks volumes with such a simple idea.


The Story

Perfect SquareWhat happens to a perfect square when it is no longer perfect?  The square transforms itself into something new and beautiful.


No tantrums.


No tears.


It simply adapts and discovers new opportunities.


Every day the perfect square finds itself torn, or shredded, or crumpled.  Does this spell disaster for our disheveled shape?  We might assume so.  Yet every day this optimistic square turns lemons into lemonade, or in this case, scraps into art.


What I Love About this Children’s Book

I’m a sucker for any children’s book that incorporates a bit of brain training into its pages.  Perfect Square does this effortlessly as we learn just what each of the imperfect pieces of the square can create together.


Visual discrimination.  Spatial awareness.  Creative thinking.  Perfect.


Alongside all of this visual entertainment is a message we want our kids (and sometimes ourselves) to hear again and again.  Imperfection is not a flaw.  It’s a gift.


Recommended for ages 4 and up, though you’re going to love it, too!


To find more (informal) reviews of inspirational books for kids please visit the Children’s Book Finds page.


Seek and Find and Color Me Stars

Hey there, parents and teachers. Let’s sneak in a bit of cognitive skill-building with this printable fun page Seek and Find and Color Me Stars.


When children search for, find and color the matching stars on this busy star page they strengthen a few important learning skills in the process, such as:


Seek and Find and Color Me Stars

  • Visual Figure Ground

Strengthening this learning skill helps students not become lost in details or become overwhelmed by too much print on a page.


  • Visual Discrimination

This important learning skill helps students recognize differences between similar words such as saw/was or when/then.


Learn a few more tips when you read about Seek and Find and Color Me Hearts.


You might also enjoy Track the Red Stars, another star-themed ode to Independence Day.


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The Star Witness Memory Game for Kids

The Star Witness Memory Game for KidsThe Star Witness Game is a printable card game I designed to help boost children’s visual memory. Kids can also play this 2-4 person game to strengthen auditory memory, attention, and language skills.


Be aware, Building Visual Memory Skills with the Star Witness Game is much more advanced than your typical memory matching games for kids. If searching for very simple memory games for early learners, please start here.


The Star Witness Game is a fun way to build working memory as well. Students must hold a visual image of a particular cookie bandit in mind all while making decisions and taking action. Be careful! Drawing and discarding cards that don’t fit the bandit’s description can be VERY distracting, even for the grown-ups.


Age Level

• Recommended for grades 2 and above.

• You may simplify the challenge for younger students.

• Makes a great tool for educational therapists, teachers and parents helping students improve memory.


Where to Learn More

You’ll find Building Visual Memory Skills with the Star Witness Game now available in my TPT store. Click the link for a preview and more details.


Alphabet Grid Bookmarks DIY

Here’s a fun way for kids to create their own custom bookmarks while we (shhh) sneak a little learning into the mix.


Alphabet Grid Bookmarks


Use these alphabet grid bookmarks for:


a)     art

b)     math

c)     spatial awareness

d)     fun

e)     encouraging more reading

f)       all of the above!


Children use the included grid letters of the alphabet to copy their initials onto a .25 inch (approximate) gridded bookmark template. They then decorate the remaining bookmark squares however they choose.


I’ve included an extra page of bookmark templates, just in case the kids want to make more for their friends.  Personalized bookmarks also make meaningful (and useful) DIY gifts for Mom and Dad.


Want to extend the activity? Grab a piece of graph paper and have your child/student write a message, or their full name, or simply copy the alphabet. For more advanced critical thinking, ask students to double the size of each letter.


These are just a few ideas. I’m sure you’ll think of more.


Grab these Alphabet Grid Bookmarks DIY – Free in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. You don’t have to be a teacher to sign up, so if you haven’t already, please do! You’ll find plenty more TPT freebies all across the site.


Quick Quote: Lao Tzu on Nurturing Dreams

Lao Tzu on Nurturing Dreams

Gratitude Bingo Game DIY

Reinforcing the habit of gratitude in children doesn’t need to feel like yet another assignment. Why not give the kids something fun to do AND something to be grateful for?


Free from Inner Pieces Gallery, please enjoy this printable gratitude bingo game.


Gratitude Bingo Game DIYThe pdf download includes:


  • One full-sized bingo game card. Print one for every player.


  • Fifty done-for-you gratitude tiles to get you started. If you choose to use them, print one set for every player plus one set for the bingo caller.


  • One page of blank tiles. Use these to customize your own gratitude tiles and make your game truly personal. Print as many as you’d like.


Players may use the blank tiles to draw or write what they are grateful for. Be sure to make two identical tiles; one for the bingo player, one for the bingo caller.


Each player cuts and pastes their favorite tiles onto their game card. Each card then becomes a completely unique reflection of each player.


Looking for even more gratitude activities?


This Gratitude Bingo Game along with the popular Gratitude Journal for Kids are both free to subscribers. For immediate access, either sign in or sign up! (See the easy sign-up box at the right.)


The kids might also enjoy creating a Gratitude Acrostic Poem. This particular freebie is available in my TPT store. (Sign up is easy there, too.)


However you decide to encourage your child, please also know that I am especially grateful for you!