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.

 

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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!

 

Visual Sequential Memory Activities for Kids

In The Importance of Visual Sequential Memory you imagined that you were a child struggling with visual sequential memory skills. Placing letters in the proper sequence to form words was problematic for you. Thus, the simple basics of reading required a Herculean effort on your part.

 

Clearly, that’s not what we want for any child.

 

Now let’s imagine that you are a parent or teacher of students who show no signs of visual sequential memory difficulties in reading or writing.  Are you in the clear?

 

Visual Sequential Memory Activities for KidsMaybe.

 

Keep in mind, though, that letters eventually become words. Words become sentences. Sentences become paragraphs to comprehend and poems to memorize. Numbers must be in their proper sequence if math is going to make any sense.

 

You can see that having a strong foundation of visual sequential memory skills can give students the support they need in many areas of learning.

 

You might also see that some struggles with spelling, reading, comprehension and math may actually stem from weaknesses in this critical learning skill.

 

If you wish to take proactive steps to support your child’s learning, creating a stronger foundation from which to build upon, check out the visual sequential memory activities below.

 

Tip: You can easily use these cards to build auditory sequential memory skills as well.

 

Shape Recall – Practice 3, 4, and 5 shape visual recall.

This is a good place to start for children in grades K-2 or as extra practice for older students. Don’t worry if your 5 year old doesn’t remember 5 shapes well. Your 8 year old, on the other hand, should sail through these. Shape Recall includes one set of student shape cards, multiple teacher decks and instructions.

 

Number Recall – Practice 3, 4, and 5 digit visual recall.

This is a good next step after mastery of Shape Recall cards. Number Recall includes one set of student number cards, multiple teacher decks and instructions.

 

For more details, visit the store by clicking either of the links above. And stay tuned.  More skill builders are in the works!

 

The Importance of Visual Sequential Memory

As we boost children’s visual memory skills with games and activities, we must also pay close attention to visual sequential memory skills.

 

What is the difference between visual memory and visual sequential memory? Such a good question you ask! An important one, too.

 

The Importance of Visual Sequential MemoryImagine that you are a first grade student. Your teacher asks you to copy spelling words from the board. Easy enough, right? Short term visual memory enables you to write the words on your paper.

bat

ant

cat

 

Great, except that you write the letters of each word out of sequence. Your actual spelling words?

tab

tan

act

 

Uh oh. Looks like you could use a little visual sequential memory practice.

 

Or, perhaps you write each of the words correctly, but you copy only one letter at a time before looking up to see which letter comes next. Look. Copy. Look. Copy. Look. Copy. Phew! That’s exhausting.

 

Either way, your visual sequential memory skills are not as strong as they could be. Translation: You are working so much harder than you need to.

 

How can proactive parents, teachers, and educational therapists help learning become easier for you? Stay tuned for Visual Sequential Memory Activities for Kids.

 

In the mean time, read A Twist on Visual Memory Matching Games for Kids and give the “alternative to the alternative” a try.