I got adventurous and made a busy binder. It took a LONG time. G hasn’t been the most into it. Maybe M will be when he’s older? I have used some of the pieces to hide around the room or put in a sensory bin. It was fun for me at least. And she does use it. I just wanted her to sit at the table for hours going through it and that will never happen.
I did not use all of these but everything I did use should be here.
Here is a video of me explaining what I did. The binder is not complete in this video but you can definitely see what I did
- Keep all activities to 1 spread so you can see everything at one time. Adjust your printer settings so it prints 2 or 4 pages on 1 page. This is good for file folder games that you want to use in your binder.
- You don’t have to print everything in each file. Change the setting from print all pages to print custom and just print what you need
- Print in black and white if the color won’t matter
- Hole punch so you can see both pages at the same time and they go the same direction.
- Write shape/color/etc names on the page before you laminate or use a permanent marker to do it after. Be careful where you write the names so the velcro dot doesn’t cover the name
- Use lighter or clear velcro so you can see through them.
- Put all of the same side of the velcro on the pages and the other side on all the pieces. That way you can take pieces between pages.
- You can make one big binder (3 inch binder looks like it will fit everything I did) or one smaller binder and switch stuff out
- You can put the sheets through the laminator (at least the one I used) more than once if it gets a little crinkled or you feel like it didn’t seal well.
- Add to and remove as needed. That’s why I did a binder.
- Use blank pages to draw or do other activities (practice sight words/writing/spelling, ordering number, what number comes next, what number is between, etc)
- You can get dividers (or multiple binders) and separate by category or type of activity.
- You can print multiple sets of letters/numbers for things like the cookie jars but I didn’t to save supplies and space.
- If you don’t have many small pieces to laminate, you can cut the big laminate pocket sheets but do it long ways because you have to have the sealed edge to feed into the machine
Velcro dots – I needed 2 sets for everything I did. Clear would probably be better but these were fine.
Binder – one big here but you can also do several smaller ones. You could do 1 binder for similar ideas or make a bunch of different binders with similar activities but different printables (ex: every binder has shape matching but a different one.)
Permanent Marker – if you want to write on the laminated parts to name them.
Printer, paper, ink
My Favorite Websites
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ – search for whatever subject you want and make sure you select free
http://www.adaptingforautism.com/resourcelibrary/ some free but requires you to join the email list. I can’t link to it directly on here but join and look around!
Paid but looks pretty complete – https://payhip.com/b/Zzy1
Trace letters – see below for how I made a tracing printable with my kids name.
https://www.funearlylearning.com/product/alphabet-animal-tracing-cards/ -print more to a page at a time when your child is ready for smaller letters.
Letter matching – some all all uppercase some are.upper and lower
Color Matching – write color name on it?
https://fromabcstoacts.com/crayon-color-matching-file-folder-game/ shrink it when you print it to get them all on one page. Use Velcro instead of making it like an envelope?
https://www.totschooling.net/2017/01/color-sorting-printable-activity.html?m=1 maybe shrink so it’s 2 pages not 3?
https://fromabcstoacts.com/fishy-color-words-file-folder-game/ may need to add something to help at first
Shape Matching – write names on shapes too?
https://www.adabofgluewilldo.com/shapes-sort/?fbclid=IwAR0BKA12j5XHRnll4tfwu9avUvXCg83lkzr6saJtpmK2Elv0qIKXrIc7yuQ last page is good for a binder
Matching – write the name of the animal/body part/etc on the sheet?
Animal matching- https://www.totschooling.net/2017/07/barnyard-farm-preschool-pack.html– looks like some good animal Matching in here
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/FreeDownload/Coin-Sorting-Freebie-2283349 Use real money or the coins from the printable below
Days of the week/Months of the year
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/FreeDownload/Days-of-the-Week-and-Months-of-the-Year-Labels-Rainbow-Theme-1440194 I used this. Print days 2 to a page and months 4 to a page. One color one black and white to save ink.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-Calendar-set-days-of-the-week-months-of-the-year-1422789 – i liked this one but the days were out of order
Seasons/cold vs hot?
Cookie jar letters have some already
https://www.totschooling.net/2017/03/cookie-jar-letter-sounds-matching.html different from the cookie jars above i think.
https://fromabcstoacts.com/printable-traffic-light-beginning-sounds-activity/ this is super cute but not sure how to print it to make it work.
DIY Name tracing:
I did it in Google slides.
Resized the boxes to be 100 pixels square and add all the borders.
Typed her name Ariel Font size 50 then centered them using align.
To do the dotted letters I used the snipping tool and cut each letter from the worksheet in the link. https://www.planesandballoons.com/2018/12/07/alphabet-tracing-worksheets-a-z/