Environmental Print in the Block Center

Environmental print is the print found in the world around us like the words on signs and logos. Using environmental print in preschool and kindergarten is a powerful tool for supporting emergent literacy skills.

Environmental print provides motivation to read for a purpose and allows young children to see themselves as readers.

I created a set of free, printable traffic signs for you to use in your block center to help you create a print rich environment in your classroom, keep reading to grab your copy!

Environmental Print Traffic Signs Free Printable for your Block Center in #preschool and #kindergarten

Environmental Print Traffic Sign Supplies

  • Craft Sticks
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Pool noodle
  • Knife
  • Double-sided tape

Environmental Print Traffic Signs Free Printable for #preschool

How to Make Environmental Print Traffic Signs: Step 1


Start by cutting a pool noodle into two inch sections with your scissors. Pool noodles are very easy to cut with scissors, just apply steady pressure so your cut is even and not jagged. If your cut is not even your pool noodle sign stands may wobble. If you do cut your pool noodles unevenly all is not lost, just use a sharp knife to even them up.

How to Use Pool Noodles to Make Environmental Print Traffic Signs

How to Make Environmental Print Traffic Signs: Step 2


Next, cut each length of pool noodle in half as pictured below. Again, you will need to apply steady pressure instead of “sawing” through the pool noodle to get even edges. I suggest using a cutting board or similar surface under your pool noodle as you are cutting just to be on the safe side. You could also use a sharp knife to cut your pool noodles instead of scissors.

Make Environmental Print Traffic Sign Stands with Pool Noodles

How to Make Environmental Print Traffic Signs: Step 3


Finally; use a sharp knife to cut a slit in the rounded top of each environmental print sign stand. The slit should be wide enough to accommodate a craft stick. I made the slits in the top of the noodle deep so the craft stick could be pushed through to touch the floor. This will give your sign stands extra support when they are standing upright in the block center.

Easy DIY Environmental Print Traffic Sign Stands Made with Pool Noodles

How to Make Environmental Print Traffic Signs: Step 4


Now your environmental print sign stands are ready to be assembled. First, print and cut out the traffic signs at the bottom of this post. Next, use your double-sided tape to attach the signs to craft sticks. Finally push the bottom of the craft sticks through the slits in the top of the pool noodles.

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Add Environmental Print to the Block Center with these Free Printable Traffic Signs

Ready, Set, Play!


Place the environmental print sign stands in your block center for lots of learning and fun! I used some designer roadway tape to create the road in the pictures here. Just stick the tape to a piece of poster board and laminate to create a road for your block center. No need for fancy or expensive rugs!

Free Printable Traffic Signs for Block Center
Click on the picture above to download the free traffic signs.

More Environmental Print Resources

This fantastic idea for using environmental print traffic signs in the block center was shared with me by Mr. Al Stewart, a wonderful early childhood trainer and colleague.

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Easter Activities for Preschool

Easter Activities


Looking for some last minute Easter activities? Here are some of my favorites from around the web- there are so many great ideas being shared I had a hard time choosing! I also created two new, free printables for you so keep reading to grab your copies!

Easter Activities for #preschool and #kindergarten

Easter Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Easter Egg Visual Discrimination Activity
Free Printable Easter Egg Visual Discrimination Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
Click on the picture above to download the free Easter Egg visual discrimination cards.

Remember the visual discrimination activities I shared for Thanksgiving and Halloween? I created another one with Easter eggs! If you’re not sure what it is or why it’s important you can read my What is Visual Discrimination? post.

The visual discrimination Easter egg activity requires very little prep. Just print the task cards- there are six included, and cut apart. Give one card to each child in your small group. The children will place a small manipulative like an Easter eraser, bingo chip, or Unifix cube on top of the two eggs that are the same on their card. Be sure the manipulatives are age-appropriate for your students to avoid choking hazards.

Where’s Peter Rabbit? Positional Word Game
Free Printable Where's Peter Rabbit? Positional Word Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
I’ve mentioned before how much my students have always loved The Tale of Peter Rabbit year after year. They can really relate to that naughty little bunny who doesn’t listen to his mother! I created this simple positional words game to capitalize on the children’s interest.

In the story, Peter hides in a watering can to escape the wrath of Mr. McGregor. The printable game includes nine watering can cards and one Peter Rabbit card. Cut the cards apart and place the watering cans in a pocket chart or lay them face up on a table if you have a small group. The game is designed to have three rows of three watering cans to encourage the children to use the words top, middle, bottom, and corner. You could also include the words right and left if your children are old enough to grasp this concept.

Have the children close their eyes while you hide the Peter Rabbit card behind a watering can. Then, invite children to guess where Peter is hiding. Encourage them to use their words as they guess. For example, a child might say “I think Peter is hiding there.” You would respond with “You mean this card in the top row, in the middle?” If the child nods or says yes encourage him or her to repeat the complete sentence, “I think Peter is hiding behind the can in the top row in the middle.” Once the child has guessed, he or she can remove the card to see if they were right.

If your students are more advanced, print more of the watering can cards to make the game more difficult.

Another way to play this game is to write a number on the front of each watering can. The children have to identify the number on the front of the can before they can check to see if Peter is hiding behind.

Free Printable Where's Peter? Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
Click on the picture above to download your Where’s Peter Rabbit freebie.

More Favorite Easter Activities


Little Bins for Little Hands has some great ideas for quick and easy Easter math games using plastic eggs.

This Easter egg memory game from Happily Ever Mom is very simple to create yet helps children develop an important skill.

I am in love with this super cool Easter egg number snake from I Can Teach My Child – what a great way to teach numbers in order through play!

This hatching sounds game from Growing Book by Book is absolutely brilliant! It would also be a great activity to include in your oviparous animals unit.

This Reading Mama shares another fun twist on learning beginning sounds with this hands-on beginning sound egg hunt.

If you’re having an Easter party in your classroom you don’t want to miss these free treat bag toppers from Prekinders!

Speaking of parties, if you don’t already have my free Easter Party Planning Guide, be sure to grab it here!

Bunny Says Listening Game Cards
Free Printable Cards for Bunny Says Listening Game
In case you missed it, here’s the fun Bunny Says listening game I shared last week. It includes a free printable so don’t miss out, hop on over and get your copy now!

Hoppy Easter!

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Bunny Listening Game

Bunny Listening Game


This is a fun twist on a classic game that will have your preschool or kindergarten students begging for more! Even better, the Bunny Listening Game can be used in public or faith based programs- it’s not just for Easter.

You may already be familiar with this game from my free Easter Party Planning Guide. I made a set of free printable cards to go along with the game, keep reading to download your copy.

Bunny Listening Game for #preschool and #kindergarten with FREE printable
Supplies

  • Bunny ears- store bought or make you own
  • Free printable Bunny Says game cards- see below
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors

Bunny Ears


If you don’t already have a set of store bought bunny ears like those pictured above, or if you are not allowed to use them due to lice concerns you can easily make your own. To create your own bunny ears, use a sentence strip for the headband and white paper for the ears. Cut and glue the white paper ears to the sentence strip, then staple the sentence strip to create the headband. I also found this cute idea for making bunny ears with a paper plate.

How to Play the Bunny Listening Game


This game is played just like Simon Says, only the bunny does the talking! Select one child to be the bunny and invite that child to wear the headband. Give the child an Easter basket with the picture cards inside. If your program does not allow Easter baskets just skip the basket and put the pictures in a brown paper lunch bag. The bunny stands in front of the class and selects one card at a time to “read” aloud to the class. For example, “Bunny says, touch your toes.”

The students will listen to the bunny and perform the action he or she says. If the bunny does not say “Bunny says” and the students do the action they are “out.”

When playing this game with 4 year olds it’s helpful to use picture prompts for the bunny because it is very difficult for 4′s to come up with actions on their own. I created a set of free printable cards for you below to use for this purpose. You can print the pictures on cardstock or glue them on index cards and laminate.

Educational Benefits of Playing the Bunny Listening Game


When they are playing this game, kids just think they’re having fun. What they don’t know is they are developing listening skills and self-regulation at the same time. Remember what Mary Poppins said about “a spoonful of sugar?” Kids have to listen carefully and follow the directions given by the Bunny in this game, then practice waiting or regulating their own behavior until it is time to move.

Tips
Encourage the child who is playing the role of the bunny to use complete sentences for oral language development. For example, “Bunny says, touch your elbow.”

Extension
My class always enjoys the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I think they enjoy this book so much because it is about a naughty bunny and has many similarities to other favorites such as No, David by David Shannon. After reading Peter Rabbit, we play this game and call it “Peter Says” instead of “Bunny Says.” This is a great way to incorporate a fun learning game in your preschool or kindergarten classroom without involving any religious holidays.

Click on the image below to download the free Bunny Says game.
Free Printable Bunny Listening Game for #preschool and #kindergarten

More Spring Fun

Need more ideas? Visit the Easter and Spring Animals page for math and literacy activities.

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