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Interactive Notebooks For Preschoolers

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We love interactive notebooks in our house!

I recently did a post that mentioned interactive notebooks called 15 Fun Activities To Keep Toddlers Busy While Homeschooling. In this post, I said that I did them with my son and I had quite a few people either comment or message me, asking for me to go into more detail about them.


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There are a lot of printable for interactive notebooks out there that you can purchase, which are are absolutely fantastic. They’re well thought out and carefully planned. After looking a few of them though, I ultimately decided to make my own to save money on both the program and the ink and paper. Mine are not as well thought out but I’m pretty happy with them. Because my son is only 3 years old, the activities are super simple with only a little prep on my end, especially compared to printable versions. All you need is a few cheap notebooks, markers, stickers, scissors and glue.

After looking around Pinterest, I decided to do 2 different interactive notebooks.

The first of the interactive notebooks is dedicated strictly to the alphabet. The second is dedicated to numbers, shapes, writing his name and other random activity that I think of that day.

One thing I do want to mention real quick is that at 3 years old, there really isn’t a need to do ‘schoolwork’ at all. Free play is really all that’s needed at this age, but my son Liam, loves doing activities and ‘school’ like his sister. He’s always asking for more, so I came up with these interactive notebooks for him.


Alphabet Interactive Notebook

For the alphabet notebook, there are 5 different activities that get repeated throughout the book for every letter of the alphabet.

The first activity was the sticker letter page. On this page, I drew out a giant letter A and he used stickers to trace the letter. This is one of his favourite activities. He loves stickers. The Cars stickers that we used in this picture were purchased at the dollar store but I also bought these stickers which we use a lot and are a really great deal.



On the second page, he practiced printing the letter A . I just traced out a bunch of A’s with a dotted line and had him trace overtop them.



On the third page, we did a letter search activity. I wrote a bunch of random letters all over the page and had him circle all of the A’s. Bingo daubers would be fun to use as well.



For the next activity, I wrote out a giant letter A in a bubble font. On this page, he could do anything he wanted to decorate his letter.



For the last activity, I cut out a bunch of pictures that started with the letter A and had him glue them on the page. I found all of the pictures in some old workbooks that my daughter did last year. Flyers from the weekly newspaper would work great too!



So, these activities were all for the letter A. Like I mentioned above, I repeated all of the activities for each letter of the alphabet.


Numbers and Shapes Interactive Notebooks

For the next notebook, we started with numbers. There’s a few number activities that we repeat throughout the interactive notebook for the numbers 1-10. A few of them were the same activities that we did for the alphabet notebook.

The first activity was a sticker number page. I drew out 5 big circles and numbered them 1-5. He then took stickers and placed the correct number of stickers in the correct circle. You choose any amount of circles that you want. Throughout the notebook, I increase the number of circles that I add with every number grouping that we’re doing.



The second activity was for him to practice printing his numbers. I traced out a bunch of 3’s with a dotted line and had him trace overtop them.



For the next activity, we did a number search. I wrote a bunch of random numbers (1-10 only) all over the page and had him circle all of the 3’s. Again, bingo daubers would work too.



For the next activity, I drew a giant number 3 and he had to glue 3 pictures of his choosing onto the page. Again, the pictures were cut out from old workbooks.



The last number activity was for him to practice his counting. I drew 5 different groups of dots, each with varying amounts. He then had to match them to the numbers on the other side of the page using a straight line. This page shown was only numbers 1-5, but I do varying amounts throughout the interactive notebooks.



The next section is for him to practice drawing his shapes. I traced out a bunch of triangles with a dotted line and had him trace overtop them. This gets repeated throughout, with all of the different shapes.



After shapes, I usually just do random activities. We do a lot of line tracing…..



..and name tracing.




So that’s pretty much it. Like I said, it takes minimal effort from me and Liam really enjoys doing these books. I have to guide him through a few of the activities but he does most of them on his own, which is great when I’m homeschooling Ella. I haven’t added any colour activities because I honestly couldn’t think of any. If you have any ideas, let me know! He’s pretty good at his colours already but I’m sure he’d enjoy them anyways.


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Tell me…. am I missing any fun activities? What activities would you add to your interactive notebooks?


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  • Reply Arlene

    This is a great idea! I love this rather than always using the iPad to entertain.

    July 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Kathy

    Great ideas! I’m a special Ed preschool teacher and we use a lot of these! Thanks for sharing!

    July 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Awesome idea! I will have to try this with my kids. Thank you for sharing.

    July 9, 2017 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Dieter

    Lovely, amazing, super stuff. I like your idea and it is very useful,thanks for sharing

    July 10, 2017 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    So cute! As an educator, I was trained on the more thorough version of ISNs in my Masters Program. I taught middle school and they were a huge hit! I love seeing this concept applied for a preschooler! Awesome

    July 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Nancy!

      July 11, 2017 at 1:02 am
  • Reply Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy

    These are great ideas!! I totally use the bingo doters for similar things to what you have done. The idea of doing it a book is great (as opposed to having a bunch of papers all over the house)

    July 11, 2017 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    LOL! I saw “Interactive notebook” a thought it was some sort of computer program notebook thing that preschoolers learn on that you’re trying to sell. 🙂 silly me! I love your idea better! My four year old would LOVE this! Thanks for sharing.

    July 12, 2017 at 12:18 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Lol! Thanks Sharon 🙂

      July 12, 2017 at 1:22 am
  • Reply Logan

    This is such a great idea! I will have to work on one in the morning for our road trip tomorrow!

    July 12, 2017 at 2:00 am
  • Reply Sue Tanya McHorgh

    This is such a great idea! I love this post. Thanks for sharing

    July 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply shehroz

    wow thats cool thankyou very much i love to read your blog posts

    July 16, 2017 at 6:48 am
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      July 17, 2017 at 1:42 am
  • Reply jeremy@thirstydaddy

    we’ve been working with these a lot this summer. My daughter still writes some of her letter backwards but we’ve been making good progress

    July 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply shehroz haider

    that is very nice article i love to read your articles thankyou very much … looking more here in future … 🙂

    July 19, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Elisabeth Tarchala

    I really love this idea but I have a few questions. How many sheets do you do a day? Do you do a letter one day, a number the next, and then a shape? I’m thinking about doing this for daycare thus all the questions. Thanks for any info.

    August 21, 2017 at 2:28 am
    • Reply Jessie

      My son is only 3 so I really let him dictate what we do each day. I want to keep it fun for him right now. I try to do at least 2 pages of each per week (2 letter pages, 2 number pages and 2 shape pages). We often do more thought. Sometimes he just wants to keep going so I’ll start with one letter page and then move to one number page and then shapes. I just keep doing that loop until he wants to stop. Sorry, I don’t really have a solid answer but I hopes this helps a bit 😊

      August 22, 2017 at 1:27 am
  • Reply Carlene

    Love this idea. So many kids love to “play” school? What a fun way to engage them!

    September 5, 2017 at 12:14 am
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