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