30 Animal BINGO Boards & 97 Animal Calling Cards (PDF)

Animal Bingo is fun for young kids and great letter recognition and spelling practice. It’s also great vocabulary practice for ESL students.

There are 2 ways you can get Animal Bingo:

You can purchase the PDF on Teachers Pay Teachers. The package includes 30 pre-made Animal Bingo Boards, plus calling cards available in both small and large format. There are 97 different animal pictures. Once you download the BINGO boards and calling cards, you can laminate them to make them sturdier and reusable.

Alternatively, you can purchase the BINGO activity on The Trip Clip website to create an unlimited number of animal BINGO boards of your own design. It will be fun on a trip to the zoo, or even a walk around the neighborhood with a little customization. Luckily you can easily switch out an individual picture and change the text underneath. You can also use The Trip Clip’s BINGO activity to make lots of other kinds of BINGO boards, like basketball BINGO, concert BINGO, grocery store BINGO, car BINGO, and much more!

There are lots of different ways to use BINGO boards beyond just getting 5 in a row. Here are the ideas I’ve come up with:

  1. 5 in a row: Have your kids find 5 in a row (across, up and down, or diagonally) to win.
  2. Fill the board: For more of a challenge, have them try to find every item on the board.
  3. Time them: If they want to turn it into a game, time them to see how long it takes them to find 5 in a row, or find everything on the board. Then see if they can beat their time the next time.
  4. How many? You can also make it competitive by giving them a board each time you get in the car, and count how many they can find by the time you get to your destination (or by the time the food comes at the restaurant, or by the time you board your airplane, etc.)
  5. Cooperative multiplayer: If you have multiple kids, print the same board, and have them work together to find everything on the board.
  6. Competitive multiplayer: If you have multiple kids, give each one a different board, and see who can find five in a row first.
  7. Competitive multiplayer 2: Or, if you have multiple kids, give each one their own board, and see who can find them all first. If no one finds them all, the person who finds the most wins.
  8. Want more ideas? Try these very versatile Alphabet Bingo ideas, or these Chores Bingo ideas!
  9. Have your own ideas? Please send them to me!

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Kindergarten Travel Pack: 15 Free Activity Pages

These activity pages are great for keeping kids entertained and even learning a little something when you’re traveling.

You can print them as is for free, or edit them to make them harder or easier or just simply print more!

Here are all the ways kids can learn from the included activities:

  • 2 BINGO boards to keep kids entertained and practice letter recognition and reading simple words
  • 2 easy mazes for hand eye coordination, handwriting, and problem solving
  • 2 word search puzzles to practice letter recognition and reading simple words
  • 4 drawing and coloring activities for hand eye coordination and creativity
  • 2 first letter crossword puzzles to practice first letter sounds
  • A scavenger hunt counting game that introduces simple graphing
  • Tic tac toe to practice turn taking
  • An alphabet game that practices first letter sounds and writing and spelling simple words

All the activities are designed to fit on a memo sized clipboard, like this one from The Trip Clip that also comes with an attached, 4-color pen for great screen free travel fun.

Lots of printable activities for kids – picture checklists to keep them on track, activities for at the grocery store, in the car, on a plane, at a restaurant, even for your home schooling adventures. Optional kid-sized clipboard and 4-color pen make it easy to use the activities on the go.

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Nutrition: Lunch Box Packing & Healthy Snacks

This is a great time of year to be thinking about healthy eating for the whole family. I’ve used these two tools – the lunch box packing list and the healthy snack ideas list – to help teach my kids about nutrition and encourage them to make good choices in the moment. I hang these printed reminders on the fridge so the kids see them every time they are looking for food.

I offer these two printed checklists for free on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I’ve found that nutrition is a tricky and constantly changing target for all of us in my household. Picky eating, combined with busy schedules, combined with constantly changing nutrition science, makes it hard for all of us to eat healthily. As a result, we have learned to talk about nutrition often at our house to help our kids navigate this complex topic.

A few tips for anyone tackling this:

  • Be patient – it is a long process for kids to internalize all the different aspects of what makes some foods healthier than others. Even as an adult I’m still learning!
  • Most foods have a place somewhere in our diet. The primary goal should be wide variety, and appropriate portions for different kinds of foods.
  • Food is very personal. The Trip Clip’s lunch box checklist maker and healthy snacks list are both fully customizable so you can edit them to target exactly what’s most needed at your house for your kids.

I’ve also written blog posts about how I used both the lunch box checklist and the healthy snack ideas list with my kids that talk about how to get the most of of these tools!

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Halloween Coloring Book: 19 half-sheet pages

This coloring book is 10 printed pages with 19 half-sheet pictures to color. Teachers and parents can use it for Halloween parties, writing prompts, kids who finish work early, or any time you want to offer some holiday-themed fun!

You can purchase it ready to print at Teachers Pay Teachers, or you can buy the Coloring Activity at The Trip Clip to pick and choose from hundreds of different coloring images to create your custom coloring book.

This also works great with a kid-sized clipboard. Just staple the pages together at the top and tuck it in for some easy unplugged entertainment wherever you go with your kids. The attached pen comes with 4 colors, or you can bring along a set of crays or colored pencils.

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5th Grade Spelling, Weeks 1-36: Letter tracing & word searches for each week

This packet includes a full spelling curriculum for 5th grade.

  • 36 weeks of 5th grade spelling words, 20 words each week
  • A worksheet for each week allowing the kids to write the words. The traceable spelling words are a great way to help kids practicing writing the words and be sure to spell them correctly.
  • A word search puzzle containing all 20 words, giving the kids more exposure to the words as they search out the letters in the puzzle. The puzzles are 20×20, just right for this number of words.

The printables were created using the spelling list curriculum from k12reader.com.

Each sheet can be cut in half to make 4 half sheet pages for each student. They are designed to fit on a memo-sized clipboard (6×9).

I sell the ready to print bundle that includes 36 weeks (72 pages printed out) to last an entire school year at Teachers Pay Teachers.

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4th Grade Spelling, Weeks 1-36: Letter tracing & word searches for each week

This packet includes a full spelling curriculum for 4th grade.

  • 36 weeks of 4th grade spelling words, 20 words each week
  • A worksheet for each week allowing the kids to trace the words. The traceable spelling words are a great way to help kids practicing writing the words and be sure to spell them correctly.
  • A word search puzzle containing all 20 words, giving the kids more exposure to the words as they search out the letters in the puzzle. The puzzles are 20×20, just right for this number of words.

The printables were created using the spelling list curriculum from k12reader.com.

Each sheet can be cut in half to make 4 half sheet pages for each student. They are designed to fit on a memo-sized clipboard (6×9).

I sell the ready to print bundle that includes 36 weeks (72 pages printed out) to last an entire school year at Teachers Pay Teachers.

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3rd Grade Spelling, Weeks 1-36: Letter tracing & word searches for each week

This packet includes a full spelling curriculum for 3rd grade.

  • 36 weeks of 3rd grade spelling words, 16 words each week
  • A worksheet for each week allowing the kids to trace the words. The traceable spelling words help ensure kids are writing the words correctly. There is also enough room for the kids to write each word a second time on their own.
  • A word search puzzle containing all 16 words, giving the kids more exposure to the 16 words as they search out the letters in the puzzle. The 15×15 puzzles are just the right difficult for 3rd grade students so they will be successful without getting frustrated.

Each sheet can be cut in half to make 4 half sheet pages for each student. They are designed to fit on a memo-sized clipboard (6×9).

I sell the ready to print bundle that includes 36 weeks (72 pages printed out) to last an entire school year at Teachers Pay Teachers.

The printables were created using the spelling list curriculum from k12reader.com.

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Halloween Activity Pages: Coloring, Crossword, Word Search, and Cryptograms

This Halloween-themed activity book lets kids practice hand-eye coordination, handwriting, spelling, and problem solving. There are 3 coloring pages, a crossword puzzle with picture clues, and 2 word search puzzles and 2 cryptogram riddles, both at two difficulty levels.

You can print them for free, or edit them to make them harder or easier, or simply make more! Happy Halloween!

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2nd Grade Spelling, Weeks 1-36: Letter tracing & word searches for each week

This packet includes a full spelling curriculum for 2nd grade.

  • 36 weeks of 2nd grade spelling words, 16 words each week
  • A worksheet for each week allowing the kids to trace the words. The traceable spelling words are 3/4 of an inch tall, perfect handwriting practice for young writers. There is also enough room for the kids to write each word a second time on their own.
  • A word search puzzle containing all 16 words, giving the kids more exposure to the 16 words as they search out the letters in the puzzle. The puzzles are small 11×11 puzzles so they’re not too hard and kids will be successful without getting frustrated.

Each sheet can be cut in half to make 5 half sheet pages for each student. They are designed to fit on a memo-sized clipboard (6×9).

I sell the ready to print bundle that includes 36 weeks (90 pages printed out) to last an entire school year at Teachers Pay Teachers.

The printables were created using the spelling list curriculum from k12reader.com.

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Walk To School Bingo: Mobile or Printed

International Walk or Bike To School Day is Oct 6, 2021. International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. You can learn more here.

Walking to school helps kids concentrate during the day, it reduces traffic, it’s great exercise, and it helps the environment!

This year is a great year to give this a try at your house, especially as many families are trying to avoid crowded school buses while Covid is still circulating. If you’re worried about the bus, or you’re finding the school car drop-off is crowded and slow, try walking instead! Your kids may find they really like the walk to school once they’ve tried it.

To encourage them, try this Walk To School Bingo Board and see how many items they can check off on their way to school. This year for the first time, the bingo game is mobile! If you’re on a mobile device right now, you can try it here.

If you prefer the pen and paper route, you can also print the Walk To School Bingo board for free. It works great with a small, memo-sized clipboard.

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