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Toddler/Preschooler Basics – Free Printable Placemat – Cutlery







I am a primary school teacher. Did you know?
Now that Maksi is getting a little older and so very keen to learn,
I am working on teaching him lots of the basics
children should know before starting school.

Shapes, colours, numbers, letters, basically improving his vocabulary
and understanding of the world around him and preparing him for
a life of learning.

The above printable is the first in a series of printables
I will be doing here on the blog aimed at improving and expanding
the vocabulary of toddlers and preschoolers.

The placemats are intended as open ended activities.
Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Points of discussion
  • how many forks, knives, spoons can you see?
  • what colours can you see?
  • what is cutlery?
  • how many pieces of blue cutlery can you see etc?
  • how many pieces of cutlery are there altogether ?

  • match colours using pencils etc
  • match cutlery (concrete materials) to pictures
  • trace over numbers
  • draw a line from the corresponding number to the picture
  • write the appropriate number in the circle
  • addition 1+2+3 =

You can download your copy here.

This is a lovely book to accompany this activity :
Spork by Kyo Maclear/Isabelle Arsenault
If you’re on Instagram and using these printables I would love to take a peak.  Snap a picture and use #kukubasics 

Julia x


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  1. Julia, that is AMAZING. Totally did not place you as a primary school teacher.
    Those printables are wonderful!
    I am loving your blog so very much this month – you’re doing a fantastic job blogging. Love it all!
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  2. What a fantastic idea.
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  3. This is a great idea – thanks for sharing!!
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  4. Clever you! Thanks :)
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  5. Yay thanks for starting this series! I love it and look forward to more of your creations :)
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  6. Love these, well done, they are gorgeous. Will definitely be downloading for Lachie’s next dinner time, thank you. x
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  7. Oh, that’s fabulous, Jules! I love how our boys are around the same age as you’ve got so many great creative ideas! Will definitely be printing this one out! :) x
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  8. How lovely Julia! Looks great and so useful too! I might have to print this out sometime for our boys…
    Ronnie xo
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  9. Thanks for sharing this, Julia. What a great idea. I also love the book you’ve recommended. I am always on the lookout for books that touch on the concept of where we fit in especially due to my own multi-enthic background. Gotta keep an eye out for it!
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