Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Littles Learnng Link Up: Panda Bear Fun {Free Printable}

Welcome to Littles Learning Link Up. Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (at the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children.
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child.

Panda Bear Fun

This past week we have been learning about panda bears. We watched a fun DVD called Pandas in the Wild, and received a fun and educational up-close look at pandas living in their natural habitat of the Qinling Mountains of China. There is a brief mention of evolution, but I still highly recommend this DVD.

I printed out a panda coloring sheet for all the children. Additionally, the older girls decided to paint the other day and I asked them to each paint a picture of a panda eating bamboo. 

I also found a fun lapbook at Homeschool Share. We discovered where Asia is on a world map, and then found China. I am not having the younger children do the rest of the lapbook, but the older girls will have different activities in their workboxes this week. I will be sharing more about that in my Workbox Wednesday post. 

Yesterday I gave the children a Panda Bear Muffin Tin meal for lunch. It has been a really long time since we have had a muffin tin meal. I think the children missed them. You can find details about what is in the muffin tin by clicking on the image.

Today I would like to focus on the Panda Bear Shape Craft I created for the children. I love being able to incorporate shapes into their crafts when I can, but it has been a while since we have done one of these. I think the last one may have been a shape snowman. 

I created this as a printable so I could share it with my readers. You will find the links below.

This is my sample panda all cut out and colored and ready to be assembled.

Here he is! 
A very simple craft, yet the children can focus on shapes and work on fine motor skills.

The older girls cut out their own shapes, but I did end up cutting it out for Harold. 

I showed them my panda, so they would know where to glue on the parts.

If you would like to make your own Panda Bear Shape Craft you can find click on the links below and download them.

I also created a version that is already colored in, if you have younger children who will just glue the shapes together.

Now onto:

Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 14 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

This week's randomly selected post is:

Nicola from Wugs and Dooey shared Botany Montessori-Inspired Activities. I see some fun activities I would like to try out with the children. What about you?

The following post had the most clicks:

Stephanie from Signing with Miss Steph shared I Love You

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas or other relevant board, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.



  1. We love pandas! I decorated one of our bedrooms with a panda theme. :) Plus, pandas are from China, just like my girls, which makes them special to me.

    1. Aw, the bedroom sounds so cute. I guess they would be special to you. Thanks for your continued participation in Littles Learning Link Up. Have a great weekend.

  2. The pandas made out of shapes turned out adorable!! Thanks for linking up to the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Weekly post.


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