1st Grade Activities, Printables and ideas

If you’ve been on my Facebook page in the last few days, you probably know that all things kindergarten are being packed away. A sad time for sure, since it will be a few more years before our littlest one is ready to use those materials. But it’s also an exciting time because it means that I have clean shelves on which to put 1st grade activities!

Schooling through the summer means a lot less of the “new school year” feeling, but cleaning out those shelves has helped a bit. I think I need to head on to the craft supply purging and replenishing to make it really feel like a new school year!

first grade activities printables and ideas

Since I’m busy researching and finding first grade activities, printables, and ideas, I thought I would share some of my findings with you! Hopefully it will give all of us a little first grade boost!


This fantastic reading list from The Jenny Evolution is sure to add some new favorites to your reading time. There are a lot of books that I had never heard of (probably because we have no library access), but they look like a lot of fun!

Here’s a great FREE printable set from Wise Owl Factory that’s all about ladybugs to compliment the book “First Grade Ladybugs” by Joanne Ryder.

This FREE long “u” printable from The Measured Mom is a great way to get kids practicing those different vowel pairs and introduce them to new words.

This Reading Mama has a collection of informal reading and spelling assessments.


A  wonderful explanation and guide to the writing process for budding writers from The Measured Mom.


Creekside Learning has a collection of over 40 hands-on math activities and printables for you to look through.

A great explanation and introduction to fractions using worms from Playdough to Plato.

A fantastic collection of free math resources and printables from Wise Owl Factory.

No Time for Flashcards has a great list of books about math for kids.


A week’s worth of FREE outer space printables from Royal Baloo will make a great addition to a first grade solar system exploration.

10 Water Experiments from Hands on as We Grow as sure to be a great complement to a states of matter unit.

A little bit of everything:

This is a great collection of first grade activities and free printables from Playdough to Plato. She has all of her first grade activities gathered up for you to look through.

Living Montessori Now put together a great collection of Lego learning activities. Some cover other grade levels, but there are a lot that are applicable to the first grade.

I’ll continue to add to this list as I discover more and if you have a free resource or idea you’d like to share, leave it for me in the comments.

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