Do your kids absolutely adore anything gross or unusual? If so, do we have the perfect pack just for you! Introducing the free zombie preschool or kindergarten pack, focused on the letter Z (always a hit with kids).
Not a fan of spooky things? The pack utilizes happy, positive clip-art, so it can be used with or without a Halloween orientation and no matter your perspective on all things, well, green. También hay una versión disponible en español abajo.
- Discovering new English vocabulary
- Acquiring new English verbs and/or conjugations
- Acquiring, reviewing, and/or practicing definite and indefinite articles
- Introducing, practicing, and/or reviewing numbers 1-10, including through ten-frame visualization
- Developing and improving fine motor skills, including tracing, cutting, gluing, etc.
- Introducing, practicing, and/or reviewing the letter Z
- Practicing body parts vocabulary and formation
These zombie activities for preschool and kindergarten are designed to adjust to each student’s readiness. All directions are in English (and you can find the Spanish version here), but you’ll find tons of context vocabulary so that you can work through the pack even if you or your students don’t speak English natively.
- Introductory body vocabulary: head(s), arm(s), mouth(s), face(s), eyebrow(s), eye(s), leg(s), foot/feet
- Definite article: the
- Indefinite articles: a, an
- Numbers 1-10: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
- Fine motor skills vocabulary and directions, such as: draw, cut, trace, scissors
- Colors: green, pink
- Letter Z
To keep this on the preschool/kindergarten level, zombies chase candy instead of brains. You’ll find color and black-and-white pages. However, the color pages will also print in black-and-white.
Beyond learning to count (1-10), this pack speeds kids’ number visualization skills through ten-frames. When students visualize and repeat their learning, they retain it better, and that’s what ten frames are all about.
What is 7? It is both [5 + 2] AND [10 – 3]. Either way kids tackle the numbers, they are working with groups and subconsciously adding and subtracting while they memorize key vocabulary. Plus, working with manipulables helps kids improve their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination!
Fine Motor Skills Activities
In the Zombie Preschool and Kindergarten Pack, you’ll find lots of important skills practice, such as tracing, gluing, and more.
Introductory Body Vocabulary
What parts do zombies actually have? Do they have the same parts as non-green humans? With this pack, kids learn and reinforce beginning body vocabulary that will help them not only talk about zombies but also, and more importantly, themselves. The latter skill scaffolds well into future lessons like daily routines.
The Letter Z
If you ask kids what their favorite letters are, they’ll usually say that they love the letter that starts their first name and a weird letter like Z. Zombies, themselves, are unusual and are a great way to help learners think of new words that start with Z so that they can think beyond the typical alphabet words.
Ideas, Tips, and Tricks for Free Zombie Pack
Below we’ve outlined some ideas and tips for this free zombie preschool pack. If you have a great idea to share, we’d love to hear from you or to read your comments below.
Reinforce “Pincher” Skills
Okay, technically the term is pincer, but we just have a blast telling kids to “remember your crab pinchers,” so hopefully you’ll indulge us on this one. One of the best ways we’ve found to remind learners without actually having to, you know, remind them is to tape something adorable to the end of the pencil so that it looks like the thing is “chasing” the writing or whatever is present. This works great on scissors, too!
To add an extra touch of fun to tracing or cutting activities, consider adhering one of the zombie game pieces to a pair of scissors or pen or pencil. Then, when your learner cuts or traces, the zombie will appear to run after the candy or brain, depending upon which download you choose.
Pacing and Reusing
You may find that this is a great pack to spread out over a few days or a week, as learners acquire and retain language better when they move through vocabulary and lessons several times in small increments.
To reuse the pages, consider dry-erase markers and lamination, inexpensive sheet protectors like the ones that go in binders, or clear contact paper. This works especially well for classrooms and multiple students. Just write, swipe, and switch (or store and save for another learner, class, etc.).
If the weather is good where you live and your learners are old and mature enough to safely do so, consider heading outside with some of the pages. For example, the letter Z pages work well with sticks or chalk for tracing, medium rocks for pre-writing “dot” practice, and so on. Take advantage of what you can find wherever you are while considering the age appropriateness of objects and each learner’s maturity in handling things like sticks, etc.
Body Parts Games
There are two body parts games. One game works from vocabulary to pictures, and the other game works from pictures to vocabulary. Or, worded another way, the picture dice are meant to match with the game board filled with words, and the word dice are meant to match with the game board of pictures.
The focus of each game is on articles and vocabulary and specifically switching between singular and plural articles and nouns.
Versión corta en español
A los niños y jóvenes les encantan los zombis. Este imprimible gratuito contiene más de 30 páginas de actividades para practicar habilidades importantes de nivel preescolar o kínder en inglés:
- Vocabulario del cuerpo
- Artículos determinados y artículos indeterminados
- Números 1-10
- Habilidades motoras finas (cortar, trazar, dibujar)
- Los siguientes colores: verde, rosa
- La zeta (letra Z)