It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down and back-to-school time is upon us but in my house, it’s a reality. In the next few weeks, we’ll head back into the classroom and back to learning. While this summer has been amazingly fun, in the last few weeks of summer I’m really putting a focus on getting my littlest ready to start primary school. While I do believe that the last two years have taught him tons, I know he could use a little refresher before heading into the classroom to ensure that his basic phonic and math skills are exactly where they need to be in order for him to have a successful school year. However, knowing my son the way I do, I know that the only way to get him excited about sharpening up his skills is with fun printables and easy snacks that turn summer afternoons (and even those afternoons once school has started back) into a time of learning fun!
Now, I’ll admit that as a mom, I’m overly involved in my kiddos lives. I’ll also admit that nothing makes me happier than seeing them excited about learning. But for me, that means finding ways to pair learning with things they love….like delicious Goldfish® crackers! Made with real cheese, Goldfish® crackers have been a part of my little guy’s snack and lunch time for almost as long as I can remember and nothing gets him more excited about eating than these favorite crackers do. Fueled by this knowledge and my own satisfaction at serving a snack while he’s learning that has no artificial flavors or preservatives, I was inspired to come up with some easy printables that we can do together to sharpen his skills just in time for back-to-school as well as get him excited about all the fun new things that he’ll soon be learning in the new school year! Since letters, spelling, numbers and basic math are all things he’ll be jumping into as soon as the school doors open, I created some fun (and delicious) printables that when paired with Goldfish Crackers make learning amazing! Then I carved out time each and every day to sit down with him and work through these resources as we had tons of tasty fun!
Counting with Goldfish
I’ll admit, we started out easy! After heading to my computer, I quickly whipped up a simple Counting with Goldfish® Printable that allowed him to add the number of Goldfish® crackers to each circle so that the number and the snack matched.
Seeing his excitement as he added the correct amount of Goldfish Crackers to each circle really got me thinking.
Not only was this fabulous pairing of numbers and Goldfish Crackers getting him excited about learning but it was tons of fun for him and I to do together, with me watching him carefully count out the numbers and then beam when he was correct.
Inspired by how successful this activity had been and how he begged to keep going long after he’d completed it numerous times, I was inspired to create more fun learning printables that paired perfectly with our Goldfish® Crackers!
Letter Flash Cards
Seeing how well he had done with his numbers, I quickly decided to move on to letters. After easily printing the whole alphabet out in large enough letters for him to use a flash cards (get my printable version here), I cut them apart and watched as he used his Goldfish® crackers to trace the letters and spell out words.
The sheer delight on his face was enough to convince me that this delicious way to learn was totally worth it and as we sat together for hours and challenged each other to come up with more words out of our printed out alphabet and Goldfish® crackers, I will thrilled to see how easily he remembered basic phonic sounds and put together words.
Before I knew it, he was spelling out larger and larger words (can quickly turned to candy and be became because) and using his Goldfish® crackers to trace the letters and bring sounds to life in a way that I knew would help him prepare for the first day of school!
Finally, after he had mastered his letters and basic numbers, I decided to challenge him with some basic additional and subtraction. However, we did it Goldfish® style by creating an easy addition printable that was very visual and allowed him to use his favorite snack to figure out the equations.
Get your Adding with Goldfish Crackers printable.
He did the first few lines by himself but quickly wanted my help figuring out the more complex ones. As soon as I showed him to to use the Goldfish Crackers to figure out the equations, he was hooked!
It was like a little light came on in his brain and he was thrilled to create his piles of Goldfish Crackers as he completed his addition worksheet.
Seeing him freshen up all those phonics and numbers skills that he’ll soon need in the classroom was amazingly rewarding but even better was the ability to spend time with him, watching his little brain take in information and process it in a way that is indescribable! I’ve kept these easy printable worksheets on hand and will be making more in the coming days because when it comes to back-to-school prep, it just doesn’t get any more fun (or any tastier) that this! He and I will continue to use his beloved Goldfish® crackers to to pair snack time with fun ways to spell words, conquer math equations and ensure that when he does head back to school in a few short weeks, he’s more than ready with all his skills sharp thanks to a little help from Goldfish® crackers!
Now it’s your turn! Whether your kids are heading to elementary school for the first time like mine or you just want to make brushing up on some basic skills easy, try our fun printables paired with delicious Goldfish Crackers! Where you once had to beg the kiddos to dust off the cobwebs and freshen up for back-to-school, with these ideas you’re sure to see tons of excitement just like I did!
Want more fun ideas for back to school learning and snacking with Goldfish® crackers? Be sure to check out all the inspiration on Pinterest! From lunchbox ideas to printable worksheets to snack time fun, the options are endless when you’ve got Goldfish® crackers!
Now tell me, how do you use Goldfish Crackers to make back-to-school fun?