As parents we have been working on vocabulary with our Lil’s since they were born. The more we talk to them, the more words they absorb.
Now, while we still want them to grow their vocabulary, it is equally important that they begin to understand that verbal words can also be expressed in written words.
We do this by exposing them to written words in conjunction with picture and verbal words.
This activity will work on recognizing that words hold meaning.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills


  • Uses writing materials to write (pencils, pens, crayons, markers)
  • Makes marks or scribbles as to represent words
  • Recognizes that writing is used to create meaning (scribbles a letter or grocery list) using some legible letters or words
  • Can form all capital letters and some lower case letters

Required Materials

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Brown Bear Vocabulary Template



Step #1
Print and cut out the Brown Bear Vocabulary Template.
Step #2
Trace the words using crayons.

We chose to trace the words using the corresponding color, so the words “blue” and “horse” were traced in blue crayon.

Step #3

Read the word cards to your Lil and ask them to match it to the correct animal picture.

Have your Lil’ repeat the word after you so they can “practice” reading the word card too.

Step #4

If this is overwhelming, try:

  • working on just the color word cards or the animal word cards
  • working in small batches

Teacher Tip

It is not expected for your Lil to be able to write all of the vocabulary words, however if they are interested in trying, you should certainly give them the opportunity. Invite them to share the job with you.

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