The ABCs of the Adventures with Kacey and Friends Activity Book

Adventures with Kacey and Friends book cover

Welcome! We are so glad you’re here. The “Adventures with Kacey and Friends” activity book was designed with the understanding that children develop at their own pace. We’ve included activities that children can explore and engage with in a variety of ways. Some activities your child(ren) will be able to complete independently, and other activities may require additional support to complete! Review the ABCs (Activity Book Companions) below to learn more about the recommended age range* for these activities, the skills/developmental areas supported by each activity, and ways in which activities can be adapted.

*Age ranges listed are a recommendation–you know your children best! Whether their skills are emerging in these developmental areas or they have mastered these skills independently, all activities in this book can be adapted/modified for children of all ages.

Trace the Lines (page 4)

Trace the dotted lines to help find Kacey's stuffRecommended age range: 2-5

Skills/Developmental Areas

  • Concentration and focus 
  • Pre-writing skills 
  • Visual perception 
  • Figure recognition in a variety of contexts 
  • Spatial sequencing/spatial planning 
  • Fine motor skills 
  • Drawing skills 

Adaptations

  • Assist by gently supporting the child’s hand (placing your hand over their hand) while grasping the writing tool.
  • Model tracing the vertical, horizontal, and curved lines of each image. 
  • Use a larger tool like a bingo marker for children who may need more fine motor practice and may have difficulty holding a pencil. 
  • Using the writing tool (a marker, crayon, or pencil) to trace the outer line of each of the four images. Encourage the child to trace the inner lines of each image. 

 

Connect the Dots (page 5)

Connect the Dots numbered 1-10 to reveal Kacey's magnifying glassRecommended age range: 3-5

Skills/Developmental Areas

  • Concentration and focus 
  • Handwriting skills 
  • Hand-eye coordination 
  • Number recognition 
  • Number order 
  • Sequencing and counting 1-10 
  • Fine motor skills 
  • Spatial reasoning, logic, and problem solving 

Adaptations

  • Assist by gently supporting the child’s hand (placing your hand over their hand) while grasping the writing tool. 
  • Model making connections from one dot to the next.  
  • Encourage the child to count along as connections are made. 

 

Maze (page 6)

Help find Kacey's backpack at the end of the maze.Recommended age range: 3-5

Skills/Developmental Areas

  • Problem solving  
  • Sharpens memory 
  • Builds concentration and focus 
  • Planning and brainstorming strategies 
  • Pre-writing skills 
  • Visual perception and motor skills 
  • Fine motor skills  

Adaptations

  • Model moving the writing tool through the open space. 
  • Assist by gently supporting the child’s hand (placing your hand over their hand) while grasping the writing tool to work through the maze.  
  • Discuss strategies such as starting from the beginning of the maze or working backwards from the end of the maze. 

 

Word Search (page 7)

Find Kacey's animal friends in the word search.Recommended age range: 5-8

Skills/Developmental Areas

  • Concentration and focus 
  • Visual acuity 
  • Fine motor skills  
  • Problem solving 
  • Sequencing letters to form a word  
  • Spelling 
  • Word recognition 
  • Increase vocabulary 

Adaptations

  • Make it a ‘letter search’ instead of a word search. 
  • Take turns searching for words or searching by each letter within the word. 
  • Model using the writing tool (a crayon, pencil, or highlighter) to trace the outer line of each letter/word. 
  • To eliminate options, cross off words on the list after they are found.  

 

Hidden Objects (page 8-9)

Help find Kacey's friends and other items.Recommended age range: 2-8

Skills/Developmental Areas

  • Promotes attention to detail  
  • Concentration and focus  
  • Visual perception 
  • Fine motor skills (point or pincer grasp)  
  • Pre-writing skills 
  • Word-symbol association and comprehension 
  • Visual perception 
  • Develop self-confidence 
  • Increase vocabulary 

Adaptations

  • Read the name of the object aloud. Point to the word as you read it aloud to associate the written name of the object with the visual representation of the object.  
  • Provide context clues. Use prompts such as “on top of,” “next to,” “underneath.” 
  • As an alternative to finding hidden objects, ask your child to find items by different characteristics such as color, shape, etc.  
  • Take turns! A young child can often spot something that an adult or an older child might miss. 

 

Snack Time (page 10)

Help Kacey pack healthy snacks for a picnic with friends.Recommended age range: 2-8

Skills/Developmental Areas

  • Fine motor skills (drawing/writing/coloring)  
  • Creativity 
  • Concentration and focus 
  • Visual perception 
  • Develop self-confidence 
  • Use of representational language/symbolic association 
  • Increase vocabulary 

Adaptations

  • Have the child share their healthy snack ideas. Ask if there might be a new snack food the child would like to try.  
  • Ask what the child thinks Kacey the Koala would like to eat for a snack and how the child would like to draw the items on Kacey’s plate. 
  • Assist by gently supporting the child’s hand (placing your hand over their hand) while grasping the writing tool. Lead the child’s hand to the image of the plate on the page.  
  • Model forming the vertical, horizontal, and curved lines of each image that the child would like to draw. 
  • Cut and paste clip art or images of food items from magazines or advertisements. 
  • Using the writing tool (a bold marker, crayon, or pencil), assist the child in forming the outer line of each object they would like to draw. Encourage the child to color each image. 

 

Fill in the Missing Letters (page 11)

Fill in the Missing Letters to complete the words.Recommended age range: 5-8

Skills/Developmental Areas

  • Spelling (letter order) 
  • Foundational phonics skills (consonant-vowel patterns) 
  • Sequencing letters to form a word  
  • Fine motor skills (pincer grasp)  
  • Concentration and focus 
  • Handwriting skills 
  • Word recognition 

Adaptations

  • Review some of the vocabulary words that have been introduced in previous activities.  
  • Using the first word in this activity as an example, identify sounds in isolation: c-o-w. Identifying isolated sounds in a word is an important skill students need to learn how to decode and write words.  
  • Read the words aloud and encourage the child to identify the missing letter.  
  • Assist by gently supporting the child’s hand (placing your hand over their hand) while grasping the writing tool and writing the missing letter in the open space.  
  • Model using a writing tool (a bold marker, crayon, or pencil) to form or assist the child in forming the vertical, horizontal, and curved lines of each letter.  

 

Find the Different Object (page 12)

Circle the item that is Different in each row.Recommended age range: 3-6

Skills/Developmental Areas

  • Compare and contrast similarities and differences 
  • Concentration and focus 
  • Noticing details of images  
  • Pre-writing skills  
  • Fine motor skills 

Adaptations

  • Ask the child to describe the images and talk together about how the images might be different and provide hints. 
  • Assist by gently supporting the child’s hand (placing your hand over their hand) while grasping the writing tool to circle the image that is different from the others.  

 

Mad Lib Story about Kacey (page 13)

Fill in the blanks with words to help finish the story.Recommended age range: 5-8

Skills/Developmental Areas

  • Encouraging use of creativity and expressive language  
  • Fine motor skills (pincer grasp)  
  • Promoting independence 
  • Concentration and focus 
  • Teaches parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs  
  • Reinforces essential grammar 
  • Promotes reading comprehension and increased vocabulary skills  

Adaptations

  • Take turns filling out your mad libs together!  
  • Use prompting questions such as, “Where did they go? What did they see/hear/eat?” 
  • Discuss together and identify the type of word that should be in the blank space – a noun, verb, adverb, or adjective.  
  • To provide further assistance define or share examples of a noun, verb, adverb, or adjective. 
  • In some cases, more specific prompts such as “name an animal” or “a verb ending in -ing” or “plural noun” to help the story make sense.