Monday, December 15, 2014

Gingerbread Man Ornaments

We had a BLAST today making Gingerbread Man ornaments and playing Holiday Bingo.  The kids had a great time and the ornaments turned out so dang cute!  This was a "no-fail" project.

My husband was kind enough to cut out the gingerbread men from wood.  If you don't have a jigsaw, craft foam works just as well.

Here's end product.

I created a file for myself that includes, supplies, directions, and the patterns for the gingerbread man, and the pants and dress.  If you would like a copy, please let me know in the comments and I'll email you my file.  PLEASE remember to include your email address in your comment. 

Patchwork Kitties: Clip Art Freebie

Have fun using these 8 Patchwork Kitties on your classroom materials and TpT products. The original images are large and will resize beautifully. All images are 300 dpi, transparent, png. files.

Please be kind and leave feedback... I REALLY appreciate it!
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Guided Art: Reindeer on Canvas

My daughter asked me to put together a guided art project that she could do with her daughter's 4th grade class.  We had some limitations to deal with... cost being one of the biggest factors.  She also wanted a project that was sophisticated enough for 4th graders AND that would virtually be "fail safe".

Here's the project I put together for my granddaughter's 4th grade class. 

They all turned out adorable.  The kids are so excited about putting their canvas creations under their Christmas trees.  These adorable reindeer will surely decorate homes for years to come!

Each creation turned out beautifully (the "fail safe" requirement).
The cost per child was only $2.00 (the cost requirement). 

Assignment Holiday Gift... completed with success! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Year's Photo Booth Freebie

Here's the 2015 version of last year's New Year Photo Booth activity.  The kids loved it, the writing prompt was a great way to have the kiddos start thinking about some academic goals, and the bulletin board was delightful.

Help yourselves to this freebie and...if the mood strikes you leave a comment- I'd be thrilled :)
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas "Grump" Craft and Writing Prompts

Looking for a fun activity to use the week before Christmas/Winter break?  We read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and I was looking for a SIMPLE and EASY follow up craft and writing prompt.

I didn't find quite what I was looking for in terms of simplicity.  The little ones I work with are still developing their listening, cutting, and following directions skills.  I needed a craft that the kids would love AND that would not frustrate them.  So... here you go!
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This super simple  Christmas Grump packet includes:
* Two writing prompts (primary and secondary writing paper available for both prompts).
* Patterns ready to copy onto construction paper.  (No need for the little ones to trace patterns)
* Fully illustrated directions 

Monday, December 8, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Freebies: Jingle Bells Clip Art

Here's day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas Freebies.  Hope these "ring your chimes".
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Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Sunday, December 7, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Freebies: Holiday BINGO

Here's my day 7 freebie for the 12 Days of Christmas Linky.

My little ones love playing BINGO.  It's a great way to help your students master the art of listening, paying attention, and hone their visual discrimination skills.

I also like the concept of having the children build their own BINGO cards.  It allows the students to practice their cutting/gluing skills and create a BINGO card that is unique to each one of them.

I do a few different things for prizes: small candy canes, Dollar Store stickers, pencils, erasers, and mini-bubbles.  We have also been know to play with no prizes at all.  I think this helps remind the little ones that sometimes we just do things for the fun of it!

The file contains:
* Cut and glue images
* Build a BINGO (base) card
* Teacher Call cards
* Directions
* Token/marker sheet maker

The file is "printer friendly" and all images and cards are in black and white.

Click HERE to head to TpT for this fun freebie.