1-2-3 Come Do Some Wintery Craftivities With Me
If you need a quick bulletin board for January, I think you'll like this simple but vibrant mitten craftivity. Run off the template on a variety of colors of construction paper.
Children choose one and press their painted white hand in the center. Gluing pulled-cotton to the cuff, adds that finishing touch. For even more pizzazz, write students' names with glitter.
If you want, give students a writing prompt, and have them complete it on the back of their mitten, then suspend from the ceiling. Click On The Link to get the mitten pattern.
This is a fun activity to do with your kiddo's after reading The Mitten by Jan Brett.
If your little ones are still working on identifying letters, another simple bulletin board "craftivity" is to have children choose either a mitten or snowman pattern, trace it on a wordy section of the newspaper and then trim.
Children complete a matching recording sheet, filling in their guess of how many letters they think they will find. Afterwards, they find and circle, either the letter Mm for mitten, or Ss for snowman, counting as they go.
When they are done, they complete the data as to whether their guess was equal, greater than or less than their correct answer. If you want, have them figure out how many more or less they were off.
Children who chose the snowman, add facial features; those who chose the mitten can color it their favorite color.
Gather students together to discuss their results. Do they have any ideas of why more S's than Mm's were found?
Click on the link to get the newsprint mitten/snowman patterns.
If you are starting to work on coins with your students, you'll want to take a look at Mitten Money.
This easy reader reinforces word wall and Dolch words, as well as all of the 2-D shapes, + the penny, nickel, dime and quarter coins. Click on the link to view/download the Mitten Money easy reader.
For more math activities check out the place value snowman. Students can choose to draw their own face on the snowman, or color mine.
To turn these into a dry-erase "board" cut squares of glossy photo paper. Each student needs 4 to glue on top of the squares on their paper.
Print; laminate and trim the snowman number cards (0-9) Toss them into a mitten; call on 3 students to choose a card.
These will make the 3-digit number that students write in the number box, using a dry erase marker.
Children figure out the place value position of each, and write the appropriate numbers in the one's, ten's, and hundred's boxes.
When they are done, they show their work; you can whole-group assess with a glance. Play continues 'til all of your students have had a turn to choose a number. Click on the link to view/download the Place Value Snowman Packet.
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1-2-3 Come Frolic With Me: Winter Craftivities, Bulletin Boards and Games
I was really on a creative roll yesterday. All one needs to do is spend a little time on Pinterest and your brain will shoot into over drive! So many ideas and not enough time in my life to do everything I'd like to. Sound familiar?
While browsing, I found a wooden snowman used as a countdown to Christmas. I found versions of this idea all over, so not sure who was the originator, but I thought the moveable carrot nose would be perfect for the classroom.
It was fun designing a paper snowman face that can review upper and lowercase letters and numbers to 20. I've included a face for skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's or 10's.
You can also simply make one for your calendar center and countdown the days in January.
These make a quick and easy way to whole-group assess too.
Call out a number/letter and have students move their snowman's nose to that position or... move your teacher sample to an uppercase letter, and have students find the matching lowercase letter on theirs.
For added pizzazz I ran the carrot noses through my crinkle machine. My Y5's called this the "Cruncher Muncher." It provided great fine motor practice as students turned the crank to get the paper through the rollers.
Poke a hole at the end of the carrot and use a brass brad to fasten the nose to the snowman. Click on the link to view/download the Snowman's Nose packet.
For more letter and number practice, have your students put together these winter pine tree puzzles. They can be done as an independent center activity, or you can make copies for your students.
Children cut the green number/letter tiles and then glue them in appropriate order on the boxed grid. For that extra bit of pizzazz, run the template off on blue construction paper and have students dot on "snowflakes" with a Q-tip.
If you celebrate 100 Day in January, this is a wonderful "craftivity" that makes a cool bulletin board. Caption: Mrs. Henderson's Kinders Are Doing Tree-mendous Work! Click on the link to view/download the Pine Tree Puzzles
Another awesome bulletin board for January, features a New Year's writing prompt.
Basketball, soccer and football are all sports where players score goals, so I thought it would be fun to have students write what their goals were for the New Year on the ball of their choice.
I've included a poster that you can put in the center of your bulletin board as a caption.
Besides the balls, there are also 2 writing prompt pages for journal writing, which includes one with a hockey theme. Click on the link to grab the New Year Goals Packet.
Another New Year's activity you can have your kiddo's do, is see how many words they can come up with, using the letters in Happy New Year. I've included a list of 267 words.
When students are done, share your list to see if there are any words that they aren't familiar with; have them write them on their paper and look them up. Click on the link to check out the How Many New Year activity.
They write it in the center of the snowflake and then write all of the equations that they can think of, on the outer sections of their snowflake, to show that number.
Do one each day; to make their booklet, have students glue their snowflake to an igloo-shaped page. Add their photo for that finishing touch. Click on the link to view/downlaod the Frosty Fact Family Fun packet.
For More number fun, I think you'll enjoy the snowflake number cards. Use these for your word wall, a bulletin board, flashcards, games, or an independent center.
Print; laminate and cut into puzzles for even more ideas. I've also included 3 sets of snowflake tiles so students can sort, pattern and make groups/sets to match the number on the cards. Click on the link to grab the Snowflake Number cards.
Finally, I had a request from Karla out in Vermont, for penguin alphabet and number cards.
She wanted something small that her pre-schoolers could manipulate. She only needed numbers to 10, but I included a blank template for you to program with more.
There's also a list of ideas you can use the cards for, including games like "Kaboom!" Click on the link if you'd like a set of these mini-penguins.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowflake "Craftivities" With Me!
As long as we have to have winter, it might as well snow! I'd always give my Y5's some time at our classroom windows, when the snow was falling heavily. It's so lovely and sparkly. They'd squeal with delight and chatter about a possible pending snow day. I think I was as excited as they were at the prospect of a stay-at-home and snuggle day.
Our snowflake theme was a real favorite. I'd start things out by sharing "Snowflake Bentley's" story and exquisite snowflake photographs. If you don't own these books, I highly recommend them.
I found that if I pre-folded coffee filters and demonstrated how to snip them into a snowflake, my students did a much better job, than when I used regular paper, which was way too thick for them to cut.
Singing a rousing round of Frosty the Snowman got the wiggles out, and my students' behavior was really pretty stellar, in part, because they were working towards spelling the words Hot Chocolate, so they could receive that treat.
They could earn a letter a day, which helped build self-esteem and confidence, as they worked together to achieve a goal. I did the same thing with spelling Frosty The Snowman. When they earned all of the letters, we'd watch the video at the end of the day. Click on the link to see it posted on YouTube.
The article today, shares some of my favorite snowflake activities. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Start things out by printing, laminating and trimming a set of snowflake alphabet cards. Use them as a border, independent center or to play a variety of games with. I've also included a blank set so that you can program with whatever. Click on the link to view/download the snowflake alphabet cards.
I think home-school connections are very important. I designed a bulletin board activity each month, where students spent some quality time with their families, doing a themed-writing prompt craftivity.
This family snowflake was the one for January. Use blue foil wrapping paper for the background and suspend some plastic snowflakes from the ceiling for that extra bit of pizzazz. Click on the link to view/download the Family Snowflake "craftivity."
Another awesome bulletin board involving snowflakes, is my Snowflake Writing Prompt Strips. Run off a variety of color choices so that you will have a really vivid bulletin board. These look wonderful on a black background spritzed with silver glitter spray.
Students can write their resolutions, favorite things about winter, or something for your Martin Luther King Jr. activities. I had my kiddo's write what they dreamed they'd some day be.
Click on the link to view download the Snowflake Writing Prompt Bulletin Board Craftivitiy.
One of the biggest down falls of snow with little ones, is that it's such a chore geting them dressed in all of their winter gear.
It would take some of my slowpokes so long, that by the time they waddled like a penguin out the door, the bell would ring to come inside!
To expedite things, I made up this poster of the order of how they should dress. Before I did this, I invariably had more than just a few kiddo's start by putting their boots or mittens on first. We've all been there I'm sure.
Having a race to see who could be the first one dressed, or which team got lined up the quickest, really helped too. Click on the link to print one for your hallway. Getting Dressed Poster
A matching easy reader about getting dressed is entitled: Let's Go! Let's Play in the Snow. It's a great way to review ordinal numbers too. The packet includes traceable word cards, picture cards, a graphing extension, a compound word worksheet, as well as one on contractions. Click on the link to grab it.
Finally, one has to make a few snow angels before everything melts. Review 2D shapes with this Shapely Snow Angel easy reader.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some New Year Craftivities With Me!
I wanted to get some “Happy New Year!” items designed and posted before you leave for Christmas break, so you can get a few things ready for when your kiddo’s return, before you take off that teacher hat and truly relax.
Start things out by leaving a bookmark on or inside your students' desks, as a sweet surprise when they come back. I've taped a lollipop on the back of mine, that they can quietly suck on while they do their morning tabletop lessons. Click on the link to print some off now. Happy New Year bookmark.
The Place Value “Happy New Year!” craftivity can be done as a whole-group or independent center. Students trace and write the numbers, cut them out, arrange them in correct order to form the New Year and then glue them under the appropriate place value “door.”
The last door helps children practice subtraction as they subtract the year they were born, from the New Year, to get their age. It’s self correcting, because they know how old they are!
Before hand, demonstrate yours on the board to review how this is done. Even when I was in my 20’s children always thought that was so “old!” Click on the link to view/download the Place Value New Year craftivity.
Some of my kiddo’s had not mastered counting backwards from 10 to 0, so I designed the New Year’s Glitter Ball Slider to help them practice. Even little ones are familiar with the New York, Times Square countdown ball, so this was a great Segway.
I’ve also included a strip to count from 20. Add some silver glitter for that extra bit of pizzazz. I had my kiddo’s crouch down and then jump up and yell “Happy New Year!” when we got to zero. Click on the link to view/download the Happy New Year Countdown Slider.
When one thinks about the New Year, it’s inevitable that a few resolutions come to mind. This was a new word for my Y5’s, so I presented it as a promise to themselves, of what they’d like to improve on.
With that in mind I designed some New Year word art craftivities last year, using Tagxedo, one of my favorite educational sites. You can set this up as an independent computer center for students to think up their own designs and words.
The packet has a list of 68-positive "resolution" words + an ABC booklet for students to "improve" alphabetically.
Click on the link for this great verb reinforcement tool and vocabulary builder. New Year's Word Art Craftivities.
For more parts of speech practice, I know your kiddo's will enjoy playing the Fractured New Year writing prompt game. Students take turns rolling the dice to fill in a word from the adjective, noun or verb list, which creates a hilarious story.
When everyone has completed the game, have students read their stories aloud, and enjoy all of the giggles. Click on the link for Fractured New Year fun.
Finally, I’ve also designed a New Year's graphic organizer for students to fill in with some interesting writing prompts.
Children can draw a picture of themselves or glue a photo to the center oval.
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"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passsed." -Cavett Robert
1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Craftivities With Me!
Hopefully things are winding down this last week of school before Christmas Break. If you're looking for a few last-minute things for your kiddo's to do, you've come to the right place. Here are some quick, easy and simple activities, I think your students will enjoy.
Since the 3D cylinder shape was always the "toughy" for my Y5's to wrap their heads around, I tried to do several projects each month involving that shape. The cylinder-shaped Santa windsock, was one of their favorites. I made Santa's beard by tracing their hand once and then cutting it out 4 times.
Children work on a flat surface; when they are done, then help them roll their Santa into a cylinder shape. Pulled-cotton and glitter, add those finishing touches. Punch a hole in the top, tie a yarn loop, so it can hang from the ceiling.
Review the triangle, oval, and circle shapes as well. If you have your kiddo's do a craft on party day, these are great as a whole-group, or independent center activity.
To expedite things, make sure you trace and cut their hand prints the day before. Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Hand Print Santa
Quite a few of my favorite Christmas Stories involve mice, so I thought it would be fun to design a sweet treat for my Y5's, featuring this Christmas character. You can review the oval shape with this craftivity as well. His ears are heart-shaped.
I don't buy peppermint candy canes for my kiddo's, as when we graphed whether they liked peppermint or not, most of them did not.
This was true every year, so I looked for the flavored candy canes. You can get a box of a dozen at The Dollar Store. Wiggle eyes and a pom pom nose added extra pizzazz.
You can make these for your students as a gift, but I liked doing them as a craftivity the last day of school. I used silver wallpaper for a sparkling effect. You could also glue metallic wrapping paper to tag board. Click on the link to view/download the Christmas Mouse.
Another peppermint activity I call "Me Mints." I made the larger one out of a sturdy 8-inch paper plate. Students striped the edges. Enlarge a photo, cut into a circle and mount it in the center of the plate.
Wrap with clear cellophane. (You can buy it by the roll at The Dollar Store.) Twist the ends and tie with curling ribbon.
These make a super bulletin board boarder, or have students glue the "greeting" to the back and suspend from the ceiling.
I also made a "Mini Mint" ornament template for you. Run off the peppermint candy. Students color with markers and glue to a circle of tag board. Follow the above directions to complete this "Awww-dorable" craftivity. Click on the link to grab this FREEBIE.
Finally, Wally,The Wallpaper Snowman, would be fun to do on the last day, so that you would have some winter decorations up when your students return from Christmas vacation.
If you look closely, you'll see that Wally's face is textured. I made the circles out of embossed wallpaper. You can buy a roll of white textured wallpaper for less that $5, or visit a paint, wallpaper, or home-decor store, where they sell wallpaper, and ask if you could have or buy a sample book.
I used these sample books for die cuts, banners, backgrounds, and stationery for my students to write on. I've included 4 winter writing prompts so that students have a choice.
Children write a rough draft and when they have finalized it, they write it on the circle and glue it to the back of Wally. These look wonderful dangling from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download Wally,The Wallpaper Snowman Writing Prompt Dangler.
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"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol