1-2-3 Come Make Some Mother's Day Keepsakes With Me
I really enjoy designing things that incorporate standards at the same time creating a keepsake that moms will like. With that in mind, I came up with a "berry" special packet.
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, and were also popular with my Y5's. They are fun and easy to draw and provide a great play on words.
In the "Berry" Special Packet, I've included templates for both a mom and dad, so you can use this "craftivity" for Mother's Day or Father's Day. There's also a generic one that says: "You are 'berry' special" so students can make this for another significant other as well. This would be fun for Grandparents' Day too.
I've included a pattern to make the leafy portion. Add a bit more pizzazz by making the leaves 3D. Have students cut out two and then fold one in half. Match up the leaves and glue only one section on top of the other.
If you look closely at the photo you'll be able to see how the leaves pop up. Adding a stem and strawberry blossom, gives the card that finishing touch.
Older students can add a second strawberry and "hinge" their card with a small piece of Scotch tape. Children complete the writing prompt, add a bit of color, trim and glue to the inside. Younger students can simply complete just the sentence on the front.
To make things extra special, have students glue on their school picture and make a heart using their thumbprints (see photo).
Leaves can also be made by tracing a child's handprints. I made an example of both, so you can see how they turned out. Click on the link to view/download the "Berry" Special Craftivity.
While I was making my sample, I thought that a mini version of this would make a quick, easy and inexpensive end or beginning of the year gift for students.
Turn this into a sweet treat by attaching your card to a berry-flavored juice box, or package of Wild Berry Skittles and you're set!
Click on the link to view/download the "Berry Special Summer/School Year Gift.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN away. To see another fun keepsake craft for Mom, scroll down and take a look at a cute "horseshoe."
"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside of your body." -Elizabeth Stone
1-2-3 Come Sail Away Into Summer With Me!
Are you in the home stretch and dying to scream: "Woo hoo! School is out for summer!"? I always liked to give a little something to my kiddos on the last day.
If you'd like to do something that won't break the budget, I think you'll enjoy the Sailing Into Summer pencil fan-boat. I've been making little fan boats since I was a child (some 50 years ago-oh my!)
In those days, I’d use a Popsicle stick for the mast, but I thought it would be sweet to include a pencil, marker or candy pixie stick, as the pole, to add that little something extra.
I doubt many little ones will catch the play on words with "fantastic" but I just had to include it.
I've also made a template for the beginning of the year, (Sailing into a new school year...) if you'd like to make these treats for your open house or the first day of school. You could also have your current students make these for your next year's kiddos.
Run off the boat template on assorted colors of construction paper.
Cut them out; write your students’ name on the front and then sign them. Run off the “Have fun sailing into summer. I hope it’s fantastic!” sail, on white card stock and cut them out.
I colored the mast brown, but you can skip that step and use a glue dot to fasten a wooden pencil, marker, or candy on top.
If you don’t have glue dots, simply cut 2 slits and insert your treat. For a bit more pizzazz, I colored the sunshine with a yellow marker.
Fold a sheet of white copy paper 6 or 7 times. I made my width a little less than an inch. Cut off the excess leaving a 1 inch margin.
Glue the “sun” sail to the top of this tab. Pinch the top of the folds and staple them together so that they come to a point at the top of the mast.
Place on your students’ desks or tuck in their backpacks on the last day of school.
Click on the link to view/download the Sailing Into Summer (or a new school year) "craftivity." Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to PIN anything you think others may find helpful. My "Pin it" button is at the top.
"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." -Michael Korda