fathers day activities

1-2-3 Come Make Some "Paper Love" With Me  

I really enjoy designing things that will get even my most reluctant writers excited about writing. 

valentines day activities, valentines day cards, valentines day crafts, Mother's day activities, father's day activities, mothers day cards,  veterans day activities, grandparents day activitiesWith that in mind, I made this very versatile, quick, easy & super-fun writing prompt craftivityThe "envelope" unfolds to reveal a "secret message" or "love note" that can be used for:

* Valentine’s Day (Great for a party day activity.)
* Mother’s Day
* Father’s Day
* Grandparents Day

* Volunteer or Veteran’s Day “Thank You! We Appreciate You!” notes
* “Get Well” or sympathy notes for an ill or grieving classmate
* “Just a Note” to a friend OR… Whatever else you may think of.

If your kiddos are like mine, they will absolutely LOVE making these, so be prepared and run off extra copies for early finishers, and students who ask to “Please…” make another one.

Woo Hoo! They are that addicting & fun; plus “print & go” easy-peasy for you.
I think one of the reasons they are so popular, is that the envelope unfolds to be a heart-shaped message.

valentines day activities, valentines day cards, valentines day crafts, Mother's day activities, father's day activities, mothers day cards,  veterans day activities, grandparents day activitiesI added the 4, “Confidential”, “Top Secret!” & “For Your Eyes Only” labels, to add to the fun.
Nothing like writing a “secret” message to get students excited about writing.

Works for many age groups — from preschool (who can draw a picture and dictate a sentence, or simply write “I love you”) all the way to upper elementary, who can use the blank template.

Great for Daily 5 or your writing block, and simple as a generic lesson for your “Sub Tub” too.

There are 8 graphic options on the front of the “envelope”.  These templates come in a horizontal AND vertical pattern.

For PK kiddos, demonstrate how to fold the “envelope” with “monkey see - monkey do”, step-by-step directions. Even my 3-year-old grandson had fun making several.

valentines day activities, valentines day cards, valentines day crafts, Mother's day activities, father's day activities, mothers day cards,  veterans day activities, grandparents day activitiesToday's featured FREEBIE is also a sweet bit of "paper love".  Click on the link to grab your copy of the "I Love You To Pieces" craftivity

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping in. 

Much to do today, as one of our 8 grandchildren is celebrating their 1st birthday this weekend.  Wishing you an "ed-venture" - filled day.

"Let all that you do be done in love." -1 Corinthians 16:14

1-2-3 Come Make A Father's Day Card With Me

fathers day activities, fathers day cards, fathers day gifts, fathers day crafts, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, summer writing prompts, I feel a bit sorry for dads when it comes to making special cards and keepsakes at school.  We seem to go all out for Mother's Day, and then because things get quite hectic at year's end, we often don't have the time or energy to whip something together.

Because we usually had a coupple of snow days to make up, and I was looking for a few things to plug in for that last week of school, it was easy for me to make time for my Y5's to create something for their daddies.  

fathers day activities, fathers day cards, fathers day gifts, fathers day crafts, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, summer writing prompts, Ever mindful that these creative endeavors still have to be standard-based and educational or some teachers won't be able to do them "just for fun," I designed the dynamite dad card

fathers day activities, fathers day cards, fathers day gifts, fathers day crafts, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, summer writing prompts, It's a wonderful way to review the cylinder shape and includes a writing prompt. 

Younger students can simply do the craft portion, or dictate why their father is a dynamite dad, while older students can complete that writing prompt on the stationery provided, trim and glue to the back of their card. 

Have them add some color with crayons or makers. Before hand, you may want to brainstorm with students, some of the reasons why they think their daddy is dynamite.  Write them on the board to help with spelling.

For the finishing touch, punch a hole in the top and attach a piece of yarn to the back.  Tape the Kaboom "fire" to the end of the yarn.  I added some gold glitter for a bit more pizzazz.

fathers day activities, fathers day cards, fathers day gifts, fathers day crafts, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, summer writing prompts, Click on the link to view/download the Dynamite Dad Craftivity.  If you're looking for more Father's Day FREEBIES click on the link to zip on over to that section of TeachWithMe. 

Well that's it for today.  I hope you and yours have a blessed Father's Day.

 "It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." -Anne Sexton

1-2-3 Come Make A Sweet Keepsake Card With Me

mother's day activities, mothers day crafts, "berry" special activities, berry special play on words, ideas for berry special. mothers day cards for kids to make, mothers day writing promtps, may writing prompts, mothers day gifts for kids to make, ideas for mothers day, end of the year activities, end of the year gifts, ideas for end of the year gifts, welcome to school gifts, back to school gifts, back to school ideas, I really enjoy designing things that incorporate standards at the same time creating a keepsake that families will enjoy.  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 person as well.  This would be fun for Grandparents' Day too.

mother's day activities, mothers day crafts, "berry" special activities, berry special play on words, ideas for berry special. mothers day cards for kids to make, mothers day writing promtps, may writing prompts, mothers day gifts for kids to make, ideas for mothers day, end of the year activities, end of the year gifts, ideas for end of the year gifts, welcome to school gifts, back to school gifts, back to school ideas, 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).

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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.  mother's day activities, mothers day crafts, "berry" special activities, berry special play on words, ideas for berry special. mothers day cards for kids to make, mothers day writing promtps, may writing prompts, mothers day gifts for kids to make, ideas for mothers day, end of the year activities, end of the year gifts, ideas for end of the year gifts, welcome to school gifts, back to school gifts, back to school ideas,

"I hope your summer is 'berry' special.  Just like you!" or "I'm wishing you a 'berry' special school year!"

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. 

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 "When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." -Sophia Loren

 1-2-3 Come Do Some "Souper" Fun Craftivities With Me

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, june writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, fathers day crafts, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, grandparents day crafts, 3D cylinder crafts, bucket filler ideas, 3D cylinder activities, This "craftivity" packet is very versatile. I have templates that you can use at the end of the school year, where students write about the"souper" summer they are looking forward to, or the "souper" year they had; or they can make one for your next year's kiddos explaining why they are going to have a "souper" year in __________ grade.

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I used red to blend in with the soup can, but you could offer a variety of colors. 

This will become the "inside" section of the can where they'll complete the writing prompt and then "hinge" it at the top with a small piece of tape or a staple, in such a way that it flips up to reveal what they wrote.

If you've incorporated the popular "Bucket Fillers" program in your classroom, the "souper" compliment flip up or windsock, fits in nicely, and goes a long way in building a child's self-esteem.  For this prompt, I prefer the windsock as it's a nice way to review the 3D cylinder shape as well as ABAB patterning

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I didn’t have a big sheet of red construction paper, so I had to tape two smaller ones together.  The “compliment strips” are the width of a ruler and the length of the paper.  I chose two colors for more pop, as well as a way to review a color pattern.

Students each get a stack of 10 strips (5 of each color).  Have them glue the strips to the bottom of their large sheet of paper that has their soup can glued to the front.  I left 1/2 an inch of space in between the strips.

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, june writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, fathers day crafts, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, grandparents day crafts, 3D cylinder crafts, bucket filler ideas, 3D cylinder activities, Put students in groups of 9.  Review what an adjective is and then brainstorm nice things (compliments) that they could write about each other.
Children write something about themselves on one of the strips, and then pass their paper to the next person. 

Passing continues within the group ’til everyone has written something on each person’s windsock. The teacher visits each group and writes something for each child on the 10th strip.

Students gently curve their flat “souper can” into a cylinder shape and staple the ends together.  Punch a hole on either side, attach a 12 inch piece of yarn and dangle from the ceiling. 

Having students make a windsock for your next year's kiddos would also make a wonderful back-to-school welcome display.  After the first day, take them down and pass them out to your new students.  They read and share with the class.  Hopefully these will help ease first day jitters and get your students excited about the year ahead.

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, campbells soup can template, end of the year writing prompts, end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, june writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, fathers day crafts, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, grandparents day crafts, 3D cylinder crafts, bucket filler ideas, 3D cylinder activities, Finally, to help celebrate special holidays, there are patterns for a "souper" mom or dad, as well as one they can make for Grandparent's Day, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever.  

Keep in mind, that any of the 2D writing prompt options, can easily be turned into the 3D cylinder shaped windsock craft,by simply having them write on the strips of paper.

Click on the link to view/download the "Souper" Writing Prompt Craftivity Packet. 

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, june writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, fathers day crafts, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, grandparents day crafts, 3D cylinder crafts, bucket filler ideas, 3D cylinder activities, Thanks for visiting today.  Even though it's Sunday, and typically my day of rest after church, I have some very tempting "souper" craftivities in the works...

Does anyone else out there get excited about making things and designing lessons for their classroom? After all, it is actually our home-away-from-home.  

"Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup." -Bennett Cerf

 1-2-3 Come Do Some "Souper" Craftivities With Me

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, june writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, fathers day crafts, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, grandparents day crafts, 3D cylinder crafts, bucket filler ideas, 3D cylinder activities, This "craftivity" packet is very versatile. I have templates that you can use at the end of the school year, where students write about the"souper" summer they are looking forward to, or the "souper" year they had; or they can make one for your next year's kiddos explaining why they are going to have a "souper" year in __________ grade.

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, june writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, fathers day crafts, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, grandparents day crafts, 3D cylinder crafts, bucket filler ideas, 3D cylinder activities, Simply run off which ever pattern you need.  Students color the template and then trace it on a sheet of construction paper.

I used red to blend in with the soup can, but you could offer a variety of colors. 

This will become the "inside" section of the can where they'll complete the writing prompt and then "hinge" it at the top with a small piece of tape or a staple, in such a way that it flips up to reveal what they wrote.

If you've incorporated the popular "Bucket Fillers" program in your classroom, the "souper" compliment flip up or windsock, fits in nicely, and goes a long way in building a child's self-esteem.  For this prompt, I prefer the windsock as it's a nice way to review the 3D cylinder shape as well as ABAB patterning

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I didn’t have a big sheet of red construction paper, so I had to tape two smaller ones together.  The “compliment strips” are the width of a ruler and the length of the paper.  I chose two colors for more pop, as well as a way to review a color pattern.

Students each get a stack of 10 strips (5 of each color).  Have them glue the strips to the bottom of their large sheet of paper that has their soup can glued to the front.  I left 1/2 an inch of space in between the strips.

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, june writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, fathers day crafts, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, grandparents day crafts, 3D cylinder crafts, bucket filler ideas, 3D cylinder activities, Put students in groups of 9.  Review what an adjective is and then brainstorm nice things (compliments) that they could write about each other.
Children write something about themselves on one of the strips, and then pass their paper to the next person. 

Passing continues within the group ’til everyone has written something on each person’s windsock. The teacher visits each group and writes something for each child on the 10th strip.

Students gently curve their flat “souper can” into a cylinder shape and staple the ends together.  Punch a hole on either side, attach a 12 inch piece of yarn and dangle from the ceiling. 

Having students make a windsock for your next year's kiddos would also make a wonderful back-to-school welcome display.  After the first day, take them down and pass them out to your new students.  They read and share with the class.  Hopefully these will help ease first day jitters and get your students excited about the year ahead.

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, campbells soup can template, end of the year writing prompts, end of the year bulletin boards, summer writing prompts, june writing prompts, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, fathers day crafts, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, grandparents day crafts, 3D cylinder crafts, bucket filler ideas, 3D cylinder activities, Finally, to help celebrate special holidays, there are patterns for a "souper" mom or dad, as well as one they can make for Grandparent's Day, plus a blank one to fill in with whatever.  

Keep in mind, that any of the 2D writing prompt options, can easily be turned into the 3D cylinder shaped windsock craft too.

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"My greatest strength is common sense.  I'm really a standard brand like Campbell's tomato soup." -Katherine Hepburn

1-2-3 Come Make Some Father's Day "Craftivities" With Me

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneMy son-in-law is a huge superhero fan. Seems he's not alone, as Marvel comics is raking in millions of dollars cashing in on the craze.  With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to design some superhero-themed Father's Day activities that I hope your kiddos will enjoy making for their dads.  

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneThe packet includes a Father's Day Batman card, as well as a Superman writing prompt card. 

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneStudents color the covers and then hinge them to the second page.

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneWhile doing research about superheroes, I came across a sweet simile poster. The link went no where and there was no author, so I decided to revamp it by adding my own superhero similes and incorporating specific superhero fonts that students could color appropriately.  

I think it turned out pretty cute, providing a fun way to explain the concept of similes to your students. 

My husband didn't quite get "classy as Batman" until I explained to him that Bruce Wayne was a millionaire and supposedly sophisticated.  Even after I Googled characteristics of superheroes, it was still difficult to pinpoint some adjectives.

My daughter thought that Captain America was more protective than The Green Lantern, but I chose that term for him, because in researching each character, it seemed that The Green Lantern went hand-in-hand with the Justice League, Guardians of the Universe, and the Intergalactic Police, all of which I presumed were very protective.  At any rate, I hope your kiddos find it amusing.

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneThe Craft Caravan had a cute Super Dad coloring page, which inspired me to create several of my own.  I designed a superhero head that children can draw in details to look like their dad and then complete the writing prompts on the right. 

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneFor another coloring page option, I drew the famous "ripped open shirt" of Superman, only the logo here is "Super Dad."

As with the above portrait, students fill in the facial features of their fathers.  You can staple the simile page to this, or have students write why their dad is super on the back of their picture. 

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, writing prompts for juneFor a simple writing prompt activity, students choose one of two bookmarks to color and then write why they feel their dad is a superhero

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, superhero bookmarks, writing prompts for juneThere are also two bookmarks that have an acrostic father poem on them; they come in black line, as well as full color. 

Click on the link to view/download the Father's Day Superhero Packet.  

I made my samples with my little grandson.  He's only 19 months old, but was happy to add his scribbles, and I think his papa will appreciate both of our efforts. 

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While surfing, I found a wonderful superhero dad poem and decided to include it in Kaiden's paper love cards for his daddy.  If you like it too, click on the link to grab this FREEBIE over at Creat-Craft-Love

fathers day cards, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts kids can make, fathers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, superhero activities, superhero cards, superhero crafts, superhero writing prompts, superhero dads, superhero fathers day activities, superhero bookmarks, writing prompts for juneThanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN away.  If you're looking for more superhero-themed activities click on the link to take a peek at my superhero board on Pinterest.

If you're looking for more Father's Day ideas, click on the link to zip on over to that section of TeachWithMe where you'll find 18 more FREEBIES.

"Life hits you hard.  But it takes three seconds to decide if you're a superhero or not.  I am." -Hrithik Roshan

1-2-3 Come Make A T-Shirt With Me

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, memory books, school memory books, free memory books, memory book templates, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, end of they year writing prompts, daily 5 for the end of the year, end of the year crafts, back to school activities, back to school writing prompts, writing prompts for june, writing prompts for summer, writing prompts for back to school, bucket filler activities, fill a bucket activitiesBecause it's very versatile, I'm especially excited to post this latest FREEBIE for some end-of-the-year fun.

As I was designing the "T"-'rrific Memory Book packet, I thought, with a few tweaks this can also be used as a self-esteem builder, for your "fill a bucket" activites too. 

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Children pass their booklet to another child, who writes a compliment (why that person is terrific) and continue passing, 'til everyone has signed everybody's booklet. 

If you're looking for a Father's Day activity, or you have grandparent's come visit at the end or beginning of the year, you can fill the blank in with My Dad is "T"-'rrific or use the other blank template for My Grandparents are "T"-'rrific.  Students write why they think so on the blank pages.

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, memory books, school memory books, free memory books, memory book templates, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, end of they year writing prompts, daily 5 for the end of the year, end of the year crafts, back to school activities, back to school writing prompts, writing prompts for june, writing prompts for summer, writing prompts for back to school, bucket filler activities, fil a bucket activitiesIf you like to have lots of interesting writing practice for back-to-school week, as icebreakers to get to know your new students, use the My Summer was "T"-'rrific template.   These would be cute displayed on a clothesline, along a wall and hung up with clothespins!

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For even more pizzazz, use scrapbook paper! You can also buy a 50-sheet pack of printed paper (they have lots of options like tie dye, rainbow and animal prints, which would also be cool).

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I'd take a few days to make the memory book.  To ensure quality, students can work on 1 or 2 pages each day.  (Great for Daily 5)

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There's a blank template for you to write a note to your students.  You can print the templates and write a personal note to each one, or if you're pressed for time, write a generic note to everyone, sign and run off.  To make it more personal, write the student's name at the top. 

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end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, memory books, school memory books, free memory books, memory book templates, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, end of they year writing prompts, daily 5 for the end of the year, end of the year crafts, back to school activities, back to school writing prompts, writing prompts for june, writing prompts for summer, writing prompts for back to school, bucket filler activities, fil a bucket activitiesClick on the link to view/download the versatile "T"-'rrific Writing Prompt Craftivity Packet.  Thanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN away. 

end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year writing prompts, memory books, school memory books, free memory books, memory book templates, fathers day activities, grandparents day activities, end of they year writing prompts, daily 5 for the end of the year, end of the year crafts, back to school activities, back to school writing prompts, writing prompts for june, writing prompts for summer, writing prompts for back to school, bucket filler activities, fill a bucket activitiesIf you're a frequent visitor to the TeachWithMe blog, you know I like to end with some sort of quote that pertains to the topic. 

While surfing I found this sweet one from Winnie The Pooh.  Hope you enjoy it too!

1-2-3 Come Make A Butterfly With Me

I used to make a perpetual Mother's Day calendar using some of the monthly artwork that my Y5s enjoyed creating.  Since we studied butterflies, I had a room helper trace my students' foot with their shoe on and then cut them out.  These sweet little feet became the "wings"of a butterfly that they decorated. 

mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, ideas for mothers day, mothers day gift ideas for kids to make, fathers day ideas, fathers day crafts, fathers day gifts for kids to make, butterfly crafts, butterfly activities, hand and footprint craftsSince the butterfly activities have been such a popular download, I thought I'd share this idea as a Mother's Day "craftivity." 

If you're all set for this holiday, the packet is very versatile, as  I’ve included 3 stationery templates to choose from to glue a butterfly to:  Fluttering by with a Mother’s Day Hi; Fluttering by with a Father’s Day Hi; and Fluttering by with a friendly Hi.

Students take off their shoe and trace it on their color choice of folded construction paper.  When they cut out their “butterfly wing” they will have two.

Make a sample to share with your students so that they know where to glue their butterfly’s wings.  I think these look interesting at a diagonal.

Before hand, cut a variety of colors for the butterfly’s body and fold them.  I made a template for 3 different size thoraxes to accommodate the different shoe sizes of students.   Next, they glue only the head and bottom tip of the thorax down, so that it is 3 dimensional.  

Cut a slit around the top of the head.  Students bend a pipe cleaner in half to make a V-tip, and then curl the ends around a pencil.  Insert the tip into the slit and tape the end on the back.  Students make adjustments by bending the antennae forward a bit.   

Run off the little heart poem on a variety of colors of construction paper.  Students choose one, trim and glue it to the corner of their card.  "I made this card especially for you.   The butterfly's wings were traced from my shoe."   Discuss symmetry and have children decorate their butterfly’s wings.  

For that finishing touch, I added some dashed lines to look like the flit and flutter path of a butterfly.  Stickers, glitter and wiggle eyes would also add pizzazz.   Click on the link to view/download the Fluttering By Butterfly craftivity. 

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