1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowflake Alphabet Activities With Me
Because my Y5s need to review letters throughout the year, I thought it would be fun to design some snowflake-themed alphabet activities; thus this snowflake letter craft was born.
For added pizzazz have children glue their school photograph inside the small snowflake and write their name on the larger one, then arrange and glue them to their letter craft.
If your kiddos have lockers, laminate and display there.
I've also included 3 writing prompt worksheet options for older children.
Choose which one is most appropriate for your students, or give them a choice.They attach the worksheet to their initial.
So that the letter "pops" out, have children choose 2 colors to write their words.
For added pizzazz have them draw and color a picture of one of the words.
I find that children really enjoy sharing about themselves, so filling in the blanks on this worksheet (favorite color, food, animal etc.) is an especially fun activity for them. When everyone is done, have them "show & share" their completed project.
Since all of the worksheets are so different, you could easily stretch this activity over several days doing all 3 prompts.
Completed projects make interesting & awesome wintry bulletin boards too.
I've included a "Letters are 'snow' much fun!" poster for the center of your display.
Teachers can also assign a letter to each student then hang the completed alphabet cards up as a winter border, or use them as large flashcards.
These could also be collected, collated and made into a class-made, wintry alphabet book.
Introduce the craftivity with my snowflake “Hush!” poem. So that the poem easily transitions into the activity, I added another stanza on a separate poster: "We made our time together, snowing blowing better, making a snowflake letter!"
I’ve provided one in color, which can also be part of your bulletin board display, as well as a BW version for students to color, take home and read to their families.
The poem is packed with Dolch sight words and offers a nice rhyming review and easy way to include the poetry genre into your lessons.
* Besides the snowflake letter writing prompt craftivity, there’s also a Venn diagram compare & contrast activity, and a set of lovely snowflake cards perfect for sorting, patterning, or playing a Memory Match game with.
* For more letter practice, I’ve included 2 sets of snowflake-themed, upper & lowercase letter cards, along with a 4-page tip list of what you can do with them, including games like “What’s Missing?”, “Hidden Letter” and “Kaboom!”.
* There’s also a set of snowflake alphabet puzzles, plus a “How many words can you make using the letters in snowflake?” worksheet, with a 111-word answer key.
* The “I Spy a Letter!” game sheets are a quick, easy & fun way to whole group assess upper or lowercase letters.
There’s a strip for uppercase letters, and another for lowercase.
I have my students choose 2 different color highlighters, so that they can trace the letters in an ABAB pattern.
To play the assessment game, call out a letter. Students pull their slider strip up or down 'til they locate that letter in the "window" of their snowflake, then hold it up.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty. My students absolutely LOVE making and collecting sliders, so we do one each month featuring a seasonal theme that practices a variety of standards.
Woo hoo! There are two featured FREEBIES today. The first one is a quick, easy & fun snowflake craftivity that your kiddos will really enjoy doing with their families.
Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board. My students love pointing out their family's picture, which is especially nice for preschoolers who often miss their moms during the day.
The next one is a "Shapely Snow Angels" emergent reader booklet featuring 2D shapes. I hope you find it useful.
Well that's it for now. Today's the perfect day to putz with more snowflake activities, as zillions of them are dancing in the breeze outside my office window.
Wishing you a snuggly day, filled to the brim with fun.
"Snowflakes may be delicate and fragile, but look what they can do when they stick together!"
1-2-3 Come Do Some "There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow" Activities With Me
There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro, is one of my favorite winter books. My kiddos LOVE it.
It's perfect for practicing sequencing and a variety of other standards.
With that in mind, I designed There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow Literacy Packet, with quick, easy and fun "print & go" activities, games, and even a class-made book “We Swallowed Some Stuff Too!.
The packet includes:
* A "label the cover" worksheet, with completed sample.
* Characters, setting and events pocket chart cards.
* Story elements, plus Beginning-Middle-& End parts of the story, worksheets.
* Worksheets for sequencing the story.
* Several writing prompt worksheets, for summarizing the story and explaining your favorite part.
* Who-What-Why-When-Where-How? worksheet.
* Several games, including a set of Memory Match cards that you can play 3 additional games with.
*Venn diagram worksheets, which are a fun way to practice comparison & contrast.
* A graphing extension.
* 27, pocket chart, sentence cards, which help review the story, as well as practice capitalization & end punctuation.
* There's a matching set of mini cards, to use for several other activities.
* “Ask me to tell you the story." bookmarks.
* "Ss is for snowman and . . ." beginning letter sound worksheet.
* Rhyme time worksheet, with matching answer-key poster
"How Many Words Can You Make?” worksheet with an answer-key poster, plus
A class-made, writing prompt book: "We Swallowed Some Stuff Too".
There are two choices. One is vertical, the other horizontal, plus I’ve included a full-color pattern for you, as well as a black & white template for students.
Students color, cut and glue their slider together.
As children pull on the end of the “slider”, the various pictures go through the “window”, so that it looks like the cold lady is swallowing these things just like in the story.
I introduce the lesson by reading the story, then share my sample with the children. We retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on the slider.
My students now know what’s expected of them, and are excited to transition to making a "cold lady" of their own.
Finally, another quick, easy and fun option for sequencing and retelling the story, is The Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow story Wheel and Puzzle Packet, which also helps assess comprehension.
There are full color patterns to use for centers, as well as a sample to share, plus a black and white pattern, so your students can make their own.
When everyone is done with their story wheel, take a moment to retell the story as a whole group, by turning the wheel.
As a comprehension-assessment tool, and for fine motor practice, another option is to have students cut up the picture sections, then glue them to the blank wheel in the appropriate order.
To practice ordinal numbers, have children write 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. on each piece.
I've also included "Sequence the Story” Puzzles.
Use the full-color versions for an independent center, and print the black & white pattern, so children can color, cut and arrange their own puzzle.
There's also a writing prompt worksheet, where students write what happened in the story.
If you’re studying fractions, be sure and take a teachable moment to review that vocabulary and information.
I know a lot of teachers will be celebrating 100 Day soon, so the featured FREEBIE today is a packet of 18, 100 Day Certificates, in color as well as black and white. I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for visiting.
I hope your students enjoy The Little Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow and the certificates as much as mine do.
Wishing you a carefree and cozy day.
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself!" - John Dewey
1-2-3 Come Snip Some Snowflakes With Me
During the last few days before Christmas break, we took down all of our December bulletin boards and hallway displays featuring my students' work.
Because everything looked so bare, I always liked to do a craftivity on party day, that we could hang up for January. "Snippy, the 2D Snowflake", is perfect for that.
When it comes to practicing our scissor skills, is there any cutting activity more fun than snipping a paper snowflake?
My Y5s absolutely LOVE making them, as there seems something almost magical about gently unfolding their creation, to reveal a lovely lacy snowflake.
With that in mind, I designed Snippy, the Shapely Snowflake Snowman, as a way to practice and review 2D shapes.
Although they look pretty awesome, they are no more difficult than cutting a regular paper, just follow my simple directions.
If you opt to just make a regular snowflake, using coffee filters, instead of paper, is much easier for PK kiddos to cut.
The more "chunks" you snip, the more intricate your snowflake. Snipping chunks in the various 2D shapes, will also help reinforce this Common Core Standard.
I show my kiddos how to cut squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, a diamond rhombus, as well as a heart.
Although each snowflake will be unique, just like real ones, the various shapes will be the same for everyone.
Those snowflakes then becomes Snippy's body, with the hatbands stating the name of the shape.
Even if you choose not to do this as a whole-group, listening and following directions craftivity, make a set for a lovely "Winter Wonderland Wall", to use as shape review.
The packet includes directions, patterns and photographs of the folded steps, plus pictures of the completed projects.
Before we make our snowflakes, I read Snip Snip Snow by Nancy Poydar. It’s one of my favorite snowflake books and my Y5’s really enjoy it.
They always asked if they can make a snowflake too, which provides the perfect segue to our paper cutting activities.
For almost all of them, this is a first-time experience, so they are extremely excited to begin. To save time, you can prefold the paper for little ones, otherwise you can do the folding portion as a "monkey-see, monkey-do" following direction activity.
While you are demonstrating, remind students to keep their snowflake folded and to have a space in-between each cut or they will have a snowflake with big holes that will likely fall apart.
I always had a few kiddo's who got caught up in snipping and failed to follow directions. For this reason, it’s a good idea to run off a few extra shapes.
I hope your kiddos have a blizzard of fun as they snip snip away. The results are truly amazing!
Finally, while researching paper snowflakes, I came across the lovely idea of using a snowflake as a paper tutu for a ballerina, over at Krokotak What little princess wouldn't want to make one of these!
There's also a connet-the-dots snowflake over at Calvary Kids with numbers to 78.
The featured FREEBIE today is another shape craftivity. I call them snowman name stackers.
They are a quick, easy and fun way to practice name recognition, letters, circles, squares and rectangles.
My kiddos also make these before break, so that we can hang them on our lockers.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be watching Kaiden (3) and Kaitlyn (1) today.
My grandchildren are certainly rainbows in my life.
Maybe we'll make some snowflakes and attach them to the packages that still need wrapping. Wishing you "fun-tastic" day.
"Good friends are like snowflakes. Each different and beautiful in their own way." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Creative Christmas Writing With Me
No matter what your age, pretending is so much fun, particularly with children. It's easy for them to become princesses and pirates.
With that in mind, I designed 7, creative, Christmas-themed, writing prompts.
They are easy-peasy "print & go" worksheets, that I'm sure your students will enjoy.
The more creative aspect, has students "think outside the box" and really try and become an elf, reindeer, snowman or gingerbread cookie.
What would these "characters" say, or what might they overhear in a conversation that Santa is having?
You can simply give students a choice, and only do one, or add the cute journal cover, and have students write a new one each day.
Another option, is to have students do a non-fiction prompt, using factual information that they've learned about penguins and snowflakes.
What would they say, that would tell us factual information?
When everyone is done, go around the room, and have each student share one thing.
No time to complete them all in class? They make fun "homework" that your students will enjoy doing.
To add a bit of technology to the lesson, give them the sites you want them to visit to get some facts about penguins, reindeer, or snow, that they can then include when writing their sentences.
My full-color, completed samples, will give you an example that you can share with your students, to help explain what you want them to do. They match the black & white templates for students.
Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to have a look at the Now You're Talkin' Christmas Writing Prompts/Journal.
Here's hoping your kiddos enjoy "pretend writing" as much as I did creating the samples.
The featured FREEBIE today, is another form of writing. Using a Venn diagram helps your students learn to compare and contrast in a fun way.
There are 7 Venn diagrams in this packet, all featuring an elf. I've included color as well as black and white templates.
Use the black and white copy for students to write their own, then call them up for a whole-group discussion and add everyone's ideas onto the colored Venn diagram.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's a chilly, but sunny morning, and I'm in the mood and energized to start decorating for Christmas! Wishing you a festive day.
"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family, all wrapped up in each other." -Burton Hillis
1-2-3 Come Do A Flurry Of Word Family Activities With Me
It's snowing right now and I'm so in the mood for more! My Y5's loved our January snow-themed activities, so I decided to incorporate some word family work with a snowflake theme. I hope you enjoy today's FREEBIE, which fits in nicely with Daily 5 word work. Completed projects make an awesome winter bulletin board too.
There are 4 large snowflake patterns. Run them off and give your students a choice.
There are also 70 word family snowflake cards, with 9 on a page for quick printing.
Choose the word family cards you want your students to practice, toss them in a container and have each student pick one.
They write that word family in the center of their snowflake. One of the facts that my kiddos learn about snowflakes is that although each one is unique, they all have six sides.
For this reason, you can choose to keep things simple and have your students think of just six words for their word family, or challenge older students to think of more.
I've included a variety of samples you can share with your students.
If you want them to practice alphabetizing, have children write their words on a sheet of scratch paper, alphabetize the words and then write them in alphabetical order on their snowflake, starting at the top and writing clockwise.
I've included a list of 70 word families, which has an alphabetical list of example words for each one. (This is a pretty comprehensive list, as I've included 987 words appropriate for school. )
You can share this list with your students if they become stuck, or if you want them to write more than six words on their snowflake. To build vocabulary, have children look up any words that they are unfamiliar with.
For more word work, there's a word family bookmark template. Students fill in the word family you want them to work on.
After they jot down as many words as they can think of, brainstorm as a whole group and write the words on the board.
Afterwards, students return to their seats and update their list. Have students save their word family bookmarks.
When you're done with word families, have students organize the bookmark pages in alphabetical order then add the cover and staple.
There's also a worksheet where you fill in the amount of words and sentences you want your students to write that incorporate the word family words.
Click on the link to view/download the Snowflake Word Families packet.
That's it for today. I'm off to go play in the snow! My poodle pup, Chloe, LOVES scampering through the sparkles. Wishing you a fun-filled and relaxing day.
"Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in [it] sinks into the mind." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1-2-3 Come Snip Some Snowflakes With Me!
I don’t think there's another cutting activity more fun than snipping a snowflake. Even young children enjoy this great fine motor practice. There’s something magical about unfolding a cut-up triangle to reveal a lacy snowflake!
The photo shows my Y5's creations (along with 3 of my own more intricate ones, that I used as samples.) I displayed them on our cafeteria door, which was located across from our room. Everyone enjoyed them, and commented that they couldn't believe my little ones had made such awesome lacy snowflakes.
I was extremely proud of their results and how far they had come with their scissor skills! They absolutely LOVED snipping snowflakes.
For PK kiddo’s, fold coffee filters, so they are less thick and so much easier to cut. You can also expedite things by having your snowflakes pre-folded, or use this opportunity to whole-group assess listening and following directions, as well as ordinal numbers. i.e. First fold your paper like this. Second fold this point over to this point etc.
Be sure to make quite a few extras for students who fall in love with creating them, or those little ones who get carried away snipping and make a snowflake that falls apart, because they didn’t keep spaces in between their cuts.
For extra pizzazz, spritz their creations with silver glitter spray. (Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area. Even though it’s cold, I spritzed artwork outside.) Completed projects look great sprinkled on a blue-foil bulletin board, used as a border, arranged in a huge wreath on the wall, or taped to a classroom window.
Before we made our snowflakes, I read Snip Snip Snow by Nancy Poydar. It’s one of my favorite snowflake books and my Y5’s really enjoyed it. They always asked if they could make a snowflake too, which provided the perfect segue to our paper cutting activities. For almost all of them, this was a first-time experience, so they were extremely excited!
This easy snowflake pattern can be found over at Sociological Images in an article about Snowflake Bently.
To cut some really intricate snowflakes, which you can use as incentives, check out the tutorial at DIY Cozy Home.
I'd cut 3 really awesome looking snowflakes and tell my students that they would be given to 3 "quiet as snowflake" students who completed their work.
When I saw a child on task, I'd put their name stick in the cup that I would be drawing 3 students' Popsicle sticks from. This was a very effective motivational tool.
There are quite a few more lovely lacy examples over at Designs That Inspire.
For more snowflake cutting practice, I think your students will enjoy making Snippy, the Snowflake Snowman. He’s a terrific way to review 2D shapes.
You may want to whole-group assess 2D shapes by using the snowman "posters" from My Shapely Snowmen. Make a set and use as giant flashcards.
Have students count any vertices and review vocabulary like angles, corners, symmetry etc. After your little review, have students transition to making Snippy.
Show my sample photographs, or make samples of your own. Students choose a shape that they want for their snowman’s belly.
I’ve labeled the shapes with numbers in each corner, to make this easier, however, there are a variety of ways you can fold your paper, as you strive for a folded shape that looks like a cone.
There's a photo of each folded-paper shape, next to the cut-out snowflake shape, to assist you.
Older students can read the directions at the bottom of their paper. For younger students, I suggest a “monkey see-monkey do” whole-group direction activity. i.e. Gather all of the students together who chose the circle shape.
Fold once, and have children do what you do, then continue with the step-by-step folding directions ‘til they have the desired cone.
Also demonstrate how to snip a snowflake. While you are cutting, explain symmetry to older students and remind them to snip the same “chunk” on both sides. This sort of cutting is difficult enough for little ones, so I simply let my Y5‘s snip away, with whatever shape they could manage.
They were not able to make a heart shape, so if they wanted one, I snipped that for them, when they were done cutting.
While you are demonstrating, remind students to keep their snowflake folded and to have a space in between each cut or they will have a snowflake with big holes that will likely fall apart. I always had a few kiddo's who got caught up in snipping and failed to follow directions. For this reason, it’s a good idea to run off a few extra shapes.
If you want to be able to have more cuts show through, for a lacier snowflake, fold the paper one last time. This will make the paper pretty thick, so students should be older, with more cutting experience.
To avoid ripping their shape, show how students should SLOWLY and CAREFULLY unfold their paper. So they flatten out, have older students refold their shape, but only in the opposite way they were folded, so the paper can be flattened out and smoothed.
I prefer making the snowman with just a snowflake tummy, but if your students would like to add mittens and boots for a more Frosty the Snowman look, I've included a template for both. Click on the link to view/download Snippy, The Shaped Snowflake Snowman.
Finally, while researching paper snowflakes, I came across the lovely idea of using a snowflake as a paper tutu for a ballerina, over at Krokotak What little princess wouldn't want to make one of these!
There's also a connet-the-dots snowflake over at Calvary Kids with numbers to 78.
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"Hold fast to dreams. For when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow." -Langston Hughes
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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"The Eskimos had 52-names for snow because it was so important to them. There ought to be as many for love." -Margaret Atwood
1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Craftivities With Me
PTL things are FINALLY back to normal in my little cyber-world. Few things have the capicity to incapacitate me, as much as computer problems. I'm such a control freak that when something happens that is out of my control, it is way beyond frustrating. Anyone relate?
We now have a brand new server and everything seems to have transferred well. Sorry if you experienced broken links and error messages while I was swinging from the ceiling pulling my hair out. I'm all better now, and can't wait to share lots of new stuff that I played around with, to keep my sanity, while experiencing insane glitches.
This is a potpourri of winter-themed "stuff." My new personal favorite I call My Shapely Snowflakes. I was watching the overhead at church Sunday; they had a lovely snowflake posted on the message. The center was of all things a hexagon! That's a "toughy" shape that I'm always on the look out for fun things to do with it.
Beside the Pentagon and a few nuts and bolts, it's hard to give children an example. My husband thinks I should shut off my creative enthusiasm every now and then, especially at church, but I was so excited to design My Shapely Snowflakes I sketched a note to myself.
You can make a set to use as flashcards, a bulletin board, interesting assessment, or independent matching center. I've also included a spinner, so students can play a game. Click on the My Shapely Snowflakes link to grab it.
One of my Y5 standards was that students could recognize and spell their names. Although my kiddo's accomplished this by the end of September, they always enjoyed any activity that involved their names.
With that in mind, I designed this wintry alphabet snowman. You can give your students the option to spell their name, so they have a sweet sign to decorate their bedroom door with, or have them think of a winter word they'd like to spell out like: peace, love, joy, snow, winter or even welcome. Hang them in the hallway with the caption: "_________________'s Kinders Are Simply Brrrr-illiant!"
There are 4 different sets of alphabet cards to choose from. You can also print, laminate, trim and use for a variety of games. A 3-page list of ideas is included in the packet. This is the one I made for my grandson. Click on the link to view/download the Snowman Alphabet craftivity.
If you're tossing in some poetry to cover a variety of genres, have your students make an acrostic poem. Students of all ages enjoy making them, and they are a nice way for children to review letters and words that begin with those letters. I've made a template for a snowman, winter, and frozen word acrostic. Click on the link to check out The Snowman Acrostic craftivity.
I know many of you are out there searching the web for quick, easy and inexpensive ideas for your kiddo's to make as a gift, or for you to give to them. How about a pin? The snowman tea light is not my original idea. I found it all over Pinterest as a magnet and decided to diddle around with one as a pin.
As a child I LOVED my Santa, Rudolph and Snowman (pull-the-string and light-up-the-nose) pins you could buy at the "dime" store. Anyone else remember those?
I used E6000 to glue on the pin back, wiggle eyes and bow; added the mouth with a permanent Sharpie, and cut off the finger of a black glove to make the hat. Yes it stretches that much! Roll the end up, so they don't look frayed and add a dot of glue to keep it rolled.
The Dollar Store sells these gloves in all sorts of colors. I think red or green would have looked nicer, but I had black around the house so tada! (2 pair makes 20 inexpensive pins/magnets.) You can also buy a pack of tea lights there too. Make sure you position the hat so that you don't cover the light switch.
Finally, another sweet gift is the Christmas Tree Lights bookmark made out of finger prints. "You light up my life with your love, so I left some finger prints to brighten yours." Baby Kaiden and I made this sample; my daughter loved it.
Thanks for visiting today. I try to design and blog daily, so I hope you can stop by tomorrow for more FREEBIES hot off Diane's sketch pad. Feel free to PIN away.
All Flakes Welcome!
Are you looking for a fun wintry way to review addition and subtraction math facts?
Try these frosty flakes!
Students can simply do one page as a skill sheet for a table top lesson or you can cut out the flakes and assemble them into an igloo booklet filled with 10-snowflake fact pages.
Make it a bit more special by adding student photographs.
I've also included a certificate of praise.
Click on the link to view/download the Frosty Flake packet.
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