1-2-3- Come Do Some "Happy Graduation!" Activities With Me
When I taught kindergarten we had our graduation in the afternoon, with punch and cookies afterwards.
Even though we had a "dry run" and practiced our songs beforehand, I still needed something to keep my kiddos occupied for the rest of the morning.
With that in mind, I designed some quick, easy and fun activities, and made them appropriate for preschool graduation as well.
I hope you find them useful and your planning easier.
First up, is a bookmark. I've included patterns through 2035.
Who knows where we'll be 20 years from now, but if you're in need of a graduation bookmark, I've got you covered.
There are 2 patterns to choose from, with 4-on-a-page for quick printing.
For extra pizzazz, we mounted the bookmark on printed scrapbook paper using our school colors, glued a school photo inside the circle, then I laminated them.
For that finishing touch, punch a hole at the top and add some matching curling ribbon.
Next up is a graduation memory book, sure to become a cherished keepsake.
Run off on a variety of colors, or use your school colors.
You can buy real tassels, or simply slip a few strings of yarn around a brass brad.
There are a variety of pages to choose from, which come in color as well as black & white.
Simply choose which pages are appropriate for your kiddos.
Students can cut and collate their own pages, or you can ask for parent volunteers to help you with this; pre-assembling the books, so that all students have to do is color, write and glue on a photograph.
I purposely made all these lines straight cuts, so that you can easily cut 3-6 pages out at a time.
Once the pages are cut and put in the order you want them, staple the booklet to the back page and add the cover.
Students can work on some of the pages beforehand, like the "A note from my friend" page.
Have students pick a partner to exchange their booklet with, and then complete that page.
Later, finish the special graduation pages on graduation day.
This is a super-fun craftivity that I think your students will really enjoy making, and parents will truly appreciate, as a cherished keepsake of one of their child’s many milestones.
(“Hip Hippo Ray! I’m on my way!”), ("Hip Hippo Ray! It’s graduation day!") or (“Hip Hippo Ray! Happy 1st day".)
The bows contain the greeting. The mouth of the hippo flips up to reveal a variety of writing prompt options. Choose one page, or several to make a little booklet.
There’s also an autograph page, plus a blank template for children to draw a picture of themselves, or use for more writing prompts that would turn “Hilda & Henry Hippo” into a Memory Book.
I’ve included a “note from your teacher” page too. Simply write one note and run off. I pre-cut my page to expedite things.
For that finishing touch, have students glue their school photo somewhere.
The packet also includes an ABC word hunt worksheet for the last day of school, as well as bookmarks in color and black and white, for all 3 occasions.
Today's FREEBIE also works for preschool or kindergarten graduation.
Well that's it for today. Hope you found something useful.
My "to do" pile is way too high for the days to be flying by this fast. Wishing you a stress-free happy day.
"Wherever you go, go with all of your heart" - Confuscious
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Mother's Day Activities With Me
Tuesday's blog featured Mother's Day craftivities that could also be used for the end of the year, as well as back to school. Here are two more that offer that same versatility:
The "souper" soup can craftivity, can be a "flip up" card, or a windsock, where the writing prompt is completed on the paper "ribbons".
Besides those "crafty" options, you have a choice of 7 writing prompts:
* "I had a 'souper' year!" is a fun way to reflect about what students have accomplished.
* "You're going to have a 'souper' year in _________" is written by this year's students for next year's kiddos.
* "___________ is a 'souper' student." Is a terrific "bucket filler" which will help build self-esteem.
* "I'm looking forward to a 'souper' summer." Is a fun end of the year option. You could also change it to "I had a 'souper' summer." and use at the beginning of the school year.
* There are also patterns for Mom, Dad & grandparents to help celebrate their special days, as well as a blank soup can for anything else.
The "Bee-utiful Bee-cause..." bee-themed craftivity can also be used for Mother's Day, BTS (Back To School) or the end of the year.
There are 2 craftivities in the packet. Children can make a bee and choose the prompt “My mom is bee-utiful because . . .” or make fingerprint bees around a hive. Another writing prompt is: “My mom is terrific ‘bee-cause” . . .
So that students can write something different, I’ve included blank bee and hive patterns. There’s also a generic “You are ‘bee-utiful’ because …” or “You are terrific ‘bee-cause’” options.
At the end of the year, students can make a bee or hive that says: “I had a ________________ year in ________________ ‘bee-cause’..." or “I’m looking forward to a super summer ‘bee-cause’..."
Another interesting option is to have this year’s students make a bee or hive for next year’s students. “You’re going to have a _______________ year in _______________ ‘bee-cause’”.
What a fun thing to have tucked in your students’ desks or displayed on their lockers at the beginning of the year.
As with the other bee craftivities, children can write their note of “why” on the bee’s stripes, or if you want students to write more, they can complete the little apple booklet and glue it to the front.
I wanted the Mother’s Day beehive card to be a keepsake, so my students dipped their thumb in yellow paint to make the bees, and used their pinkies and white paint for the wings.
When their cards dried, they drew on details with a black marker, and glued their school photo in the “door”.
If you like the hive card, but don’t want to mess with paint, I’ve also included bee “stickers”. Students get a strip of 4, trim and glue to their card.
Teacher's and parents could also make a little gift for their students/children. I made small "Love you to pieces" cards that you can print off and attach to a Snack Baggie, or package of Reeses Pieces candy.
There's also a completed puzzle writing prompt pattern, so you can easily make a sample to share, to explain what you want your kiddos to do.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's cold, rainy and windy out; the perfect weather for shortening my ever-growing "to do" list. Wishing you a snuggly relaxing day.
"A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy." -Robert Lumsden
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Mother's Day Activities With Me
During the week of Mother's Day, for our writing block, we do a variety of keepsake activities. I give children a choice, with the option if they finish one, they may work on another. This keeps kiddos focused and on task. Win-win!
I think they are highly motivated because they love their moms and want to make some super-fun "paper love" for them to show their appreciation.
The "Hoppy' Mother's Day" frog is quick, easy and fun, and turns out super-cute. Younger children can simply make the card, while older students can glue their frog card to the writing prompt lily pad.
The flip up “tongue” pattern featuring a cute little fly, has 2 verse options:
“Just little old me flying by with a Happy Mother’s Day Hi.” and
“Just little me flying by with a loving special “Hi.”
Likewise, there are a variety of options for the greeting on the frog’s belly, that’s revealed when the “tongue” is flipped up:
“I’m jumping for joy and so “hoppy” you’re my (mom, mama, mommy, mum, grandma)!” plus a fill-in-the-blank template as well.
I've included a bow pattern for that finishing touch.
Next up, is a ladybug-themed Mother’s Day card, that's sure to become a keepsake.
The packet includes 2 card options. Choose one, or give your students a choice.
The first ladybug’s wings open to reveal the greeting: “Love and a hug from your little bug.”
Wiggle eyes attached with glue dots, black pipe cleaner antennae and a photograph add those special finishing touches.
The circle poem on the back says: “The spots on my ladybug are made with TLC. They were made with my thumbprint with love to you from me.”
The other option is a 3D leaf. The top leaf features a mommy ladybug and says: “Happy Mother’s Day to A Super-Fine Lady”.
The leaf flips up to reveal the same “Love and a hug from your little bug” greeting.
Children draw a picture of their mom on the back of the leaf. I’ve also included blank wings and leaves, so students can write their own words.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also a cute craftivity for Mother's Day. The "My mom is really sweet!" writing prompt is quick, easy & fun.
One teacher told me she was so excited to make this craft, as each year she holds a tea called "Muffins in May with Mom" where moms or a significant other come to school. What a cute idea.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something useful.
Time to take a break and call my mom. She's 90 and moments on the phone are precious to me.
Here she is enjoying the flowers I sent. Wishing you a stress-free and joy-filled day.
"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." -Abraham Lincoln
1-2-3 Come Do Some Versatile Writing Prompt Craftivities With Me
Sometimes when I'm designing something for a particular thing, it turns out that I can also use it for something else; as once a crafty little pattern is made, it's easy to tweak the writing prompt portion, so that it fits for other times of the year.
Such is the case for several of the Mother's Day craftivities I just finished; so I included patterns appropriate for the end of the year, as well as back to school.
Today, I'm featuring 3 of them, along with today's featured FREEBIE.
First up is the "berry" versatile strawberry packet. I’ve included a back-to-school pattern that says: “I had a ‘berry’ special summer because…” as well as an end of the year template: “This school year was ‘berry’ special because…”
Run the summer strawberry off on hot pink with lime green leaves; then see wonderful improvement in your students’ writing, when they complete the other prompt, at the end of the year.
I’ve also included another pattern to make a “Thank you ‘berry’ much!” card, which you can give to volunteers who’ve helped your class, the secretary or whoever gave you a helping hand throughout the year.
Flip the card up to reveal a picture of your class holding a thank you sign or letter cards spelling the words out, then have everyone sign it.
Another pattern is for a Mother’s Day card: “My (mom, mommy, mama, mum, grandma) is ‘berry’ special because…” Have students make hand print “leaves” for that keepsake touch.
Finally, the "fruity treat" is a little gift you can give your students at the beginning or end of the year:
"I hope your summer is 'berry' special just like you." or . . . "I'm wishing you a 'berry' special year.
Attach the strawberry tag to a berry-flavored juice box or package of Skittles.
Next up is the "....And That's Something To Tweet About!" writing prompt bird craftivity. Just like the strawberry, you can use it for back-to-school, (“I had a great summer!), or at the end of the year (“I had a great year in school) and that's something to tweet about!"
I’ve also included a variety of writing prompt options suitable for Mother’s Day as well. “My (mom, mum. mommy, mama, grandma) is special and that’s something to tweet about!”
There are blank wing and “hang tag” patterns as well, so that you can write in something else. These pieces, along with the accordion-folded legs, add special 3D pizzazz.
Older students explain why, by writing on the back of the bird. Completed projects really turn out adorable and look sweet suspended from the ceiling.
Finally, "Great Times!" also includes a variety of writing prompt options. I’ve included 3 patterns for a Mother’s Day card, as well as templates for the end of the year: ”Time sure flies! I had a _____________ year in _____________!”
Plus there’s a “Fun in the Sun Summer Time“ pattern, where students can write about the fun times they are looking forward to doing during vacation, or use for back-to-school and have students write about a few of their favorite times that they enjoyed.
Besides the 3 “draw yourself” clock patterns for Mother’s Day, there are also 6 templates featuring 3 boys & 3 girls. Students simply color and cut.
Older kiddos “hinge” the writing prompt to the back with a piece of Scotch tape.
There are black & white patterns for students, plus full color templates of the children holding the clocks, so that you can quickly and easily make samples to share.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also versatile, as you can use it in February for Valentine's Day, as well as for grandparents, Mom or Dad on their special days.
I found this ABC "I Love You!" idea in various print forms on a variety of sites, so I'm not sure where the original idea came from.
However, instead of making an 8x10 print to frame, I thought it would be perfect to design some cards, bookmarks and magnets, which children could make in school for various holidays.
As for me, I tucked one in my husband's briefcase. Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Shape Activities With Me
The packet includes playing cards with frog and lily pad graphics, which are shaped in the various 2D shapes: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart, star & crescent.
I’ve also included cards with speckled lime green shapes, plus matching word cards, as well as shape cards with a fly on them.
Use the cards for one-to-one correspondence with little ones, or Memory Match & “I Have; Who Has?” games with older students.
As a math center activity, students can also use the cards to “feed” the appropriate-shaped frog head, by finding all of the matching cards, then placing them inside the frog's open "mouth".
I’ve also included a short “giggle” tale about Ferdinand the frog, and Princess Penelope who was turned into a fly!
I had so much fun writing it! Read it as an interesting way to introduce the shape craft, then have older students "flip up the mouth" and write their own "fractured fairy tale" on the frog's "tongue".
There’s a set of discussion questions for the story, as well as a "test for comprehension" worksheet.
There are also 2D "tongue" patterns which feature a fly and the name of the shape.
For further reinforcement, I’ve included a few worksheets, plus a certificate of praise bookmark.
After sharing their frog, scatter completed projects on a blue (pond) background bulletin board.
You could also make some brown cattails to use for your border.
I’ve included 2 posters for the center of your display.
Since these silly shaped frogs have a big mouth, a cute story to read after making this craftivity, is “The Wide Mouth Frog” by Keith Faulkner. It’s one of my kiddos’ favorites.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so today's FREEBIE is a writing prompt craftivity entitled: A Rainbow of Love dangler.
Students write something on each colorful strip, of why their "mom colors their world with love."
Well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
Wishing you a happy and blessed day.
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” -Sydney J. Harris