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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:

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, frog crafts, mothers day writing prompts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, end of the year activities, bee crafts, 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.

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, frog crafts, mothers day writing prompts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, end of the year activities, bee crafts, * 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” . . .

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, frog crafts, mothers day writing prompts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, end of the year activities, bee crafts, 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.

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, frog crafts, mothers day writing prompts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, end of the year activities, bee crafts, 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.

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, mothers day crafts, bee creafts, end of the year activities, back to school activitiesI 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.

Today's FREEBIE is another Mother's Day activity, which you can also use for Father's or Grandparent's Day, or anyone else that you "love to pieces".

mothers day card, mothers day gift, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, end of the year activities, back to school activitiesTeacher'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.

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, frog crafts, mothers day writing prompts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, end of the year activities, bee crafts, 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.

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, frog crafts, mothers day writing prompts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, end of the year activities, bee crafts, 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:

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, frog crafts, mothers day writing prompts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, end of the year activities, bee crafts, “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.

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, frog crafts, mothers day writing prompts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, end of the year activities, bee crafts, 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.”

mothers day cards, mothers day activities, frog crafts, mothers day writing prompts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, end of the year activities, bee crafts, 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.

MD Cupcake covToday'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.

 mother's day activities, mother's day crafts, mother's day writing prompts, mothers day cards, ladybug crafts, frog craftsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you found something useful.

Untitled 5Time 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.

moithers day cards, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, mothers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, frog crafts, strawberry crafts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, 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.

moithers day cards, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, mothers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, frog crafts, strawberry crafts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, 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

moithers day cards, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, mothers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, frog crafts, strawberry crafts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, 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, moithers day cards, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, mothers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, frog crafts, strawberry crafts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, "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.

moithers day cards, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, mothers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, frog crafts, strawberry crafts, ladybug crafts, back to school activities, 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. 

moithers day cards, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, mothers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, frog crafts, strawberry crafts,  back to school activities, 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. 

moithers day cards, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, mothers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, frog crafts, strawberry crafts, back to school activities, As for me, I tucked one in my husband's briefcase. Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

moithers day cards, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, mothers day writing prompts, end of the year activities, frog crafts, strawberry crafts, back to school activities, If you get a minute, zip on over to the site-wide "Teacher Appreciation" sale going on over at TpT. 

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1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Shape Activities With Me

Since the “Silly Shaped Lorax” and “Slick Shapely Chick” activities were such a huge hit, I decided to make “Funny Frogs”.

2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape bulletin boards, shape centers, frog crafts, frog activities, These cuties are a quick, easy and super-fun “print & go” craftivity, that will help review 2D shapes.

2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape bulletin boards, shape centers, frog crafts, frog activities, 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".

2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape bulletin boards, shape centers, frog crafts, frog activities, 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.

2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape bulletin boards, shape centers, frog crafts, frog activities, Older students can also write their shape’s attributes here. 

For further reinforcement, I’ve included a few worksheets, plus a certificate of praise bookmark.

2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape bulletin boards, shape centers, frog crafts, frog activities, 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.

2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape bulletin boards, shape centers, frog crafts, frog activities, 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.

2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape bulletin boards, shape centers, frog crafts, frog activities, 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."

2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape bulletin boards, shape centers, frog crafts, frog activities, 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

1-2-3 Come Do Some Frog Activities With Me  

Since the butterfly life cycle craftivities were such a hit, I decided to make some for the frog's life cycle as well. 

I do our butterfly theme in April with my Y5s, then follow it up with frogs in May. Studying two life cycles really helps reinforce those science concepts and vocabulary. 

To make this quick and easy for you, plus super-fun for your kiddos, I designed six,  simple "print & go" craft activities with lots of options. 

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, First up is the frog's life cycle featured on a paper plate.  I've included a simple 4-section cycle for little ones, where you count the big frog as the start, as well as a 6-piece cycle for older students.

There are full color patterns, so you can easily make an example to share to help explain things, as well as black & white templates so children can color their own.

There are templates that are labeled, as well as blank ones so students can practice the science vocabulary by writing it in.  

Punch a hole at the top; tie a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling.

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, Next up are the "Turn to Learn"  Life Cycle of A Frog "Science Story Wheels". I went a bit crazy buying “Life Cycle Of A Frog” clip art, so there are 5 different life cycle wheels.

This will provide a nice variety from cutesy to realistic, so that you can diversify your center.

As a whole-group activity, you can give students a choice of which one they’d like to color, cut and make.

To test comprehension and use the science vocabulary, have children write out the life cycle on the “Here’s What Happened” worksheet.  I’ve included a detailed, completed sample, so that you can share whatever information is appropriate for your kiddos.      

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, Since a cycle is like a circle, I thought it would be appropriate to design the life cycle of a frog on 5 different, circular-puzzle patterns, as a super-fun way to teach and practice this science standard.

The puzzles come in black & white, plus color to use for an independent center, or whole group “What comes next?” activity, where you pass the pieces out to your students to help explain, then review the frog’s life cycle.

Students can keep theirs as a puzzle, pick a partner and play “Speed” against them, to see who can be the first to put their puzzle together in the correct order, or you can use it as a comprehension worksheet, and have children glue the pieces together on the matching puzzle base.

To add variety, as well as have the ability to diversify, I’ve included 4, 5 and 6—piece puzzles.  Some have realistic graphics of the frog’s life cycle, while others are semi-realistic, as well as cutesy.

So you can also test comprehension, reinforce the life cycle’s order, as well as practice writing and the science vocabulary, I’ve also included a sequencing “What Comes Next?” writing-prompt worksheet.

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, My kiddos absolutely love wearing a crown, so with that motivation in mind, I designed life cycle science crowns.The packet includes 5 different life cycle of a frog crowns to choose from.

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, As with the other packets, patterns come in full color as well as black and white.

Choose one, or run off the assortment on white construction paper, then give your students a choice.

I use green bulletin board border as the base. Kiddos glue their crown to the strip and I wrap it around their head, snip and staple. 

My students also enjoy making "flip the flap" booklets, so I whipped together another life cycle of a frog option.    

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, PK kiddos simply color and glue the long life cycle piece, which shows 5-sections under the flaps.

So you can assess comprehension, give older students the "mixed up pattern", where they cut out each individual rectangle, then glue the 5 stages in the appropriate order.

 Older students can also label or write "what's happening" in each section.  Take a teachable moment to reinforce the ordinal number words on the front. 

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, Another flip the flap activity is a cute, frog face flip up booklet.

Simply run the head and body patterns off on light green construction paper.

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, Choose either the realistic graphics, or the cutesy ones, or give your students a choice.

They color, cut, fold on the dashed line putting the pages in correct order, then glue them to the base of the frog and add the head afterwards.

I’ve included picture pages without text, should you want your students to label and write out a description of their own, as well as completely blank “tongue pages” if you also want them to draw their own graphics.  

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, Today's FREEBIE also features a frog-theme, and is a set of 10 frame cards.  I hope you find them useful.  

life cycle of a frog crafts, frog crafts, life cycle of a frog activities, Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

I got spoiled with a few days of lovely 70 degree weather, now it's back in the 40s. Yuk.

Mother Nature is having a spring identity crisis again, at least here in Michigan.   Wishing you a zippidy-doo-dah day! 

"We could all take a lesson from the weather.  It pays no attention to criticism." - Unknown

 

 

 

 

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