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1-2-3 Come Review The 5 Senses With Me.      

This “play-on-words” ( "My _______ is Sense-sational" ) writing prompt craftivity is a nice review of the 5 senses and definitely has the “Awwwww” factor, as children use their 5 senses to describe their mom, dad, or other special person.

mothers day crafts, mothers day cards, mothers day activities, mothers day writitng prompts, keepsake crafts, hand print crafts, fathers day cards, fathers day crafts, fathers day writing prompts, It’s very versatile & something that’s quick, easy & fun for Mother’s Day, or use the blank “fill in” templates for Father’s Day.

These “fill-in-the blank" pattern pages are also perfect if you happen to have a child without a mom, or perhaps a student would like their paper to say “Mum”, “Mommy” or “Ma Ma”.

mothers day crafts, mothers day cards, mothers day activities, mothers day writitng prompts, keepsake crafts, hand print crafts, fathers day cards, fathers day crafts, fathers day writing prompts, I made my samples using real answers from children. I hope they bring a smile to your face. 

A particular favorite of mine is the answer to the question: "What does your mom smell like?" to which Kaiden replied, "Water cuz she smells good after a shower."

I’m sure the ideas your own students will come up with, will be as sweetly hilarious as well.

Since classrooms today are filled with a lot of diversity, I designed 12 girl & 12 boy head patterns, which offer a nice selection for your students to choose from. There's also a blank template if a child wants to draw their own head.

Instead of drawing a portrait of themselves, another option is for children to draw a picture of their mom or dad. 

mothers day crafts, mothers day cards, mothers day activities, mothers day writitng prompts, keepsake crafts, hand print crafts, fathers day cards, fathers day crafts, fathers day writing prompts, Students pick one, then add facial features, color it, and finally label their five senses.

Have students pick a partner, and take turns drawing one hand on a folded sheet of construction paper. This way they only have to cut once to get two hands, which they glue to the cover of their card.

mothers day crafts, mothers day cards, mothers day activities, mothers day writitng prompts, keepsake crafts, hand print crafts, fathers day cards, fathers day crafts, fathers day writing prompts, For the writing prompt portion of the card, there are 4 girl & 4 boy options, plus a generic bear pattern to choose from.

Students complete the sentences, color & sign their card, stapling the cover to the top.

Younger kiddos can simply dictate their answers to the teacher, a room helper, or their older reading buddy. 

end of the year treats for kids, back to school treats, back to school treat bags, end of the year treat bagsToday's featured FREEBIE: "Orange You Glad?" is an end-of-the year treat you can make to give your students on the last day of school. 

If you've got that covered, I've also included a pattern for the beginning of the school year as well.   I hope you find them useful. 

mothers day crafts, mothers day cards, mothers day activities, mothers day writitng prompts, keepsake crafts, hand print crafts, fathers day cards, fathers day crafts, fathers day writing prompts, Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

Time to begin my "too long" To Do list... No matter how many things I check off, I seem to always replace them with a dozen more!  Wishing you a delightful day.  

Definition of a Mother: "A person who does the work of 20 people for free."

1-2-3 Come Do Some Water Cycle Activities With Me

 water cycle crafts, water cycle activities, water cycle posters, water cycle songsEvaporation, condensation & precipitation is quite a mouth full of science vocabulary, for a child to wrap their head around.

With that in mind, I designed 3 super-simple, quick, easy & fun water cycle craftivities, which will be featured here on the blog, along with today's FREEBIE.

water cycle crafts, water cycle activities, water cycle posters, water cycle songsFirst up is a "flip-the-flap" cloud. Children cut out their two cloud pattens, then color the “cover” cloud, and snip on the dashed lines.

They fold the top tab up, then glue just that section to the top of their “explanation” cloud underneath. Easy-peasy!

I’ve included a template with the information filled in, as well as a blank pattern, if you want your students to write up their own descriptive definitions for the 3 stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation & precipitation.

When everyone is done, review as a whole group, then have students partner up and take turns sharing their completed project with each other.

water cycle crafts, water cycle activities, water cycle posters, water cycle songsThe next fun way to practice the water cycle is with a cool crown.  My Y5s absolutely LOVE making and wearing them.

I've also included a simple chant, which will make learning and saying those 3 big science terms super-fun!

The packet includes:

* 5 different crown options for your students to choose from.

* Each style comes with 3 options.:
1).There are black & white graphics representing the water cycle, so that children can color them, 2). as well as a blank crown, should you want your students to draw their own pictures, 3). along with full color, so that teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share.

water cycle crafts, water cycle activities, water cycle posters, water cycle songsYou can leave the crowns as is, or add the "word strips”, which further reinforce the vocabulary, as students trace & write the words.

The strips add a “dingling dangling”  effect, that your students will truly enjoy.


I’ve also included graphics to add to the end of the strips for more bounce, added pizzazz, and further reinforcement of the 3 parts of the water cycle.

water cycle crafts, water cycle activities, water cycle posters, water cycle songsWhen everyone has completed their crown, parade around the room chanting the water cycle

I’ve included an anchor chart, plus pocket chart cards to help explain the vocabulary, as well as directions & motions for the chant.

If your students are like mine, they will beg to “Please do it one more time”….

water cycle crafts, water cycle activities, water cycle posters, water cycle songsFinally, since a cycle is a circle, that continues to go 'round & 'round like a wheel, I decided to reinforce that concept by making a "Raindrop Water Cycle Wheel" craftivity.    

water cycle crafts, water cycle activities, water cycle posters, water cycle songsThere are 3 raindrop "covers" to choose from, plus blank templates so students can draw & write their own graphics.

There are several “wheel” options, which come with and without words, should you want your students to label their own.

water cycle crafts, water cycle activities, water cycle posters, water cycle songsBlank patterns are also included, so that older students can illustrate their own water cycle “pie sections”.

There is a 3-part water cycle option: evaporation, condensation, & precipitation; as well as a 4-sectioned wheel that adds “accumulation” to the cycle.

Simply pick which one is appropriate for your students, then “print & go!”

water cycle crafts, water cycle activities, water cycle posters, water cycle songsUse the anchor chart posters to introduce and explain the water cycle, and the song: “The Water Cycle Goes ‘Round & ‘Round” for more fun reinforcement.

Today's featured FREEBIE is an "I Love You" writing prompt. 

abc i love you covI found this idea in various print forms on a variety of sites and Pinterest, 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: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Grandparent's Day. I hope you find it useful. 

Me 3Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

The rain has decided to leave us alone for awhile, so time to get out and enjoy the wonderful sunshine. 

It's still chilly, only 58 degrees here in Michigan, but hopefully the sun will warm things up. Wishing you a fun-filled and relaxing day.
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 "Nature gives to every time and season beauties of its own." - Charles Dickens

1-2-3 Come Do An End-Of-The-Year Writing Prompt Craftivity With Me

I’m always looking for some quick, easy and fun things to plug in at at the end of the year, that I know my students will really enjoy, help practice the standards we’ve learned, and involve minimal prep for me.

end of the year writing prompts, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, spring break activities, winter break activities, spring writing prompts, summer writing promptsWith these things in mind, I designed the “When School Is Out I’m Going To…” writing prompt craftivity.

Just “print & go!”

end of the year writing prompts, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, spring break activities, winter break activities, spring writing prompts, summer writing promptsThe schoolhouse is actually a flip-the-flap “door”, which opens to reveal another picture underneath.

There are 6 picture options, which come in black & white, as well as color; so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.

end of the year writing prompts, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, spring break activities, winter break activities, spring writing prompts, summer writing promptsThere’s also a blank pattern, if your students opt to draw their own illustration.

To make things extra special, kiddos write their school’s name on the roof, and glue their school photograph inside one of the windows.

Besides the end-of-the-year, this writing prompt craftivity would also work for any other holiday or vacation breaks as well.

Completed projects make a really cute bulletin board too.

Another super-fun, end-of-the-year writing prompt is "Taco 'Bout..."

end of the year writing prompts, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, spring break activities, winter break activities, spring writing prompts, summer writing promptsAs with the first writing prompt craftivity, this is very versatile too.

 I love putzing with a play-on-words, to create cute writing prompts that I think students will enjoy.

“Taco ‘bout” is one of them, which will add a few Spanish words to your students’ vocabularies, as they have fun making a paper “taco”.

end of the year writing prompts, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, spring break activities, winter break activities, spring writing prompts, summer writing promptsFor that finishing-fun touch, run some green paper through a shredder to make the “lettuce”.

I’ve included writing prompts for back to school, as well as the end of the year, some of which can also be used whenever you want.

The packet includes:

* 4 black and white writing prompt bookmarks
* 2 full-color bookmarks from the teacher
* 3 “Taco ‘bout fun!” writing prompt worksheets

end of the year writing prompts, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, spring break activities, winter break activities, spring writing prompts, summer writing prompts* 5 different writing prompt taco templates, including one where students work in a group and write a compliment strip (taco filling) for everyone in their group. These make great “bucket filler” activities that help build community and self-esteem.

* 8x10 letter templates to spell out “Taco Talk” for your snazzy bulletin board display
* An 8x10 Taco Talk poster
* An 8x10 poster that says “Ola” to welcome your students with a friendly hello in Spanish

Mothers day crafts, mothers day card, mothers day activities, fingerprint crafts, hand print craftsSince Mother's Day is justs around the corner, today's featured FREEBIE is a special card: "A Keepsake Bouquet For Mom"

"These flowers are my fingerprints, that I know is true. It's a Mother's Day bouquet especially for you."

mothers day activities, mothers day crafts, mothers day cards, flower craftsChildren pick a partner and take turns tracing each other's hand, plus a bit of arm that will be trimmed and glued on the paper as if holding the "flowers".

end of the year writing prompts, mother's day crafts, mothers day activities, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, bucket filling ideasWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

The spring showers have passed, and my "garden of weedin'" is in some serious need of attention. Wishing you a sunshine-happy day.

"Your mind is a garden.  Your thoughts are the seeds.  You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do An Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Nursery Rhyme Craft With Me

Do you teach your students “The Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Spider” nursery rhyme song? This is one of my students’ all time favorites.

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsThe “finger plays” that I teach to go along with the song, are also a super-fun way to strengthen finger muscles and improve dexterity.

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsAs another way to do that, I designed the aluminum foil, “spider & spout” craft, which is made out of an empty paper towel tube.

You can simply make one for yourself to introduce the rhyme, then put in a center, or do the craftivity as a whole group.

If your students are like mine, they will really enjoy making their own, and practicing the nursery rhyme using their “spider spout”. 

A note home at the beginning of the year, to "Please save empty paper towel tubes." will ensure you have enough.  Being an avid recycler, I personally save all sorts of things like this, with help from my family, so I always have a supply of "whatever" on hand.

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsSo that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share, patterns come in both color, as well as black and white for students.

Each child's will be a bit different, as there are 10, cute spider graphics to choose from, as well as 6 kinds of rain clouds, along with 4 different sun circles.

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsI set this up as an independent center; students come up and choose their “pieces & parts” then go back to their desks to complete.

Using a glue dot, or a piece of Scotch tape, attach the spider to the front of a cloth ponytail holder, and the rain cloud to the back. The sun is hinged at the top with a piece of Scotch tape.

As a whole group, slowly say each verse, as children manipulate the pieces to match what’s going on in the nursery rhyme.

Afterwards, partner kiddos up so they can take turns practicing once more. (Fun to do with a reading buddy too.)

As children become adept at moving the pieces easily and smoothly, repeat the rhyme one last time; going from super-slow to super-fast. 

Mothers day card, mothers day crafts, mothers day activities, butterfly crafts, keepsake crafts, footprint craftsToday's featured FREEBIE is a sweet "keepsake" craftivity. As a mom, I absolutely loved when my children would bring an art project home that was extra special. 

With that in mind, as a teacher, I tried to do one of these "paper love" crafts each month.

A personal favorite, is this butterfly; the wings are traced from the child's shoe. 

The paper heart says: "I made this card especially for you. The butterfly's wings were traced from my shoe."  A pipe cleaner and folded thorax, add 3D pizzazz.

This is a quick, easy & fun activity for spring, or use for a Mother's Day or Father's Day card.  There are templates for all 3 in the packet. 

itsy bitsy spider finger movements, itsy bitsy spider manipulatives, itsy bitsy spider craft, itsy bitsy spider activities, eensy weensy spider activities, eensy weensy spider craftsWell that's it for today. The sky is threatening rain, so it's a good day to cut, color & play!

Crafting is one of my favorite things to do. 

Wishing you a happy & carefree day.

Poster: "I'm a craftaholic on the road to recovery. Just kidding; I'm on the road to a craft store." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Nursery Rhyme Activities With Me

“Rhyme Time” story wheels, are a quick, easy & fun way to practice the “retelling & sequencing a story" standards.

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsSince "The 3 Little Kittens"  wheel was so popular, I decided to make one for "Humpty Dumpty" as well as "Itsy Bitsy-Eensy Weensy Spider"  and will continue to add to this collection.

I plug nursery rhymes in each month, when they fit in with whatever theme we're studying.

"Humpty Dumpty" is perfect for our spring egg unit, and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" goes well with our study of rainy spring weather.

All of the packets contains background information on the nursery rhyme, along with a colorful anchor chart poster of the poem.

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsnursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsI’ve included a BW version for students, to help practice reading and whatever other skills you are working on.

Since both “itsy bitsy” & “eensy weensy” are popular ways to describe the spider, I’ve included both versions on the anchor chart, as well as the wheel covers.

When everyone is done with their “Rhyme Time Story Wheel”, take a moment to retell the nursery rhyme as a whole group, by turning the wheels.
Can anyone recite it?

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsI also have my students pick a partner and take turns sharing their wheels with each other.

Sometimes we do this with our older, reading buddies.

This is a quick, easy & fun way to check comprehension too.

For writing practice, have students complete the writing prompt worksheet, then color it.

Afterwards, they can share their work with the class.

You can use the color copy as a whole group activity with little ones.

"Story Sliders" are another way to practice these standards. 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsAs with the wheels, I've also made a slider for "Humpty Dumpty" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider".

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsnursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsBoth nursery rhymes have 2 slider (outside) pattern options to choose from. 

Pick your favorite or give children a choice. 

You could also do one as a whole group activity & use the other one as an independent center.

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsnursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsAdding wiggle eyes to the spider, or silver glitter to the spout, creates some extra 3D pizzazz for the "spider slider".

Students color the story elements on their “slider strip” then cut & glue it together.

As children pull on the end of the strip, the various pictures go through the “window”, which helps them retell the nursery rhyme. 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsAs with the wheel craftivity, "sliders” are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsFor 2 more ways to check comprehension, I've included a (color, cut & glue) “Let’s Sequence the Rhyme” worksheet, as well as a “What Happened?" writing prompt. 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsFinally, I also made a collection of nursery rhyme writing prompt worksheets, with borders that match the nursery rhymes

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsThere are blank patterns so you can dream up your own prompt, or have children use the "Here's What Happened" (first, next, then, & finally) writing prompt worksheets.

The packet includes color as well as black & white patterns, and covers 10 different nursery rhymes:

1. Baa Baa Black Sheep
2. Eensy Weensy Spider
3. Hey Diddle Diddle
4. Hickory Dickory Dock
5. Humpty Dumpty
6. Jack & Jill
7. Little Miss Muffet
8. Mary Had a Little Lamb
9. There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
10. Three Blind Mice
 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsToday's featured FREEBIE, is a "Sweet TWEET" versatile writing prompt craftivity. 

You can use it for an awesome Mother's Day card ("I have a terrific mom & that's worth tweeting about!") as well as for the end of the year, summer, or back to school

There are prompts for each. 

nursery rhyme activities, nursery rhyme crafts, eensy weensy spider activities, itsy bitsy spider activities, humpty dumpty activities, story sliders, story wheels, nursery rhyme craftsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

I'm watching 2 of my grandchildren this afternoon, so time to put my "Nana" hat on.

Wishing you a wonderfully relaxing, and love-filled day.

"I can't promise my grandchildren that I will be here for the rest of their lives; but I can promise them, that I will always love them for the rest of mine." -Unknown

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