Review 2D shapes, 3D shapes, as well as pattern block shapes, with these fun caterpillar "craftivities". There are various options to choose from that involve a variety of standards.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities and Crafts With Me
My life seems to be flying by! Can anyone else out there relate? I had planned to get these cute little caterpillars done the first week of April, but the past few days filled up with so many other responsibilities, that the caterpillars had to stay in their "chrysalis state" 'til now.
I hope you can still use them, or as the life of a pack-rat teacher goes, tuck these ideas away for next year. Since so many people read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I wanted to use Eric Carle's cute litter critter as a spring board to studying a variety of other things.
I created the caterpillar template and made a list of all sorts of ways I could use it, then set about to design the details. You can choose which one you want your students to do, or give them a choice. A friend of mine liked them so much, that she plans to make 3 (a different one each week).
In The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet, students trace and write upper and lowercase letters. I've also included a set where a bit of the butterfly's life cycle is also included with the letters.
For example, for the Zz letter, I added: Zzzzzz sleeping in a chrysalis, and then included a butterfly pattern with the letters all over her wings to be cut and glued on the last section.
I glued just the thorax portion to the last "body" circle and bent the wings up so that the butterfly looks like she's flying.
Older students could also make a list of a food the caterpillar could eat that begins with that letter. You may want to read Lois Ehlert's book Eating the Alphabet (Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z) to give students some ideas. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats the Alphabet packet.
If you'd like to review just the life cycle of a butterfly, you'll want to take a look at The Life Cycle Of The Very Hungry Caterpillar packet. Students trace and write the words, then color, cut and glue the pictures.
If you look closely, you'll see that I glued down just the thorax with this butterfly too, so it looks 3 dimensional, like the larger one above. Click on the link to view/download it.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats a Rainbow, reinforces colors as well as the days of the week. Before hand, brainstorm what kinds of things the caterpillar could eat that are the various colors. Write these words on the board to help children with spelling.
Students trace and write the color words and complete the sentence with something the caterpillar ate that was that color. Adding end punctuation reviews another standard.
Children then draw and color a picture. I've included my sample so that you can quickly make one to share with your students. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats a Rainbow packet.
You may also want to read one of the following books for some great examples of rainbow-colorful food: I Eat A Rainbow, by Bobbie Kalman; Can You Eat a Rainbow? by Anastasia Suen; and/or I Can Eat A Rainbow, by Annabel Karmel.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers includes counting from zero to ten, where students trace and write the numbers as well as the number words. I've included a butterfly pattern to glue to the last section if you want.
There are also caterpillar "body" circles for skip counting by 2's 3's, 5's, and 10's.
In all of the packets there are patterns for the caterpillar's head if you want it to be made out of construction paper, as well as a pattern that students can color, like the "Skip count by 10's" caterpillar in the photo.
Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Numbers.
Since I have many requests for shape craftivities, particulary 3D shapes, I thought I'd make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Shapes.
This is the largest packet, as I've included a caterpillar that reviews 2D shapes, as well as the days of the week. For this caterpillar, students trace and write the shape words, as well as draw the shapes.
I've included a butterfly pattern with the various shapes sprinkled on the wings, if you'd like to include that on the last "body" section. For a cool 3D effect, fold the wings up and glue only the thorax portion down.
Another caterpillar, is a cut and glue the 2D shapes on the "body" circles. Besides the standard 2D shapes, you can also choose to include the hexagon, pentagon, & octagon, and/or the pattern block shapes: rhombus and trapezoid.
There's also a separate caterpillar that simply eats all of the 3D shapes. As with the above activity, students cut and glue the 3D shapes to the "body" circles. Click on the link to view/download The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Some Shapes.
Finally, rather than make a caterpillar that covered story elements using this pattern, I made a graphic organizer - worksheet, to change things up a bit.
To save you time, I included a template with the answers, so that you can make a quick sample to share with your students. Click on the link to view/download the graphic organizer for The Very Hungry Caterpillar's story elements.
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"Everyone is like a [caterpillar]. They start out ugly and awkward, and then morph into beautiful and graceful butterflies that everyone loves." -Drew Barrymore
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Earth Day Craftivities With Me
Are you looking for a little something to give your students on Earth Day? How about a bookmark? The "Every day should be Earth Day!" bookmarks come in full color or black and white, so your kiddos can color their own. Click on the link to grab them.
If you're into owls, then I think you'll enjoy the "Give a Hoot; Don't Pollute!" writing prompt craftivity. Take a close look and you'll see that I used 2D shapes to design the owl.
Take advantage of this teachable moment on Earth Day to review shapes as well as ways your students can take care of the earth.
The packet includes the owl poster pattern pieces and a writing prompt for older students. They can glue this to the back of their poster.
Completed projects look wonderful suspended from the ceiling.
I set this up as a listening and following directions-whole group activity, so that I could assess how my students were doing with that life skill.
Everyone got a large sheet of blue construction paper at their desk, along with the owl body and caption to cut and glue to their poster.
When everyone accomplished that, I passed out the shapely owl pieces.
To expedite this, I had set all of them out in student piles a head of time. From there I'd hold up a piece and glue it on my sample and my Y5's would do the same. We continued "monkey see-monkey do" 'til everyone had their poster done. If you have older students, they can simply get their supplies and work away.
I've also included some "Give a hoot" bookmarks in full color as well as black and white so that your students can color them. Click on the link to view/download the Give a Hoot Earth Day Owl packet.
Another cute "craftivity" perfect for Earth Day, involves a litterbug. We don't see littering as much as I used to when I was a child. Eons ago, people threw lots of trash out of their cars, and the countryside was looking like an awful garbage dump.
Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson way back when, laws were passed and fines implemented for littering and "Keep America Beautiful" became a popular slogan.
With that in mind, I nostalgically drew a grumpy old litterbug and designed a "craftivity" around him, that encourages kids to be litter leaders and not litterbugs.
Your students can create their own ugly litterbug, or color and cut out mine.
For some 3D pizzazz, staple a Dixie cup to the bug's belly and wad up a piece of trash paper to put inside.
The packet includes a writing prompt that older students can complete and then glue to the back of their litterbug.
There's also a poster of a song-poem I wrote, plus a black and white "promise" version for students to color.
I've also included some litterbug bookmarks in color as well as black and white. Click on the link to view/download the Litterbug Earth Day Writing Prompt packet.
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"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." -John Muir
1-2-3 Come Do Some Pirate Activities With Me
I was excited to see that the Polly Wants A Letter Cracker packet was a very popular download this week.
I had several teachers that liked Pirate Polly so much, that Karyn from Florida, and Elaina from California, asked if I could make some crackers with numbers on them, so I designed crackers with numbers from 0-130.
"Feeding" Polly is a fun and less tedious way to practice counting that high. The mini cracker cards, are also the perfect size for for sequencing.
Make extra sets and have students lie on their tummies and string 20-30 crackers in the appropriate order.
Use them to play a game of "I Have; Who Has?" Toss whatever cracker numbers your kiddos need practice on, into a container and have students choose several.
I've included "Kaboom!" bomb crackers, to make things even more fun + a tip list of what else you can do with these number cards.
Have students sort the number crackers on the odd and even sorting mat, or make equations with the math symbol crackers, and then solve the addition and subtraction problems, or show greater and less than.
I've also included a variety of trace and write the number worksheets in the packet, as well as "What's Missing?" skip count worksheets, plus a certificate of praise.
Click on the link to view/download the Polly Wants A Number Cracker packet.
While I was expanding Polly's appetite for learning, I thought it would be fun to make shape crackers too.
Brook sent me an e-mail that's she's always looking for more 3D shape activities, so along with 2D shapes, I included 3D shapes, and even threw in the pattern block shapes.
The crackers are still square, but the "cheese" on them is shaped. Of course "Polly" loves these treats. So that you can also play a Memory Match game, as well as reinforce vocabulary, I also made crackers with shape words on them. I hope your little pirates will enjoy "feeding" Polly yummy shapes and word crackers.
As with the other Polly Packets, I've also included some extras. Students can "get in shape" by playing a variety of "I Spy" a shape worksheet games, as well as several "Shipshape" porthole dice games.
Click on the link to view/download the Polly Wants A Shape Cracker packet.
Finally, I also made a Polly Slider for a bit of hands-on fun.
This "craftivity" includes "sliders" for upper and lowercase letters, numbers 1-30, counting backwards from 10 to 0 as well as 20 to 0, plus skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's, and of course a shape slider featuring 2D shapes, pattern block shapes and 3D shapes.
Run off Polly on white construction paper and have students color her, or run the bird off on green construction paper; students trim and add a black pirate hat (there are two to choose from) as well as a 3D yellow beak.
Run off whatever "slider" you want your students to practice. They trace the letters and numbers, or color the shapes, and then insert their strip into the slits, so that the various objects will appear in a "window" as they slide the long piece of paper up and down.
I pre-cut the slits with an Exacto knife, as this sort of cutting was a bit too difficult for my Y5's to do on their own. Sliders are a quick and easy way to review and whole group assess.
Call out a shape, letter, or number and have students slide 'til it appears in the window. When they've found the correct answer, they hold up their parrot. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Add a bit more pizzazz by attaching a wiggle eye with a glue dot. Click on the link to view/download the Pirate Polly Slider packet.
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Review 2D and 3D shapes, plus pattern block shapes with this fun Polly Wants A Shape Cracker packet.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Shapely Activities With Me
Since the Silly Shaped Penguins, as well as the Shapely Owls have been such popular downloads, I decided to design a spring "craftivity" too. When I took a look at all of the spring baby animals, the cute little chick clicked for me!
I hope you enjoy using them, as much as I had fun making them.
I've included patterns for the standard 2D shapes, as well as the pattern block trapezoid and rhombus shapes, plus the 3D cone, cube and cylinder shapes.
For more pizzazz, tape a real feather to the top of the chick's head and accordion fold the legs. Adding wiggle eyes also adds more pop.
You could also make the wings moveable by punching a hole and attaching them with brass brads. Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Slick Chick Packet.
The packet includes a set of black & white shapely slick chick cards, as well as a full-color set.
I've also made 2 sets of shape-word cards.
These are perfect for Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games.
Run off the black and white templates and have students make an Itty Bitty Slick Chick Shape booklet.
There's also an easy reader booklet, which covers lots of standards.
Students read the sentence, underline the capital letters and add end punctuation.
They trace and write the shape words, add features on the first shape to make it look like a chick; trace the second shape and then draw the shape.
On the last page they tell which shapely slick chick they liked the best.
I've included a graph, so you can record the results. Standards are also covered with worksheets for spatial directions, attributes, and matching the word to the shape.
Finally, to build self-esteem, I designed a sweet certificate of praise. Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Slick Chick packet.
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"The first day of spring is one thing, the first spring day is quite another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month." -Henry Van Dyke
1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Dental Hygiene Activities With Me
I hope these dental hygiene lessons aren't too late for you to use this month. I'm sure many of you can identify with how fast February flies by.
Since the just-for-fun tooth poster was such a hit yesterday, here's another poster. Click on the link to grab the Smile Awhile FREEBIE.
As most of you know, I like to cover a variety of standards in all of my subject areas whenever I do a unit. Dental hygiene is no exception, so I wanted to create a fun writing prompt.
Writing words and simple sentences on the cut out, also helped, and covered lots of standards at the same time.
With that in mind, I designed the "secret triangle" where you can also review the circle and triangle shapes, and see if your students have learned some basic facts about dental hygiene.
Print off the circle template on white construction paper. Students trim, fold the "flaps" on the dashed lines, and then write at least 3 things they do to help take care of their teeth.
I've included a triangle, with a rhyming poem, that they can cut and then glue to the back. I found it in a dozen places Online and no one seems to know who wrote it.
"Got my toothpaste, got my brush. I won't hurry; I won't rush. Making sure my teeth are clean, front and back and in between. When I brush for quite a while, I will have a happy smile!"
I held the folds shut with a sticker. Click on the link to view/download the Dental Hygiene Secret Triangle Writing Prompt.
Clarissa, from Pennsylvania, teaches kindergarten, and said she's been enjoying the dental hygiene activites and wondered if I had any centers that had to do with color words, with a dental hygiene theme.
Didn't, but do now. Click on the link to view/download the Toothbrush Color Word Center Activity packet.
Run off the master toothbrush on white construction paper; laminate and trim.
Using dry erase markers, students trace and write the color words in matching colors and then place the appropriate colored handle over the top.
I have a template for the handles. If you want to make more than one set, run it off on a variety of colors of construction paper; laminate and trim.
If you only want to do one or two sets for a center, simply print one copy of the master and then make a template that you can trace and cut. Click on the link to view/download the Toothbrush Color Matching Game packet.
While I was diddling around making the toothbrush templates, I thought they would also work for some great cutting practice, as well as a review of how students can take care of their teeth, so I designed a "Snip and Flip" Toothbrush writing prompt "craftivity." Click on the link to view/download it.
For this activity, run off the handles on popular colors of construction paper and give students a choice. (I have a handle for boys and one for girls, so that they can practice pronouns.)
Run the "bristle boxes" off on white construction paper. Students cut on the lines to make "bristle tabs" that they can flip. On the other bristle box they write how they take care of their teeth.
I also included a traceable bristle box for PK children (pictured). Click on the link to view/download the Snip and Flip Toothbrush Writing Prompt Craftivity.
Finally, I had a special request from Diane, in Tennessee, for some tooth-themed alphabet cards for her PK kids.
As with all of the alphabet card packets, they include an upper and lowercase set, so that you can play all sorts of games with them.
There are several pages of tips and ideas for what else to use them for too. Click on the link to view/download the Dental Hygiene Alphabet Cards.
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"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." -Ward Beecher
Review shapes, colors and graphing, while making a crown for 100 Day.
There is a black and white set, as well as a color set for teachers. I've also included a blank 100, if you want your students to draw, dot or sticker 10 different items (10 times each) inside the numbers, to make their own creative crown.
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