Whether your theme is patriotic, constellation, holiday, or achievement, stars are the perfect symbol to use in your classroom. It’s iconic shape has been recognized for centuries and so fun to make as a project. Here are a few star crafts to make with your students. Paper Web Star This star is made with colorful construction paper and has a dimensional look. You will need: ½ to ¾ inch strips of paper in these lengths: 6-inch, 7-inch, and 8-inch Scissors Stapler Hole punch Yarn or fishing wire for hanging Directions:
Conversation Heart candies are those sweet-talking, heart-shaped confections that have kids of all ages enjoying the sayings and munching for years. Loads of colors, flavors, and sayings that change from year to year; these candies are over a century old. The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) began manufacturing these hearts around the year 1902, but the owner Oliver Chase, a Boston pharmacist, began making candies and created a machine to make hearts way back in 1866.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – a great time to sink your teeth into a study of dental health. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), “cavities are one of the most chronic diseases of childhood in the United States…the good news is that cavities are preventable. “ About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12 to 19 years has at least one untreated decayed tooth.
Your students will love these ideas for making Halloween containers from recycled materials. They are fun to create and functional. A perfect place for teachers to fill with treats! Here are three to consider with photos and instructions. Monster Halloween Containers Empty toilet roll tubes Tempera or acrylic paints Paintbrushes Paper plate Long pipe cleaners Hole punch Safety scissors Craft foam or construction paper Googly eyes (all sizes) Heavy-duty glue or low-temperature glue gun Platform material (optional) Directions:
Number Fun Give mathematics a creative touch by using your senses to experience “hands-on” number fun. We are all familiar with giving a child a “feel for numbers” by allowing them to draw numerals inside a jellyroll pan with sand, cornmeal, or sugar. Another fun adventure is to give the child a piece of refrigerator cookie dough and instructing them to roll the dough into a long rope and shaping this into a number.
“Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!” Do you remember this cute story? Role-play this tale and bring spice to your classroom without baking. Make easy gingerbread crafts together to enlighten your students. Paper Plate Gingerbread Man 2 Small paper plates (not plastic or foam) Brown tempera paint Sponge (small piece) Heavy-duty glue or low-temperature glue gun Googly eyes Red pom-pom Rickrack Ribbon or bows Markers Directions:
During the holiday season, it’s fun to make unique crafts/toys and learn the history behind them. This weekend I had the opportunity to make vintage crafts at our local historical museum. There were a variety of hands-on projects to enlighten children of all ages – adults too! Here are a few that I felt were interesting and offered lessons for your class. Dala Horse Ornament A Dala horse (also known as a Dalecarlian horse) is a painted wooden horse statue that was used as a toy for children in Sweden.
Focus on fun as you spotlight one of the season’s favorite animals – the reindeer. Children hear about the famous Rudolph during Christmas and wonder if reindeer can really fly. Teach your students about this animal through reindeer games and other movement activities. Handprint Reindeer Hats Prior to the movement games, invite the children to make reindeer hats to wear. Each child needs a strip of heavy-duty brown construction paper for the headband.
It is easy to become a bit distracted in school during those few weeks between when spring break ends and summer vacation begins. However, history and social studies skills can be honed during spring break using this quick and easy workbook!
It’s hard for kids to get back into the swing of school after spring break, mostly because they know that summer vacation is fast approaching. Keep the skills sharp for that final stretch of school with this downloadable reading workbook.