Hands-on, engaged learning through activities and fun crafts is a staple of grade school classrooms everywhere. This age-appropriate collection of fun ideas, written and vetted by teachers and education professionals, spans the entire school year, including summer. You’ll find activities, games and crafts for kindergarten (and Pre-K) through fifth grade including seasonal and holiday-themed crafts, indoor and outdoor games and activities, classroom decorating ideas, gift ideas and more. In addition to being fun, these educational ideas are always focused on learning too, but don’t tell the kids, as they will be enjoying these creative teaching moments so much, they may not even notice!
In this lesson we let our students experiment with body movements to make letters of the alphabet. You then take this further to get your class working as a team to spell out basic sight words. Lots of fun, lots of exercise, lots of learning!
Students love to make turkeys for Thanksgiving. This project allows the student to create a turkey that they can also eat later on. That makes it twice as fun. Teachers can choose to do this craft during snack or allow the students to take them home after school.
Most teachers hand out treats to their students on Halloween. Teachers should take this opportunity to make those trick or treat bags a learning experience. There is no reason education and fun cannot be combined.
No matter if your class is studying life on the farm or if you have read a story about a farm this science project can be a lot of fun for your students. Find out how to create a churning butter activity in your classroom.
Are your students suffering from nature deprivation? Have you canceled recess to provide more instructional time? Teachers want to prepare students for life in the digital age, but not at the expense of time spent outside. Here are suggestions that combine today’s technologies with the outdoors.
Introduce PreK-2nd Grade students to the life cycle of a butterfly with these science activities. Elementary students will have fun creating their own caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly. The surprise at the end will keep your little ones buzzing about science in your room all year long!
Here is a fun little project that’s good anytime of the year, and makes the perfect little gift for someone special. This is a great craft to complete with your elementary class to give as gifts for Mother’s Day.
With advancing technology, schools find that they have literally hundreds of no-longer used filmstrips lying around. Don’t throw them away…recycle them by allowing students to create their own media presentations! This article will show you a unique way for creating a filmstrip by kids.
Use creativity to help students share great books. In this activity, students create “sundaes” that describe their books. The posters can be posted in the classroom as the favorite sundaes of the week.