Cute Mother’s Day Card

 Crafts are a great way to get kids talking. Plus they are a hands-on so even the antsy kids have a way to keep themselves busy. This year I wanted to the keep the cards sweet and simple. Paint is always a pain (long wait to dry, messy) and paper collage can be tricky for the little ones (all the cutting and glue management). I stumbled upon this cute card on Pinterest from Teacher’s Pay Teachers. Well 5 minutes and a little glue later and Tah Dah!!! 

What I think I like most about this card are the awesome number of adjective possibilities that kids could come up with regarding their moms. I am sure that some of them will have me cracking up.

Happy Friday!

 

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Valentine Garland

Valentine’s Day is 5 days away. Here is a super easy craft that was taken from this book:

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This book is such an antique. It was published in 1966! Despite its age, it is a great source of crafting. Think of it as the original Pinterest haha.

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Valentine Garland

Materials: 3 sheets of construction paper (any color you desire), string or yarn , scissors, single hole puncher, sharpie marker

  1. Taking the construction paper and scissors, cut out 3 hearts (small, medium, large).
  2. Use the hole puncher to make a hole at the top and bottom of each heart.
  3. Using your Sharpie, write your Valentine’s Day message.
  4. Make a knot in one end of your string. Put the other end of the string down into the bottom hole of the biggest heart. Pull through. Place the same end of the string up through the hole at the top of the heart and pull through. Continue this with the other two hearts.
  5. Hang your garland and enjoy!

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Oh Christmas Tree!

Yesterday morning I was stuck in a rut. I had no idea what to do with my students. I had no time to prep crafting materials for multiple children so I scoured Pinterest for a winter activity. I came across this cute idea of a pipe cleaner Christmas Tree. An activity that is easy to talk during and works on motor skills? Perfect! The tree featured on the Pink and Green Mama blog is a store bought kit so I got to thinking how I could make it from materials I already had. I rummaged through my craft box at work and lucky for me I had all the necessary materials.

Whit’s Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree

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Ages: Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
Materials: Green pipe cleaners, wooden dowel, wooden block, hot glue gun, craft beads, scissors
1) Apply hot glue to one end of the dowel. Place it in the center of the block and let dry.
2) Wrap the pipe cleaners around the dowel so that the two ends stick out. Scissors may be used to cut pipe cleaners in half to vary the length of the “branches.”
3) Hot glue a “star” on top of the tree.
4) Give the child some beads and have he/ she string the beads on the pipe cleaners to “trim the tree.”

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Result: The kids loved it! They were actually fighting for the next turn. This tree is easy to make and fun to play!
Warning: Monitor small children when using beads!

Easy Paper Turkeys

The children I work with LOVE to make crafts. Anytime I bring out crafting materials they are almost fighting to get their hands on it. Crafting is a great way for kids to develop language, follow directions, and improve fine motor skills.

This week we are reading the book The Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman. It is a cute story about how a turkey outsmarts some townspeople. In the story, the characters participate in a contest to make the best turkey. They use all sorts of materials such as oatmeal, potatoes, and soap. Since making soap turkeys might get a little messy, I am keeping it simple with using basic materials such as glue, paper, and recyclables.

These crafts are all simple and are suggested for children 3-11 (preschool- 5th grade).

Paper Turkey:

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Some student art

 

Time to make: 5-10 minutes depending on child’s fine motor skills

You need: construction paper, scissors, liquid glue, google eyes

1) Cut out a brown circle for the turkey body and two wings.

2) Using any color paper you would like, make 6 three inch strips for the tail feathers. Also create a triangle beak and two feet.

3) Glue all of the turkey parts onto a half sheet of construction paper.

Want to make it more challenging? With my older students I had them create a “Turkey Profile.” They had to name the turkey and list personal information about the turkey (e.g., favorite food, favorite games).

All About Me: Turkey Edition

All About Me: Turkey Edition

 

Toilet Paper Turkey ( as seen on Pinterest)

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Time to make: 5 minutes

You need: toilet paper tube, construction paper, markers, liquid glue, stapler, scissors

1) Cut the toilet paper tube in half.

2) Draw two eyes on the front of the tube. Cut a triangle beak and “gobbler” (that red thing on the turkey’s mouth) and glue them below the eyes.

3) Cut 5 strips of construction paper. Make sure they are long strips (i.e., the length of one sheet of construction paper).

4) Fold over the strips to make a loop. Do not crease them. Fan the loops into a tail and staple them together. Then staple them on the backside of  the toilet paper tube.

*Don’t have a toilet paper tube on hand? Egg cartons work just as well. Kids can color or paint the egg carton to give it a brown color.

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Happy Crafting!