Monday, December 31, 2012

Fun New Year Activities for Kids

Are you looking for some very easy, fun activities to do with the kids for New Year's Eve?


Here are 2 that I posted last year. Just click on the links to go to my posts.

 ~ Make a New Year's Eve Noisemaker!
~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/making-noise-makers-for-new-years-eve.html




~ Make a New Year's Eve Clock!
http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/make-new-year-clock-craft-activity.html



~ Plus here are some great ideas from Deb Chitwood  at Living Montessori Now for New Year's Eve and the beginning of the New Year.
~ http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/12/31/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-activities-for-new-year/


Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

W!N Great Teaching Resources at The Happy Teacher

Here is another awesome GIVEAWAY! Liz at The Happy Teacher is also having a New Year GIVEAWAY!!!!
You can WIN over 70 Teacher Resources to use with your students!!! WOW! That's a lot of materials! PLUS, you can also win a Starbucks Gift Card!

New Year GIVEAWAY! :)

You can enter 5 different giveaways!

My donation is my Winter Addition with Doubles Game for Grades 1-3. It is in Giveaway #1.




WINTER ADDITION with DOUBLES GAME for Grades 1-3



To take a peek at my donation, click on the picture directly above.

To go to Liz's blog to see all the prizes and enter the GIVEAWAYS, click on the TOP picture.


Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

W1N Amazing Teaching Products at Second Grade Nest

Here is a wonderful GIVEAWAY with over 60 Teaching Products that you can WIN!

500 Follower Giveaway

Jessica from Second Grade Nest is having the giveaway at her blog. She has divided the 65 teaching products into 5 giveaway. Check them all out and enter one or all five.

My donation to the GIVEAWAY is in Giveaway #5. I have donated my Winter Addition with Doubles Math Center Game.


Winter Addition with Doubles Matching Activity

To learn more about my donation click on the picture directly above.

To go to Jessica's blog to see all the donations and to enter the giveaway, click on the top picture.

Have fun! I hope you win lots of amazing new Teaching Products to use with your students.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

5 Fun, Inexpensive, Christmas Tree Crafts

Here is a selection of fun, inexpensive, Christmas Tree crafts to make with the kids. 



Two of the trees are made with paper, one tree is made with yarn, one tree is made with ribbon, and one tree is made with rickrack.

To get directions for the Christmas Trees pictured above, click on the appropriate link below.


Paper Trees    http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/11/creating-paper-cut-outs.html

Yarn Tree  http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/yarn-tree-craft-activity.html

Heart-Shaped Paper Tree  http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/11/paper-christmas-tree-craft.html

Ribbon Tree   http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/easy-ribbon-christmas-tree-craft.html

Rickrack Tree  http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/11/easy-christmas-tree-card-craft.html


Have fun crafting for the holidays!












Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Time - Fun Paper Plate Clocks


Seasonal Decorated Paper Plate used to make a Fun Clock


At this time of year the children are so focused on the holidays! Use that interest to try some activities that have a holiday theme and are also educational.

A fun paper plate Holiday Clock can be made with the students then used to teach or review Telling Time or Elapsed Time.

You can make lots of clocks with a simple paper plate. Use a white paper plate and paint it a fun color, or use any of the fun colors found at dollar stores (usually 20 plates for $1.00), or a seasonal decorated paper plate found at supermarkets, craft stores, etc.




Supplies Needed
  • paper plates
  • sticky foam numbers (or a marker to write the numbers)
  • heavy paper or foam to make the clock hands
  • scissors
  • paper fastener (1 per plate)
  • Construction Paper or Christmas stickers (optional)
  • Paint + paint brush, Markers, Crayons (optional)
  • Glue (optional)


Plain Red Paper Plate used to make a Fun Clock

The Christmas clock pictured directly above was made with a plain red paper plate. The tree in the middle of the  plate is a paper gift tag that can be glued or fastened to the center of the plate to give the clock a festive look. Children can also design or color their own trees with drawing or construction paper and crayons. The clock hands are made from foam sheets purchased at a Dollar store. The foam clock numbers were also purchased at a Dollar Store (200 numbers in a package)! A package of paper fasteners was purchased at Staples.

Have fun at Christmas Time learning about Time!





For more examples of paper plate clocks and some cool telling time resources for kids, click on the link below:

~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2012/02/paper-plate-clocks-round-up-and-telling.html



Friday, December 14, 2012

W!N LOTS of Wonderful Teaching Products at Being Inspired

I have another GIVEAWAY today! Teachers are being so generous this Christmas season and donating LOTS of their products this month for you to use with your children and/or students.

This giveaway is brought to you by Being Inspired. You could win 40 different teaching products plus 2 cute Sock Monkeys!!

Being Inspired Blog Giveaway


Look at all the great teaching resources that you can win!


Great Teaching Resources



My donation to the giveaway is my Ten-Frames Matching Game for students in PreK - Grades 1.

Ten-Frames Matching Game (Numbers 0-10)

To learn more about my Ten-Frames Activity, click on the above picture.

To sign up for the GIVEAWAY, click on the top picture!

Best of Luck! I hope you win! :)


Thursday, December 13, 2012

W!N Great Teaching Resources at Tanya Rae Designs

Tanya from Tanya Rae Designs is having a great GIVEAWAY of Teaching Resources on her blog.

There are 68 prizes to win!


All I Won for Christmas Giveaway


I donated my Christmas Addition with Doubles Matching Game.

Christmas Addition with Double Matching Activity


To learn more about my game, click on the picture above!

To view ALL the prizes that you can win and to enter the GIVEAWAY, click on the TOP Picture.


Best of Luck! I hope you win lots of fabulous teaching resources and materials.






Saturday, December 8, 2012

W!N Terrific Teaching Resources at Totally Terrific Teaching


It's time for another terrific GIVEAWAY!



Joell at Totally Terrific Teaching is having a terrific giveaway.  She actually has so many donations that she has 2 different giveaways. You can enter one or both!!


 I donated my Ten-Frames Matching Game which comes in both color and black + white.


Ten-Frames Matching Game

There are many, many other fabulous products also!


Click on the TEN-FRAMES GAME picture above to learn more about my product.

Click on the top picture to see ALL the other products that you can win and to ENTER the GIVEAWAY!


Good Luck! I hope you WIN many, many terrific Teaching Products!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Winter 120 Number Chart Freebie

Do you use 100 and 120 Number Charts with your students?

If you do, here's a new Winter Themed 120 Chart that I just posted at my website. The graphic is from My Cute Graphics.

1-120 Number Chart

To grab this free chart, just click on the link below to go to my website, then click on FREE Worksheets. You might even find lots of other free worksheets that you can use with your students! :)

~ http://www.learningworkroom.com


Stay warm!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Snowflake Craft Activities and Books

Have you had snow yet this year?

Here in New England, we had a light dusting the other night. It made everything look so beautiful especially the trees!

This really is the time of year to start thinking of making some snowflake crafts with the kids.

Here are 3 different snowflake craft activities that the kids might like to try.


Snowflake Crafts

The first is made with paper or coffee filters. The second is made with cotton swabs, glitter, and glue. The 3rd snowflake is made with toilet paper rolls and pipe cleaners.

To get the complete list of supplies and directions for each of the 3 snowflakes above, just click on the appropriate link below.

Paper Snowflake ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/10/symmetry-and-snowflakes.html

Cotton Swabs Snowflake ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/11/cotton-swab-snowflakes.html

TP Roll Snowflake  ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/11/snowflake-craft-activity.html

Before or after crafting, the kids might enjoy reading or listening to a story. There are LOTS of great kids' books that have a fun snow theme. Two of my very favorites are shown below. Check for them at your local library. :)

You can also read my post about Robert Frost's book, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, here



Have fun crafting!








Monday, December 3, 2012

Heart Shaped Christmas Crafts for Kids

Making crafts with kids at Christmas is soooo much fun! Here are 4 crafts made with LOTS of Heart Shapes. A few inexpensive supplies are needed for each craft. Here's a quick list!

Supplies (for all 4 crafts)
  • heart templates (different sizes)
  • construction paper
  • scissors 
  • glue
  • paper punch
  • cotton
  • crayons/markers/pencil
  • red pom poms (optional)
  • google eyes (optional)







To get directions for each of the crafts pictured above, just click on the appropriate links below.

Heart Tree ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/11/paper-christmas-tree-craft.html

Heart Santa ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/shape-santa.html

Heart Reindeer ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/heart-reindeer.html

Heart Wreath ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/11/wreath-craft-made-with-paper-hearts.html

Some Christmas music in the background might be good to add in!


Have fun crafting!



Sunday, December 2, 2012

6 Easy, Fun, Homemade Christmas Cards

The holidays are almost here. Do your kids like to make their own cards?

Here is a selection of 6 easy, fun, and inexpensive homemade (or school-made) Christmas Cards that kids can make.



Materials needed:
  • heavy paper or card stock
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ribbon
  • rickrack
I usually use my 40% off coupons that I get in the newspaper, mail, or online to buy my supplies at craft stores.

To read the particular directions for each of the cards, click on the appropriate link below

Yarn Tree ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/yarn-tree-craft-activity.html

Ribbon Tree  ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/easy-ribbon-christmas-tree-craft.html

Rickrack Tree  ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/11/easy-christmas-tree-card-craft.html

Yarn Wreath ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/easy-yarn-wreath-craft.html

Rickrack Wreath ~ http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/12/holiday-wreath-christmas-card-craft.html

Rickrack Candy Cane ~http://learningideasgradesk-8.blogspot.com/2011/11/rickrack-candy-cane-craft.html

Have fun crafting!





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