Earth Day is April 22nd, and if you are looking for some fun, low-prep educational activities for your students you’ve come to the right place! At The Crafty Classroom we believe that learning should be fun, and there is nothing more fun then making something you actually wear and take home with you!
Today, we’re featuring a fun and free Earth Day Necklace craft available at PreschoolMom.com. This craftivity couldn’t be easier to implement in your classroom. You’ll have the option to print in color or black and white. This is a bonus for students who don’t like color (or become frustrated with coloring smaller images).
You will need scissors, string, a hole puncher, and coloring materials.
Students color and cut out the medallions. Help children use the hole puncher to punch holes over the greyed out circles on each medallion. Thread the yarn through the holes to assemble the necklace and tie in the back.
By the end of this crativity, with the cutting, hole punching and threading, your students will have worked on many fine motor skills all while learning and having fun!
This is a great way to send children home with their Earth Day message, just be sure to remind them to recycle their necklaces when they are done wearing them!
Find more Free Earth Day Printables on PreschoolMom.com
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you might be looking for fun ways to get your students learning this holiday season! I know my kiddos sure enjoy a little FUN during the holidays and with our brand new Thanksgiving SMART Pack you can still include educational content
Thanksgiving BUMP is a super fun way to work on multiplication facts. Using a paperclip spinner students spin and multiple the number they land on by 10. Then, they cover that number with one of their markers (coin, flat marble) and it’s the next student’s turn. The goal is to get four in a row covered. If a number is already covered by the opponents marker you can, ‘BUMP,’ them off. A fun follow up worksheet is provided to reinforce skip counting by 10’s.
Thanksgiving SPIN and FRAME is another fun game for younger students. Children spin with a paperclip spinner then frame the number in the ten frame below. Provide students with fun holiday candies, such as candy corn or candy pumpkins to use as counters. A simple follow-up worksheet is provided to show mastery.
Turkey Trot is a FUN game for students learning to count to 100! Students take turns rolling the dice, adding their number and moving their marker across the hundreds board. Land on a multiple of 10 and you get to roll again. First one to 100 wins! A simple follow up worksheet is included for students to work on number value.
Roll a Turkey Printable Game is a fun drawing activity that also builds basic addition skills. Students roll two dice, add the value and then draw the corresponding turkey feature on their paper. Lots of silly turkeys will be made with this printable game. A follow-up worksheet provides students the opportunity to build addition equations, or work on number dot patterns.
Thanksgiving BINGO isn’t your average BINGO game! This game works with multiples of 10 so the calling cards are multiplication problems. The bingo caller will call out the problem (10 x 7) and the students will mentally solve the problem and find the correct square on their bingo board. The first one to get a bingo wins!
Find these 5 Thanksgiving Games and more in our new Thanksgiving SMART pack:
Let us do your holiday planning for you! SMART stands for Science, Math, Art, Reading and Take Home Review. We’ve included FIVE full days of thematic games, worksheets, and activities for your students covering all the bases. Everything prints in the order needed, simply print and go! Click Here for More Sample Pages.
Where did the time go? It’s almost March and you know what that means…….St. Patrick’s Day!!
St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to teach children about the Holy Trinity and we’ve added our own spin on things by touching on the Beatitudes and storing our treasures in heaven.
Our Holiday Packs are some of our most popular teaching resources because they are NO-PREP, available in an instant download and include TONS of hands on activities, games, crafts, printables and teaching resoruces for K-5 students. Each set comes with special take home activities too, making them perfect for Children’s Ministry and Outreach.
Here is a sneak peek inside our St. Patrick’s Day Activity Pack:
St. Patrick’s Day Bible Worksheets
This set features the eight beatitudes and includes crossword, word search and word scramble.
St. Patrick’s Day Bible Bingo
This set includes six different bingo cards featuring the beatitudes, scriptures and different colored shamrocks.
Shamrock & Rainbows Bible Verse Coloring
Each coloring page features a key scripture reminding children of God’s wisdom
St. Patrick’s Day Mazes
A collection of FUN St. Patricks Day Mazes with Bible verses.
St. Patrick’s Day Bookmarks & Tic-Tac-Toe
Print up these colorful bookmarks for take home treats. Play Tic-Tac-Toe with Chocolate Coins.
A fun and easy multiplayer game. Be the first to collect all 8 beatitudes to win!
Cut & Paste Trinity Shamrock (Younger Kiddos)
A simple Cut and Paste Bible Craft for children to make a Trinity Shamrock
Cut & Paste Trinity Shamrock (Older Kiddos)
This trinity shamrock is perfect for older kiddos and involved a little bit of art. Children uses colored pencils or markers to design a plaid pattern across the shamrock.
Beatitude Scripture Coins
Colorful, printable coins you can print each featuring a different Beatitude. These are great for memorizing and can be sent home with children in a small envelope.
Treasures in Heaven Bible Craft
This is a simple craft that produces a colorful result. Provide children with strips of colored construction paper or colored streamers. Cut out and assemble together. You might even punch a hole in the top and hang them from your classroom ceiling.
St. Patrick’s Day Songs & Chants
These simple tunes are great for early morning circle time and children love to sing along.
This pack is filled with multi-age resources which are sure to be a hit in your homeschool or Sunday School classroom.
St. Patrick’s Day Activity Pack
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This year, in addition to continuting our Ancient History lessons,
we’re also going to be learning about the adventures of Lewis and Clark.
Just mentioning Lewis and Clark brings up so many thoughts and ideas for
hands-on crafts and activities. With such a rich topic, it gets a bit overwhelming for me…
and my brain spins a thousand miles an hour with plans!
Sometimes I’m able to get all my ideas in order.
But most often I spend more time “planning” our activities then actually “doing” them.
And while planning is fun…sometimes letting someone else plan can be funner.
(Yup. Funner. And I’m not appologizing)
There are so many different ways to purchase preplanned homeschool curriculum
but Unit Studies have been one of our favorites.
Here’s why a Once-a-Week Unit Study
method is so appealing to me:
I’ve seen many different unit studies over the years, but Homeschool Legacy has some unique components to their products:
Here is what stands out about Once-a-Week Unit Study:
Biblically Centered. The beginning of each week contains a family devotional related to the following study. This is not a simple verse or bible story suggestion, this is a full page devotional that you can simply read together as a family. This was such a great surprise and I love that during this unit I don’t have to plan as much.
This is really exciting news! I have a daughter in AHG, and three upcoming Boyscouts. I’ve often felt so guilty about not keeping track of our studies as dilligently as I could to fulfill badge requirements. Once-a-Week Unit Studies has all of the requirements laid out with suggestions for activities to meet them. Amazing, and obviously my daughter is excited to learn that she can “double-dip” her school studies with her badge studies.
Here are some other great features:
-Lots of FREE suggestions for resources, and many of the books are actually stocked in the library.
-Encourages use of a History Timeline
-Hands on activities and crafts! Oh the joy of crafts!
-Factual Information included in the study, and wonderful background history.
-Very organized and easy to follow schedule. You can use this as your core and build around it or use it as a supplement, it’s up to you.
-Additional book suggestions for non-readers and early readers so your little ones can join the study.
-Would be perfect alongside a Once-a-Week Co-Op
Lewis and Clark: From Sea to Shinning Sea Unit Study retails for $19.99
7 weeks, Grades 2-12
Boy Scout Merit Badge: Nature
American Heritage Girls Badge: Nature & Wildlife
If you’d like to read reviews on additional titles check out these reviews by other TOS Crew members here.
Disclaimer: I received a free download of Lewis and Clark Unit Study in exchange for my honest review of the product.
and you happen upon a field of these:
You didn’t plant. You didn’t water.
Hidden back beyond the roads,
where almost no one can see.
A forest springing with life.
And then you look close at the real beauty,
the unique dressing of each flower…
a glimpse of the mind of God.
“See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29
It’s really not my fault.
You see we’ve been really very sick.
For the last month or so we’ve all been dealing with a very bad case of
(I hear its going around)
We’ve tried to avoid it.
Closing the curtains.
Blocking out the sweet sounds of the birds chirping.
But it’s simply to marvelous to ignore.
We start each day with the intention of sitting around the table learning grammar and history,
but by mid morning I hear the patio door sliding open
and barefoot children sneaking outside for a quick breath of fresh air.
And while our intentions are to have a small break,
we soon find ourselves wrapped up in the glory of God’s creation:
And we spend hours outside.
We hike into the forest to find neon moss…
And discover the home of a troll….
Surrounded (of course) by troll poison…
And tempting wild strawberries to draw little children closer…
Every year I tell myself that we’re going to stick to a normal school year,
Monday through Friday : September through June
but everytime Spring comes around, we can’t help but soak it all in.
I think it’s time I officially scheduled SPRING into our planner.
Yes, I realize that were in the middle of Winter.
But all the more reason, I say!
Sometimes we can go a bit stir crazy spending so much time indoors,
playing the same games, finishing up the same puzzles,
and coloring the same coloring books.
Sometimes it’s fun just to have a completely NEW activity to keep us busy.
During these times I usually slip on my heavy socks
and head out to the garage in search of a long lost treasure.
Well, this wintery week I re-found our gigantic box of shells!
(Here in the photo they are in a nicely ventilated mesh bag, which is how they came when I bought them. BUT over the last year I have been storing them in a tightly sealed rubbermaid…….just keep this in mind as you read)
What a find! I was so excited.
Monkey is at the perfect level to begin sorting shells,
and I began to grow giddy inside thinking of all the hours he would spend enjoying this activity. Hours NOT SPENT jumping on the couch, flying through the screen door, or turning my kitchen drawers into his on personal step stool system.
And then I figured that while he was so busy with the shells,
I might have some time to sip a latte and catch on my latest kindle freebie.
So I brought the rubbermaid into the house, gathered all the children around the kitchen table and announced that I had something REALLY FUN to do today!!
And here is where I will just share a little tip: When you pack away your garage treasures for the year, be sure that you put them in whilst they are COMPLETELY DRY. If you mistakenly put them away wet…..you run the risk of opening them up the following year to find an obnoxiously foul smelling rotten starfish.
NO I DID NOT TAKE A PICTURE FOR YOU.
And even though my children were really excited about the extremely disgusting rotten starfish, I kept picturing (and smelling) mold spores invading our little lungs so I promptly announced that we are going to watch CARTOONS TODAY!
While they watched, I scrubbed.
And after a few rounds of bleach, we were again ready to play with our seashells.
And we sorted and sorted to our hearts content.
We marveled at all of the beautiful colors, patterns and designs that God has created.
Natural Learning was going good.
And then came the questions.
Like, “What’s this one called Mom?” and, “Oh! This one is really pretty, what’s the name of this kind of shell Mom?” and, “Mom, how come you don’t know the name of any of these shells?”
So off to google we went and spent HOURS researching all sorts of different seashells. Not only was it difficult identifying the shells that we had, but sometimes one website would call it by three different names. We almost gave up completely…. but eventually settled on what we thought was the best name for each of the shells. And then (so we’d remember) I made some fun printables to go alongside them.
(Just in case you missed that little hidden confession I’ll spell it out for you here: I could be COMPLETELY WRONG about the names of these shells…..but they wouldn’t stop hounding me for names…..I had to do SOMETHING! Feel free to change the names around to whatever you like)
So anyway, after an ENTIRE day spent preparing this activity,
(a day in which my children were enthralled by seashell research)
we finally got to actually spend time sorting the shells:
At first I thought….what a mess of a lesson.
Did it really take ALL DAY to get to this point.
But then I remembered that learning to love learning is probably a more important lesson anyway.
And today was Child-led learning at it’s finest, So
I suppose my kindle can wait till tomorrow. :)
Click Here for our SeaShell Printables
Here are some related activities we’ve done over the years: