Doorknob Basket

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A BASKETFUL OF SPRINGTIME

Hang a basket filled with springtime fun on a doorknob. 

Knock on the door. 

Then run away.

MAY DAY

May Day is a holiday that is celebrated in many European countries on May 1st or the first Monday in May.  It probably came from an ancient Roman celebration that honored Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.  Modern May Day celebrations include dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May. 

When I was a kid, we made May baskets for our neighbors.  The baskets had a handle that you hung over a doorknob.  You’d hang it, knock, and run.  The best part was hiding behind a tree or car so you could watch your neighbor open the door.  At first they were annoyed.  Then they’d see the basket and smile.  It was fun! 

I decided it was time to reintroduce May baskets.  I created this craft last year, not knowing that this year would bring a pandemic that keeps us from knocking on our neighbor’s doors.  Still, you could make this craft and surprise someone in your family by filling it with something fun and hanging it on their bedroom door.

We filled our baskets with homemade toys (zoom-zoom spinner craft, pinwheel craft) and paper flowers (flower pencil topper craft).  One basket is filled with art supplies: markers, paper, and stickers.  You could also fill your basket with food or sweets.

Happy May!

Spring Bird Basket

Spring Bird Basket Craft
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THE SUREST SIGN OF SPRING IS BABY BIRDS.

If you’ve ever had birds build a nest near your window, you know how amazing it is to watch a nest of eggs become a nest of fluffy little chicks.

This craft provides a fun way to kick off the spring season.  Have your students look at pictures of their favorite bird before decorating the bird and egg.  We used crayon and markers to color the egg to get the crayon resist look.  Our bird’s eyes are eyeball stickers.  When you are finished making the craft, place a small rock or a coin in the bottom of the basket to keep it from tipping over.

BIRD FUN FACTS

· Scientists have evidence that birds evolved from dinosaurs.

· Birds have hollow bones, making them light enough to fly.

· The Ostrich is the largest living bird.  Ostriches have eyeballs that are almost the size of a tennis ball.  Their eyeballs are larger than their brains.

· The smallest living bird is the hummingbird.  Hummingbirds can fly backward.

· Owls swallow their prey whole.  Then spit out the bones and pelt.

· Penguins can jump 6 feet into the air.

· An albatross can sleep while it flies.

· Most hummingbirds weigh less than a nickel.

· Woodpeckers hoard acorns in the tree holes they “drill” with their beaks.

· The starling, and many other birds, sing notes that are too high for the human ear to hear.

· Have you ever heard the expression, “Canary in a Coalmine?”  Coal miners used to send canaries down into the mines to test carbon monoxide levels.  If the canary passed out, the mine was too dangerous.

· The bald eagle builds the largest nest, measuring about 9 1/2 feet across.

· The cuckoo bird lays its eggs in other birds’ nests.  It relies on the bird that built the nest to hatch and feed its young.

Lucky Box

Make a lucky box for St. Patrick's Day.
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RAINBOWS AND 4-LEAF CLOVERS

One of the greatest springtime activities is searching through clover patches trying to find one with four leaves…a lucky clover.  Another is looking up into the sky after a rain shower and spotting a rainbow.  This craft combines both of the greatest springtime activities.   

If you make this craft on St. Patrick’s Day, you can put a surprise in each box while your students are out of the room.  Something gold would be fun…a Rolo, gold coin, or a gold star sticker. 


ST. PATRICK’S DAY…

IRISH LEGEND AND LORE

· Ireland is an island made up of 32 countries.

· Ireland is located next to the United Kingdom in the British Isles.  Northern Ireland (1/6 of the country) is part of the United Kingdom.

· The capital of Ireland is Dublin.

· The shamrock and the harp are the national symbols of Ireland.

· Ireland Is called the Emerald Isle because it is a land of lush green fields.

· Ireland is a nation of storytellers.  Many famous writers come from Ireland:  Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, James Joyce.

· The Irish love nature and animals.  They were the first country to ban plastic shopping bags and smoking in public places.

· Irish or Gaelic is the official language, but English is more commonly spoken.

· The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in the United States.

· Halloween began in Ireland as a Celtic festival called Samhain; a harvest festival that celebrated the end of summer.

· Some Irish families celebrate children’s birthdays by turning the birthday child upside down by their feet and gently tapping their head on the ground for their age plus one.

· Hurling is a sport played in Ireland since ancient times.  The Irish excel in boxing at the Olympics.

Chatter Box Puppet

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FEBRUARY IS DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

This goofy craft is easy to make and fun to play with.  It has a nice puppet quality.  But the best part about this craft is that it will help your students learn about what’s  inside a human mouth.  You can even use the mouth to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing.



DENTAL HEALTH FACTS – FUN FACTS ABOUT TEETH

· Dentists want you to brush and floss your teeth twice a day.

· You should brush for 2 to 3 minutes each time you brush.

· Be sure to brush and floss around your gum line.  One-third of the tooth is under your gums.

· Tooth enamel is the hardest substance on a human body. 

· Drinking soda is bad for your teeth.  It weakens the enamel.  Always rinse your mouth with water after drinking soda.

· No two people have the same set of teeth.  Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprints.  Your tongue print is unique, too.

· Humans have 32 teeth.  Dogs have 42.  Cats have 30.  Snails can have over 25,000.

· Humans have two sets of teeth in their lifetime.  Elephants get six sets of molars.

· Giraffes only have bottom teeth.

HAPPY DENTAL HEALTH MONTH!

Snow Day Game

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HERE’S A GOOD ACTIVITY FOR A BAD WEATHER DAY…

January weather can be unpredictable.  There are lots of days when outside play is impossible.  This craft is perfect for an inside day.  Your students can design their own game board, cut it out and assemble the parts.  Then pair up with a friend and play each other’s game.

Your students can use the game rules that are described on the printable page or they can create their own game. Have the kids look at the game board pattern and spinners.  Talk about games they enjoy playing.  Have them think about how they could use the game board and spinners in a game. 

Here are some suggestions:

1. Highest numbers wins.  Both players spin their spinners.  Highest number scores a point.  A tie means spin again.  Highest number scores 2 points.




2. Classic Game Board Game:  Draw spaces on the game board.  Print instructions in the spaces.  Use the spinners as dice.  Use buttons or paper scraps as markers.




3. Battling Tops:  Players spin their tops at the same time.  The top that spins the longest scores a point.  The first player to 10 wins.




4. Pinball Game:  Place paper obstacles on the game board spin your spinner.  Score a point for each object it hits.

5. Dice game:  Roll a die.  Spin your spinner.  If you spin a lower number than the number on the die, you score a point.

These are just suggestions. I’m sure there will be lots of great ideas. Coloring and assembling the game board to make a spinner game takes about 15 minutes. But, if you want your students to get creative with their own ideas, it could take a lot longer – 2 or 3 hours to make the game. So, inventing a snow day game might be a good weekend homework assignment. Each student could make a game and write the rules. Then they could take turns playing one another’s games.

HAPPY JANUARY!

Stitch a Stocking

These cute stockings can hang in a row on your classroom wall to be filled with goodies before your class party.

If you print the pattern on different paper colors, your students can trade with one another to get the color combinations they want for their stocking.  And they can use the paper scraps to decorate their stockings.

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Stitch a Stocking Craft

Craft Materials:  Stocking pattern, scissors, paper punch, glue, (paperclip, yarn or thread, tape or needle)

Age: 6 and up.

Time:  20 minutes to an hour, depending on how you craft it.

Skills:  Cutting, gluing, (sewing), design

 

3 DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE THE STOCKING CRAFT

 

 

Leafy Box

If you are having a classroom Thanksgiving party, this treat box is a great bowl for trail mix.

Everyone can bring something to share: small crackers, pretzels, raisins, mini cookies, cereal, chocolate chips, marshmallows, granola…

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Leaf Box Craft

Craft Materials:  Leaf box pattern, markers or crayons, glue

There are many different way to make this leafy treat box.  The simplest is to color it.  Cut it out.  Fold on the dotted lines and glue the tabs.  You can make it that way or you can try one of the suggestions below.

Age: 6 and up.

Time:  15 – 30 minutes

Skills:  Cutting, design, creativity, folding, gluing

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE LEAFY BOX:

Leaf Box Instructions

Jack O’ Lantern

You know it’s October when pumpkins are everywhere.

If you need some pumpkins in your classroom – this is the craft for you.

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Paper Pumpkin Craft

Craft Materials:  Pumpkin pattern, scissors, glue (School glue takes longer to dry, but holds better.  If you use a glue stick—use generously.)

Age: 8 and up.

Time:  30 minutes

Skills:  Cutting, following directions, assembling

*To make the pumpkin look like a lit up jack-o’-lantern, I printed the pattern on yellow paper and glued a piece of orange paper to the back.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PAPER JACK O’ LANTERN:

 

Back-to-School Tool

This back-to-school craft is fun and practical.  Your students can make and decorate their own name tag.  On the back there is an alphabet line in both manuscript and cursive.  The craft also includes a ruler that slides into the name tag.  The ruler doubles as a bookmark and daily reminder.

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Craft Materials:  Pencil pattern, markers, scissors, paper punch, glue, yarn or ribbon

Age: 6 and up.

Time:  30 minutes

Skills:  Cutting, folding, design, creativity

 

Instructions for the name tag

 

Beach Bracelet

This is a fashion accessory you can make for your summer wardrobe.  You can wear it as a bracelet or an anklet.

I decided to name this craft project “beach bracelet,” because I like alliteration and it seemed like a good summery craft name.  You can certainly wear this bracelet to the beach.  Just remember to take it off before you go swimming.

 

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Beach Bracelet

Craft Materials:  Bracelet pattern, markers or crayons, scissors, glue, string

Age: 8 and up.

Time:  30 minutes

Skills:  Cutting, curling, stringing, and design

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BEACH BRACELET CRAFT

Bracelet Instructions