Is the cold keeping you indoors this weekend before Halloween? Need something to keep the kids busy? How about making one of these fun Halloween Crafts? You probably have most of the supplies in your craft drawer or around the house!
My kids love to work on science experiments so I’m always on the look out for simple kids science projects that we can do at home, using items we have around the house. These science experiments I found look like fun. Remember to provide supervision as needed and keep your kids away from harmful chemicals!
Here’s one from Martha Stewart that is actually a great way to decorate eggs for Easter too. It does require some skill because you have to use empty egg shells, but the end result is just gorgeous, isn’t it? This is definitely one we’ll try because my kids, especially, my son is crazy about rocks & minerals. He even collects rocks!
Classroom Valentine parties are coming up soon. I think my twins would enjoy making homemade Valentines for their school friends this year. Since we’ll need about 40 of them, I searched for projects that won’t take a lot of time to make. I found some great ideas for fun and easy crafts that would be perfect as homemade Valentines and they look like they’d be fairly inexpensive to make too.
This cute inch worm bookmark I found at ActivityVillage.co.uk is would be perfect as a classroom Valentine. The colors and/or shapes can be changed to make bookmarks that both girls and boys would like.
Expressions of Gratitude inspires students to think creatively about being grateful in different aspects of their lives. It’s a chance for students and their teachers or school to win prize money and participate in an exciting competition! There are three categories: art, dance and essay.
The 2014 theme is “I am grateful for the Golden Rule.” This topic encourages students to express cultural and personal gratitude on the value of treating everyone the way they would want to be treated.
Teachers, mentors and parents are invited to enter the work of their students and children from Sept. 15 through Dec. 15. Students can enter individually by having a teacher, parent or adult mentor sign the entry form.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the winners and for their teachers or schools for class supplies. Entries are accepted from K-12 students across the United States and globally. Awards will be presented in early 2015. For more details, visit thanks-giving.org.
I love sending little notes in my twins’ lunch boxes and these notes that the folks at Lunchbox Buddies sent me to try are really fun! Each note has a goofy character on it that has a silly name with a fun message. I think my 5th graders will like them and they look appropriate for younger kids too.
At first glance, I thought the characters might appeal to boys only, but as I flipped through the book of 20 notes, I found a few that my daughter will enjoy too. They are just plain funny!
Here’s a guest post from our friends at KidsActivitiesBlog.com for a fun reindeer craft. I can totally see my twins enjoying this cute project! KidsActiviesBlog has a bunch of other fun craft projects for the whole family to enjoy.
Guest post from KidsActivitiesBlog.com
We are all about leaves in our house right now, especially jumping in great big piles of them in the garden! I have two lively children who love active play, so when it comes to learning I try to find as many ways to make it playful as I can. We had lots of leaf prints left over from making fall leaf wreaths, so I’ve combined them with some number games so my girls can enjoy moving around and playing some full body math games.
I made a set of number leaves to start off with. I took our art leaf prints and wrote numbers on them, and then laminated them to make them robust enough to play with. You can write on any set of numbers that match with the number facts your children are working on – and if you have kids of mixed ages you can adapt the games so everyone gets a chance to play, and gets a math challenge that’s right for them. Once you have your set of leaf numbers you’re ready to play lots of active math games.