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Monday, March 20, 2017

An Eggshell Chick and Other Fun Spring Crafts


Sometimes you just need an extra craft for the last 15 minutes on a spring afternoon.  And, you need it to be low to no prep.  And you need easily accessible materials.  AND it would be nice if it was pretty much just print and go.

This is the kind of ideal kind of printable crafts we had in mind with our Arts and Crafts packet.


And this blog post is intended to highlight one of our favorites: the Eggshell Chick!


  
I think one reason this is a favorite craft of children, no matter whether they are 2 years old or 6 years old, is because of the joy of crunching up eggshells. 


This is the best part of the whole craft right here!  If you've never crunched an eggshell, you should set aside one after breakfast and let it dry for a day or so.  Wait until that moment when you need a little stress relief.  And then, pull that shell out and crunch away.  Kiddos love this. 


Now, once your eggshells are all crunched how you want them (some kids crunch them into tiny, tiny pieces, and some keep a few big pieces handy), you're ready for the gluing. 


I recommend actual runny Glue rather than a glue-stick for this part.  But, basically, you cover the egg shell on our printable Craft sheet (which prints out two chicks per page) with Elmer's or Tacky glue.   And then, you have the very nice fine motor practice of adding your shells to the egg. 


The finished product looks SO cute!  And what a great craft for Spring!


But I also wanted to mention some of the other springtime crafts included in this packet.


We have a bird nest craft...


A vase of spring flowers...







The always needed Caterpillar craft...





And the very spring themed Dandelion Craft (which is a lot of fun to do, but does require a Styrofoam ball per student).

Check it all out in a little more detail here.  Hopefully, we have done all the work so you don't have to anything much more than print these out and gather the few extra materials required. 
Happy Spring, friends!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Saint Patrick's Day Freebie


It's just an extra little printable craft for today!  Happy Saint Patrick's to all!  Even if you're arriving late at the party, here's a last-minute craft for your classroom, your Sunday School get-together or Library program.

This is a basic craft printable:  color and roll up with tape and or glue.  Available in my store. 

Happy Saint Paddy's!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Easy Printable Spring Crafts Bundle

It's that time of year when cute little bunnies and birds nests and other spring things pop up all over Pinterest and Facebook. 

Our Printable Rabbit craft requires a toilet paper roll, googly eyes and a cotton ball as additional materials.

I love the creativity on all those craft idea boards and if I can ONLY remember to NOT to throw away the lids of my kids' applesauce squeeze packs, I will be ready for that next dragonfly craft attempt!

Our bird's nest craft requires googly eyes, shredded wheat and pom poms as extra materials.

Or, wait.  I never remember to keep those things!  Aaargh.  Maybe I won't be ready.  That was the dilemma I was trying to fix by creating this huge printable craft packet for my own kiddos.


  I wanted crafts that were print and go.  As much as possible, anyway.

Finally, I started even making printable eyes to cut out the need for googly eyes.

I mean, as you can see from the photos, there are still some extra materials required on some crafts.  But most of the items I am using are things that moms with kids do have stashed away somewhere in their crafts supplies, and teachers definitely keep these things in stock. 

The only thing this chick craft needed was an empty eggshell.  Kids have SO MUCH FUN crushing the shells!
But all in all, the idea behind this craft packet was to take the prep time down.  For instance, let's take a look at one of these craft pages. 

Our Koi Kite Craft
This is our Koi Fish Kite Craft.  It is showcased with my daughter in the photo heading this post.  We include the already colored version and a black and white colorable page in our Printable Craft packet.  As you can see, we have a list on the page that details additional materials needed.  Personally, I don't think the ribbons on the back end of the kite are needed, but they do add a lot to the fun.  And there are many items that could be used for the same purpose:  I mention a plastic orange tablecloth (like the kind Walmart or Dollar Tree sell) because I am envisioning a teacher in a classroom trying to create crafts for as little extra pocket money as possible.  But you could also use curly ribbon, yarn, string, or various flexible plastic recyclables. 

There is also an instruction list on each craft page, detailing basic directions.

Our dandelion craft requires more:  a styrofoam ball and Q-tips.
 I use Q-tips a lot.  Usually, a Q-tip is my go-to paintbrush for small children.  A Q-tip is easy for them to control, can be thrown away after being used, without requiring washing up and is really, really cheap.

Owl Craft from a toilet paper tube, glue and printable owl pieces.

I also use a lot of toilet paper tubes.  Again, nice to recycle these, and you can stockpile them easily.

Our Quail Craft is entirely printable: made from one sheet of paper plus glue.
I also include a couple of entirely printable crafts.  These usually require a bit of fancy cutting on the part of your students, but a little hand eye coordination like that is rarely amiss.

Snake Craft: requiring tape and cutting only.  Or, you could print out the version that kids color themselves.
The snake craft I picture here, was a big favorite with my kids because it wraps around their finger when complete.  Most children love to act things out with their creations...and just think about the possibilities with the book "Mouse Count"!  Don't worry, we have a Mouse Craft, too.

My daughter kept her little paper mouse around for days.
I created these crafts to include in our Letter of the Week program, but finally bundled them together (just 52 of them, two for each letter) into a complete packet for teachers looking for some cute little throw-together activity that ties in with a unit on spring or...something else being studied that week.

Aaarrgh!  This underground ant craft was made for small, withered raisins, not plump juicy ones!
A couple of crafts utilize photos of the child creating the craft.  But remember, you can always have children draw themselves, if photos aren't readily available.   


If you'd like to check out this packet in more detail or you are just ready to purchase right now, it is available as a downloadable Arts and Crafts Packet in our store. 

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!