Monday, March 20, 2017
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
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
|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.|
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.|
|The only thing this chick craft needed was an empty eggshell. Kids have SO MUCH FUN crushing the shells!|
|Our Koi Kite Craft|
There is also an instruction list on each craft page, detailing basic directions.
|Our dandelion craft requires more: a styrofoam ball and Q-tips.|
|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.|
|Snake Craft: requiring tape and cutting only. Or, you could print out the version that kids color themselves.|
|My daughter kept her little paper mouse around for days.|
|Aaarrgh! This underground ant craft was made for small, withered raisins, not plump juicy ones!|
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!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Let's talk about an excellent activity to go along with your read-through of Chapter 24 in Story of the World. This chapter covers the Wars of the Greeks, particularly Greece and Persia. And it seems a good time to look in more detail at ancient Greek Ships.
While there is an amazing wood hobby kit for a Greek Trireme available online, that price was a tad steep. But I found a great 3D activity kit for you that is a much better price option.
Now, I have some neat 3D activities in my Teachers Store. I have "Ashurbanipal's Siege Tower", which looks like this:
And I have a pretty cool looking representation of "Babylon's Hanging Gardens", which looks like this:
Today's post, however, is a recommendation for an outside product, which has nothing to do with my Store (I wish it was mine!). It is simply a REALLY neat product and a REALLY neat activity to add to your study of Ancient Greece or Rome. I'm talking about this 3D puzzle available for sale by Cubic Fun.
Now, you'll notice (if you look closely) that this package offers 4 3D puzzles of ships and the one we are focusing on is the one called a Roman Warship. Because in all honesty, it's pretty much what a Greek Warship would have looked like, too. Just check out this explanation of Greek ships.
I absolutely love these 3D puzzles by Cubic Fun and we get them when we can, because the learning is taken up a notch or two when a child can play with whatever they happen to be learning about. This barely arrived in our mail before our kiddo was ripping open the package to get to it.
The foam core is easy to bend and not too tricky for a six year old who is comfortable with Legos. He put this together completely on his own. And then took it apart and put it back together several times over the next few weeks.
If you need another engaging activity for children in the age range of 5 to 10, I'd definitely recommend this great option! Please feel free to share in the comments, any other ideas you might have to better explore the ships of Ancient Greece.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I'm excited to introduce the newest item in our store, yet another Paper People packet! I'm so glad I was able to finish this one because I'd been waiting to introduce the Greek myth of the Golden Apple to my own kids, until I had completed it.
We had reached Chapter 23 in Story of the World, and that meant a rough introduction to the Greek Gods. They are a complicated crew for the best of us. So, when explaining them to kids, visuals are helpful. I printed them out and began reading the story.
Now, I included paper dolls (we prefer calling them Paper People) for the main characters in the story. So, this means that Zeus, the three goddesses, Eris, Paris, and Helen are all represented. Here's what is included:
We also include a retelling of the Golden Apple myth. I made Paris and Helen smaller in form than the Greek gods, to differentiate.
My son listened intently to the story as I read it, and he manipulated his paper characters around to assist in the telling. But at looked at me with disgust when he heard the choice of Paris.
"He chose her? Why would he do that? He should have chosen Hera and then he could have been king of the whole world! Or, if he chose Athena, he could have won every battle. Then, he could have married whoever he liked!"
Spoken like a kid with good sense. I always thought Paris was a bit of a ding dong myself. That's probably why I designed his character with an almost goofy grin.
If you'd like to check out this excellent visual for sharing the ancient Greek myth, head over to our store at Glimmercat Education for more details.