Patriotic Play-Doh Sculptures – Celebrating World Play-Doh Day

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the Liberty Torch

When I heard that World Play-Doh day was September 16th and their theme this year was American pride I couldn’t wait to plan a night of Play-doh activities with my kids! This past summer we hit the road and made stops at the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Boston Harbor, Mount Vernon, Independence Hall and many other patriotic historical locations so I knew this would be fresh in the minds of my kids. When I told them we were planning a night full of Play-Doh fun they got excited – even though they are now 8 & 6 years old!

Patriotic Pride with Play-Doh

Play-Doh is definitely not just for “little” kids and I remember having hours of fun with it when I was a kid myself! I STILL love playing with it and we play with it on and off throughout the year. I sat down with the kids and told them to think of something to them that was patriotic and showed what they felt was American pride – and then sculpt it with Play-Doh! We were sent a case of 20 different colors so we had a wide range of colors to work with which was nice. I started out with Uncle Sam’s hat and the Statue of Liberty’s torch. It was so much fun and I thought they turned out well so we just kept trying new ideas!

Patriotic Pride with Play-Doh

My 8 year old immediately got to work creating the American flag and I was pretty proud of his stars! They turned out great for him! My 6 year old felt like a volcano showed his American pride (not sure why?!) but they of course “exploded” it before I could snap a photo of it!

eagle Patriotic Pride with Play-Doh

AH my eagle is the one I’m proud of though! I was surprised at how cute it turned out and it was super easy! I made a brown cylinder ovalish shape for the body. Then I rolled up a white ball of Play-Doh, placed it on the top of the brown oval body and just smooshed some extra white “feathers” down over the brown. Then flattened a brown “feather” wing for each side, rolled up little tiny orange legs, two tiny black dots for eyes and a small beak! I had REALLY wanted to do an eagle and thought it would be too complicated but I’m really glad I tried it because it wasn’t nearly as hard as I was imagining it would be.

liberty torch Patriotic Pride with Play-Doh

Here’s a close up of my Liberty Torch with the flattened bottom so it could stand on it’s own.

eagle Patriotic Pride with Play-Doh

While I was working on my dark brown eagle on the right in the photo above my 8 year old son loved it and decided he was going to make an eagle chick. Isn’t it adorable!! If my non-artsy 8 year old son can make that cute eagle chick you can make it too!

eagle Patriotic Pride with Play-Doh

AH yes, good old “campfire” stories reminds me of camping out in the beautiful outdoors.

eagle Patriotic Pride with Play-Doh

And it just seemed fitting for Uncle Sam’s hat to be a stool for the eagle to sit on!

Make your OWN American Pride symbol out of Play-Doh and post it on the Play-Doh Facebook page by September 14th! On the 16th they might be featuring your iconic design! (kid friendly of course!) They’ll be hosting a patriotic parade of Play-Doh sculptures so make sure to keep track of the #WorldPlayDohDay hashtag on Twitter and Instagram too!

 

 

LEGO Brownies Kid’s Party & Snack Idea

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Lego Brownies Kid's Party & Snack Idea

 

LEGO Brownies ……. YUM! Nostalgia hits when I think of LEGOs from my childhood and I’m amazed at some of the absolutely astounding LEGO creations there are today! From kid’s birthday parties to classroom activity centers, robots and STEAM activities and creative building at home there are a lot of ways LEGO can make life more interesting. These LEGO brownies are easy peasy to make and decorate and kids will certainly enjoy them! It’s pretty easy to figure out just by looking at the photos but below I’ve listed the directions for how we made our LEGO brownies.

DIRECTIONS:
1.  Add 1 Tablespoon frosting to each of the 5 bowls.
2.  Add different colored food gel to each bowl – I used red, blue, green, yellow and orange. Mix until desired colors are achieved ( try to match the colors of the M&M’s).
3.  Unwrap each individual Little Debbie brownie. (I bought the Cosmic type and removed the little pieces on top).
4.   Spread the colored frostings on the brownies.

Lego Brownies Kid's Party & Snack Idea
5.   Add 6 matching colored M&M’s to each brownie.
6.   ENJOY!

If you’re a LEGO lover like us you’ll love our DIY LEGO Crayons tutorial here and our LEGO Frozen Yogurt Bites recipe here! And of course, I can’t leave out our famous list of free LEGO apps for smartphones. Interested in starting out your LEGO collection for the first time? Consider this awesome set up for under $56, make your own LEGO table, or rent LEGOs from Pley here with free shipping!

FREE Egyptian King Tut Printable Mini-Unit

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King Tut Mini Unit - Educents

Students LOVE to learn about King Tut and Ancient Egypt! Download a FREE lesson for kids about Ancient Egypt and jump into King Tut’s history! The freebie has several activities included in this pack, including reading comprehension, math review, map skills, and timeline practice, so there are a multiple ways to use them.

Hieroglyphics Math

King Tut Mini Unit - Educents

Use these fun pages to practice place value and/or addition and subtraction skills! Page 12 of the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie asks students use the symbols to determine the number. The following page goes a step further and asks students add or subtract numbers.

Fun facts about Ancient Egypt:

  • The Egyptian alphabet contained more than 700 hieroglyphs!
  • Egyptians believed cats were a sacred animal and having a pet cat would bring a household good luck.
  • Ancient Egyptians invented pens, toothpaste, and a game very similar to bowling.

More Ancient Egypt resources:

Mini Bio: King Tut – Here’s a mini bio about King Tut to go with your mini unit!

Ancient Egypt Lapbook – Study interesting facts about the discovery of hieroglyphic writing, the Rosetta Stone, the great King Tutankhamun, the lovely Cleopatra and more.

Recipes From Egypt – Delight your little cooks with
two authentic and easy-to-make recipes from Egypt: Tameya (the original veggie burger), and Basboosa (Semolina cake with honey and lemon).

My Book About Egypt – My Book About Egypt takes elementary students to the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, and Giza.

King Tut Mini Unit - Educents

Download the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie on Educents!

Johnny Appleseed Apple Themed Coloring Pages

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Johnny Appleseed Coloring Pages

I LOVE Johnny Appleseed day and all of the fun lessons that revolve around this for kids! From counting appleseeds to baking apple pies there are a zillion ways to bring the story and lesson of Johnny Appleseed to life for kids in a fun way! Click Below for our FREE Johnny Appleseed printable coloring book for kids and check out some more of our resources below!

CLICK HERE: Johnny Appleseed Printable Coloring Book

Other Johnny Appleseed Fun:

Johnny Appleseed Printable Letter Template
Johnny Appleseed Pinterest Board
Recycled Paper Towel Tube Apple Tree
Johnny Appleseed Chain Link Craft

Dollar Store DIY: Succulents Planter

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Dollar Store DIY: Succulents Planter

 

Dollar Store DIY crafts are some of my favorites and turning a project into a gift is even better! Succulents seem to be all the rage these days, and you can create this look for less when you give this DIY succulents planter a try. It only costs a few dollars to make and when you are done you will have a real life succulents look for less money and less work. You can use it to decorate and bring some green into your house or pass it along as a teacher appreciation gift!

Supplies needed:

Terra cotta flower pot
Craft paint in choice of colors
Paint brush
Faux succulents (Sold at most Dollar Tree stores)
Small craft pebbles

Directions:

Dollar Store DIY: Succulents Planter

1. Begin by adding your flower pot designs. You can do this with your craft paint and craft brush. Just crate some random striping and allow to dry.

2. Once your paint is dry, you can add your succulents. Remove them from the plastic pots they come in. Fill the pot with the craft pebbles. These will help hold the succulents in place.

3. Add your succulents. Stick them deep into the stones so they are secure. Your succulents are now ready to be displayed. They won’t require any sun, water, or care! Just set them out and enjoy.

50 Classroom Tips and Tricks for Teachers

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50 Classroom Tips and Tricks for Teachers

Classroom tips and tricks are HUGE for teachers and I’d love to hear about your special classroom hacks that have made your life OH SO MUCH EASIER! Make sure to leave your ideas in the comments below so other teachers can benefit from your cleverness! And check out these 50 ideas below each linked to their original source so if you need more info check out their blogs!

1.) Glue pompoms to your dry erase markers to use as your eraser! No more having to use messy tissues.

2.) Use scrapbook paper to jazz up those clear plastic drawers.

3.) Use tablecloths to make bulletin board covers.

4.) Store all of your construction paper in hanging folders.

5.) If you write on something with marker that could possibly be rubbed off. Seal it with clear nail polish.

6.) Clogged glue caps? Soak them in vegetable oil.

7.) Use velcro on your floors to mark where your students can sit. Use different colors, then you can break them into groups in a pinch!

8.) If you need whiteboards for each of your students, this would be an affordable option.

9.) Use a straw dispenser to store your pencils.

10.) Make removing crayon wrappers from broken or pieces by soaking in water.

11.) Create an area dedicated for students who were absent. So when they return all missed assignments can be grabbed on their own.

12.) Grab a roasting pan and decorate to use as a place for students to drop finished homework into!

13.) Make your own glue dots for less.

14.) Make and distribute a QR Barcode at your Open House so parents can get all of your contact information. Source: Reddit

15.) Use those free boxes from the post office as your paper bins.

16.) Use paint stirrers as book dividers and label with alphabet stickers.

17.) Create pockets for binders by using ziploc bags and duct tape.

18.) Save money and use laundry detergent caps and velcro to keep pencils in place on your desks.

19.) Store cards, game and puzzle pieces inside baby wipe containers.

20.) Glue tin cans to a lazy susan for your arts and crafts area.

21.) Cover frosting containers and use to store small objects or crayons!

22.) Instead of buying expensive beads for activities, grab a box of pasta. Then use 1 cup of pasta, 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol and 2-3 drops of food coloring.

23.) Make fun no noise dice!

24.) Use a film canister or prescription bottle to make giant crayons out your broken pieces.

25.) Use paint chips to create a classroom calendar.

26.) Cover cereal boxes with wrapping paper to make homework bins. Use command strips or magnets to hang them.

30.) Use washi tape to mark which cord goes to what in your classroom. Will save time later on when you may need to know.

31.) For a fun project let your students decorate their journals with washi tape.

32.) Teach your students responsibility skills. Take a photo of how your bins they use are before use. Then have them reference those photos to make them look the same way. Otherwise they can’t be dismissed until they do match!

33.) Hot glue tacks to the backs of clothespins for an easy way to display things on the bulletin board.

34.) Use a toolbox from a hardware store to keep supplies organized on your desk.

35.) A wine rack and plastic cups make for a great marker holder!

36.) A shoerack placed on top of your desk can give you more room.

37.) Using a CD holder you can store your die cut letters. Making for a smooth transition when changing out your bulletin boards.

38.) Hang clipboards up to easily hang students work.

39.) Create and hang clocks that show the time during the day when each activity will take place. So the students never have to ask and learn to tell the time.

40.) Create art and storage for your board games.

41.) Turn a ladder into an easel.

42.) Use placemats as seat markers on the floor.

43.) Use vinyl transfers to make semi-permanent decals for things you don’t want to repeat writing everyday.

44.) Wrapping paper can be used to make your boring metal desk, fabulous.

45.) Tie ribbons to a hula hoop and hand in your reading area.

46.) Party streamers and tissue paper are all you need to make a rainbow!

47.) Make a sign that’s for “No Name” assignments. Then hang each paper by using a clothes pin.

48.) Create a bulletin board for “Help Wanted” and showcase little tasks each student could take care of each day. Helps by teaching responsibility.

49.) Popsicle trays make a way to organize and hold crayons.

50.) Reuse a Pringles container by decorating it and then using it to store your rulers.

School Notebook Sugar Cookies Recipe

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School Notebook Sugar Cookies Recipe

 

These AMAZING school notebook sugar cookies are definitely an eye catcher and make perfect teacher appreciation day gifts and back to school snacks for kids! These are great to make at night when you need to unwind from a day of work and get crafting something beautiful! Below you can read through for the cookie and icing recipe along with specific directions on how to decorate these.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cookie Ingredients: 

5 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 C soft unsalted butter
2 C granulated sugar
4 eggs

Cookie Cutters:

Apple
Pencil

School Notebook Sugar Cookies Recipe

Cookie Directions: 

– Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
-Add all 4 eggs at one time…Continue to mix. -Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
-Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together.
-Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
-Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
-Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
-Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
-Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
– Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter.
-Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using your cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
-Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-Using a metal spatula move the cut cookie  to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes.  Check to see if the cookie are thoroughly baked.
-Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.  (About 10 minutes).

School Notebook Sugar Cookies Recipe

Royal Icing

Icing Ingredients: 

4 egg whites
2 C powder sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
brown, pink, yellow, green,black, purple, and ivory gel food coloring
Red & blue Food writer

Icing Directions: 

-Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
-If icing is  not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
– Pull out 8 bowls and begin to divide the icing.
– Bowl #1, put 2 TBSP of icing in , add several drops of brown gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended. Bowl #2, put 2 TBSP of icing, add several drops of black gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
Bowl #3, put 4 TBSP of icing, add several drops of green  gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.  Bowl#4, put 5 TBSP of icing, add several drops of  ivory gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
Bowl #5, put 5 TBSP of icing , add several drops of purple gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
Bowl #6, put 5 TBSP of icing, add  several drops  pink gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
Bowl #7, put 1/2 C of yellow gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
Bowl # 8 remains white.
-Spoon each of the icings into individual  frosting bags with a #5 tips…. twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.

Apple & Pencil Cookies

-Follow the colors and accent colors as displayed on each cookie.
-First step for each cookie is to outline them .
-Allow the icing outline  at least  30 seconds to dry before filling the  body of the cookie in with the other icing*. ( After outlining all of these cookies you can push some the remaining icing into a bowl and add the 1 tsp of water and mix well to get the right consistency .) Leave some of the  icing in the frosting bag for additional  work  if needed on each of the cookies. Using a butter knife to fill in or spread the watered down icing.
-Notebook paper apple. Outline the apple except the stem and leaf in white, after 30 seconds, fill in the body of the apple in white.  Outline both the stem in brown and then the leaf in green then fill them each in with corresponding color. Allow 5-10 hours to completely dry.  After the apple is dry, using the Foodwriter edible ink pens for draw the blue lines of the paper and the red line for the margin.
-Pencil. Using the ivory and black icing outline the wood part of the pencil and fill it in. Next, outline the lead of pencil in black then fill it in with black.  Outline the body of the pencil in yellow then fill it in with the watered down yellow icing. Do not outline or fill in the eraser area with yellow but outline and fill in with pink. Allow to dry before adding the purple stripe (outline and then fill in this spot) between the eraser and the body of the pencil.
-Allow the cookies to completely dry for 5-10 hours.

Back to School Treats – Notebook Paper S’mores Recipe

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Back to School Treats - Notebook Paper S'mores Recipe

This Back to School S’mores Treats Notebook Paper recipe has got to be one of the easiest and cute decorative back to school treats I’ve seen in a while! Notebook paper designs pretty much always make me think of the back to school season so turning them into back to school treats is just beyond cool! You can even laminate a piece of notebook paper and lay flat on a tray to serve your s’mores on top of! Check out our recipe and tutorial below to make your own back to school treats!

INGREDIENTS
Graham cracker squares
Marshmallow Creme
White Chocolate bar (I used Lindt)
Red pull a part twizzlers
Wilton black icing gel
Wilton blue icing gel

DIRECTIONS
1.   Take a graham cracker square and spread about 1 T of marshmallow creme on it.
2.   Place a piece of white chocolate on top and press down gently to even out the marshmallow.
3.   On a microwave-safe plate, place the chocolate and marshmallow graham cracker in the microwave and heat for 10 seconds to allow the chocolate to slightly adhere to the marshmallow.  Do not overheat or the white chocolate will begin to melt and lose shape. Let completely cool.
4.   Use a single strand of a red pull-a -part twizzler candy and cut a 2 inch strand from it. Place the strand going down the smores cracker to resemble the red line in a piece of filler paper.
5.   With the blue Wilton gel icing tube, squeeze 5 lines across the smores cracker to resemble the blue lines on a piece of filler paper.
6.  With a black Wilton gel icing tube, add several “dots” going down the left side of the smores cracker to resemble the holes in filler paper.
7.   ENJOY!!

 

In the mood to make some more back to school treats? Check out some of our favorites: 

Composition Notebook Rice Krispy Cake 
ABC Notebook Sugar Cookies
Back to School Brownies – School Themed
Back to School S’mores
Apple Themed Cupcakes
Apple Themed Cookies

Check out our entire BACK TO SCHOOL Pinterest Board here!

Back to School S’mores Chalkboard Recipe

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Back to School S'mores Chalkboard Recipe

Back to School S’mores – can the back to school season get any more fantastic?! Whether it’s smores or s’mores it’s ALL delicious and quite clever! These easy to make treats are not only fun s’mores to make any time during the school year but can make great hands-on classroom activities during parties too! Check out our recipe and instructions below on how to make your own back to school s’mores!

INGREDIENTS
Graham cracker squares
Marshmallow Creme
Chocolate bar (I used Hershey)
Powdered sugar
1 T ready to spread frosting (any color)
Pretzel sticks
Wilton white icing gel
Wilton sugared apples
White Mike and Ike candies

DIRECTIONS
1.   Take a graham cracker square and spread about 1 T of marshmallow creme on it.
2.   Place a piece of chocolate on top covering the entire graham and press down gently to even out the marshmallow.
3.   On a microwave-safe plate, place the chocolate and marshmallow graham cracker in the microwave and heat for 10 seconds.  Do not overheat or the chocolate will begin to melt and lose shape. Let set to cool for at least 10 minutes.
4.   Using a toothpick, carve a Back to School phrase into the chocolate (ABC, Back to School, etc). Be sure to make the ridges fairly deep.
5.   Sprinkle powdered sugar all over the top of the chocolate s’mores piece.
6.   With a lightly dampened paper towel, wipe the powdered sugar off the top of the chocolate, leaving the sugar in the carved ridges to resemble a word written in chalk.
7.   Dip a toothpick into ready to spread frosting and use it to glue a pretzel stick to the bottom of the chocolate s’more, resembling the base of a chalkboard. Set aside and let set for at least 5 minutes.
8.   Dip toothpick into ready to spread frosting and spread on back of the Wilton sugar Apple and press onto the chocolate chalkboard. Let set for a minute.
9.   Dip toothpick into ready to spread frosting and spread on the back of a white Ike and Mike candy. Press onto the chocolate chalkboard right above the pretzel stick to resemble a piece of chalk. Let set one minute.
10. ENJOY!!

In the mood to make some more back to school treats? Check out some of our favorites: 

Composition Notebook Rice Krispy Cake 
ABC Notebook Sugar Cookies
Back to School Brownies – School Themed
Apple Themed Cupcakes
Apple Cookies

Preschool Farm Coloring Pages and Activities Printable

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Preschool Farm Coloring Pages and Activities Printable Book

These farm coloring pages will be a HUGE hit with your preschool children. They LOVE anything farm related so we’ve put together this FREE printable mini ebook just for the little ones in your life! It’s full of pages to color, mazes, and activities to do! Print and color as individual coloring pages or cut them in half and tape together to create a mini e-book! Feel free to print as many as you need and pass it around! Just click the link below to open up the file!

 Print it HERE ==> Farm Coloring and Activities Preschool Pack

Check out our Preschool Farm Math Counting Printable set here!