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Say Hello to Kwik Stix: My New Favorite Paints

Like all elementary teachers, I have a not-so-slight addiction to quality school supplies. You know what I’m talking about. If you’re anything like me, your first great love was a brand-new box of Crayola crayons, which was probably followed by a perfectly sharpened set of Ticonderoga pencils, a couple of

Free Earth Day Craft and Writing Activity

Need an Earth Day craft to do with your students? You’ll love this simple project and writing activity that is so sweetly perfect for young children. This paper plate mosaic is easy to prep, looks so vibrant and the FREE download provides an easy writing activity!

Kindergarten Rainbow Art and Sentence Writing

With temperatures back down in the 30s this week in Southeast Michigan, we were in desperate need of Spring around here. I can’t control the weather, but we could bring a little springtime cheer indoors with a little kindergarten rainbow art in my classroom. We used the opportunity to refine

Use Christmas Ornaments to Colorize Your Classroom Management

The holidays have arrived! And so begins every teacher’s daily roller coaster ride as we countdown to Christmas. I can literally feel the excitement in the air when my students arrive at school each day. I hear daily stories about their elves, trips to visit Santa and dozens of questions

Stained Glass Window Craft for Christmas and Advent

four purple tissue paper candles hang in classroom window "advent window decorations"

The season of Advent is probably my favorite time of year in the classroom. I love slowing down with my students to talk about the birth of Jesus Christ and share the true meaning of Christmas. In my kindergarten classroom, we talk about Baby Jesus so much more than we share

Stained Glass Cross Lenten Craft for Kindergarten

This simple stained glass cross window decoration is my favorite Lenten craft for kids to create in the classroom. By now, my students are stained glass experts (they require very few instructions from me) and these beautiful crosses look stunning when they hang in my classroom windows. I’m thrilled to share a tutorial for this simple craft with you today.

Easy Lantern Craft for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is coming and I have the perfect, simple craft for your students to make in the classroom in celebration of this annual event: paper lanterns! When I taught first grade, we celebrated Chinese New Year in the classroom and this was one of my favorite crafts to

Catching Snowflakes on your Tongue Winter Craft

My school has Open House on Sunday and I needed a seasonal project for my students that required minimal prep, yet would look fabulous on the walls outside my classroom. Since we’ve finally been getting a little snow in Michigan, my students created these adorable catching snowflake art collages. This post contains affiliate links.

Christmas Parent Gift Idea for Kindergarten

For the past several years, I have done a directed drawing lesson with my students as their parent Christmas gifts. The children paint their drawings with watercolors and I frame the completed art projects in inexpensive frames from the dollar store before wrapping them up and sending them home. I have

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