Crafts are so much more than just cute art projects!  Use crafts to teach following directions, sequencing, and work on important fine motor skills.  These fun and cute craft ideas will keep you crafting all year long!

Waste Free Lunches in Celebration of America Recycles Day

America Recycles day is November 15. In the spirit of “going green” my students created some posters to hang around the school promoting our lunch program’s “Waste Free Wednesday” campaign. The idea behind Waste Free Wednesday is simple: students that pack a lunch from home are encouraged to pack only

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Big Green Monster Kindergarten Watercolor Paintings

My students had a BLAST in our kindergarten classroom for Halloween last week, yet they were amazingly well behaved. We didn’t have a week full of candy and silliness. We had fun, but it was more academic in nature and it really helped my students to remain in control of

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Pumpkin Window Decorations Tutorial

Halloween is almost here and I have a super-simple craft you can create inside the classroom or at home with your little ones! The best part is that pumpkins are in-season all through the fall so this cute window decoration can stay up right through Thanksgiving. This post contains affiliate

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Apple Stained Glass Window Decorations + Free Template

During our apple study, my kindergarten students made the cutest apple window decorations with clear contact paper, tissue paper squares and a little construction paper. I make many of these “stained glass” decorations throughout the year and I love how festive they make my classroom feel! These decorations are also very

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Earth Day Student Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Integrate a little fine art into your Earth Day lesson plans with a simple (and sweet) watercolor painting. I completed this activity with my own kindergarten students last week and it was a huge hit. This blog post breaks the entire process down into small, easy steps that will give

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Stained Glass Kite Decorations Made from Tissue Paper

Spring has arrived and despite the abysmal weather (high temps for the week will only be in the mid-30s once again), I am determined to shake the winter blues from my classroom. I removed the oh-so-adorable stained glass mitten decorations that my students created in January and was ready for

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Free Patriotic Headband Craft for Kids

Download a FREE copy of this “Patriotic Headband Craft” and add some patriotic fun to your classroom or home.

Hi, I'm Maria.

After years of teaching kindergarten, I now focus on helping teachers and I’m here to make your job easier.  When I’m not doing that you will find me playing with my kids, hanging with the hubby, or occasionally enjoying a little “me” time with an at-home manicure and a vanilla latte. Want to learn more? Check out my story below.  I’m sure we have a lot in common!