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Archive for January, 2011

Color Their World with Crayon Hearts!

January 30, 2011
Color Their World with Crayon Hearts!

Every year I try to come up with a Valentine gift for my students that they enjoy but not just throw away. Oriental Trading always has great mazes, puzzles and other simple games to give out but this is something I have done before and it’s easy and my students really appreciated the hearts...
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Sorting and Counting with Valentine Conversation Hearts!

January 30, 2011
Sorting and Counting with Valentine Conversation Hearts!

Valentine Hearts have been around along time.  They started in 1866 as saying for weddings like, “Married in white, you have chosen right”.  In 1902 the heart shaped candy called Sweethearts were introduced and each year over 8 billion are sold. Amazing! This is a simple activity for young children.  It can be adapted...
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Crayon Stained-glass Hearts for Valentine’s Craft!

January 30, 2011
Crayon Stained-glass Hearts for Valentine’s Craft!

This requires some help from an adult but kids really enjoy seeing their melted designs and making something unique! Materials: crayons (light colors look the best) hand held pencil sharpened waxed paper paper grocery bags or other heavy paper to iron on iron (if ironing on a table, cover it with a heavy towel...
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Museum and Myths – what a combination!

January 25, 2011
Museum and Myths – what a combination!

Project Based Learning My students are deep in their individual study of a chosen topic and I’m having fun learning new things like: Did you know that the Statue of Liberty has a broken shackle on her left ankle?  It represents the breaking from the bondage of slavery. That baby giraffes are 6′ tall!...
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Icicles as Art!

January 23, 2011
Icicles as Art!

Materials: icicles squirt guns or recycled bottles (from empty ketchup or salad dressing) makes creating lines of color on the icicles and the bottles are easy to hold with mittens on food coloring – approximately 6 drops per gallon of water – or more! Steps: Carefully remove icicles from the edge of the house...
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Inuit Carving

January 6, 2011
Inuit Carving

              Your child can carve snowmen, penguins, igloos or whatever they would like into a bar of soap. You can use those bars of soap from your last hotel stay! Materials: bar of soap plastic knife Steps: Let your child decide on the design. To make it easier...
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Explore Chinese New Year by making Fortune Cookies and a Lantern

January 4, 2011
Explore Chinese New Year by making Fortune Cookies and a Lantern

Chinese New Year is an important Chinese holiday. A few interesting details: It’s believed that it is important to start the New Year off on the right foot, so eating something sweet for breakfast symbolizes a sweet and pleasant beginning. Having new clothes for the New Year is important. It is considered unlucky to...
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Celebrate Mardi Gras

January 3, 2011
Celebrate Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday prior to the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras translated means Fat Tuesday. Many people also enjoy the Polish sweet pastry, paczki on Fat Tuesday (in English, the common pronunciation is ponch-kee). Get in the celebration by making masks and downing festive attire. Make a Mardi Gras...
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Recycle Creations

January 1, 2011
Recycle Creations

I have never met a child that their eyes didn’t light up when they were given an opportunity to make anything to their hearts desire. On a day that it’s too cold to play outside, watch your child stay busy and happy for hours! Materials: Gather interesting and clean containers from everyday items like:...
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