Paper Helicopter

It is always fun for kids to be able to take home a fun item that they created, and the paper helicopters are a nice finished project. They are pretty quick to make, but you can have the kids do more things to them before they are finished. I am going to have my students do some coloring on them, and practice their pencil control, and some of the kids, I will have write things that they like about themselves {Read More}

Making Tents and Teepees with Writing Lines

When playing with the Munchy Ball with a young boy, we worked on making some houses. I tried to have him make a woven stick Teepee such as the one made by Timbernook, but our ground was too hard and we could not pierce it with sticks well enough for them to stay in place in order to do the weaving. So we moved on to craft sticks and duct tape, which worked well to make a tent style house. {Read More}

Spider Craft for Cutting, Folding, gluing, and Writing

Halloween is coming up soon, so I am having the kids make spiders this week.  The spider bodies require cutting out circles, and the legs require cutting rectangles.  You also have to fold the legs on the marked lines, which is a great activity for visual perception and motor planning. I put a light web on the base paper to have the kids trace over it and make their own spider web.  It would be great to follow the web {Read More}

Cootie Catchers re-visited because I love them

Cootie catchers are great fun for kids to play, and they lend themselves very well to the learning environment. I use them in order to have kids work on writing within small designated spaces, and they can be used to work on counting and review. I have re-vamped my cootie catcher templates to include some with fold lines so that it is easier to know how and where to fold them. I usually have the kids write their own words {Read More}

Big Mouth Creature with clothespin to open the mouth

I saw these Big Mouth Critters on a blog called Whimsical Publishing, and thought that they were so cute, and that it would be a great activity for some of my students to do. Some kids need the challenge of following the folding directions and trying to make the creature themselves, but others have trouble with folding and do better if there are fold lines or similar to help them with the concept of where to fold. I figured if {Read More}