Sunday, February 26, 2017

10 St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Here are some great simple and easy crafts for kids that are also pretty fun!  
Most can be completed with minimal supplies which makes this teacher's heart super happy!
Click on the picture to get more information about each craft!

I love this idea and it's so simple!  Once students paint, color, or decorate their paper plate the fun begins!  Cut out a shamrock shape and use a brad to attach it to a straw.  The brad will allow it to spin and I guarantee your kids will love the end result!

This rainbow craft is sure to be a big hit with the littles!  Using only cotton balls and Fruit Loop cereal, this is a simple craft with a lot of color.  Can't beat that fine motor practice either!!

My kinders always love making this St. Patrick's Day hat.  Grab a paper plate, let them decorate it with paint, markers, or even crayons.  Cut a shamrock shape out of the top (being careful to leave the stem attached) and you'll have yourself a super cute shamrock hat!

Popsicle sticks, paint, and some googly eyes are all you'll need to create this creation.  This craft would be fun as a puzzle for kids to take apart and recreate or even as a magnet for a parent gift!

Last year this was my kiddos' favorite St. Patrick's Day craft we made.  They loved it!  Fill an empty water bottle with gold painted beans or rocks....add colored streamers.....and voila!  My kids had so much fun with this noise maker in the classroom. 

I remember making these types of crafts ALL the time in elementary school.  Although they take a long time to make, they really are quite simple.  Tissue paper, glue, and a pencil are pretty much all you'll need.  Students enjoy it and they get lots of fine motor practice wrapping the tissue paper around the end of their pencil.  

St. Patrick's Day crafts don't have to be all green!  This one is colorful and would be a perfect decoration for your classroom.  Imagine 20 rainbow hangers all around your room!!!  Grab some paper plates, cotton balls, and streamers or construction paper and you'll be all set. 

This cute craft can be done with any type of patterned paper or you can let students decorate their own papers before cutting it up into little pieces.  Use the little pieces to create a mosaic on a shamrock pattern shape.  Easy and cute!

These always turn out so cute when we do them!  Using markers and coffee filters students can create stunning shamrocks.  No two will ever be the same!

This is a fun printable set that I created for my kinders.  It has three super simple crafts for kids to complete.  A necklace, a bracelet, and a crown/headband are included.  You could either have each child create all three OR let kids choose which one they'd like to make! 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

10 Valentine Photo Projects

I love Valentine's Day because there are so many fun crafts you can do in your classroom.  My kinders always love creating cards, pictures, and crafts for their parents and friends.  So I started scouring the web for some fun things that we could create using real photos!  Here are some of the cutest things I found.

How sweet is this book mark that uses photos of a child "signing" I love you!  This would be super simple to create and I bet the parents would love it.  (In the pic the little boy is pointing to his eye which just makes it even cuter!)  

Here's a neat idea that would be fun to create!  All you need is a heart shaped chocolate or candy and a photograph of your student holding out his/her hand.
<3 this idea from Smashed Peas and Carrots!

 Ok this one is just plain fun!  If you are making Valentine boxes as a class activity, then this one's for you. Blow up a photo of each child holding their mouth open wiiiiiiiiide.  Attach the photo to a box or bag and cut out a hole where their mouth is.  The end result is hilarious!
See how it's done over at Parent Hacks!

Have a chalkboard in your classroom?  Grab some chalk and get creative!  Here are some neat ways to create a photo backdrop for students to get in front of.  They make great photos and would be fun to send home as cards for parents!

How fun is this?  Students can make a bee and you can use their photo as the bee's head!  The little heart says "bee mine."  Would even look cute with the head a little bigger for a fun effect!

These Valentine boxes are so cute when you use student photos!  This is definitely one way to make sure no one's box gets lost, mixed up, or accidentally taken! LOL

For this one you'd just need a photo of your students appearing to hold something in the air.  Then have your students use construction paper to create the grass, sky, and a big heart on which they can write their own sweet message.
Such a fun idea from Teach Junkie!

If you're feeling really crafty, this salt dough frame would be cherished for years by your parents!  The handprint can be personalized for each child and the added photo just makes it that much more special!
This special keepsake can be found on Messy Little Monster!

If you've got conversation hearts left over from last year, here's a great way to get rid of them! :-)  Students will love creating this frame made entirely of heart candies!  Add a photo and you've got a great gift to send home!
Directions can be found at Simply Crafty!

Who doesn't love snow globes?  Grab a bottle or a baby food jar, add some water, red glitter, heart confetti, and a photo....and you've got yourself a fun gift!