Glitter Pumpkin Craft

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Pumpkin crafts are a great way to decorate the walls of your classrooms, windows or hallways. Even those fall and Thanksgiving bulletin boards! This painted glitter pumpkin craft is something your preschoolers and kindergarteners are going to love to create! Help build your children’s fine motor skills and sensory processing with this fun activity for [...]

Teaching Emotions to Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

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Teaching emotional recognition to our preschoolers and kindergarteners is a necessary part of literacy and social development.  Students can learn about emotions through simple cartoons featuring basic emotions.  The latest in our series of emergent readers covers the basic emotions with a fall twist. Below you will see our fall scarecrow emergent reader in action! Here are [...]

Mixed Media Acorn Craft {Measurement Idea too!}

mixed media acorn craft measurement activity for fall

Often pumpkin and scarecrow crafts receive a lot of attention in fall, but we want to highlight a lesser used craft material for fall: the acorn. To help decorate for autumn, my son created this adorable acorn craft. This mixed media fall art project can be differentiated across many grade levels and ages. It’s straightforward [...]

Our Favorite Pumpkin Picture Books

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Planning a pumpkin unit? Here’s some of our favorite pumpkin read-alouds for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.  This round-up of pumpkin picture books covers both fiction and non-fiction.  We’ve even included a few pumpkin crafts and activities to extend your reading into some hands-on pumpkin fun! Pumpkin Picture Books Too Many Pumpkins by Linda [...]

Dollar Tree Bonus Buy Finds

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“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you!” We all know that Dollar Tree is a haven for must-have classroom supplies. Stock up this September 28th through October 11th with tons of new Bonus Buys! I noticed on my last routine stop to Dollar Tree [...]

Textured Black Cat Craft for Halloween

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I am a fan of texture. I think it creates depth and interest in an art project. That’s why today’s Halloween craft focuses on creating furry texture on a black cat! Grab your scissors, kids! We will be working on your fine motors skills!  Snip, snip! black, yellow, white, green or yellow construction paper scissors [...]

Our Favorite Apple Unit Picture Books

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Need great ideas for your apple unit? We’ve rounded up our favorite apple picture books and have also paired them up with a variety of activities.  From fiction to non-fiction, the apple-themed picture books will engage your preschool through second graders!   Apple Emergent Reader Apple Counting by The Classroom Creative.  Engage your earliest reader [...]

Candy Corn Monster Craft with Free Template

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Happy first day of autumn!  What iconic candy reminds you of autumn? Candy corn! Here’s a fun take on a candy corn craft: a candy corn monster!  Whether you need a craft for your entire class or one to get your kids ready for the season, this fall craft is simple and fun.   candy [...]

Homeschool Classroom Reveal: Kindergarten Calendar/Morning Meeting Area

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Setting up homeschool is no easy feat, especially when you live in Chicago in a house as small as some New York City apartments.  I see some homeschooling families that have entire rooms dedicated to “school”. I have for years, joked that my house is a “dollhouse”. So, this is proof that you can learn [...]

Apple Symmetry Craft for Preschool, Kindergarten, & First Grade

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I created a simplified apple symmetry activity for preschoolers, kindergartners, and 1st graders, because our advanced apple symmetry freebie for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders has been such a popular post!  This fun apple craft is the perfect fall activity that also doubles as a decoration for your classrooms and hallways. Nothing beats a meaningful craft that connects fine [...]

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