Truly, the best part of sharing products with all of you is seeing the fun you're having in the process of creating! We would LOVE to see your Krazy for Kindyland projects in action! Tag us on social media, or pop your photos and videos in an email to krazyforkindyland.@gmail.com .
In our first submission today, two littles create our Mother's Day Bear Hugs Craft for their mommy, with the help of their nanny, Miss Kaylee.
What I love about our products is that they are easily adaptable for kiddos of all ages. I love that Miss Kaylee precut the pieces for her little learners. Assisting the kiddos with squeezing the glue bottle was helpful for them, too, as they continue to develop the muscles in their pudgy little dimply hands. (Personally, I thought she was pretty brave using that liquid glue. We miiiiiight be a glue stick only kind of a family...do you think having all boys did that to me???)
You can choose to print your crafts on the suggested colors, but coloring is such a great fine motor task for young ones to participate in, and it helps give them ownership of the creations, too.
Our second submission is from friends with craft creators ages 5, 4, and 2. These three little boys had fun when their daddy printed off our Bear Hugs craft to gift to Mommy on Mother's Day morning!
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FREEBIE For Families!! Mother's Day Craft: Questionnaire Edition! Make Grandma, Mom, or Auntie Smile!
Mother's Day questionnaires are my FAVORITE! Soooooo today's FREEBIE for Families includes just that! The best thing about this product is that you can pop anyone's name at the top to make them smile this Mother's Day! If your little baby doll is too young, have Dad fill out the questionnaire for you to read Sunday! My hope is that you can print and show your child the video for simple visual directions. Happy Mother's Day!!
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I've always loved crafting with my students in my classroom, but what I love even more is crafting with my own kids at home. Although this site obviously welcomes teachers, I am THRILLED to now provide downloads here for PARENTS. Over recent weeks, I have been adding products from my Teachers Pay Teachers store, and I plan to have all bundles uploaded RIGHT HERE on this site by the end of the month.
Here's what I'm SO EXCITED to share with all of you! Here is where you will find FREE files to download and print at home. Your kids will LOVE to craft with you, and you will LOVE to spend some quality time with them. After all, there's not a whole lot else to do at this point, anyway. I know our family has played every board game we own over the last weeks.
Below, you will find our very first FREEBIE for Families file and tutorial, just in time for Mother's Day!
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With the school closure and virtual learning in place, being a mom of three little boys and teaching at the dining room table was quickly proven unrealistic. I begged my husband to whip up a farmhouse-style desk, and after attempting to work from home for 7 days himself, he knew it was necessary, too.
I was thrilled to have a space...a space where I could close the door. Then I made a stop at Smarty Pants Findlay. Jane was amazing at providing THE perfect products to create a beautiful display for my at-home classroom. These are products from the BRAND NEW Rustic Bloom collection, which fit in perfectly with the farmhouse theme I was going for in our office. "Bloom where you are planted" has come to be one of my most favorite quotes, so this collection truly could not have been more perfect.
Jane also provided me with Better Than Paper for the background. This stuff. Is. Amazing!! After 14 years of teaching using everything under the sun for bulletin board backgrounds, from butcher paper, to felt, to bed sheets, this stuff FAR exceeded my expectations!!! I would compare it to a vinyl material, but FUN FACTS:
1) It doesn't show holes when you staple in it.
2) You can write on it with dry-erase markers.
3) It won't collect dust like those navy blue sheets I currently have in my classroom.
4) It doesn't tear like paper.
It basically stays perfect, meeting all of the obsessive needs in my teacher bulletin board heart.
Jane recommended I use mavalus tape, another new discovery for me. Oh my goodness...it is amazing. How can tape be amazing? Well this stuff holds everything in place. Truly. My bulletin board has quite a bit of weight on it, and it hasn't budged. It doesn't take paint off of the walls. I moved items around several times, and it didn't get less sticky, and the tape didn't pull the backing off of the bulletin board pieces. I know. Amazing, right??
The final component of the bulletin board is my favorite, though. Flowers. These flowers!!! As a mom of three boys, there's NOTHING girly about living in our house. What's quite incredible about these flowers is that I did not have to make them. Shew! I would have had so much time in them. They came prepackaged, and there are several different options.
The best part is all you have to do to create a flower is pull the two sides together.
I just think these are adorable! They would be a wonderful addition to any classroom or little girl's room. I'm pretty sure my sweet little niece needs them in her bedroom.
With all of these components, my farmhouse bulletin board came together in full bloom!
I finally have my own girly space in this house that's overrun by all things boy. Although, I have to admit that while on a Google Chat yesterday, my coworkers still asked about who had the crazy noise in the background. The door was closed. I tried.
On March 16th, Ohio began the online learning adventure, and I started out teaching at our dining room table.
With three little boys at our house, #momlife took over, and I begged my husband to whip up a farmhouse-style desk for our game room.
It's been an interesting few weeks. I've learned so much, and I am most definitely not walking away from this entire experience empty handed.
What I hope to remember about the school closing:
1) Kids love their friends and it's so important to provide ample opportunities for them to connect in our classrooms. It seems whenever I talk to students, they all tell me the same thing. They. Miss. Their. Friends.
2) Teaching is all about making connections. I learned that early in my career from my first principal, the sweet, adorable, amazing, Ms. Chesebro. Making connections virtually was not easy, but I absolutely loved hearing from my students each day. It's what kept me driven.
3) Connecting with parents through email was a great way build relationships and for them to understand how much I truly love their children. No matter where we are, our classroom or at home, we are a team, working together for the most precious little people in their lives.
4) Having kids submit virtual assignments provided a whole lot of entertainment, and we will be doing more of this in our classroom.
5) I love my job. I love singing and playing and hearing silly stories. I love teaching. I love watching the a-ha moments. I love being with kids. I love watching my babies grow.
6) What I'll remember most, though, is watching the world around me handle this situation. There has been a lot of struggles for all. Some days are easier than others. My heart hurts for many... those on the front lines, the grandparents, those who are scared, those who are lonely...the list goes on and on, As a mom and a teacher, trying to provide a balance of work for my students has been a challenge. I don't want my kids to have to do too much, as I realize that this could be an already overwhelming situation for families. At the same time, my job is to teach them. I want to teach them. I think most teachers are in the same boat, hoping we are doing enough, hoping we hoping we are keeping our students engaged, hoping we are providing some sense of normalcy in a very much not normal situation.
What I do, know though is this. HE is keeping us all moving forward.
Rock Your School Days are always complete with the teachers dressing up and classroom decorations. This was a truly special RYSD, as this was also the day we found out Ohio schools were closing, due to COVID-19. I'm so glad we got to share an OUT OF THIS WORLD day together!
The goal of RYSD is to engage students while challenging them to ROCK their learning! Our class enjoyed learning about the planets, the phases of the moon, and all of the elements of the solar system! The books I'm holding in the top photo are my go-to favorites for teaching about space. I've used them every year! They're simple, yet they are jam-packed with facts. Kids really enjoy them, and they obtain a lot of information from the text and pictures!
Areas of the classroom are decorated for different lessons. We use our classroom house as a focal point for our dramatic play learning. Students were excited to enter the rocket ship! The windows were a part of our Morning Meeting, where we discussed what we see in the sky during the day. The planets were included in our science lesson as we explored each one.
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Kids love to dress up as much as the teachers do, of course, so for each RYSD, I have hats prepared for morning work. My little aliens were so excited to FLY into our day!
Dr. Seuss week is one of our favorite weeks of the school year!
To kick off our week, we celebrated the book THE CAT IN THE HAT! We dressed in our pajamas, brought our favorite books to school, and created directed drawings. Our amazing cafeteria crew celebrated with us by making creative snacks for each day!
On Tuesday, we celebrated ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH by wearing red and blue. It was fun to wear my personal favorite blue fish, Dori! Students wore fish, too. For morning work, they colored some Seuss fish, and we stapled them to headbands. The kids are always excited to get in on the dress-up fun! We graphed with goldfish, enjoyed Swedish Fish swimming in blue jello, and had a surprise guest stop by with a giant cookie! (That cute little clown is my mom. She really loves to make people smile.)
Wednesday was the day to celebrate GREEN EGGS AND HAM! Students made green eggs and ham headbands for morning work. I got to to be the mama chicken with all of my little green eggs. We tried a "green" food, apple pie, and voted on our preference. Most students had never had apple pie, and most liked it!
THE CAT IN THE HAT COMES BACK was our Thursday theme, so my boys shared their Ninja hat with me. Ninja is from Fort Nite, so it was a fun conversation piece for the older students. For some classroom fun, we broke animal crackers and put them back together to create wacky creatures, just like Dr. Seuss! As we made the connection to the famous Seuss hat, we also stacked red cups for some fine motor fun!
On fun Friday, we voted on our favorite Seuss books and wore our favorite hats. What a special week of fun and learning we had together!
I love that on my 14th year of celebrating the 100th Day of School, we tried something new! I have a new favorite and will forever have a teddy bear picnic on the 100th day! 👏🏼
Throughout January, we studied polar bears, brown bears, and hibernation, so wrapping it all up with Jan Brett books on the 100th day was the perfect closing to our winter units. ❤️
Here’s what we did: 🐻
-students brought favorite stuffed animals to snuggle at carpet time and to sit on their desks to watch them work during class time
-bear hats for morning work...BEARY Excited for the 100th Day! (Link to TPT store in bio)
-made a snack mix that included Teddy Grahams
-ate our special teddy bear snack mix in our teddy bear cave as we read and compared @janbrettauthor ‘s 3 Bears books
Oh so simple, but an oh so sweet day!! One little nugget even hugged her bag of teddy bear mix, saying it was “the best day ever!” Mission accomplished. 😍
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Our school implemented another "Rock Your School Day!" The theme was games, so we went with Candy Land!
Prior to the big day, students painted pieces of candy during fine motor time. When they arrived at school on the morning of Rock Your School Day, they were excited to see that the candy they had painted was a part of the decorations for our special day! Candy canes and coloring pages for our "Good Morning Job" got them excited to find out what other surprises were in store!
Is that a box of trash? Yes! It's the packaging material from Hobby Lobby! That's not how the kids saw it, though! ;) It's the Molasses Swamp, and the kids had a ball diving in the gooey swamp to sort beginning sound cards!
Who doesn't love bubble wrap?! Wait, is that more trash? Yes! Amazon packaging material this time! :D Do you see those little snowflakes hanging up above? The kids had created shape snowflakes during math class prior to Rock Your School Day, so we hung them up above the big blue "water" to create the Frosted Palace. Again, the kids were so excited to find that their art was a part of the scenery!
At morning meeting, students took turns walking on the "Icy Letter Path!" Letters were written on the bubbles, so students identified them just before stepping on them. While students waited for their turn, they got some fine motor practice in as they popped the little bubbles! Such simple fun!
Princess Lolly had her Lollipop Woods ready to go for math class. Students rolled a large die and then took a turn at tossing a bean bag on the matching numeral. It was an exciting way to practice number identification!
Over the summer, my father-in-law made this incredible house for our classroom! It has been SO much fun to decorate it for our ever-changing classroom themes. The Candy Castle has probably been the most favorite so far! The kids were so excited to point out the candies they had painted!
We used our castle as the ending point of our life-sized Candy Land game! Students were shown a letter card, and their job was to identify it. Once they did, they took turns rolling a die so we could continue to practice number identification. Then they practiced counting as they hopped the matching number of colored spaces. Ending at the Candy Castle was a sweet victory for all!
One of the most exciting parts of Rock Your School Day is seeing staff dressed for the occasion! Students were mesmerized by my pink hair and Candy Land leggings, both found on Amazon! A candy-themed JoJo Siwa bow found on the clearance rack at Meijer was a fun accessory to bring it all together!
The kids were a hoot as they popped their little faces in the gingerbread man for pictures! I always try to find a way to take individual pictures for Rock Your School Days so the kids have a way to remember all of the fun we had.
Rock Your School Days always fills my teacher heart. The kids commented about how awesome the day was at the end of the day, and I couldn't have agreed more! The activities were SO simple, and it makes me so happy to see that a little pretending is all it takes to keep little ones excited to learn!
We had a twist on the voting process this year. As we studied US symbols, we compared our language, foods of choice, and flag, to Germany. It was a concrete way for kids to understand our place on the map and differences across the globe. We had a lot of fun trying new foods and learned a lot, too!
Hi, and welcome to Krazy for Kindyland! I'm a mom of three and primary teacher since 2006. Crafting is my faaaaavorite, and it can become yours, too! Our products are #momfail free. Seriously! Just sample one of our FREE printables found right here in the FREEBIES for Families feature, and you'll see just how quickly you can become the crafty mom!
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