FREE Pumpkin Template To Decorate!

Simple crafts where I don't have to do a TON of prep?! Sign me up! All you have to do is print out this pumpkin template and laminate! Your kids/students can decorate their pumpkin over and over again! Use dry erase markers and wipe off OR use puff paint, let dry and peel off!

Pull up a chair....the download is on me! 😉

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Pumpkin Template

*Wanna know the best way for you guys to share my fun activities/games and FREEBIES? Feel free to share the blog link with friends so they can come join our creative party and download a pdf for themselves. 😊

FREE Place Value Activity Printable!

Super simple activity to strengthen your child’s understanding of place value. Also can be used to practice writing numbers in standard and extended form.

*Download using link below pic

Activity:

Have child roll dice to create a number. If you are only teaching up to the tens place, have them roll twice (up to hundreds, roll 3 times), etc. After they write down their number, have them say their number out loud (practice: reading numbers), then write them in expanded form on the second sheet.

A few extra ways to use these sheets: write a number in expanded form and have your child fill them in the correct spot on their Place Value Mat.

Place Value Battle: Say a number (out loud) and have two or more players write the number down in their correct spot on the Place Value Mat and then break the number down in expanded form. First player to finish first (with the correct answer) WINS!

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Place Value Mat

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Recipe: "Boo-Berry" Green Tea!

This green tea recipe is a great addition to any Fall party!

 Perfect for parties!

Ingredients:

8 cups of water 

6 green tea bags

2 cups blueberries (I used frozen from Trader Joe's)

1 cup sugar (or desired sweetener)

Ice (optional) 

Makes 2 quarts.

Add 2 cups of water and blueberries to a pot and boil for about 15 minutes. Try to avoid blueberries getting too mushy because it will be harder to strain. Once done, strain liquid into a container. Add tea bags and sugar. Let steep for about 10 minutes (longer if you desire a stronger taste). Pour remaining cups of water (6) in pitcher. Place in fridge or freezer until cold. Pour over ice or enjoy as is! 

Jars: I used regular glass jars and glued cotton balls to the top (pulled cotton apart before applying). Then, I just glued the googly eyes on and let dry. Paper cups would be a great alternative….especially for a party (easy clean up….trash and go…lol!)


Have any Halloween projects planned?

"10 AMAZING African American Scientists" Packet (FREE Download)

School is HERE...WOW! This summer break was much needed and we FULLY enjoyed the time off. But, back to work we go! So, that means plenty of FREE and low priced downloads from me : ) 

Here's a packet I created for my boys. It can be used to support a Science and History study. I will break them down into weeks....meaning, one person/scientist a week (which translates into 10 weeks) And since we operate on a 5 weeks on and one week off schedule, this packet will take us all the way to mid-November. 

Click the link below to download (FREE)

Templates are BLANK, with names given (See example pic below)

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Science and History

In one packet!

Misty Copeland FREE Packet Download

*This post contains Affiliate links from Amazon.

Slowly adding more of my book reviews, activities, crafts and reports to the blog....very slowly...lol.

This packet is based on the book: "When I Grow Up: Misty Copeland" a Scholastic Book (Level 3)

Make sure you scroll all the way down. I added a list of GREAT books that are ALL about ballet!

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Included in this download:

Cover page

"What I Like About Ballet" wksht

Flashcards

Bookmark

Door Sign

If you wanted to create a "Theme Basket" or grab a few books that cater to different grade levels, check out these other Misty Copeland  and ballet inspired books. I am so excited to dive into ALL of these! Of course, I will share any and all printables I create, with you guys! 😄

"Firebird" by Misty Copeland

"You Should Meet: Misty Copeland"

"Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan To Dancer"

"Misty Copeland: Life In Motion"(Young Readers)

"Misty Copeland: Life In Motion" (NYT Best Seller)

"Taking Flight: From War Orphan To Ballerina" Story of Michaela DePrince

First Position (DVD)

"Dancing In The Wings" by Debbie Allen

"Sugar Plum Ballerinas" by Whoopie Goldberg

There's so many more books, movies, coloring books and things you could add to your "Ballet Basket" or display for your little readers (or the whole family) to dive into. If you have any you would like to share, feel free to comment below! 

"Ocean Finds" FREE Printable!

Who's ready to hit the beach?! Here in Florida, we pretty much go to the beach all year round. But, I know the kiddies are out of school and the weather is warming up. So, lots of beach trips are being planned, I bet! With trips, comes the long commute and with that commute comes the dreaded "Are we therrrrre yetttt????" (said no less than a million and one times). I know the feeling all too well (especially because Florida travel is insane...from one place to the next). Best advice I can give STOCK UP ON BUSY BAGS! Basically, a basket or bookbag of travel games, notebooks, toys and things...to keep them busy. As always, I'm right there to hook you up with cute freebies for your little ones. Here's a simple printable that the kids can use to either draw ocean animals on or use ocean animal stickers.

You can also draw what you find on an awesome scuba diving trip 💗 

Grab the link below the pic!

 Print on cardstock paper and/or laminate for a sturdier reusable activity! 

Print on cardstock paper and/or laminate for a sturdier reusable activity! 

Affiliate link for foam stickers(Amazon)

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"Butterfly Mask" Craft

Going through all of my photos and realized I didn't post my "Butterfly Mask" craft. I'll be doing another one with the kids, soon!

Here ya go: 

 Supplies: All supplies purchased from Michael's Craft Store Cardboard butterfly mask Acrylic paint Gems Glitter Glue Paintbrush

Supplies:
All supplies purchased from Michael's Craft Store
Cardboard butterfly mask
Acrylic paint
Gems
Glitter
Glue
Paintbrush

 Painted mask and let dry Added glitter around the edges and let dry I also decided to layer the glitter on the edges. I used the fine glitter as the base and then added the larger heart shaped glitter to the top (See pic below)

Painted mask and let dry
Added glitter around the edges and let dry
I also decided to layer the glitter on the edges. I used the fine glitter as the base and then added the larger heart shaped glitter to the top (See pic below)

 Added designs using drops of glue and glitter Added gems  This craft is PERFECT for a birthday party! Nothing like making your own party favors! ~Fin~ 

Added designs using drops of glue and glitter
Added gems

This craft is PERFECT for a birthday party! Nothing like making your own party favors!
~Fin~ 

Book Review: ABC Press Book Series

Welp....this post is about 7 months late...lol! My life *shrugs* So, I found this great book series at Barnes and Noble last year, by ABC Press Books. The books are based on sight words (POWER words in the book) and has pictures to coincide with the words. My son, despite being a kid that has the vocabulary of a middle aged man (yeah....seriously, this kid has been here before), struggles to read. Before these books, I would make each story book for him, using the words we were practicing that month. While I enjoy making them, it is TIME CONSUMING and since I have vowed to limit my coffee intake to one cup a day (don't laugh....baby steps...lol!), I simply can NOT add anything else to my plate. A sister is FULL! Here's a few things I LOVE about the books:

 

I'm digging these books because:

Each book is based on sight words.

The list of sight words (POWER words) are found in the back of each book.

The pictures coincide with the words on every page, helping the child figure out unfamiliar words.

My son can now grab a book off the shelf and read alone during quiet time (before, I would have to read with him). 💖

Each book is based on real facts.

Book information:

ABC Press Books

Purchased from: Barnes and Noble (kid section)

Price: $5.99 each

 Books pictured:  See the Cactus Penguin Baby Hippos Eat The Polar Bear The Chocolate Tree

Books pictured:
 See the Cactus
Penguin Baby
Hippos Eat
The Polar Bear
The Chocolate Tree

  Power words

Power words

My Top 5 Favorite Places To Score STE(A)M Items!

Two boys....nonstop playing! I guess that's the main reason why the majority of our school work includes games, activities and/or building something....ALWAYS! One of our favorite things to do is build cars and robots...any kind, any size. And they don't have to be elaborate or expensive....just fun! Here's a list of my "go to" places for cool building kits/items:

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Five Below

Solar-bot (pictured)

Number one (and definitely my favorite) Five Below! Not sure of how many stores they have in the US but I know they have them in NJ (where we used to live) and FL (we have to travel a bit further to get there but definitely worth it.) They have TONS of kits, crafts and supplies! I've scored solor bots, spider bots, race cars and alot of other cool supplies.

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Amazon

Battery Operated Car (pictured)

I mean....what list DOESN'T include Amazon? Pretty sure everyone knows all of the great items you can score on Amazon. I purchase LOADS of STEAM supplies and kits from them. We tried our hand at a battery operated car (very simple model) a few months ago and it was a SUCCESS! Amazon now has a monthly STEAM subscription where you can get one cool project per month. If your kids are into building, it may be worth a try!

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Barnes & Noble

"Build a car" kit (pictured)

I'm still not a fan of B&N having toys in their stores  (too much of a distraction for the boys) BUT I do love the cool kits they have. They can cost a pretty penny so be sure to check out the clearance section. That's my first stop when I go! I usually score some cool "build a car" kits, legos, blocks and drawing supplies.

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The Learning Express

Zoobs (pictured)

Ok...I'll confess....I am GUILTY of buying ALL of the boys' Christmas gifts from this store! (Thankfully, their aunty and grandmothers came through with the "cool" toys....lol). I just couldn't help myself! They have SO many learning toys! I've purchased fidget tools, puzzles, building kits, educational books, legos and then some. Not sure if they have many locations but if you do happen to have one close by GO....NOW! (Well, not right now...but soon 😉). They even have FREE gift wrapping!!! I know!!!! Amazing, right?!

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YouTube

Rubberband powered car (pictured)

So, this is technically a store BUT YouTube is filled with videos that can give you great ideas/projects to do! Just type in "Simple STEM projects" or something similar, and I'm pretty sure you'll have enough to do for weeks! We like the cool Science experiments for kids, art tutorial videos (Art for Kids Hub is our fave) and simple household supply projects. Check out this cool rubberband powered car we made!

*Honorable mentions (more on the art side of things): Michael's, Joann's and A.C. Moore. I'm a crafter so we are literally in one of these stores at LEAST once a week! Tons of arts and craft kits/ideas and classes!

What's your favorite spots to score great STEAM items? Feel free to share! We love adding great places to our list!

"Summer Bucket List" Craft

Summer time is quickly approaching and I know there's LOTS of family activities being planned/discussed. This activity is PERFECT to get your kids involved in the planning. Have your kids decorate a beach pail and drop some of their own Summer suggestions/activities/vacations in the bucket. Here's how we did ours:

What You'll Need:

Beach Pails/Buckets (purchased from the Dollar Tree)

Foam Stickers (purchase info and links below)

"Summer Bucket List" Printable (FREE download below)

Foam Stickers

FREE "Summer Bucket List" PRINTABLE!

Decorate your bucket using your favorite stickers, fill out your list and place them in the bucket! Don't forget to check off the things you've done and capture great moments together!