Kwanzaa Activity Packet

Habari Gani?!

Kwanzaa is near! We’re getting prepared to celebrate and uphold the principles with family and friends! Are you ready? Download my fun and informative packet below. Yup…it’s FREE!!

Enjoy the updated version!

I also recommend a great Kwanzaa book below! It does an excellent job of teaching children about Kwanzaa and the possible ways to celebrate.

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Habari Gani?!

FREE Kwanzaa activity packet!

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FREE Gingerbread Man Template!

Nothing to it but to download, laminate and decorate!

You can use puff paint, foam stickers or window decals for this fun holiday activity! *

When puff paint dries, you can peel it off and decorate again and again!

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Decorate Me!

Download using link below!

Christmas Crafts: Salt Dough Ornaments

Finally finished our salt dough ornaments! The boys really enjoyed making them. There’s a few things I will do differently next year (or the next time around…in a week or so).


Mix: 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of cinnamon, 1 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of warm water.

Other supplies: cookie cutters, wax paper, puff paint, glue or glaze, ribbon.

Mix all ingredients ( flour, cinnamon, salt and water) together…using your hands (much easier)

(There’s probably a million and one salt dough recipes online, if you are partial to any of them, I say go ahead and use it. :)

After mixing dough, roll out using a bottle or rolling pin coated in flour (working on wax paper.

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Separate dough into 2 or three parts (makes it easier to work with and separate among children). Now, use your cookie cutters. Make sure you don’t roll the dough too thin or the ornaments will break when dry (personal note…lol). The best ones are about 1/4 inch thick. Use a straw to poke a hole in the ornaments.

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Let dough dry for 2 or three days. I heard you can also bake them at 250 for about an hour but I never tried it.

Once dry…..decorate with your puff paint (or whatever paint you choose). When paint dries, glaze with glue or mod podge. (Personal note: Next time we won’t lay our glue on so thick…yikes!

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To hang, we used twine. You can use whatever works for you: ribbon, twin, string, pipecleaners, etc.

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If you give this project a try, don’t forget to tag us: @creativecrushstudio and/or @creativehomeschool :)

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


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


Recipe: "Boo-Berry" Green Tea!

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

 Perfect for parties!


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

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



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 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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