Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6 and as hard as our kid’s teachers work they deserve a bit of appreciation!
I know that this time of year teachers start running low on supplies and many of them end up dipping into their own pocket to keep the classroom well stocked. A simple yet thoughtful gift would be a basket full of supplies to restock the classroom. I put together a simple basket that is practical and thoughtful and sure to bring a smile to any teachers face.
I chose to fill one of those collapsible baskets with items like paper towels, Clorox wipes, glue, tape, hand sanitizer, pencils and some cute notepads. I added a fun little printable that says “Thanks for Supplying Me With all the Knowledge I Need”
This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
My kids are snowglobe obsessed so I thought it would be fun to make some custom snowglobes with photos for them to enjoy. These Waterless Snowglobes are so easy even the crafting impaired can make them and they take hardly any time at all.
Choose your favorite photo, I recommend a seasonal one. I used photos from cutting down our Christmas tree but a Santa visit would work great too. Using the HP Snapshots app quickly and easily print your photo from your phone. Then trim your photo to fit in your jar and give it more interest. Next peel of the back so it is sticky and add some hot glue to make sure it really sticks well on the curves. Hot glue your figurines to the base and once cool pour fake snow into the mason jar. Screw on the lid and voila an adorable waterless snowglobe!
Growing up we lived in a neighborhood that was known for it’s haunted houses and great Halloween parties, my mom threw one of those parties. One treat that she made has always stuck with me and this year I recreated it for my kids. These fun creepy hands Halloween treats are filled with candy corn, Twizzler Pull-n-Peel and popcorn, all in a food safe glove.
Creepy Hands Halloween Treat
candy corns ( the autumn kind with brown tips)
food safe gloves
Twizzler Pull-n-Peel in cherry
Pop the popcorn and pull apart the Twizzlers so they are in individual strips. Drop a candy corn into each finger to act as the fingernail. Then fill the gloves with popcorn, be sure to push down into each finger. Slide individual Twizzler strips into the glove, down the fingers to recreate the veins. Tie off the glove.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Coolabi. All opinions are my own
This summer my kids have really been enjoying creative play with stuffed animals. They have bringing to life a world of creative play using shoe boxes, duct tape, tulle, beads and really anything they can get their hands on. Duct tape has been a favorite way to cover and decorate anything they can find from shoe boxes to lids. My oldest daughter took the lid of a shoe box and covered it in colored duct tape. Then she covered jar lids in duct tape. Afterwards she cut holes and set the jar lids in small holes in the box creating a dog dish for her puppy dog, so cute and so creative.
Another one of my daughters took duct tape, beads and string and made a dog collar. She folded over the duct tape so it isn’t sticky at all and used extra pieces to hook the beaded accents onto the dog collar. I love watching my girls tackle a new idea as they create this whole imaginative world for their stuffed animals.
Nurturing creative play in kids is so important and what better time to embrace boredom and the creativity it inspires than summer! Sometimes our kids need down time after all the business of summer outdoor play so check out Poppy Cat a fun and creative and adventure-filled preschool series on Sprout that encourages imaginative play. If your kids need more inspiration the Poppy Cat Facebook and Pinterest page have games, coloring sheet, art activities so be sure to follow them both.
Poppy Cat episodes air 7 days a week at 7:00 pm on Sprout. The series also airs Saturday mornings on the NBC Kids block, which is programmed by Sprout.
Those dreaded words that make every parent cringe. This summer when my kids utter the dreaded B word I will present them with 2 options. That’s right I will hold back my sigh and announce “you may clean or you may go to the punch board”.
Allow me to explain…..
My kids and I came up with a list of fun and creative activities to do this summer. Then we took each one and wrote it on a piece of paper and we created a punch board. Our punch board was super easy to make and much like on the Price is Right each punch hole has a surprise inside, in our case an activity idea or a boredom buster! I decided to make it refillable so we could do it all summer long, as I am sure you can imagine the all wanted to punch out a spot right away. This punch board is super easy to make and even the crafting challenged like me can do it, here’s how.
How to make a punch board
trifold cardboard display board
red solo cups
tissue paper cut into 16 squares
paint and stickers for decorations
Trace the red solo cups on the trifold board.
Cut out the circles just inside the line
Place your boredom buster ideas inside the cup
place one sheet of tissue paper over cup and secure with rubber band
Decorate your board
Insert cups in slots
Need ideas for inside your punch board cups? Here are our summer boredom buster ideas!