9 Recycled Mother’s Day Crafts

mother's day craftMother’s Day crafts don’t have to be elaborate they just have to be made from the heart. These crafts also take Mother Nature to heart and are made with one of more recycled material like scrap paper, old books, even those little plugs from milk and juice cartons.

Recycled Picture Frame
Book Order Bead Necklace
Love Bomb
Recycled Vase
Napkin Rings
Toddler Made Recycled Necklace
Newspaper and Button Flowers
Milk Plug Ring
Recycled Paper Hearts

10 Mural Projects For Kids

10 mural projects for kidsMaking a mural is a great opportunity for learning, especially cooperative learning. When I was teaching PreK I had a very spirited class and although I made many missteps as a new teacher one thing I did well was to encourage cooperative art projects when bad behaviors started popping up. Murals aren’t only great for making kids work together they are also wonderful for long term projects, getting up from the table to learn and encouraging kids to use proper hand form for writing while writing and drawing on vertical surfaces. Each of these mural projects have other more specific learning goals like shape recognition, counting and fine motor skills but the emphasis is always on fun.

Spring Garden Mural
Math Around The House Mural
Flower Petal Sticky Wall
Heart Rainbow Mural
Letter Flowers Sticky Wall
Jar Lid Match Mural
Peel & Pick Apple Tree
Alphabet Wall Mural
Ocean Shapes Mural
Christmas Tree Sticky Wall

11 Shaving Cream Art Ideas

shaving cream art project ideas for kidsShaving cream may not seem like a craft material but it’s a great thing to have on hand for homemade puffy paint , sensory exploration, even math! I gathered all our activities that use shaving cream in one spot for quick reference.

Puffy Paint Earth
Puffy Paint Moon
Shaving Cream Fireworks
Puffy Paint Clouds
No Mess Color Mixing
Puffy Paint Ghost
Monster Muck Sensory Play
Puffy Paint Fish
Shaving Cream Shamrock
Cheese Ball Math
Puffy Paint Chocolate Chip Cookie

15 Nature Activities For Kids

earth dayI don’t want to jinx it but we have been outside in the sun everyday for a week! In honor of our re-connection with nature I thought I would round up some of our favorite nature activities for kids in one handy place. I hope that no matter where you live that mother nature lets you get outside to explore these nature activities with your kids soon!

Beach In A Jar
Sticky Window Garden
Not A Stick Story & Activity
Painting With Nature
Backyard Photo Safari
Shell Sorting
Bird & Stick Collage
Find & Count Bug Hunt
Painting Outside
Sound Safari
Mud Soup
Shell Frame
Nature Color Hunt
Acorn Collage
Investigating Nature

15 Fun Writing Activities For Kids

15 writing activities for kidsTeaching kids how to write doesn’t have to be all about repetition. There is absolutely a time and a place for that while learning to form specific letters but these writing activities are less structured, more creative and a good compliment to the drill that comes with learning to write.  Some of these activities are drawing which is often the key to making practice fun . Let them draw , encourage them to draw and provide tools for them to draw as much as possible. Many kids who aren’t fans of writing aren’t as unhappy with drawing so use that as your door to making them love writing too.

Letter Rainbowing
Dry Erase Mazes
Count & Write Fire Trucks
Mini Chalkboards
Name Bugs
Kid Designed Valentine’s
Write and Trace Place Mats
Sandpaper Letter Tracing
Counting Around The House
Fill In The Blank Stories
Art Cards
Journal Writing For Pre-Writers
Heart Chalk Boards
Dry Erase Doodle Mats
Catalog Drawing Prompts

For more writing ideas do not miss our Reading & Writing Readiness board on Pinterest. Along with other bloggers I share my favorite reading and writing ideas from all around the web.