It’s that time of year again where pumpkins, bats, and sweet treats make their annual appearance! You can make it an even more memorable, fun, and great learning experience for your students with these great Halloween activities. These games, learning activities, and craft projects will help bring a little “spooky” fun to your classroom for the holiday. You can find them all in my Late Night Coffee Tpt store or click on the individual pictures below to take you to the product!
Need some easy Halloween decorations and tags that you can print to go along with your Halloween activities? Check out my digital designs from my Late Night Coffee on Etsy store! No need to run to the store for your fun Halloween items. Just print…..cut….and use! And best of all…you don’t need an Etsy account to buy items….you can check out as a guest!
As educators and homeschooling parents, we understand the important role kindergarten plays in shaping a child’s future. It is during these early years that children form the foundation of their academic, social, and emotional development. Including fun activities into the kindergarten curriculum can be a game-changer, as it not only sparks joy and laughter, but also offers a great deal of benefits that contribute to a well-rounded education.
Here are some great ideas for making learning in kindergarten an unforgettable and transformative experience!
Movement Activities: Kindergarten students are little bundles of energy! Incorporating movement activities into their daily routine allows them to channel this energy effectively. Physical play helps develop gross motor skills, balance, and coordination. It also actively promotes cognitive growth as the research shows a strong link between physical activity and memory/attention span.
Fine Motor Skills: Kindergarten is an important stage for developing fine motor skills, which are essential for tasks like writing, drawing, and self-care. Engaging in activities like finger-painting, cutting with scissors, lacing, and building with blocks helps children strengthen hand muscles and hand-eye coordination.
Character Building: Introducing character-building games cultivates a positive classroom culture and helps children build essential social skills. Activities like teamwork games, role-playing, and storytelling teach empathy, cooperation, and conflict resolution. When children develop strong emotional intelligence, they achieve a skill that important to their personal growth.
Academic Skills: Using hands-on activities helps to stimulate young minds and keeps learning exciting! The use of art and manipulatives can help younger children stay focused while learning new skills.
It is our responsiblity to create a stimulating and nurturing environment for our little learners. By including these activities into our daily routine with kindergarteners, we empower children with the skills and mindsets they need to thrive educationally and socially.
Bringing the power of play and movement will ensure that their foundational years are filled with joy, laughter, and growth!
Summer is a time for playing, relaxing, and having fun! It can also be a great time to reinforce learning skills or learn brand new ones! These fun summer activities for kids are a perfect way to do just that! Each activity is designed to keep children engaged with their learning while having a good time.
Project based learning activities are a great way to teach critical thinking skills, creativity, and learn about a new topic. Each of these activities are structured so you don’t have to do a lot of planning. They are also flexible if you need to adjust for your children. The ocean animal, space, rainforest, and restaurant projects are planned out for ten days of activities. That’s right….TEN DAYS! The bats activity has 5 days of activities. Perfect for summer school, camps, classrooms, or homeschooling!
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Practice reading skills with these reading games! The reading comprehension game lets children play a board game that asks the most important comprehension questions for any book or story. It’s a great way for a child to see what they have remembered while reading. The empathy game teaches children to think about examples of empathy in stories or books. It asks questions that can lead to great discussions about empathy.
You can find them here in my store or click on the photo below!
Fine motor skills are a great skill to reinforce over the summer! Younger children greatly benefit from using their fingers and hands in controlled ways. It helps with muscle coordination later when they begin to write letters and words. Lacing cards are perfect for not only fine motor skills, but also hand/eye coordination. The island fun pack has a lot of fun tropical-themed objects to cut out and use in easy crafts like gluing onto paper or making decorations.
You can find these in my store here or click on photo below!
Leave that gift bag on your kitchen table this morning? Want to take some cookies to the neighbor but don’t want to use a whipped cream bowl? Need an easy gift box for that gift your group is making today?
You have a nice gift…..but now you need a nice looking box!
Well, you are in luck because here’s a gift box that you can make in about 10 minutes! Seriously, the box pictured took me about ten minutes (minus the time spent taking the photos).
Here are the four things you will need:
Floral paper printable (You can find it in my Etsy store here) I printed on plain copy paper.
Small box (clean food box or small shipping box)
Directions (which can only be found on this website):
Cue “Mission Impossible” music.
Get your box. Cut it to the size you need or just use it if you like the size. For my saltine box…. I undid flaps, flattened it, cut it in half, and taped bottom flaps back together. If you are using a regular cardboard box, cutting the top flaps off will give you sturdy sides on the box for this quick project.
Print floral paper printable. The sheet is 11.5 inches across. You will need to measure around the outside the box you are going to use to know how many pieces to print. Yay math! I used a half of a saltine box and needed two sheets of it….just for reference. Cut out floral graphic from the rest of the white space on paper(s). You can be as concise or as “close enough!” as you want with this. I’m more of a “close enough” kind of person….especially in time crunches.
Next, place the floral graphic up to box. If it is too tall, cut off the bottom edge to desired height. You will want some of the floral part to go above the sides. Now, start gluing the paper around outside of box. If you can, crease the paper at edges for better fit. Glue, smooth, glue, smooth……..glue….smooth.
If you want a smoother transition on edges, crease the edge, add glue, and place other piece over it.
And VOILA!! You have your box! Now if you have time and some floral paper left over, you can glue a piece to the bottom. But really….who looks at the bottom of the box anyway? And besides….we are in a time crunch, people!
Now, if you are in a real pinch, you can use cut/shredded scrap paper, tissue paper, paper bag, or whatever you have that is convenient. Cut…..fluff…..and place in box. Put your gift or items in…and you are done! (Your items will probably be more “gift-like” than mine…although some people might actually appreciate a nice package of tuna) Give yourself a pat on the back and take a breath! You did it!
You can now turn off the “Mission Impossible” music.