Halloween Activities for Students

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!

Have a very happy Halloween!

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!

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Fun Kindergarten Activities for Teachers

Fun Kindergarten Activities

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Here are some fun kindergarten activities you can find in my Teachers Pay Teachers store! Just click on link or photos below!

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Kindergarten Movement Game – Farm Theme

Here’s a fun kindergarten movement game to help get those “wiggles” out! It’s a great way to introduce a farm unit or incorporate movement into the day.

Find a large area, make a circle with the students, and tell them to pretend they are on a farm.

Here are some farm-themed movement ideas:

Look around at all the animals and plants! (Have students look around and “see” the different animals and plants from they are standing.)

Feed the chickens (Throw the grain and alternate holding the bag of grain between right and left hands.)

Pick some fruit (Reach up and pick fruit and put it in a crate.)

Pick dandelion flowers (Pick the flower and blow the seeds. Watch the seeds float.)

Run to the barn (Run in place to barn.)

Feed a horse a carrot in the barn. (Hold carrot gently and stand on tiptoes to feed horse)

Plant some lettuce in a garden. (Dig a hole, put seeds in, and put dirt over the top. Water the seeds.)

Give a cow some water (Fill bucket with water. Walk with heavy bucket. Set bucket down carefully in front of cow.)

Pick some weeds in the garden (Pick weeds and put in pile. Be careful not to step on plants!)

Walk to the house and climb up the steps to the porch. Drink some fresh lemonade. (Walk, step, and pretend to drink.)

Add your own fun ideas to this kindergarten movement game or have the children come up with some. Its a great brain-break and a fun way to use imaginations!

Doing a unit on farms? Here are some fun activities that have a farm theme! You can find them in my Late Night Coffee store on TpT. Just click on link or pictures below!

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Fun Summer Activities for Kids!

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.

You can find all of these activities in my Late Night Coffee store on Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT)!

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!

Click here to find these in my store or click on picture below!

Project Based Learning Activity
Late Night Coffee Project Based Learning Activities

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!

Having a fun time and learning skills are a great combination with these fun summer activities for kids!

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QUICK and Easy Gift Box for Last Minute Gifts

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:

  1. Floral paper printable (You can find it in my Etsy store here) I printed on plain copy paper.
  2. Small box (clean food box or small shipping box)
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue
Materials needed

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.

You can get this floral paper and another floral design here in my Late Night Coffee store on Etsy!

You can click on photos below to see these designs in my store!

Like DIY crafts? Visit my DIY Vintage Style Rabbit post for another spring craft!

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Lacing Cards-Fine Motor Skills-Dresses

You can find these lacing cards in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and in my Late Night Coffee store on Etsy!

Lacing Cards-Fine Motor Skills-Dresses


DRESS LACING CARDS 
Do you have a young or older person that could use some fun practice with fine-motor skills? 
These dress lacing cards are a great activity that enhances that skill while promoting the joy of“sewing”!
 Ideas for use: 
Preschool/Kindergarten/Primary Grades 
Homeschool 
Children’s clubs/Organization Activity 
Birthday Party 
Winter/Summer Break Activity 
Car Trips/Errands 
Nursing Home/Assisted Living Activity
 
This PDF file includes: 
6 pages of different colored dresses sized 5” x 5” (two of same color on each page) 
6 pages of different colored dresses sized 7” x 6.25” (one on page) 
Instruction sheet with visuals 
Cover
 
SIMPLY: 
*Print out page(s) on white cardstock (Optional: Laminate for multi-use and durability) 
*Cut out the dress using the dashed line guides 
*Punch out marked holes with a hole puncher 
*Cut ribbon, yarn, or a shoestring to size and add masking tape at ends……and begin lacing! 
Please note: The colors on your printing may differ slightly from your monitor screen due to printer/monitor settings.

You can also find these stuffed animal themed lacing cards in my Late Night Coffee store on Etsy and my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

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Coconut Tree Paper Craft Printable

Coconut Tree Paper Craft Printable

This paper craft is perfect for your next tropical themed lesson!

You supply the glue, scissors, and cardboard tube and the rest is supplied in the graphics!

This paper craft comes with BOTH colored and black & white versions of the following graphics:

Coconut tree trunk texture
Large and smaller palm leaves
Coconuts

Easy instructions included with example photo of tree.

Palm leaves are a solid leaf graphic for ease in cutting. Simply cut slits into leaves to create a palm style leaf.

Tree measures approximately 12″ when complete, although it can be created to make shorter ones too!

This project can be made on copy paper or cardstock.

This coconut tree paper craft is a great activity for individuals, small groups, whole classrooms, and homeschooling!

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Island Fun Packet-Tropical Flowers, Leaves,Shells for Paper Craft Activities

Island Fun Packet-Tropical Flowers, Leaves,Shells for Paper Craft Activities

Bring the tropics into your classroom with this fun packet!

This 10 page packet includes:
1 sheet of tropical flower chains (2)
1 sheet of smaller tropical flower chains (4)
1 sheet of individual tropical flowers (10)
1 sheet of individual smaller tropical flowers (27)
1 sheet of large tropical leaves (2)
1 sheet of smaller tropical leaves (8)
1 sheet of thin tropical leaves (5)
1 sheet of smaller thin tropical leaves (15)
1 sheet of seashells and starfish (6)
1 sheet of smaller seashells and starfish (12)

Perfect for tropical paper crafts like:
Leis
Headbands
Bracelets
Frames
Bulletin boards
Decorations
Social Studies Projects
Name Tags
Desk Tags
Cards
Library Displays
And more!

Please note: These graphics have more of an “illustration” look rather than a photograph.

For simplicity in cutting, there are no “palm leaves” in this packet. If your student desires a palm-style leaf, simply cut slits or thin triangles into the solid leaves.

This packet is made for color printing.

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