Thursday, January 19, 2017

Strawberry Valentine’s Day Treats for the Classroom

 

Strawberry Parfait

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Ingredients needed:

  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Strawberries

Directions: Buy vanilla and a “pink” yogurt, like strawberry or raspberry, and layer the yogurt with granola and fresh cut strawberries or raspberries. Use Greek yogurt for an added protein punch. Layer your ingredients in a clear cup and if you want to get extra fancy, sprinkle some Valentine’s sprinkles on top and add a heart on a toothpick.

 

Yogurt Bites

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Ingredients needed:

  • Organic Greek vanilla yogurt*
  • Organic fresh ripe strawberries
  • Quantities of each depend on the amount of strawberries you prepare.
    * If you want to go dairy free, alternatives include your favorite nut butter or even coconut butter.


    Directions: Slice strawberries in half. Spoon Greek yogurt onto a shallow dish and dip the strawberries in the yogurt. Place dipped strawberries in a plastic container lined with parchment paper and freeze.

 

Strawberry Shish Kebab

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Ingredients needed:

  • Strawberries
  • Seedless Grapes

Directions: Using a small heart cookie cutter cut the center of the strawberry. Once you have your strawberries cut into hearts, add them to your skewer. Put them on the skewer starting with the strawberry heart first, then a grape, then another heart and continue with this pattern until the skewer is full.

 

Groundhogs Day Craft

 

 

Items needed: a empty toilet paper roll, white/brown/green construction paper, a black sharpie, scissors, popsicle stick and glue.

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1.Start by cutting a big heart out of brown paper for the face, as well as two ears. Then cut a tiny white heart for the groundhog’s teeth and two oval eyes.

2. Glue the pieces on like the photo above.

3.Grab a black sharpie to draw a heart nose, six whiskers and pupils on the eyes.

4.Tape the groundhog to a popsicle stick,

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5.Next you will need a recycled toilet paper roll and a thin piece of green paper. Glue the green strip of paper around the top of the tp tube about an inch down. Have the kids use scissors and cut slits all around the paper to make green grass.

6. Add the Groundhog to the center of the tube and let the children move him up and down

Will the Groundhog see his shadow this year?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Daycare Keepsake Handprints Frames

 

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How to make a handprint frame:

  1. Follow the instructions for the Crayola air dry clay 
  2. Flatten your clay until its about 1cm thick. 
  3. Press your child's hand into the salt dough.
  4. Carefully cut around the handprint with a sharp knife. 
  5. Cut a heart shape out of the handprint using a heart biscuit cutter or a cookie cutter.
  6. Leave your clay to dry. You can leave it in a warm room for a couple of days (there should be instructions on how long the clay takes to dry).
  7. Once the Clay is completely dry, paint your handprint frame if you wish. Seal your creation using mod podge all in one glue and sealer (This is important if you want your keepsake frame to last).
  8. Glue a small photograph behind the heart cut out. 
  9. You might want to glue on a picture hook if you want to hang your photo frames up or add a strong magnet if you want them to go on your fridge.

This is a great keepsake for parents to enjoy throughout the years!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Loving Tree

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What you will need: Assorted colors of Construction Paper, Glue, Scissors, Pencil and a Crafty Little Hand

Grab a piece of brown construction paper, place the Childs hand in the middle of the page. Trace the hand and the arm creating a tree. When cutting the hand out, You need to cut a base that can be wrapped around and connected to itself. So the tree will stand up on its own, not having to balance on another object.

Leaving the cutout hand and base flat, have small squares cut out in every color of construction paper available. Fold the squares in half and show the kids how to cut a heart. Unfold the cut teardrop shape and glue the hearts to the branches of the tree (fingers).

On the base, you can cut two slits opposite of one another so the base can connect to itself or you can staple it together.

With white construction paper, add a special note to mom or dad and glue it to the base of the front of your tree.

Let’s see how crafty those hands can be this Valentine’s day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pocket Chart tips and tricks on organizing a classroom

 

Not only are Pocket Charts helpful for teaching …they are amazing at keeping the classroom organized. Here are a few ways teachers have used our pocket charts to organize their Classrooms!

 

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These Teachers use their Pocket Charts to help represent who is in which Station/center and the station/centers task are. The Teacher on the right keeps the task/items for that station in the corresponding bins below.

 

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Do you have a student that missed a day? What a better to keep track of what all they might have missed and have to make up. You already have that days assignments printed off for the students to grab and take home and work on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using a larger Pocket Chart You can create a mail center for your students. Where they can feel comfortable asking/telling you something they are nervous about discussing in front of others. They can ask you a question about something that was discussed in the class prior, that they would like you to go over more. Your students can turn things into you through the mail center and you can leave them stickers or a new pencil for class. The mail center is great for so many reasons!

 

 

 

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Bulletin Boards are not just to display artwork or to add a bit of color. They are a perfect place to add small pocket charts. These teachers used theirs to help display vocabulary words of the week, paperwork for their kids to get while reading their books during quite time and so much more.

 

 

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These Job Responsibility Chart are a different type of pocket chart for teachers to make. Using Terrific Pockets you can create a chart just like these. There are many different Terrific pocket designs to choose from to fit your classroom needs and classroom themes. You can use popsicle sticks with the child’s name on it to represent what their job/Responsibility of the week is.

 

 

Helpful Tools to use with Pocket Charts:

 

Sight Words Card Set  $11.42ea

You can use these inexpensive pocket chart card sets even without a pocket chart. Take the Alphabet-Letter set, for example. You get 126 double-sided cards 3" square laminated stock. Cards have uppercase letters on one side and lowercase on the other. Consonants are in blue, vowels in red. Some of the vowels are even marked with a line or breve to indicate whether they should be long or short sounds. You can use these for flashcards, matching, memory games, word-building, making word families. The Children are going to love these activities. 

 

 

Story Sequencing Wall Pocket Chart $11.42 / EA

This set challenges children in a fun and colorful manner by providing real-life sequences to tell a story. Younger children can work with the picture sequences, while older ones can learn to recognize objects in the picture and match them to words in a story sentence. With this set, children will improve their vocabulary and verbal communication skills as well as learn how to order events and sort with logical thinking.

 

 

 

Math Flash Cards $3.93 / EA

2 in. x 2 in. White Cards
Numbered 1-100
Great for Pocket Charts

 

Fun Pocket Chart Math Games for Students

With the right tools, even math can turn into an exciting learning experience for your kids.

Go on a number hunt with young children.
Hide number flash cards around the classroom, and have the class search them out.
When all the numbers are found, see if they can put them in the correct numerical order.

Older kids will enjoy games such as What Comes Next, in which they have to complete a number sequence, or relay race problem solving.

 

Got your Pocket Chart yet??

Click the link below to fulfill all of your Pocket Chart Needs: 

Pocket Charts & Accessories

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Spruce up the classroom in the new year!

 

The perfect carpet becomes a focal point for the classroom and a comfy place for kids to gather for instruction. Classroom carpets are not just for little ones, either. 5th graders love to spread out on the carpet for independent reading or learning games. Carpets are a great way to transform any classroom! They add color and comfort instantly. Perfect for keeping current carpets in mint condition. Carpets come in multiple sizes to fit your needs. 

In the words of one teacher "Comfy, colorful, carpets create a classroom community, a place where children can sit, listen, talk and build connections. In kindergarten, the carpets are learning areas where children learn alone or with friends. A classroom without a carpet is like a bed without a pillow, not quite comfy enough."

Calming Circles Carpet: $127.46 EA*

 

These Alphabet rugs are perfectly designed for any classroom setting. Their colorful and simple theme helps students learn the lowercase & uppercase alphabet during Circle time, Story time or other group activities.

 

Owl-phabet Tree Carpet $127.46 EA*

Sequential seating $127.46 EA*

 

Carpet Square Kits are great for any classroom. They come in Alphabet, Numbers and Shapes.  These carpet kits are easy to use and easy to store. When you are not using them for educational purposes, use them as individual seats on the floor for each child.

 

Toddler Alphabet Blocks kit nature $144.46 EA Set*

(set of 26 squares)

Alphabet blocks primary $144.46 ea set*

(set of 26 squares)

 

Teachers Love carpets just as much as the kids do!! see how they used these carpets in their classrooms:

Alyssa Gagnier shared, “I do ALL my teaching from my carpet and cannot imagine teaching in a classroom without one. I find students are more attentive when sitting at the carpet because of their close proximity to the teacher. I like sitting around my carpet with my students to share ideas and talk about our day. A carpet is an essential in any classroom!” 

Shellie Leveratt wrote, “Community gathering place! Comfy reading place!! Students sit in pairs, not assigned spots, but partner arrangement helps with management. I love that I can see each student’s face!”

Jolene Maynard explained, “I teach grades 2-5 in a Christian School and I use the rug for centers, independent quiet reading or work, listening to tapes or cd's, cooperative buddy work, and we even do calendar and Bible devotionals on the rug, as well as reviewing group concepts or doing a read aloud.  It also helps students to get a chance to change locations throughout the day instead of sitting at their seats or a table for the whole day.”

To find more carpet designs follow this link: http://www.purefunsupply.com/Daycare-Floor-Carpets-s/420.htm

 

*All prices are subject to change.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Storage Cabinets Galore

 

It’s Never too late or too early to organize the classroom! We have plenty of  storage cabinets to help organize your classroom and keep a tidy room for all to enjoy!

  • Our sturdy Birch laminate Gratnell storage cabinets come complete with 9,12 or 15 clear storage trays.
  • The trays make it easy for kids to pull them out and put them back; the rigid plastic stands up to years of hard use.
  • The trays are stackable during playtime and then store easily in our beautiful storage cabinets - fitted with castors so they easily and conveniently go anywhere.

9 Tray Storage Cabinet- 17.5in. x 40.5 in. x 24.5 in.

Our Price: $459.99 / EA*

Truck from NH.
GreenGuard certified.
Made in USA.
Lifetime Warranty.

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12 Tray Storage Cabinet- 17.5 in. x 40.5in. x 31.5 in.

Our Price: 499.99/ EA*

Truck from NH.
GreenGuard certified.
Made in USA.
Lifetime Warranty.

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15 Tray Storage Cabinet – 17.5 in. x 40.5 in. x 39 in.

Our Price: $559.99/EA*

Truck from NH.
GreenGuard certified.
Made in USA.
Lifetime Warranty

 

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For those needing only trays not storage cabinets:

Gratnell clear shallow tray- 17 in. x 12.5 in. x 3in.

our price : $6.26/ EA*

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Gratnell Clear plastic tray- 13 in. x 10.5 in. x 5in.

our price: $9.59/ EA*

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Medium Gratnell Tray- 17in. x 12.5 in. x 6 in.

our price: $12.33/ EA *

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*All Prices are subject to change.

Nice and tidy rooms help mold creative minds!!

Follow this link to find more storage options to fit your classrooms needs: http://www.purefunsupply.com/Daycare-Toy-Storage-s/438.htm

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Graham Cracker House


 

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Items needed:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Favorite gummy candies (gumdrops, sour patch kids, Swedish fish)
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini m&m’s
  • Marshmallows
  • Teddy Grahams 
  • Melting Chocolate/icing
  • Plates

Each child should get two full-size graham crackers per house. The Graham cracker should be broken into halves, creating 4 pieces for the children to use and create their house.(2 pieces will be for the foundation of the house and the remaining 2 pieces will be for the roof of the house.)

Creating the foundation to the house, Grab your icing/melted chocolate and 2 pieces of the graham cracker. You will want to add your icing/chocolate to the top of each of these. then stack them on top of one another with the frosting facing up on both. (The icing/ melted chocolate will act as the “glue” to keep the house together.)On the top piece of the frosted foundation have the children decorate it. adding one of the sour patch kids or teddy graham to the center( giving the house someone to live in it.)

Next add the roof of the house in an upside down v position. Add icing/melted chocolate to where the top of the roof connects. while you still have the icing/ melted chocolate, add some to both sides of the roof and decorate those with your favorite gummy candy.

Now it’s time to admire your art and better yet eat it!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Tree Plate

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Items you will need: Plates, green paint, markers, white construction paper or computer paper, Yellow construction paper, glue, scissors

  1. Paint the front of the plate green except the very tips of the rippled edge of the plate(if you want the trees to look like the first picture)
  2. On the tips of the rippled edge use a red marker to represent the garland along the tree.
  3. Cut the plate into 3 triangles.
  4. Glue the triangles together with the points mid way on the back of one another.
  5. On white construction paper or printer paper, have the children use their markers and color circles or any design they would like the ornaments to be.
  6. Cut the ornaments out and glue them to the tree.
  7. Cut out a star with the yellow construction paper and have the children glue it to the tippy top of the tree.
  8. You now have a decorated Christmas tree!

Tips for preschool teachers: you can always use glitter, pom poms, jewels, confetti and ribbon to decorate instead of them making their own ornaments.

Oh Christmas Tree Plate, Oh Christmas Tree Plate…How lovely are your branches!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reindeer treats for the classroom

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Ingredients needed:

  • Graham crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Raisins
  • Mini pretzels
  • M&Ms

Directions:

1. Have the children spread the peanut butter on a graham cracker square. Give the children spoons and show them how to use the rounded edge to spread the peanut butter.

2. Let the children get two mini pretzels to add as the reindeer’s antlers.

3. Have the children add two raisins for the reindeer’s eyes.

4. Let the children choose an M&M for the reindeer’s nose.

5. Let the children enjoy their snack with a tasty cup of PureFUN! 100% Concentrated Juice

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How to make the Grinch grin classroom craft

 

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Items needed: red, yellow, green, white & black construction paper, crayons, cotton balls, ribbon, bells, pom-poms, glue, scissors, curling ribbon, glitter, camera

You will want to get a photo of each kid in the class. It can be printed in black & white or in color depending on your resources.

Once you have the photos cut out, glue them to the bottom left hand side of the black construction paper.

Using a white crayon, write the Childs name (if it’s a girl follow her name with - Lou Who, If its a boy follow his name with a –Who Who) add curly cues to make the names more decorative.

Take the red construction paper and cut out a Santa’s hat, its a curved triangle.

With the green construction paper you will be cutting a light bulb shape, keep in mind the children will be adding a smile to the bottom part of this light bulb shape, make sure it’s big enough for the children to write a few sentences on how they would make the Grinch smile.

Using the yellow construction paper cut out two teardrop shapes for the eyes of the Grinch, rounded on one end and pointy on the other end.

Now on white construction paper cut out a big “U” shape for the smile of the Grinch.Have the children write how they would make the Grinch smile or if its for the younger children have them draw a photo.

Once the children have written their sentence or drawn their photos, have them assemble and glue the grinch to the black construction paper, using a black marker have them draw a circle for his nose and color in his eye balls.

Finally, let them loose on all the other decorative items they have at their tables (yarn ,ribbon, glitter, string, pom-poms and anything else you can think of craft wise to add) have them glue these items to the top of their heads to create fun hairstyles just like the Who’s had in the book.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Santa Plate for the Classroom

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, It’s time to DECK THE HALLS and walls and windows of your classrooms and FALALALALA with the children as they create the man of the Month SANTA!

what you will need for this project: white paper plate, skin tone colored Crayola markers or Crayola paint, Wiggle eyes, pom-pom balls, red construction paper, glue and lots of cotton balls.

Flip your plate over so that the bottom of the plate is facing up.

Using either the markers or paint have the children color/paint the center of the plate.

Using the red construction paper have the children or yourself cut a triangle with the right side of the triangle curving inwards to create Santas hat.

Grab some glue  and at the top of the colored circle, glue Santa’s hat centered with the right side curving to the left.

Grab two wiggle eyes and one red pom-pom ball and glue the eyes 2” from the bottom of the hat. You will want to make sure there is enough room to add cotton balls to the bottom of the hat without them covering the eyes.

Next it’s time to add the pom-pom ball as Santa’s nose, glue it below the eyes, but keeping it in between the eyes.

Now that it’s time to add all the cotton balls to create Santa’s famous Beard!

First you will want to finish the hat, grab five cotton balls, four will go on the bottom of the hat above the eyes, and your fifth cotton ball will go at the point of the hat at the top. This concludes the hat.

Now for Santa’s beard, you can use two techniques for this part, 1.you can do two circles one around the outside of the center circle of the plate and one on the center of the rippled trim of the plate. 2. the children can do dots where they want the cotton balls to go.

Once you figure which technique will work better for your time frame and or class, have the children add their cotton balls to the glue to finish off the beard.

You better watch out, you better not cry ‘cuz SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN!! Well in this case… THE CLASSROOM! Smile

Monday, November 14, 2016

Turkey pudding for the classroom

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Quick and easy snack for any classroom to enjoy.

Items needed: wiggle eyes, chocolate pudding cup, construction paper, glue

  • Using four different colors of construction paper: cut 4 tear drop shapes (rounded at the bottom pointed at the top)
  • Using the yellow construction paper: cut a triangle for the beak of the turkey
  • Using the red construction paper: cut a ridged rectangle
  • Grab your pudding cup and your glue, Flip the pudding cup upside down.
  • Glue 2 wiggle eyes to the top of the upside down pudding cup
  • Glue the yellow triangle under the eyes
  • Glue your red ridged rectangle next to the side of the beak
  • Grab the 4 tear drop shaped construction paper and overlap them on the opposite side of the face, Fan them out to create the feather look on a turkey.

Time for everyone to enjoy some turkey pudding, Don’t forget to wash it down with some PureFUN! Juice.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Native American Headband

Easy Colorful Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities:

One of our favorite memories in school is getting to make headbands and pilgrim hats. Here is a simple, but decorative headband for children to enjoy making.

All you will need is construction paper, a stapler and markers

  1. Cut a 2” rectangle out of white construction paper. This rectangle needs to be long enough to go around the top of the Childs head. Not too tight so it is uncomfortable for them to wear, but just loose enough for it to come off with ease.
  2. Using the markers have the children color tribal designs: triangles, circles, zigzags, let their creative thoughts flow. You can also turn this into a shapes activity for little ones.
  3. Next grab your colored construction paper, Let the children pick out four of their favorite colors. Once they have chosen their colors, cut out long oval shapes in different sizes, once you have done this you can have the children fringe the sides of the leaves creating a feather.
  4. Once all is cut and colored, you will want to staple the ends of the headband together. Grab your feathers and staple them to the inside of your headband, in the same spot as the staple connecting the headband together. You will want to layer the feathers so all sizes show use the above photo for reference.

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    Thanksgiving classroom craft

     

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    It’s turkey time, let’s make a gobbling turkey plate!

    What you will need: paper plate, orange,red,yellow & red paint, white construction paper, red construction paper, wiggle eyes, paint palette. paint brush, glue, art apron

    1. Put your different colors of paint in a paint palette and put on your art apron.
    2. Paint the center of the plate: brown
    3. On the rippled rim of the plate: use the red, yellow, orange and just a little bit of brown paint. You will want to alternate the colors creating a pattern
    4. With white construction paper, cut two medium size circles, glue them on the center of the plate towards the top, overlapping one another just a bit for the eyes.
    5. Using the yellow paint, you will paint a triangle under the two white circles in the center of the plate to create the nose.
    6. With the red construction paper, you will cut a rounded squiggle shape to glue on the side of the nose.
    7. Grab your wiggle eyes and glue them to the center of the two white circles to complete your turkey.

    That’s all there is to it! We hope you have a gobbling good time!