Friday, February 17, 2017

Presidents’ Day Penny

Use this as your penny template:




PREP WORK: Flatten white coffee filters with a steam iron. Tape filter on top of a Penny Template. The missing side lines need to be added by the student.

1. Have the students trace the penny template onto the filter with the sharpie marker.
2. Now paint the filter with one layer of brown watercolor paint. Let dry about 10 minutes and then paint the shadow areas with another layer.
3. When the filter is dry, carefully remove the tape and the penny template. Lightly press with a steam iron to make them nice and crisp.


Turn Presidents’ day into a fun Math activity for your students! Below are some great money tools to use!

Double-Sided Magnetic Money $29.45/ea kit*

Big money! Detailed money magnets feature updated designs on both front and back. Stick to any magnetic surface for engaging money lessons targeting coin identification and counting, and making change. Includes 36 coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters) at 4x actual size; 9 bills (1-, 5-, 10- and 20-dollar bills) at 1.5x actual size (approximately 9 1/2 L x 4 H); and Activity Guide. Grades K+  LER 5080 Set of 45

Giant Classroom Money Kit $49.09/ea kit*

Jumbo money tray is filled with 100 plastic pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters; 50 half-dollars; 100 each of 1, 5, 10 and 20; and 50 each of 50 and 100 play money bills.  Includes 64-page Money Activity Book.  Tray measures 10.2  x 18.6 .  


*prices subject to change

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Healthy Habits

Here are some great tools to use in the classroom to teach your class about a balanced diet. These activity plates help teach kids what they should and should not have on their plates. Make it a classroom event with the book set and the hands on Activity sets!


A friendly reminder from

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means:

  • Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
  • Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.
  • Support healthy eating for everyone.

Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.




What you will need: scissors, glue, construction paper, 3 compartment foam plate, a cup, utensils and a bowl.

You can have children cut fruits and vegetables out of newspapers, grocery store ads or print them out.

Set up a place mat for each kid (a piece of construction paper… any color will do),Write on the plates, bowls and cup the different food groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein

Have the child glue the appropriate food to the plate in their food group.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dr. Seuss Day/ Read Across America Day: March 2nd




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  One of my favorite days in elementary school was Dr. Seuss day! We got to come to school in pjs and read our favorite books at school. Here is a fun way to decorate your Bulletin Board for Dr.Seuss Day!

Personalized Thing 1’s and Thing 2’s.

What you will need to create your Thing 1 & 2: Yellow construction paper, Red, White & Light Blue paint , Scissors and a black pen.

  • Step one: Start with a full sheet of yellow construction paper, paint the palm of your student's hand white, and paint the fingers light blue. Press their hand in the middle of the yellow paper. Remove it slowly and wash their hand.
  • Step two: Once the child's hand has been washed off and dried. Paint the hand again, this time with a white circle in the middle of the palm and everything else red except the middle finger. You will be placing this hand opposite of the other hand print.
  • Step three: Let it dry.
  • Step four: Once dry get a black pen. Draw the face and write Thing 1 or Thing 2 on the white circle.
  • Step five: Cut around the hand prints leaving a yellow border around the edge. You have a homemade Thing 1 or 2 to add to the bulletin board.

For more Dr. Seuss Items visit this

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Strawberry Valentine’s Day Treats for the Classroom


Strawberry Parfait


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


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


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.


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,


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




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




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!



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.





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.








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!





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.




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:


*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.


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.


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



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*


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

our price: $9.59/ EA*


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

our price: $12.33/ EA *


*All Prices are subject to change.

Nice and tidy rooms help mold creative minds!!

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