Tuesday, September 28, 2021

National Popcorn Poppin' Month

Celebrate National Popcorn Poppin’ Month This October!

Americans love popcorn!  Recent reports say we eat 17 billion quarts every year.  If you popped all that, you could fill the Empire State Building 18 times, says Lexi Jacobs, author of The History of Popcorn.

Here are a few fun facts about America’s favorite snack:

  •  If you heat popcorn in an open cooker, kernels can fly as far as 3 feet when they burst!
  •  Popcorn has more protein per serving than eggs, roast beef, and cereal grains.
  • You’ll need 1600 popcorn kernels to fill a 1 cup measuring container.
  •  In Colonial America, popcorn was eaten for breakfast with milk, sugar, and cream – a lot like cereal today.

National Popcorn Poppin’ Month was started in 1999 by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.  Why October?  Because this is when popcorn is harvested in the Midwest, where most of America’s popcorn is grown.

How did popcorn get into movie theaters?

Before the Depression, young entrepreneurs started selling popcorn and cracker jacks as they walked up and down theater aisles.  Theater owners were hesitant to buy the equipment needed to serve popcorn, so they hired vendors to cook and sell it outside.  

In 1938, Glen Dickson decided to take a chance.  He bought popcorn poppers and installed them inside all his theaters.  It was expensive, but he made his money back quickly.  Sales of popcorn soared!  Now it’s hard to imagine going to a theater without smelling popcorn.

Class Activities with Popcorn

Make some great memories for your students with these fun activities.

The Milk and Popcorn Mixer

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed milk and popcorn?  Let’s find out!

Start with two plastic cups or glasses.  Fill one with milk and the other with popcorn (already popped).  Have your students start dropping popcorn into the milk, one piece after another.

Then watch what happens. 

The milk will swallow the popcorn and never rise above the rim. Pretty cool, huh?

Homemade Popcorn Shakers

Unleash the musician in your young students!

You’ll need:

  • Toilet paper roll cores
  • Cardboard circles that fit each end of the cores
  •  Popcorn
  •  Paints
  •  Glitter
  •  Colorful markers
  •  Glue or sticky tape

Take the toilet paper core and seal one side.  Insert the popcorn and seal the other side.  Let the kids decorate the shaker however they like.  Then get ready to make some music!

If you want the shakers to be really loud, use unpopped popcorn.

Popcorn Relay Race

You may want to do this one outside.  It can get messy!

Set a bowl of popcorn and an empty bowl at both ends of the relay track.  Give students a cup they’ll use to transport popcorn from the full bowl to the empty one at the other end of the track.  The first team to complete the transfer wins!

Add Some Decorations to Your Celebration

You don’t have to decorate your room with real popcorn to celebrate.  We’ve got you covered!

Classic Accents Popcorn Variety Pack

Popcorn Accents

Classic Accents Popcorn Mini

Serve some popcorn with these Classic Accents Popcorn Boxes.

Award prizes with these Showtime Popcorn Stinky Stickers.


We hope you have fun celebrating National Popcorn Poppin’ Month.  We’d love to hear how it goes for you!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Punch


 St. Patrick's Day Green Watermelon Punch

While you are planning your St. Patrick's Day crafts, don't forget the refreshments! Everybody loves a little pop and fizz to their drink. Add some shamrock sparkle to your St. Patrick's Day party with our Green Watermelon Punch.

What You Need: 
1/2 gallon reconstituted green watermelon juice 
1 liter sprite
5 scoops of green sorbet ( or yellow for "pot o' gold")

1. Mix green watermelon juice and sprite in a large punch bowl with ice. 
2. Add 5 scoops of your preferred sorbet. 
3. Top with sliced lemons and limes, for added flavor.
4. Serve with green cups, straws, napkins, and/or spoons.

Complete your party theme with these top o' the line classroom decorations

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dr. Seuss Crafts for Read Across America Day

 Dr. Seuss Crafts for Read Across America Day

Do you have your books selected for Read Across America Day yet? March 1st is coming up fast, and there's no better way to kick off Dr. Seuss's birthday than with plenty of Dr. Seuss crafts!

Get your class excited about reading with these fun activities that correspond with three classic Dr. Seuss books: The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

Book: The Lorax
Craft: Truffula Trees

What You Need:
Striped Paper Straws
Cotton Balls
Liquid Watercolors
Liquid Glue
Spray Bottle
Plastic Zip Bags

1. Put a little of each desired water color into spray bottles. Put one or two squirts of each color into a separate plastic bag.
2. Add 3 to 5 cotton balls to each bag and seal the bags up. Shake until your cotton balls are coated with the paint color.
3. Gently remove the cotton balls and set them on paper to dry.
4. Once the cotton balls have dried, attach these to the ends of your paper straws using regular liquid glue or a glue gun. Display your cotton candy colored trees for all to see!

Book: The Cat in the Hat
Craft: Thing 1 and Thing 2

What You Need:
Toilet Paper Tubes
Red and Teal Finger Paint
White Card Stock

1. Paint one hand teal blue, and press it onto a sheet of the white card stock. Lift up the hand quickly instead of sliding it to prevent the hand print from smearing. Repeat this step twice for two total hand prints per child. Allow paint to dry.
2. Paint two toilet paper tubes with bright red paint. For bolder, brighter color, do two coats of paint on each tube. Allow paint to dry.
3. Cut the hand prints out, leaving a little white space around the edges. 
4. Cut two small slits, one on each side of the tubes, and slide your hand prints down into the tubes. Keep the hand print in place by adding glue.
5. Draw your own or download these printable faces and labels. Glue the faces and logos into place as shown. Let the glue dry.
6. These super-cute finger puppets make great reading companions!

Book: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Craft: Hand Print Fish

What You Need:
White Paper or Card Stock
Black Marker

1. Use any colors you like for the "One Fish" and "Two Fish." Paint your hand and press it down onto the paper to make one full hand print for the "One Fish." Make another full hand print going the opposite way for the "Two Fish." Then, for the second hand print on the "Two Fish," only press down your thumb and forefinger. Make a full hand print with red paint for the "Red Fish" and another full hand print with blue paint for the "Blue Fish." Be sure to alternate which direction the hand prints are facing on the paper.
2. Using your black marker, draw a mouth and gills on each of your fish, and glue on your googly eyes. 
3. Label your fish when done. 
For some awesome Dr. Seuss-themed decorations, click here!  
Let us know what you are doing for Read Across America!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

10 Best Christmas Crafts for Kids

Christmas Crafts for Kids: Edible and Decorative Activities for your Classroom

Looking for creative new Christmas crafts to engage your class? Tired of doing the same activities year after year? This collection of our ten best Christmas activities for kids will provide hours of fun festivities for your little ones. Below you will find 5 decorative & 5 edible craft ideas! Edible crafts make delicious holiday snacks, while decorative crafts make festive decorations for your classroom or Christmas gifts to take home to mom and dad!

Top 5 Decorative Christmas Craft Ideas: 


1. Rudolph Frame



Of course everyone's favorite reindeer deserves a spot on your Christmas craft list! Put a class photo inside to complete this cute take-home craft!


Decorate your classroom or school tree with these colorful Christmas ornaments, personalized with the picture of the child artist who made them!

3.  Holiday Hand Prints



 Put a fun holiday spin on traditional hand prints with this easy craft for kids of all ages!  We'll show you how to make reindeer, snowmen, or Santa Claus! Use these to decorate the front of handmade Christmas cards, t-shirts, or bulletin board and hanging decorations.

4.  Reindeer Prints



A similar Christmas craft is this adorable reindeer fingerprint design, easily modified for kids of all ages and decorations of all sizes!

5. Christmas Tree Plate



Make this gem of a Christmas tree sparkle and shine with glitter, stickers, beads, and any other "ornaments" you may find!

Top 5 Edible Christmas Craft Ideas:

1. Christmas Graham Cracker House


Forget the gingerbread house! Hansel and Gretel would agree, this graham cracker house is sweet enough to eat! Check out our CACFP-approved graham cracker bears! For more CACFP-approved goodies, check out our full listing here!

2. Peanut Butter Pretzel Reindeer



Another neat graham cracker treat is this friendly Rudolph snack! For an allergen-friendly treat, use any type of seed butter or peanut butter alternative and gluten-free pretzels.

3. Strawberry Banana Candy Cane


Simple, sweet, and healthy to eat, this candy cane won't hang around for long!

4. Strawberry Banana Santa Claus



Don't miss putting these precious mini Santa's on your Christmas snack list this year!

5. Celery Celebration Tree


Trim this tree with any assortment of veggies for a very merry healthy holiday snack!

We love Christmas and Holiday craft ideas here at PureFUN! Supply! They keep us smiling! We would love to see your students creations! Like us on Facebook and post a picture of your students with their work!
Also, comment below and tell us which craft you will try this December!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

While the weather gets colder, stay warm and cozy with these fantastic indoor crafts in fabulous fall colors. Try these with your class or with your kids at home over Thanksgiving break!

Fall Luminaries

Use these warm and inviting luminaries to decorate your classroom or let your students take them home as gifts! This craft will help younger children work on their fine motor skills, while older children will have fun using creativity to make their luminaries more elaborate.

What You Need:
Mason Jars
Mod Podge
Candles (tea candles are the perfect size!)
Wet Wipes (or wet paper towels)

1.Tear your colored tissue paper into small strips. 

2.Cut a tree shape out of brown construction paper. (You can make your tree as simple as the photo above or add more branches, etc.)

3.Using your paintbrush, coat the outside of your mason jar with mod podge. Then quickly adhere the tissue paper and the tree to the mod podge before it dries. You might want to do this part in sections since mod podge dries pretty quickly. You may want to keep wet wipes or a wet paper towel handy since the mod podge will also make your hands pretty sticky!

4.After you have attached all of your tissue paper, put a final coat of mod podge over everything.

5. Stick your candle inside the jar, light it, and turn off the lights for a fantastic fall display. You may want to use battery operated candles with young children, or you can simply forgo the candles and display your colorful mason jars without. 

Pumpkin Moon Sand

Tactile activities are great for young children, and this one smells just like pumpkin pie! Using play sand and a few ingredients from your kitchen, you can make this engaging sensory tool for hours of play!

What You Need:
Play Sand (4 Cups)
Corn Starch (2 Cups)
Water (1-3 Cups)
Pumpkin Pie Spice (1 Tsp)
Orange Food Coloring or Powdered Paint (optional)

1.Mix play sand, pumpkin pie spice, and corn starch together in a large container.

2.Add desired amount of coloring or paint.

3.Slowly mix in water until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. More water = slimier consistency. Less water = play dough consistency. 

4.Use scoopers, buckets, or hands only to play in the sand. When finished, leave your moon sand in an uncovered container to dry. (Do not seal it until it is completely dry, or there will be mold!) Once it is dry, you can seal it in a closed container or plastic bags. Just add water the next time you want to play!

Terrific Turkey Craft

What are YOU thankful for? Inspire gratitude and get your students in the Thanksgiving spirit with this cute, colorful, and easy-to-make craft!

What You Need:
Googly Eyes (or White and Black Construction Paper to make your own)

1.Turn your brown paper bag upside down so that the opening is facing you, and write what you are thankful on the body of your bag.  
2.Glue a pair of eyes to the top of your bag. 
3.Cut an oblong, tear-shaped beak for your turkey and a bright red snood (term for the red fleshy bit that hangs over the turkey's beak). Glue those just below the eyes.
4. Deck out your turkey with festive feathers on the backside of the bag behind the turkey's face.

Fall crafts for kids

Fall Fox Craft for Child Care Students

* Large Paper Plate
* Orange tissue paper
* White School Glue
* Scissors
* Orange/White construction paper
* One Large Brown Pom Pom
* Stapler

  • Trim down your paper plate so it looks like a triangle/fox’s face.
  • Cut the orange tissue paper into 2×2 squares.
  • Slather glue over the paper plate
  • Have your students place the orange tissue paper on their plate.
While your students are covering their paper plate with tissue paper :
  • cut out two triangles out of the orange construction paper  and two circles out of the white. This will be the fox’s ears & eyes.
  • Have your students glue the eyes on and then you can staple the ears to the paper plate.
  • Then add the brown pom pom where the nose would be and you have a fox!

Did you try this craft? We would love to see your students creativity! Share your picture with us on our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PureFUN-Daycare-Supplies-Superstore-142153462482252/

The Bery Brown Bear


a stapler

shaving cream

a paint brush

a plastic fork

scraps of construction paper


a glue stick


Start by mixing up your paint:

"Puffy Paint" recipe:  Mix equal parts white school glue and shaving cream.  For this craft you will add brown paint to make a brown bear.

Next, prepare your bear's face:

Cut two small circles out of one paper plate and staple them to the top of another paper plate to be the bear's ears.  The staples will be covered up by the paint.

Now, time to paint him up!   Make the paint nice and thick.  Glob it on. It may take some time to dry, so have your students begin to make the other parts of the bear.

Cut out 2 pink circles to go in his ears, 2 black circles for eyes, a brown snout shape, and a black oval for his nose. 

Use a glue stick to attach them. 

Finally draw a mouth for your Berry Brown Bear.

A perfect pairing for your craft is to read Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle during your story time!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Halloween Critter Crafts

Ready for some trick or treating fun? Crafting these creepy critters will get your little ones into the Halloween season's spooky spirit!

Paper Tube Bats

What You Need:
Construction Paper (Black, White, and Assorted Colors)
Paper Tubes (such as toilet paper rolls)
Glue or Tape

1. Cut enough colored paper to cover your tube, and apply with glue or tape. Fold the paper in at the top and bottom of the tube to create the bat's ears and feet.
2. Draw a template for your bat wing, then cut two wings out of your black paper.
3. Attach the two wings to back of your bat.
4. Glue/tape googly eyes onto the top of the bat.
5. Cut two tiny triangles out for the bat's fangs and glue/tape those just below the googly eyes on the bat's face.
6. Attach to your bulletin board or hang from the ceiling for an awesome Halloween display!

Paper Bag Monsters

What You Need:
Construction Paper (Assorted Colors) 
Circle Punches (optional)
Glue or Tape
Stickers, Glitter, and/or other Embellishments (optional)

1.Choose a paint color and paint your bag, leaving the bag open to dry to prevent the paint from sealing it shut.
2.Once the paint has dried, add embellishments as you wish. Cut out horns, teeth, and tongues. Make your monsters colorful and crazy, silly or scary!
3.Put on a monster puppet show!

Monday, October 15, 2018

DIY Halloween wreath for Kids

What you need:
Paper plate or a cereal box
Black paint
Black,Purple,Green and Orange Tissue paper 
Orange construction paper
– Ribbon or String for hanging
-Wiggle Eyes

Creating the Spider:

1.      Using orange construction paper, have your child use both hands to make the hand prints on top of each other facing opposite ways to represent the spider like the one above.
2.       Once it dries you can add wiggle eyes.

Creating the Wreath Back Drop:
1.       Cut up your tissue paper into small squares
2.       Cut the middle out of your paper plate to create the wreath shape. If you use an old cereal box, round the corners and then cut out a hole in the middle.
3.       Start scrunching up the squares of tissue paper and apply with glue onto the paper plate wreath .

Finalizing your DIY Halloween Wreath:

1.       Once your hand print spider has dried, cut around each finger to give the appearance of the spider
2.       Ensure that the tissue paper has dried and then glue the spider on the top
3.       Finally when you’re done adding the spider to the wreath, tie a string or a cute ribbon around it so you can hang it on your child's door!

For more craft Ideas, be sure to check out our blog at purefunsupply.blogspot.com

Friday, October 12, 2018

I love my "Mummy"! Halloween craft

Materials needed:
Black construction paper
White construction paper
Popsicle sticks
Black marker

Gather materials.
Cut out a large circle to fill the center of the orange construction paper.
Glue black circle on the orange sheet of construction paper leaving enough room to write a sentence.
Write on the orange paper above the circle: I love my “Mummy” !
Under the circle write: My “Mummy” loves me!

Using the white construction paper cut out 2 small circles for the eyes of the mummy or you can use  wiggle eyes,  glue the eyes on the black circle.
Next have the children glue the Popsicle sticks to the black circle creating their mummy, making sure that they do not cover the mummy’s eyes.

Once completed, let everything dry, so that your student can present it to their Mummy at pick up!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mummy Paper Plate Lacing Craft

This Mummy Paper Plate Lacing Craft is a great hand/eye coordination activity for younger children! This craft is super simple and only takes a few supplies!

Supplies needed:

Pre- activity prep:
Punch holes around the edge of the paper plate. We made ours about every half an inch.


Begin by making your mummy’s face.: Glue extra large wiggle eyes in place and draw on a mouth with the marker.  Tell your students to be creative!
Once your mummy's face has been created, cut a long piece of yarn then thread it up through the top holes from the back then back through the corresponding top holes and tie it off in a knot.
At that point, begin lacing:  up, through and across, until your mummy is completely bandaged!
When you run out of a string of yarn, simply tie it off in back and tie in a new piece.
Once completed, tie a string from the top hole and hang from the ceiling!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

DIY Jack O Lantern

Items needed: orange and green construction paper, a canvas panel , scissors and some clear contact paper.

1. Gather your materials.
2. Start by drawing a basic pumpkin shape on your orange construction paper
3. Cut out the pumpkin shape.
4. Place the pumpkin cut out on your cardboard or canvas
5. Using the green construction paper cut out a green stump and add it to the top of the pumpkin.
6.Finally, cover with the clear contact paper

7.Time to create some spooky faces!!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Fall Into Fun Craft Ideas

For the young and the young at heart, fall is the time for jumping into piles of leaves, carving pumpkins, and meandering through corn mazes. Now you can bring the colors of fall inside your classroom with these fun activities celebrating the season. Perfect for a preschool classroom, the crafts listed below teach crucial motor skills and are designed with simplicity in mind. Yet they also make great decorations to display in a classroom or to take home to mom and dad!

Fall Leaf Prints

What You Need:
Blank White Paper 
Glitter Glue (optional)

1.Pour out a little bit of each paint color onto your plates. Combining several paint colors on each plate will create a dazzling mosaic for your prints. Make your prints sparkle by adding glitter glue at this step.

2.Dip your leaves into the desired paint/glitter colors.

3.Press your leaves onto the white paper. Use your fingers to press firmly along the lines of the leaf to make the leaf structure stand out more. If you want to create a huge collage for your class, you might consider doing everyone's prints on the same long roll of paper. On a smaller scale, you can also do individualized collages on regular 8 1/2" x 11" paper.

A variation of this craft is leaf rubbing, in which a leaf is placed under a piece of paper, which is then colored over with crayons or colored pencils to reveal the leaf's structure.

Fall Coffee Filter Trees

What You Need:
Coffee Filters
Cardboard Tubes (toilet paper or paper towel rolls, etc.)
Washable Markers (assorted colors)
Spray Bottle

1.Color your coffee filters with fall colors--typically red, yellow, and orange. Scribbles will do. This doesn't have to be neat since the colors will run together anyway.

2.Lay your colored filters on a flat surface or, preferably, a drying rack (like one you might use for cookies), and mist them with the spray bottle. Don't soak them. They should be lightly damp in order for the colors to spread over the filter but not run off of the filter.

3.Cut slits in the top of your cardboard tubes, and gently bend the slits to make tree branches.

4.Once the filters are dry, simply stuff them into the top of the tube. Now your beautiful fall tree is done!

Pro-Crafter Tip: Ask all your classroom teachers to save the toilet paper & paper towel rolls at the end of each week and store them for future craft projects!

 3D Card Stock Pumpkins

What You Need:
Scissors (child-safe with rounded edges for young children)
Dark Orange Fine Tip Marker
Black Medium Tip Marker
Two Split Pins

1.Divide your orange card evenly into 8 sections using the orange marker, marking the sections off with neat hash marks. A ruler will be handy for this step to keep the lines straight and the spaces even. The orange marker will blend into the paper so that it won't show very much once the pumpkin is formed.

2.Cut out 8 strips of orange card along your hash marks. 

3.Punch a hole in one end of each strip large enough for the split pin to go through. (This step may be done by the teacher/parent for young children.)

4.Thread your pieces of card onto the split pin and lock the pin in place. 

5.Repeat steps 3 and 4 with a second split pin on the opposite end of your strips to create the 3D pumpkin. You will want to cut a small strip of green card and attach it to the second split pin to form the stalk. Make sure you thread the green strip onto the pin first so that it will be on the outside of your pumpkin.

6.Decorate the outside of your pumpkin with a black marker to create the face. Voila! Your pumpkin friend is done! Just don't use him to trick or treat, or your candy might disappear!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Smart Snacks in Schools: What They Are and Why They Matter


 What are Smart Snacks?

Smart Snacks came to fruition through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This Act sought to provide students with more nutritious snack options during the school day to supplement their regular school meals, which were already under federal nutrition standards. In the 2014-2015 school year, the USDA began requiring schools to meet these new nutritional standards for "competitive foods," or snacks outside of the federal reimbursable meal program (i.e. breakfast and lunch), that are sold during the school day, whether through vending machines, snack bars, school stores, a la carte, or any other place on the school grounds. Limitations apply to all grade levels but vary by age group (i.e. elementary, middle, and high school). For example, caffeinated beverages may be sold to high school students but not to elementary and middle school students.

Smart Snacks contribute to students' overall health in several ways:
  • They help students form better eating habits earlier in life. Less junk food, more brain food!
  • They fight childhood obesity, high blood pressure, and other health issues.
  • They offer more well-rounded nutrition at school to students who may not have access to healthy foods at home and reinforce healthy eating habits for students who routinely eat healthy foods at home.

Smart Snacks in School standards limit the amount of fat, sugar, sodium, and calorie content of all "competitive" foods and beverages.

Simultaneously, they promote whole grains, low fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and protein foods.

According to Smart Snack guidelines, the "school day" refers to the period from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the official school day ends. Student activities occurring on school grounds but after the end of the USDA-defined school day are not subject to the Smart Snack restrictions. For example, the concession stand at an evening football game would not be subject to these guidelines.

 What About School Fundraisers?

There are no restrictions on snacks used for fundraisers if:
  • Fundraising items meet the Smart Snack standards.
  • Fundraising happens during non-school hours as defined by Smart Snack regulations.

Exemptions may be used for items sold during the school day that do not meet the Smart Snack standards, with some restrictions:
  • Each school is allowed 30 exemptions per school year.
  • The fundraiser cannot be longer than 3 consecutive days in length.
  • Each school must complete a tracking sheet that is kept on file for internal auditing purposes.
  • Exempted items may not be sold from 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after any meal service such as breakfast and lunch. 

How do I Choose Snacks that Meet Smart Snack Standards?

To view the Smart Snack Standards for Foods and Beverages, please follow the link here. In addition, there are many great resources out there designed to guide your school in choosing nutritional snacks that meet these new guidelines and planning school events with these guidelines in mind. For your convenience, we have listed some below:

Smart Snacks Calculator
Fundraisers and Smart Snacks
Healthy Fundraising Ideas
Nutritional Lesson Planning
Nutritious Snack Recipes
Steps to Smart Snack Success

To view a listing of our PureFUN! Smart Snacks, please follow the link here