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Homemade Silly Putty

 on December 21, 2013

A child favorite around the world--Silly Putty.

I don't think there is a Continent you can go to where kids don't go nuts for the squishy, gooey, blob. It makes children happy with its farting noises and gelatinous mass.

 Adults even have an infatuation with the stuff. 

We took a field trip to our local Discovery Center this week with a 4th and 5th-grade class. 

Freaky Friday- The Christmas Lists

 on December 18, 2013

Each Christmas, we travel to my parent's cabin in the mountains and spend the week being surrounded by family, a warm fire, and three feet of snow.  

It is my favorite week of the whole year!

Holiday Graphs

 on December 16, 2013

Graphing with students during a holiday can be a really fun way to practice graphing with your students, and also make your classroom more festive.

This graph was a simple first grade graph: Have you put up your Christmas Tree yet?

Have the students decorate a die cut tree and them ask them to tape their tree in the proper column.

You can do these types of graphs during any holiday to add a little bit of holiday fun to the day!

Fun Reindeer Cookies with Free Printable Template

 on December 16, 2013

Design Eat Repeat is a great place to find really fun Christmas Ideas!

The entire month of November was dedicated to Christmas Cookies!

This Reindeer Cookie idea with free printable is about the cutest thing I have ever seen!

I am always looking for fun activities for my kids classrooms and this one is cute, easy and inexpensive.........expecially since the template is FREE!

Treasure Map Fun

 on December 13, 2013

My girls love to make up new games to play together and, one afternoon, when I settled down to work a couple of hours in the dining room, I was pleasantly interrupted by their play.  Two girls were hiding in the other room while the third was busy hiding their afternoon snack, and creating a treasure map to lead her sisters to the delicious end.

 

Pinecone Friends

 on December 13, 2013

Every so often we get into these crafting frenzies at our house and everything turns topsy turvey for about 2 weeks until we can't stand it anymore and have to go clean the toilets just to preserve whatever shred of sanity is left. 

Yes, I just used the word toilets on a math blog.  Is that allowed?

Snowflake Lessons

 on December 13, 2013

Especially in December, I think it's important to give schoolwork a bit of variation....if nothing more than to grab the waning attention of the students!

I was making snowflakes using coffee filters with my daughter.  She cut out all the sides and it was breathtaking when she opened up the snowflake.  I wanted her to show me exactly how she did it!  So, she obliged and this is what her coffee filter looked like before she opened it up. 

Coffee Filter Tie-Dyed Snowflakes

 on December 13, 2013

My girls go nuts over snowflakes.  I love them, too. It's so fun for me to sit down with the girls and cut shapes while talking excitedly about Christmas.  This year, we had some leftover tie-dyed coffee filters from our tie-dyed turkeys, so we decided to use them to make our snowflakes this year.

Easy Twig Holiday Centerpiece

 on December 13, 2013

I'm a big fan of taking things found in nature and jazzing them up for the holiday table.  And so when I saw this clever idea using twigs for the Thanksgiving table, it was love at first sight. I then tweaked it a bit so that it would work for Christmas this year. 

Student-Directed Wrapping Directions

 on December 12, 2013

Ah, the art of following directions.

But the skill of giving directions can be just as important!

This student-driven project is a winner.

From the moment I heard my sons class participated in this activity, I couldn't wait to blog about it!

Teachers, are you ready for some fun and laughs in the classroom?

Step 1: The teacher brings a box, wrapping paper, tape and scissors.

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