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Paint Your Own Puzzle Craft
Does your little one love painting and problem solving? This craft is so easy to make, and to recreate over and over again! Materials: wooden sticks (like popsicle sticks or tongue depressors.) tape (preferably packing tape) paint and paint brushes Directions: Cover your workspace with paper or a craft table cloth. Place several wooden sticks tightly next to each other in a row. Cut a piece of packing tape that is approximately the width of the sticks and place it over them. Press down firmly to ensure all of the sticks are stuck to the tape. Flip the sticks over so the taped side is now facing your work space. Paint a scene or design on the sticks. Let dry. Remove the sticks from the tape and scramble them. Try to put all the pieces of the "puzzle" back together to make the scene or design.
Women's History Month Books & Activities
March is Women's History Month! Browse several great children's books to learn about and celebrate amazing women in history below. Scroll to the bottom to download worksheets that can be used to supplement any of these books. Or, use them to open up a discussion about the progress women have made and reflect on what still needs to be done. What ideas can your little one(s) come up with? Enjoy! Women's History Month Worksheets:
Charitable Giving 2021
Thank you for everyone who continues to support our small business! From the beginning, our goal was to make free activities for kids that are fun and educational. With your continued support, we are able to do that and more! A portion of proceeds from our Etsy shop this past year went to FeedingNYC . During Thanksgiving, we were able to help provide children and families in need with Thanksgiving meals, as well as printed copies of our Thanksgiving Activity Packet (with crayons!) to a refugee shelter in NYC. These children were unbelievably appreciative! During Christmas, we partnered with WIN NYC and purchased toys from a wish list that went to children at a foster care center in The Bronx. We helped to make children's Christmas just a little bit better! Again, thank you for your continued support of our small business. You can help us this year by following us on social media, downloading our free resources, making small purchases from our Etsy shop, and of course, continuing to share our resources and products with friends and colleagues!
Let's Talk About Martin Luther King Jr.!
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we have compiled a book list and worksheets that may help facilitate important conversations about racism, social injustice, the civil rights movement, and more currently, the Black Lives Matter movement. We hope children enjoy learning about these movements and feel empowered to be part of the change needed for our future. Enjoy! Recommended Books: Worksheets (download below): PDF Downloads:
Happy Veteran's Day!
Veteran's Day is federal holiday celebrated annually on November 11th in the United States. This holiday is meant to honor people who have served in the armed forces. What better way to honor a veteran than to give them a hand-made card? Download the PDF at the bottom of this page and choose from four thank-you cards made especially for veterans. Children can deliver these cards with a special treat to really make a veteran feel loved and appreciated! Pair this activity with a book about the armed forces. See below for some recommendations! DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE CARDS HERE:
Italian-American Heritage Month
The month of October has been designated as Italian-American Heritage Month. Every year during this time, Italian-American culture and traditions are celebrated. Below you will find some fun, Italian-American themed activities that we made to help celebrate such an important culture - enjoy! SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALL CUPCAKES:: INGREDIENTS: white cake mix vanilla icing Ferrero Rocher chocolates raspberry or strawberry jam coconut flakes DIRECTIONS: After baking cupcakes, allow them to cool. Put icing in a piping bag with a small round tip. Let the kids pipe the icing around the cupcakes to make it look like spaghetti. Dip the "meatballs" (Ferrero Rocher chocolates) into the "sauce" (jam) and place on top. Sprinkle the "grated cheese" (coconut flakes) on top. Mangia! ACTIVITIES: BOOK LIST:
Indigenous Peoples' Day: Resources, Activities, & More
Present Biden declared October 11, 2021 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the first time in U.S. history, and called upon the people of the U.S. to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. We want to help you do just that! Effecting meaningful change for Native groups who have been harmed and overlooked begins with what we teach our children. Check out the children‘s booklist and websites below to learn more about this important holiday. Use our free activities to supplement your discussions! Recommended Books: Recommended Websites: https://www.whose.land/en/ https://www.pbs.org/native-america/home/ Free Activities:
G’mar Chatima Tova! Yom Kippur Activities
Wishing all of those celebrating Yom Kippur a meaningful fast, and we hope your little ones enjoy these holiday-themed activities!
Back To School Activity Packet!
Who can believe that summer is already almost over? Download this fun activity packet for your toddler to practice some educational tasks before the first day of school! If your child hasn't mastered some of these skills, this is a great way to introduce them. As always, we recommend pairing structured activities found in this packet with more functional tasks. For example: counting/adding household objects, writing words for pictures on a coloring page, reading books about school, finding letters on the pages of books. Enjoy and good luck!
Make Your Own Hungry Whale!
Whale sighting in your own backyard! Check out this easy (but creative!) craft that can easily lead to hours of imaginative play. What you'll need: cardboard egg carton blue paint paint brush googly eyes scissors paper blue marker popsicle stick string optional: things to decorate the whale (i.e. stickers, gems, pom poms, etc.) Directions: Separate the top and bottom of the egg carton and paint them blue. After the paint dries, decorate the whale (stickers, gems, pom poms), and glue the googly eyes to the "front". Cut a whale's tail out of paper and color it (we used a blue dot marker). Attach it to the "back." Cut a hole through the top of the egg carton for a blowhole. To make the blowhole - we used string and wrapped it around a popsicle stick. You could also use curling ribbon, pipe cleaners or any other crafting material! Ideas for play: Put on a play! Collect other sea creatures around the house/classroom and have kids act out ocean-friendly scenes. Use a large cardboard box to make a "theater" for the play, or lay out a sheet on the floor to serve as the ocean. Pair this activity with your favorite ocean-themed book or lessons on the ocean ecosystem. Feed the whale - whales are hungry! Count the 12 spaces in the "whales belly" (egg carton) and encourage your little one to find 12 things to feed the whale. We did an outdoor scavenger hunt and fed the whale flowers, mulch, rocks, leaves, etc. This is a great activity for sensory play! Pair this activity with our "Under The Sea Coloring & Activity Book" - available for purchase on our Etsy shop. As always, use this activity to stimulate language! Talk about colors, shapes (the whale is a rectangle, the eyes are circles, etc.), parts of the whale (tail, blowhole, eyes, back, belly, stomach, etc.), verbs (i.e. swim, spray, jump, breach, eat), categories ("What other creatures live in the sea?"), letter sounds ("What does whale start with?" or "What other words start with w?") Don't forget to give your whale a name!
Hello, Summer! Activity Sampler (One-Page)
This one-page activity sampler has it all - enjoy a variety of summer-themed activities including a word search, maze, letter and number tracing, and color-by-number. Use as a warm-up activity or to supplement learning about the seasons! See our winter activity sampler, fall activity sampler, spring activity sampler, and pandemic-themed activity sampler for more one-page worksheets like this. Printable download here:
Summertime Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Grab your list and head outside for this summer-themed scavenger hunt! Download the PDF below. Printable download: