Category Archives: Seasons And Holidays

Fun New Year’s Eve Ideas For Kids (Free New Year’s Time Capsule Printable)


New Year’s Eve festivities can include fun ideas for kids.  Here are some ideas you might like to try:

Time Capsule

New Years Time Capsule

Why not make a time capsule.  Use an old shoebox, decorate it, and add items that remind you of this year.  You could include pictures, resolutions for the new year, a letter to yourself, a drawing, or even a New Year’s Eve newspaper.  You can also use our free New Year’s time capsule printable. Hide it away and open it next year on New Year’s Eve.  For more details click here.

 

New Year Eve Time Capsule Paper

Click here for a free New Year’s time capsule printable. 

Count Down Clock

New Years Eve Countdown Clock

As a teacher and parent, I love the idea of a count down clock.  It adds excitement for each hour leading up to midnight, plus it reinforces the concept of time.  You could use a paper plate.  Add glued on numbers.  Cut out the hour and minute hand out of construction paper and attach with a brass brad.  You could even tape a piece of candy onto each hour of the clock.  As each hour passes by during the day, have your child move the hour hand on the clock to the next hour and enjoy the piece of candy.  For more details click here.

Noise Makers

New Years Eve Paper Plate Noise Maker

What New Year’s Eve would be complete without noise makers?  Save your pots and pans from being dented by making paper plate noise makers.  Add dried beans or buttons to the inside of two paper plates and staple around the outside.  Decorate the outside of the noise maker with glitter or even tissue paper streamers around the edges.  For more details click here.

New Year Crowns

New Year Crown Craft

Use construction paper, glitter, glue, and markers to make your very own New Year’s Eve crown.  For more details click here.

Enjoy your evening with board games, charades, karaoke, and hot cocoa.  You could even play hide-and-seek as a whole family.

Happy New Year!

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THFP Archive: Christmas Eve Activity – Santa Tracker


Santa

Children can have fun tracking Santa on Christmas Eve at NORAD Tracks Santa and Google Earth. You will be able to see where Santa is through out the night and calculate when he will be close to your home. Use this opportunity for your child to explore time zones (How many time zones are there? Which time zone do you live in? How many time zones away is Santa right now?), geography (Which continent is Santa at right now? Can you find the country he is flying over on a map?), and time (How many hours do we have until Santa is close to our home?).

The NORAD site has a countdown clock with the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the tracking begins. It also has games children can play in the CountdownVillage.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Activities For Kids

Christmas Activities For Kids


It’s Christmas vacation time.  Here are some activities to help keep your kids entertained.


These handprint snowmen ornaments serve double duty.  They will keep your kids entertained and make great Christmas presents.

 

Candy cane marshmallow pops would be great for an evening of hot cocoa sitting by the Christmas tree.  Hang the pops on the rim of your cocoa mug.

Enchanted Learning has a plethora of activities for kids from paper bag reindeer puppets to a pop-up Christmas tree card.

Why not check out the view from the North Pole?  Google Earth has amazing views from around the world.

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THFP Archive: Thanksgiving Poetry



It’s Thanksgiving and the perfect time for your children to express their thankfulness creatively through poetry.  One of my favorite forms of poetry for Thanksgiving is a sensory poem.  Here’s how to write one:

1.  Brainstorm what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel at Thanksgiving.  I’ve included a brainstorming sheet below that you can use.

Brainstorming Sheet Print-Save

2.  Choose one thing from each category and write it on the appropriate line on the paper below.  Also include a final line for “I know that.”  It can be any summarizing sentence to conclude the poem.

Rough Draft Print – Save

3.  Ready for poetry magic?  Cross out the typed words and presto! – instant poetry.  See example below.  Capitalize the first word of the new phrase and cross out the period at the end.

4.  Write your poem on a piece of construction or decorative paper.  Include an illustration too.

Enlarged Final Draft Example

5.  Share your poem with the world (or at least Grandma and Grandpa).  There are many sites that will publish children’s poems for free.  Two such sites are Kid Lit and Poetry Zone.

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Halloween Party Craft

Are you the parent in charge of your child’s class party craft?  This is one of my favorite craft ideas that a parent did in my classroom.  It’s a Halloween costume picture frame.


First, parent volunteers take pictures of the students in their Halloween costumes.  Then, a parent uploads the photos to a computer and sends them to a one hour processing store.  The pictures are picked up after the hour and brought back to school.  During the party, the kids assemble craft-stick picture frames (directions here).  They can color or paint them and add embellishments.  A magnet is added to the back so that it can be hung on the refrigerator.  When the pictures return to the school, the children’s pictures are put in their frames to take home.

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It’s time for your kids to pick Halloween costumes.  Here are some clever ideas you may like to try.


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American Girl Doll Costume Directions
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Octopus Costume Directions
This could be adapted for a school-age child.

Train Costume Directions

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Father’s Day Card Ideas


Here are some card ideas for dad’s special day.

Father's Day Card IdeaFather's Day Card Ideas

Shirt Pocket Cards Instructions

I like the idea of tucking a gift card into one of these shirt card ideas.  The link above takes to you a site that describes how to make both shirts and includes templates.

Folded Shirt Card Instructions

Martha Stewart has this idea for a folded shirt card.  Follow the link above to see step-by-step instructions for how to make this card.

Father's Day Writing Activity - My Dad News Printable

You can also made a Father’s Day newspaper with this free printable.

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Memorial Day – Letters To Soldiers

Memorial Day Picture

 

This Memorial Day, as your children remember those who gave their lives for our country, why not have them write e-mails to soldiers now serving?  It is an active way they can be apart of this holiday while also praciting writing and technology skills.  Plus, it just might put a smile on a soldier’s face.

Here is a link to send your e-mail:  Send A Message Of Thanks.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the e-mail form.

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Mother’s Day Card Ideas


Here are some fun ideas for Mother’s Day cards.

Bouquet Mother’s Day Card

This is a fun fold-open bouquet card.

Tulip Mother’s Day Card 

This creative tulip card idea includes a template.

Teapot Mother’s Day Card 

This clever card includes a message and packet of tea.

Handprint Mother’s Day Card 

This is a new twist on the classic handprint card complete with poem and photo.

Guess How Much I Love You Book

I like the idea of giving this book as a Mother’s Day card.  Your children could write special messages to mom on the inside cover.  It could become a great bedtime story too for mom to read.

This Handprint Valentine could easily be used as a Mother’s Day card.

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Writing: St. Patrick’s Day Limericks

Writing St. Patrick's Day Limericks With Free Printable

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to write limericks.  Limericks will reinforce writing skills, syllables, and rhyming for your child.

Here is an example of a famous limerick by an anonymous author:
There was an old man from Peru,
Who dreamed he was eating his shoe.
He awoke in the night
With a terrible fright,
And found it was perfectly true.

Here is how to write a limerick:
Limericks are funny poems that contain five lines.  The rhyming pattern is AABBA.  The first, second, and fifth lines rhyme and have seven to ten syllables.  The third and fourth lines rhyme and have five to seven syllables.  An easy way to get started is to start with
“There once was a boy/girl named_________”
“Who_________________”

Write your limerick on the publishing paper below, decorate, and hang up in a special place.

Limerick Paper

Limerick Publishing Paper

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