I saw this on the Today Show and thought they were really cute!
Photo courtesy of Sharon Bowers
Packaged cookies, candy corn and a little frosting are the key to creating fun turkeys to top a cupcake. If you put the pupils down low on your marshmallow eyes, your turkey will look appropriately worried as any turkey would before he’s about to be eaten!
I've had quite a few people ask me to create a seasonal Mr. Munchy Crunchy. Mr. Munchy Crunchy is very hungry and loves to eat beginning sounds! Over the years, Mr. Munchy Crunchy has had quite a few different looks, but it has been awhile since I've created a new look.
After spending the day with my trusty glue gun, I came up with 4 new looks:
Scarecrow Mr. Munchy Crunchy
Hoot! Hoot! Mr. Munchy Crunchy
Mr. Gobble Gobble Munchy Crunchy
Mr. Rudolph Munchy Crunchy
Sooooooo - what do you think?
Any ideas for future Mr. Munchy Crunchies?
Maybe a snowman or penguin?
Leave a comment (just click on the link at the end of this post that says comments) and let me know what you think.
Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up, snuggle with your little one for a bit, and then request a breakfast in bed????
With this adorable breakfast in bed play set from Land of Nod, you can do just that! And maybe even catch another 2 or 3 minutes of sleep while little feet patter off to prepare your breakfast!
This week $5 Dinners is giving away 1 Breakfast in Bed Play Set from Land of Nod. Entry details HERE
Giveaway ends tonight, so don't delay and enter today!
Check out this great giveaway - but hurry it ends today!
These Curious Chef products are perfect for little hands. Easy to hold. Easy to manipulate. And easy to keep track of and organized (with their distinct design and colors!). They have been a fantastic addition to our playroom kitchen and real kitchen too!
I'm slowly going through my boxes and boxes of teaching material, I have accumulated over the years. This week, I found my Mrs. Wishy Washy Activities. It's funny, how every time I open a box, memories flood over me. Memories of past students, the funny things they would say, how their eyes lit up with joy over a particular activity or the occasional total flop. I always loved teaching Mrs. Wishy Washy - it was a guaranteed winner with the kids.
All of these activities are available via email in my Artfire Shop. I still have another box of Mrs. Wishy Washy material to go through and will be listing it later this week, so check back.
As a special treat, leave a comment about Mrs. Wishy Washy along with your email and I will send you my Wishy Washy Barnyard Fun File Folder Game pictured above free!!!!
I've decided to have a great summer giveaway - my huge literacy Cd containing over 700 pages of hands on learning fun activities! These activities range in level from preschool - first grade, with the majority Kindergarten level.
It's easy to enter: Comments - Comments - Comments! Every comment earns you one entry. Blog about my giveaway and earn 3 entries!!!! Leave a comment with the link. If you don't have a blog - send a email to your friends and copy me - email@example.com Visit one or all of my shops - just click on the shops in the left sidebar and comment on what you like. Comment on what you would like to see, share some of your great teaching ideas, comment on topics you would like for me to talk about - following me will also earn you one entry. I will announce the winner of my giveaway on August 15th.
Hi all! I've been busy organizing a huge garage sale I'm having Saturday, so I haven't listed as many new items as I had originally planned. Life has a way of getting in the way of Ebay!
I am really happy with my new Letter Treasures Bag. This set contains over 175 objects and a CD containing 26 sorting mats, large letters with pictures to sort, 1/2 page letters to put in centers with objects beginning with each letter - list included - kids love pasting the objects on the letters! and sorting cards for each object! It's a great way to teach letter recognition and beginning sounds. Perfect for parents, homeschool, preschool, kindergarten, autism and special ed - any hands on visual multisensory learner!
Today is the first Friday of the month and for all of you wonderful followers, I will send a cute freebie later today. Tomorrow, I am announcing a new giveaway, I think it will be my Literacy Cd - over 700 pages of activities!!!!!! Remember, your comments are your entries for my giveaways.
Well, back to the garage for me - have a great day! Pam
I've been busy reopening my Ebay Shop and adding new items. I recently added There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed...Literacy Bag. These books are always a hit with children and I made story cards and props to go with 9 books. Here is a picture of my hand painted canvas bag - I wasn't sure if I would be able to paint the Old Lady, but I'm happy with how it turned out:
The literacy bag includes a CD with all of the activities. My kids love "feeding" the old lady. I made objects from each of the books to go with my Old Lady. The Old Lady is really cute and the graphic is from Original Country Clipart by Lisa. Here's a picture of my Old Lady:
Awhile back I stumbled on a great deal on Amazon. They priced some great Child's Play Storysacks at a steal. I bought 10 of them before they raised the price back to $65. I've got a few left and you can buy them for $25 in my Ebay shop if you get it with the opening bid. The set comes with a really cute stuffed old lady and bean filled objects to feed her from the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly book - the book and everything pictured is included too! Here is a picture:
I'd love to hear your teaching ideas for the Old Lady Books - feel free to comment away! Pam
Hi all! I've had a great couple of weeks, getting used to the idea that I'm actually retired! I traveled for a few weeks and then I tackled my workroom and garage! I've got so much teaching material - my garage was full of boxes - that I felt I needed to get organized before I start working.
I will be listing lots of teaching materials over the next few weeks, so be sure and check out my Ebay Shop. I'm also weeding out my cookbooks, so if you like to cook I've got Southern Living and Taste of Home Annual Cookbooks up for auction.
Now to my latest find. I recently discovered Lapbooks and I absolutely love them! What a great way to teach a unit! I tutor and I'm always looking for ways to keep my students excited and happy to see me. I often tutor 2 hours at a time and I really have to keep creative to keep my 6 year old students on task.
Last week, I decided to see if a lapbook would be interesting. WOW!!!! Talk about success. In fact, she was so excited about her Killer Whale Lapbook, that her mom scheduled extra sessions, so that we could complete it! One of our favorite activities was measuring string the length of assorted whales. We had so much fun estimating how much 80 feet looked like then actually measuring! As a added plus - I was excited and engaged and looking forward to tutoring!
There are several great websites that offer free lapbooks and some great pictures of the finished product, so that you can figure out what you're doing!
School's out and I'm officially on vacation! I'm heading to the beach for a week so I'm sending my Friday Freebie out today, since I will be on the road early tomorrow. I'm hanging out with my daughter and we're going to Charleston, SC for a few days visiting family then heading to Hunting Island to camp and finally spending a few days in Beaufort, SC. I am really looking forward to spending time with my family!
I will be back June 13th and plan to jump right in creating new literacy units.
I have several in the works:
The Kissing Hand
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka 1 2 3
Back to School
My next giveaway will begin when I return.
Remember, you earn entries by leaving comments.
This month's freebie is a cute butterfly puzzle matching uppercase/lowercase letters.
If you are following and do not receive my freebie, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know the name you are following under and I will add you to my mailing list.
Hi all, Sorry I haven't posted much lately. I always forget how hectic the end of the school year is. I should be back on track in a week or two. Now for the important news: We have a winner! Clemencia you have won my Apple Literacy Bag! Please email me with your address and I will drop it in the mail for you. Remember, to enter my giveaways you need to leave comments and/or spread the news. Congratulations! Pam
I've spent quite a bit of time thinking about how to make my blog more interactive. I want to keep it fresh and up to date, without posting just to be posting. I've enjoyed getting the hang of blogging and thank goodness - I'm getting quicker!
So, I'm going to tweak a few things, keeping it fun and making sure it's not tooooo time consuming for me!
Most of my posts follow some sort of theme and I will continue following that format.
Instead of posting every day, I will introduce a topic with my ideas and hopefully your comments will help guide my future posts - keeping the topics fresh and fun.
I would love to hear your ideas on current topics as well as ideas for future ones. What you've done in the past, favorite books, educational activities, etc. Have a great craft? Email me a picture and I will be happy to post it.
Have a funny to share? Kids can say the funniest things. We all need a laugh - let's share them!
Looking for a great recipe? Or ways to save money? Leave a comment.
Looking for ideas? Leave a comment and we can all share our ideas and expertise.
It's really easy to leave a comment. At the end of every post, you will see comments. Just click on it and a new box will open up and type away! Find a really great coupon or giveaway? Leave a comment and let us know!
Later today, I will post my new giveaway. The guidelines have changed (remember it's work in progress!), so be sure and read the entry rules.
I've also stumbled across some great blogs that help me save money with coupons and groceries. I will share them later this evening.
To make it easy to remember, you can sign up for email updates. You will receive via email new posts and you can click on the link and comment away!
WHAT IS A TEACHER? A teacher is someone who sees each child
as a unique person and encourages individual talents and strengths. A teacher looks beyond each child's face and sees inside their souls. A teacher is someone with a special touch and a ready smile, who takes the time to listen to both sides and always tries to be fair. A teacher has a caring heart that respects and understands. A teacher is someone who can look past disruption and rebellion, and recognize hurt and pain. A teacher teaches the entire child, and helps to build confidence and raise self-esteem. A teacher makes a difference in each child's life, and affects each family and the future of us all. by Barbara Cage
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week
I am offering a gift certificate good in any of my shops.
Certificates can be in any amount and personalized.
Email or convo me and mention you are a blog follower and you will receive a 10% discount for gift certificates up to $50
All gift certificates $50 or greater will receive
20% savings! Just print certificate and you are set!
Each certificate has a code and can only be redeemed once.
This offer is only good during Teacher Appreciation Week
The end of school is rapidly approaching and I'm a bit swamped, so I've decided to wait one week before announcing my next giveaway. I'm sponsoring it and I promise it will be worth the wait! Happy Monday, Pam
Here are some great resources for Lois Ehlert's Planting a Rainbow:
I found this Groovy Rainbow Cupcake from Flickr: breeleed
I made a yellow cake mix (white also works, too) and then divided the batter into four bowls. Using Wilton icing colors, I dyed each bowl of batter with my favorite color. Just spoon each color into a lined cupcake tin and you're all set!
Woohoo! It's Friday! I just sent this week's Freebie, so be sure and check your email. If you are following and did not receive it, please send me a email with the name you are following under at email@example.com and I will add you to my mailing list.
It's a really cute Animal Opposites Game.
Saturday, I will catch up on my posts. The end of school is rapidly approaching and keeping me very busy during the week.
Make a beautiful flower bouquet. These flowers are quick, easy, inexpensive and fun for all ages. Use your imagination to come up with your own varieties! For each flower you will need: 2 basket style drip coffee filters Food coloring (2 colors) Wooden skewer Green construction paper Clear tape White glue Green paint or marker
Our scrunchy blossoms turned out so nicely that we have decided to keep them in a vase on the kitchen table. These blossoms are easy to make – younger kids with good fine motor skills should be able to manage quite easily. You will need• pink or white crepe paper• scissors• twigs• kids pvc glue and paintbrush1. Cut crepe paper into small pieces – we cut ours into roughly one inch squares.2. Scrunch a piece of crepe paper into a small tight ball. Dip it in glue and stick it to your twig. Keep going until your stick is in full bloom.