Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mother's Day Flower Craft

Can you believe that Mother's Day is just two weeks away?  Many teachers have their students make a gift to honor mothers for this special day.  The gifts made are often derived from a craft activity the children create in class.  The more the child completes of the gift on his/her own, the more meaningful it is for both parent and child.  Some moms even save the gift and admire it years later.  As with any craft activity done with children, avoid using objects that have the potential to become a choking hazard.   

Here's a super simple craft activity that will have many mothers smiling on Mother's Day.  There's a flower pattern at the end of this post you can download for the craft.  There "May" also be a few other goodies for you!  Hint, hint . . .
This flower craft is easy to make and is sure to bring a smile to the face of any mother on Mother's Day!  Click the image of the black-line tropical flower to get the free pattern! Then trace it on poster board.  Allow the children to decorate the flowers with magic markers making each flower unique.  Glue or fasten cupcake liners inside the centers of the flowers.  The "seeds" are sequins that are glued inside the cupcake liners.  The stem and leaves are made from green construction paper.
These flowers will bring a smile to any mother's face!
 Materials needed:

1.  Flower pattern - one per child  (Use poster board or heavy card-stock.)
2.  Glue
3.  magic markers
4.  Large, decorative paper cupcake liners - one per child  (Michael's Crafts and Walmart have these.)
5.  Small objects which will represent the "seeds".  (I used sequins in the photo shown in this post but pompoms, paper confetti, or a photo of the child will also work well.)
6.  9 x 12 inch green construction paper - two sheets per child
7.  stapler
8.  adhesive dots (optional)

Directions:

1.  Give each child one flower pattern.  Have children decorate with markers.
2.  Give each child one cupcake liner.  Have children squeeze glue into the cupcake liner.
3.  Have children "sprinkle" the "seeds" inside the cupcake liners where the glue was placed.  Allow the glued "seeds" to dry overnight.  Shake the cupcake liners out over the trash container the next day to remove any "seeds" which did not adhere to the inside of the liners.
4.  Give each child one green piece of construction paper.  Model drawing leaves on the board.  Have the children draw leaves on their paper using a pencil.
5.  Have the children draw the veins on the leaves with a pencil. 
6.  Have children outline their leaf drawings with a dark marker.
7.  Have children cut out their leaves.
8.  Using another sheet of green construction paper, fold over 4 or 5 times.  This becomes the "stem".
9.  Staple the stem to the flower.
10.  Staple the leaves to the stem.
11.  Glue or use adhesive dots to attach the cupcake liner to the center of the flower.

This flower craft is easy to make and is sure to bring a smile to the face of any mother on Mother's Day!  Click the image of the black-line tropical flower to get the free pattern! Then trace it on poster board.  Allow the children to decorate the flowers with magic markers making each flower unique.  Glue or fasten cupcake liners inside the centers of the flowers.  The "seeds" are sequins that are glued inside the cupcake liners.  The stem and leaves are made from green construction paper.
Children decorate the flower pattern with magic markers.

This flower craft is easy to make and is sure to bring a smile to the face of any mother on Mother's Day!  Click the image of the black-line tropical flower to get the free pattern! Then trace it on poster board.  Allow the children to decorate the flowers with magic markers making each flower unique.  Glue or fasten cupcake liners inside the centers of the flowers.  The "seeds" are sequins that are glued inside the cupcake liners.  The stem and leaves are made from green construction paper.
Sequins are glued inside the cupcake liners to represent the flowers' seeds.

This flower craft is easy to make and is sure to bring a smile to the face of any mother on Mother's Day!  Click the image of the black-line tropical flower to get the free pattern! Then trace it on poster board.  Allow the children to decorate the flowers with magic markers making each flower unique.  Glue or fasten cupcake liners inside the centers of the flowers.  The "seeds" are sequins that are glued inside the cupcake liners.  The stem and leaves are made from green construction paper.
The cupcake liners stick to the flower pattern with adhesive dots.

This flower craft is easy to make and is sure to bring a smile to the face of any mother on Mother's Day!  Click the image of the black-line tropical flower to get the free pattern! Then trace it on poster board.  Allow the children to decorate the flowers with magic markers making each flower unique.  Glue or fasten cupcake liners inside the centers of the flowers.  The "seeds" are sequins that are glued inside the cupcake liners.  The stem and leaves are made from green construction paper.
This photo shows a sheet of adhesive dots. They stick on both sides. These can be purchased at craft stores.


This flower craft is easy to make and is sure to bring a smile to the face of any mother on Mother's Day!  Click the image of the black-line tropical flower to get the free pattern! Then trace it on poster board.  Allow the children to decorate the flowers with magic markers making each flower unique.  Glue or fasten cupcake liners inside the centers of the flowers.  The "seeds" are sequins that are glued inside the cupcake liners.  The stem and leaves are made from green construction paper.
Fold the green construction paper over 4-5 times. Staple the flower and leaves to the stem. The picture above shows the back of the flower.    
     https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-I90irRe2FHVFdWOXR4bE1GWEU/edit?usp=sharing

Click the picture above to get the tropical flower pattern.

This flower craft is easy to make and is sure to bring a smile to the face of any mother on Mother's Day!  Click the image of the black-line tropical flower to get the free pattern! Then trace it on poster board.  Allow the children to decorate the flowers with magic markers making each flower unique.  Glue or fasten cupcake liners inside the centers of the flowers.  The "seeds" are sequins that are glued inside the cupcake liners.  The stem and leaves are made from green construction paper.
This flower craft is easy to make and is sure to bring a smile to the face of any mother on Mother's Day!  Click the image of the black-line tropical flower to get the free pattern! Then trace it on poster board.  Allow the children to decorate the flowers with magic markers making each flower unique.  Glue or fasten cupcake liners inside the centers of the flowers.  The "seeds" are sequins that are glued inside the cupcake liners.  The stem and leaves are made from green construction paper.
The flowers can also be used as a bulletin board display.  Perfect for the month of May!
    The freebies below are based on the May 2013 calendar. 

Click on the words "May calendar numbered" for the one shown above.
Need a quick calendar skills review?  Click on the words, "Calendar Language" to get the printable shown above.
Click on the words, "May calendar" for the one shown above.

Oh but this is not enough!  I am celebrating May with other bloggers and joining their linky parties!  Go visit and enjoy more spring freebies because . . . it's the "Merry, Merry Month of May"!



Lessons by Molly © 2013  All rights reserved.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Earth Day Primary Free Teaching Resource


It's almost Earth Day!  Are you ready to celebrate with your class?  This time of year is so busy for teachers it's hard to find time to plan for this event.  Classroom "Earth Day" activities are worthwhile because they help direct children to becoming good stewards of our planet.  Science and Social Studies standards can be taught while celebrating Earth Day.  In Virginia, Earth Day activities connect well with the first grade Science standard 1.8 which is to discover the Earth's resources.

Here are a few time saving ideas for you to think about as you prepare for Earth Day with your class.  There's a freebie at the end of this post. 

1.  Use blue and green streamers to represent the water and the land.  Cut enough so each child has one blue and one green.  The children wave the streamers in the air (one color per hand) while you sing and listen to some Earth themed songs such as "Big Beautiful Planet" which can be found on Raffi's Rise and Shine album.  Below are links to where you can get the song.

iTunes - Big Beautiful Planet  Amazon - Big Beautiful Planet  Google Play - Big Beautiful Planet


Click on the photo to hear another great song for Earth Day.


2.  Make super simple Earth representations.  Use a large paper plate to trace circles on blue poster board or construction paper.  Make one circle for each child.  Provide children with green tissue paper squares to glue on planet Earth to represent the land.

This is green tissue paper but the photo caused it to loose its color.

3.  View nature-loving websites!   National Geographic Kids is a great way to motivate children to love and appreciate animals.  Their website has tons of videos for kids to watch on on mammals, fish, birds, and insects.  National Geographic Kids.

 4.  Wear "Earthy" themed clothing on Earth day.  Remind your students to do so as well.  Shirts with trees, flowers, or animals will work nicely.  I bought two inexpensive shirts.  One is green tie dyed and the other blue tie dyed.  I haven't decided which one I'll wear on Earth Day.  Hmm, will it be "Land" or "Sea"?


 5.  Freebie!  This printable will give you a little book for Earth Day.  Print it and read it to your class or make one for each of your students.  This book is in color.  I don't know how it will appear if you copy it with a black and white copy machine but you could try one and see what happens.  There is a link to another freebie within the freebie file.  The second freebie is for SMART Notebook.  You'll need SMART Notebook 11 software for the file to open properly.  This SMART Notebook file is identical to the book.  Sorry, there's no preview for it at this time.  I made the SMART Notebook file because I know some of you don't have access to a color printer.  I thought you might like to view the book on SMART Notebook if you can't print it.

I've included some directions for the freebie below.
 
Print the pages.  Copy single sided.
Fold all the pages.  Insert the folded pages into the cover page.  The folded sides face outward with the exception of the cover page.  The cover page is like a folder for the other pages to slip inside of.


Staple the side of the booklet shown in the picture.

Click on the front cover to get the freebie.






I've joined "Sunny Days in Second Grade" to celebrate Earth Day.  View her blog by clicking the image ABOVE to find more ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day with your students.  Click on the image BELOW to read another post connected to Earth Day.



Lessons by Molly © 2013  All rights reserved.





Saturday, April 6, 2013

Free Teaching Resources!

I discovered this a great find for free teaching resources. There are goodies for grades pre-k through sixth grade.  Thought I'd share.
Teaching Blog Addict - Ultimate Freebie

Monday, April 1, 2013

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