Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Mothers Day Gift Idea for Prep or Kindergarten

With Mother's Day just around the corner I thought I'd share what my Prep class made their mums this week. 

I originally made these Bottle Blossom Trees a few years ago for an event my previous school. Click here to see that post. 
bottle blossom trees

Now, that I am teaching at a different school, I thought I'd re-use that idea to make a special artwork for Mother's Day. 

Students coloured in the tree stump and traced over the words:

Then printed using the bottom of a soft drink bottle. (Hint: You have to find bottles that have a flower pattern on the bottle- not all do).
Viola! The finished artwork:

You could also make the "trunk" thinner and colour it green for a bunch of flowers.
We also made cards for our mums. 
First we marble painted onto white paper, and cut out a heart shape:
Then we assembled the card and wrote a special message inside for mum.

I'd love to hear what you or your students made mum this year. Comment below!

Till next time, 
Stay Joyful
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Friday, 8 January 2016

Australia Day Activities for Early Years

There's just one week before I head back to school, and 2 weeks before the students start their first week of the new school year.  I've been thinking a lot about activities and ideas for that first week back. This year, my preppies come for a day, then we have a public holiday for Australia Day, then they come back the day after for their second day of school.
Some years I will admit I let Australia Day activities slide because it happens before the students start, but this year I feel I have to do something. 
As this national holiday falls in the first week back, the activities have to be super simple and the content not to in depth.

So I've updated my best selling product- Australia Day Pack for Early Years. 

Here's what's inside:

One less thing to research/prepare in your first week back!

Just print and go! Many options to choose from depending on the grade level.

Simple and easy to complete- perfect for first week of school.

Students can write for themselves in higher grades or teacher can scribe in lower grades.

And for a bit of cooking fun, I've included 2 Aussie recipes that you can make with your students as well.

Hope the Australia Day Pack for Early Years, makes your first week back just that little bit easier.

Head on over to my TPT store to download the pack for yourselves. 

Till next time,

Monday, 21 December 2015

Gift Tag Templates

It's that time of year when people seem to really pull out all the stops with gift wrapping. Each year the presents seem to more and more creative and beautiful. From the outside that is. 

I will admit, I have never followed through with any well made plans to decorate my gifts in a pin-worthy style. Sure, my boards are filled with great and clever ideas. They just never eventuate in real life. 

This year I decided to make one small step toward pin-worthy gift giving. Granted, Christmas is not all about the gifts, but I know how much I appreciate a well presented present. 

So this year, instead of writing the names in marker on the front, I decided to add a cute gift tag:

DIY Gift Tags

Now, my mission to find cute gift tags was a tricky one. I didn't want to spend much, but all the cheap tags are super tacky with santa's and reindeer motifs all over them. Not what I was after. 
So I made my own! Using my birthday present (Wacom Tablet) which has sat unused in its box for half a year now!

I wanted to share the tags I made with you too. You can get them from my TPT store here. There are 40 different tag templates altogether.

When you download them, they are just clip art. But print on pretty paper and voila! Cute gift tags!

DIY Gift Tags

Hope you find them useful this Christmas!
Gift tag template

Stay Joyful!