Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – A giant construction paper beanstalk hangs from the ceiling tiles making for a whole-class creation that adds a touch of magic to the room!

Jack And The Beanstalk Craft

After it’s put together, kids can have fun re-telling the story of Jack And The Beanstalk using character puppets made out of construction paper and popsicle sticks!

Instructions

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  1. Start out with a piece of green construction paper.

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2. Use a green marker to draw a spiral outward, starting in the center of the construction paper.

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3. Cut around the spiral shape and cut off the edges of the paper with scissors. Make a crevice where the kids will begin cutting into the spiral.

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4. Pour a tiny bit of glue over the paper and sprinkle it with some glitter for extra magical effect! Leave overnight to dry.

5. Cut out leaves, beans, and sprigs. Make curly sprigs by cutting thin strips of green construction paper. Wrap them around a pencil, slightly unrolling afterward.

6. Create leaves by cutting football shapes out of the green construction paper. Curl these around a pencil slightly. Beans are just slightly elongated football shapes.

7. The kids can also cut out their own leaves too but you can lay some precut leaves out on the tables for inspiration.

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8. Kids begin by cutting along the spiral until they have a long curvey beanstalk.

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9. Next, glue on some paper leaves, beans, and curly sprigs!

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10. Hole punch the end of each beanstalk and tie a small loop of yarn to the end of each one.  String a longer piece of yarn through the yarn loops on the individual beanstalks and attach the whole thing to the ceiling tiles by this string.

Now all you need are some kindergarten-made character puppets and kids can use their imaginations to re-enact the story of Jack And The Beanstalk!

Jack and the Beanstalk Craft – Make Your Own Giant Beanstalk!

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Jack And The Beanstalk Books

 

Jack And The Beanstalk Toys

 

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A Lion Puppet Craft – Based on the book, Dandelion by Don Freeman

This cute lion puppet craft includes a free printable lion template for you to download and print. The inspiration for this craft came from the children’s book, Dandelion by Don Freeman, a book about a lion who nobody recognizes.

Lion Puppet Craft ImageFor this craft you will be using brown and yellow construction paper to make a lion puppet that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

For this craft you will need:

Directions

1. Download the Lion Face Template.pdf.

2. Print the Lion Face Template.pdf on yellow construction paper. Each page has two lion faces on it so you will only need half as many copies of the  Lion Face Template.pdf.

3. Cut the paper down the middle so there is one lion face on each half and one for each student.

4. Download and print the Lion Mane Template.pdf onto light brown construction paper.

5. Cut out the mane piece and snip carefully around the edge, towards the middle,  to create the look of fur.

6. Cut out the lion face and glue the face onto the mane.

7. Finally, tape a straw onto the back side to complete your lion puppet!

Get your copy of Dandelion by Don Freeman

Dandelion by Don Freeman Book

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Star of David Stained-Glass Ornaments Kids Can Make!

These Star of David Ornaments are made using tissue paper and popsicle sticks!  They’re the perfect kid-made gift to send home during the holidays and a fun craft to go along with Hanukkah-themed books and lessons!

Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own Star of David “stained-glass” ornaments!

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We hung our ornaments in the windows and the sunlight shining through created a beautiful stained-glass effect!

 

Star of David Stained Glass Ornament Image

 

Materials Needed:

Getting The Star Frames Ready 

After gathering your materials, you will create the star frames out of popsicle sticks. Each ornament uses six popsicle sticks.

Glue three popsicle sticks together to make an equilateral triangle. Repeat until you have two triangles for each ornament you will be making.

Let the triangles dry separately for about 10-15 minutes.

Once they are dry, place the triangles on top of one another facing opposite directions to see where they will connect. Add a few dots of glue and press the triangles together until they stick on their own. Set the star frame(s) aside to dry.

 

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Thin some glue by putting it in a little bowl and mixing it with some water.  This way, you can paint the strips of tissue paper onto the star and the paintbrush does all the work! Just a little bit of glue is all you need to make the tissue paper stick.

You might want to show your kids how to lay the strips of tissue paper over the popsicle sticks and paint the glue mixture on, starting where the paper touches the popsicle sticks.   The glue mixture will soak through the tissue paper and, when it dries, all the tissue paper pieces will be permently attached to the star frame!

 

Making The Ornament

The Final Steps

After each child has finished adding the tissue paper to their star, you (or another adult) can touch up the stars before letting them dry. Use a paintbrush dipped in the water/glue solution and smooth out the edges of the tissue paper pieces. Fill in any gaps with a little extra tissue paper and just kinda touch them up a little bit, only if you want and the kids don’t mind!  You may also prefer to leave them as they are.

Place the star ornaments aside and let them dry for 30 minutes to an hour.  Some kids may go overboard with the glue water so those may take a little longer to dry.

 

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I added names to small paper plates to help me keep track of who’s star was who’s but I felt like that was kind of wasteful. Next time I might try writing names on pieces of masking tape and attaching that to each star.

Once the tissue paper is dry,  you can write each student’s name and the year on the ornament with a Sharpie.  You could even get fancy and use a metallic Sharpie if you have one!

 

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Another thing to do once the paper is dry is poke a little hole through the tissue paper near the inside of the top point on the star using a well-sharpened pencil.

Thread a piece of ribbon or string through the hole and tie it in a loop so it can hang in a window, or anywhere else the light can shine through.

 

 

Finished Star of David Ornament

 

Did You Know?

The Star of David is a six-pointed figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles. It is used as a Jewish and Israeli symbol and appears on the flag of Israel.

Books About Hanukkah for Kids

Before introducing this activity, I like to give my students a little background on Hanukkah by reading a book before we do the craft. Here are a few books you can use to help teach children about why people celebrate Hanukkah as well as the common symbols and traditions associated with this holiday.

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Shark Crafts for Kids

During our ocean unit, we spend a little time learning about sharks and make a few easy shark crafts. Sharks can be kind of scary but these crafts are mostly on the cute side.

Here’s a list of my favorite easy shark crafts for kids.

#1. Make These Paper Plate Sharks
You can make these little sharks out of paper plates. Here’s how:

Cut out a red circle for the inside of the mouth, triangles for the teeth, and half-ovals for the eyes.

Fold the bottom part and staple or tape the eyes in place and use a marker to color the dark part of the eyes.

For the back fin, cut a paper plate in half and fold the bottom edges so it can be attached with staples or tape.

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Image Credits: http://www.pupperoos.com/?page_id=388
#2. Make Paper Plate Shark Jaws
The shark jaws are just a little creepy! Fold and cut paper plates in a jagged line and around the outside to create some realistic shark jaws!

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Source: Dollar Store Crafts Paper Plate Shark Jaws
#3. Create A Recycled Paper Towel Roll Shark
Reuse paper towel rolls to make this shark craft.  Cut out a triangle from one opening on the cardboard roll.  This will make 2 triangles.  Glue one to the back and one to the top to make the fins.  Paint the whole thing blue.  Add some small triangles cut from white paper to make the teeth, and glue into place.  Add google eyes and paint on some gills to complete your shark craft!

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Source: jennwa.blogspot.com/2008/06/toilet-paper-shark.html
#4. Color These Realistic Shark Coloring Pages
Here is a realistic looking shark coloring page that you can download for free. Click the picture below for the full-sized image)

 

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Source: http://www.bestcoloringpagesforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Tiger-Shark-Coloring-Pages.jpg

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Source: http://coloringkids.org/wp-content/uploads/shark-coloring-pages-7.jpg

Cartoon Shark Coloring Page

Here is a cartoon shark that would make a good puppet. Color and cut around the edge of the image.  Tape a popsicle stick to the back.  Use one of the images above to make a more realistic shark puppet.

 

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Source: http://discoverykids.com/img/images/Shark-1.jpg

#5. Create A Paper Plate Shark

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You can make this paper plate shark craft with some paint and craft foam. Visit Craft-Crafted.com for detailed instructions.

 

#6. Make A Cupcake Liner Shark

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Follow these directions on IHeartCraftyThings.com to make this shark craft out of cupcake liners.  http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2015/04/cupcake-liner-shark-kids-craft.html

#7. Make A Shark Fin Hat to Wear

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Make a shark fin hat out of blue or grey construction paper and pretend you are a shark. So fun if you are a kid!

Full instructions on GluesticksAndGumdrops.com.

#8. Create a Newspaper Shark

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Kids can make this shark craft with some newspaper, construction paper google eyes, & a little glue.  SourceNewspaper Shark Craft by I Heart Crafty Things.

#9 Make this Balancing Paper Plate Shark

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This paper plate sharp balances on his own. Artsy Momma has the full instructions here: Paper Plate Shark by Artsy Momma

#10 Make A Popsicle Stick Shark

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This activity is all about sharks and shapes! Glue popsicles into a triangle shape, then paint them grey.  Attach grey paper fins, tail, and body. Finally, add white foam or paper teeth and a google eye.  Find the original instructions here: Glued To My Craft’s Blog Triangle Shark Craft.

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Click here to visit my Ocean Crafts and Activities Board on Pinterest for a collection of underwater inspired activities. I put shark activities I find here, as well as other sea life and ocean crafts and activities  —->

If you liked these crafts, you might like the Baby Shark Song: Lyrics, Movements,  and Music Videos.

Baby Shark is a fun shark song & movement activity!  Dance and have a shark-themed sing-along!

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