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!

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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!

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Directions

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1. Start out with a piece of large 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. 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!

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Piñata Craft ~ A Cinco de Mayo Craft for Kids

Piñata Craft

Last week, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, we made this colorful piñata craft!  The kids worked so hard on them and I think they turned out really nice!

Materials Neededpiñata outline

  • Tissue Paper
  • White copy paper
  • Construction paper
  • Piñata Outline
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions

 

  1. Print the piñata outline on copy paper & cut out one for each student.

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2. Cut small squares of tissue paper of various colors and set aside in a small bowl or two.

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3. Cut some thin strips of tissue paper and set aside.

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4. Add glue to a small area on the piñata template and spread it around with your finger.

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5. Before the glue dries, cover the area with the tissue paper squares.  Continue to glue and add tissue paper until all or most of the paper is covered.

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6. Add details, such as a mane using the thin strips of construction paper.kids piñata craft image

7. Glue the piñata to a piece of construction paper for a background and add an eye.  We used sticker eyes, but googly eyes would work great too! This is the final step!  Check out a few of our finished piñata crafts!

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Like this craft? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

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11 Easy Outer Space Crafts for Kids

Outer Space, Space Shuttle, Astronauts and Aliens – Here are 11 Easy Space Crafts for Kids!

1. Make a Paper Space Shuttle Craft

For this space shuttle craft, you can make your own space shuttle or rocket ship and a fun outer space scene by using construction paper!

Materials

  • Black and yellow construction paper
  • Additional construction paper and scraps of various colors
  • Glue Sticks

Directions

1. Assemble the space ship, using various shapes of construction paper.

2. Decorate the background by cutting out planets and stars and gluing them onto the black construction paper (space stickers would also work well for this part.)

3. Glue the space ship onto the background.

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Note: You can prepare different shapes ahead of time that kids can use to “build” their space shuttle.

Add space stickers for a fun twist!

 

2. Color and Decorate this Astronaut Paper Doll

Use the printable below to make your own astronaut paper dolls!  It’s the perfect activity to try during the community helpers unit!

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Click here to go to Education.com and Download the Astronaut Paper Doll Printable

 

3. Create a Portal to Outer Space with Paper Plates

Source: http://funfamilycrafts.com/space-ship-porthole/

I couldn’t find directions for this cute craft but it looks like it was made by using two paper plates, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and aluminum foil. Here is how I would make this craft:

Materials: 2 paper plates, black glitter paper, green card stock, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, stapler, scissors, and glue

Directions: Cut out the center of one of the paper plates for an opening.  Cut a circle, the same size as the paper plate, out of sparkly black glitter paper and glue it onto the back paper plate.  Cut out and glue circles for planets onto this background.  Create a ring around the planet by bending a pipe cleaner and gluing in place.

Fold aluminum foil around the front paper plate and into the circular opening that you cut out. Glue the aluminum foil into place.  Use green card stock and pipe cleaners to create a little green alien and attach it to the front paper plate for a neat 3D effect.  Staple the front and back plates together and attach some string to the back so you can hang up this cute craft on the wall!

 

4. Make an Alien Head Band

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What a fun dress up/ dramatic play idea.  I love the pipe cleaners and big googly eyes!  I’ve made similar alien headbands, by simply using construction paper for the headband and tentacles (that’s what I call the long things the eyes are connected to)

This idea uses a few more materials but I really like the look of the finished product!

For detailed instructions, click here: http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2011/02/alien-dress-up.html

 

5.  Make this Spaceship and Moon Craft by ArticulateGallery.co.uk.

Here are the instructions –  http://www.articulategallery.co.uk/blog/how-to-make-a-3d-spaceship-paper-craft/ (or click on the image below)

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6. Make a Space Book

 

I think this is the greatest thing.  Full instructions here.

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7. Make A Space Collage

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Draw circles on a piece of paper and have kids paint them.  Cut them out.

Use a toothbrush to flick some paint on a piece of black construction paper.

Glue the painted circles on and you have a cool space collage!

 

8. Play with Homemade Galaxy-Doh

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I love the colors in this play-doh!  Combine the ingredients to make the base, then let kids add glitter, stars, and marbles to create their own galaxy!  Recipe and full instuctions here on FairyDustTeaching.com

 

9. Make a Paper Plate Flying Saucer

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This page on CraftsByAmanda.com will show you how to put together a cool paper plate flying saucer craft.  In her instructions she uses a hot glue gun, but I would let the kids use a bottle of white Elmer’s glue to paste the craft jewels on.

10. Create A Solar System Mobile

solar system printable thumbnailThis free solar system printable of the planets and sun in our solar system makes for a great solar system mobile.  You can download a PDF of the solar system image by clicking here or on the image on the right.

Punch holes on the edge of a paper plate where you want to attach the planets.  I put holes on the outer edge for the planets, and have the sun hanging from the middle.  You can also forgo the hole punching altogether, and just tape the pieces onto the paper plate.

Have your kids decoplanet-mobilerate the paper plate with their name and stars or even black paint if you want.

When they are done decorating, put the plate aside and let them color and cut out the planets.  You can set each student’s planet cut outs on the plate they decorated.  This is a good way to store them if you are making a whole bunch, especially with younger kids because most of them will need help attaching the planets.

Connect a piece of string to the back of each planet cutout with tape and tie or tape to each plate.

You can tape the mobile directly on the ceiling or you can poke 2 holes in the middle of the plate with scissors and tie on a string so you are able to hang up the mobile.

11. Outer Space Coloring Pages

Just print and color for another easy space craft!  Here are a few space-themed coloring pages from around the web!

 

 

 

Outer Space Crafts on Pinterest

Check out my Outer Space Crafts and Activities Board on Pinterest for even more Space-Themed activities!

Have a space craft you want to share? Email me or leave a link in the comments section below and I can add it to the list!

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Saint Patrick’s Day Activities

I’ve been having so much fun looking for Saint Patrick’s Day Activities for this month and I’ve found some pretty amazing projects to try in the classroom!  Here are some of my favorites. Click on an image to view the original source.

Saint Patrick’s Day Rainbow Activities

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Next, here is a recipe to make some Saint Patrick’s Day slime!

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For this Pot of Gold Sight Word Activity,  students practice writing sight words on gold coins which they can keep in their black cauldrons.

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The 5 Little Leprechauns Poem to chant:

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I think it would be so much fun to make a leprechaun trap like the one below!

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This page has several ideas making different kinds of leprechaun traps.

And if you don’t catch him this time, here is a cute note you can print off and read to your kids!

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I am not sure of the original source of this note, so if you made it please let me know so I can give proper credit!

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