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Cardboard Flowers Craft for Kids

These cardboard flowers are the perfect art and craft project for for kids to do for spring crafting, Mother's Day, or for a fun boredom buster/ rainy day activity.  With this fun and easy art and craft using cardboard, your kids will have a blast creating a unique and colorful bouquet of flowers that will never fade away.  Grab a few simple supplies and start creating some beautiful cardboard flowers to display in your home! 


CARDBOARD FLOWERS
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My girls are always looking for a way to bring out our paint supplies, and these cardboard flowers were the perfect art and craft project to unleash their creativity and have fun together!  My 3 and 10 year old had a merry time painting and creating a lovely bouquet of cardboard flowers.

This art and craft using cardboard project:

  • makes for a easy and fun Mother's Day gift.
  • is a great way to enjoy spring crafting (can never have too many flower crafts after a long winter!).
  • is a simple project when kiddos are bored or stuck inside because of the rain (doesn't paint and a little mess lift everyone's mood a bit?!).  
  • is easy for kids of all ages to create.

CARDBOARD FLOWERS


Supplies:


CARDBOARD FLOWER CRAFT FOR KIDS


Have an adult prep the activity by cutting pieces of cardboard into 3(ish) inch circles.  Free hand is totally fine, but if you'd like an outline, simply grab a circular object and trace around it on a piece of cardboard.

I cut several large and small circles out from our embarrassingly large cardboard box pile that has accumulated in our garage.

With several circles cut, enlist your kids to start painting!  

FLOWER CRAFT FOR KIDS USING CARDBOARD

It was actually quite fun to watch my girls paint; they each had their own way of creating their cardboard flowers.  My 3 year old haphazardly painted with whatever colors were closest to her, whereas my 10 year old was thinking up all kinds of designs and was quite intentional with her color choices.

Both my girls had a great time creating together!  They typically play well with each other, but it's always nice to have an activity that a variety of age ranges and personalities can work on at the same time. 

painting cardboard flowers

FLOWER ART AND CRAFT USING CARDBOARD


Encourage your child to paint a large and small circle.

Once dried, use a glue gun to adhere the small circle on top of the large circle.  To finish off the flower, glue a pom pom to the center of the small cardboard flower.

Glue a green craft stick to the back of the cardboard flower.  Alternatively, if you do not have green craft sticks, paint the 'natural' colored sticks green.

With some cardboard scraps painted green, cut and glue them to the craft stick to make leaves.

painting flowers art and craft using cardboard

And no surprise to us, but we painted MANY cardboard flowers-- we simply couldn't just paint one!  My girls created enough to make two bouquets!

CARDBOARD FLOWER BOUQUET KIDS CAN MAKE


Whether you make one or several, add this kids flower craft to your spring decor by adding it to a vase or extra pot you have.

To fill in the pot, we added some green shredded paper and tissue paper.

flower art and craft using cardboard


Have fun and get creative creating some unique cardboard flowers of your own.  Keep it simple with paint or add some fun extras like:

  • glitter
  • sequins
  • buttons
  • sharpie marker designs
  • stickers
  • ... the sky is the limit!
To create ''petals'' from the cardboard flower, snip slits around the outside of the large circle.


kids flower craft

Bring out the paints and make some cardboard flowers today!  They are a FUN and easy spring craft for kids of all ages!  

flower art and craft using cardboard

FLOWER CRAFTS FOR KIDS




FREE Find the Letter Worksheets

There are so many fun ways to teach your toddler, preschool, and/or Kindergartener the letters of the alphabet from shaping letters into play doh to playing with letter manipulatives to utilizing fun worksheets and printables like these FREE find the letter worksheets!  Grab these no-prep preschool letter worksheets and have your child hunt for each letter of the alphabet a-z!


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FIND THE LETTER WORKSHEETS


These no-prep preschool letter worksheets will help your child build letter recognition, visual discrimination skills, and strengthen fine motor skills.  Kids will LOVE the space theme as they hunt for matching letters amongst the stars.  

As a parent, teacher, and/or care-giver you will LOVE that these preschool letter worksheets involve NO-PREP from you!  Well, you will need to press ''print'' on your computer and gather some manipulatives... but that's it! 


Ready... 3, 2, 1... FIND THE LETTERS!!


PRESCHOOL LETTER WORKSHEETS


With a fun space theme, each find the letter worksheet tasks your child to find a one of the letters of the alphabet. At the top of each worksheet, your child will see ''Find all the Letter ___'s"  By which, your child will use manipulatives of your choice to search for the matching uppercase letter.  


Supplies:

  • copy of find the letter worksheet
  • page protector (optional)
  • manipulative of choice 
PRESCHOOL LETTER WORKSHEETS


You can use any manipulatives you like, but in keeping with the space theme on the worksheet, I had my 3 year old use star beads.  Once she found the matching letter, she covered it with the star bead.  Using small manipulatives provides a great way to strengthen fine motor skills!


Other manipulative ideas:

  • play dough
  • buttons
  • rolled up foil balls (might kinda look like a ''moon rock'')
  • Do A Dot marker
  • crayons

Have your child continue to hunt for the matching letter until all are found!


FIND THE LETTER M WORKSHEET

ALPHABET WORKSHEETS A-Z


No-prep preschool letter worksheets are a saving grace!


Your preschooler can easily use these find the letter worksheets while homeschooling other kids, while you are prepping dinner, in the car, or while waiting for appointments.  They can be re-used if placed in a page protector and/or laminated. 


They are a perfect addition to your SPACE preschool lesson plans!  Add these alphabet worksheets along with these other fun, hands-on space activities:


All the while your child is building letter knowledge, learning how to distinguish and recognize the different shapes of each letter... and they are just plain FUN!  


Grab these alphabet worksheets a-z to help your child learn the letters of the alphabet! 


ALPHABET WORKSHEETS A-Z

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PRESCHOOL LESSON PLANS


Sorting Shapes Flower Garden Activity

April showers, bring May flowers.  Set up this fun, colorful low-prep sorting shapes activity for your toddler or preschooler; it's a perfect addition to your spring theme activities!  Your toddler or preschooler will create his/her own flower garden by sorting and matching shapes to a specific flower.  Enjoy!


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As the weather begins to turn for the better, signs of spring start popping up everywhere.  In the stores (hello flower and pastel decor!), outside as trees and a few flowers begin to start budding, and in our homeschool.  After a long winter, we welcome spring themes such as flowers, birds, rainbows, bugs & insects, etc. 

A few weeks ago I printed off our Spring Shapes Matching Worksheet for my 3 year old, who of course, just loved having ''school'' to do all her own.  So, with spring in the air I set up another activity that worked on sorting and matching shapes.  My 3 year old created her own shapes flower garden!

WHY ARE SHAPE SORTING ACTIVITIES IMPORTANT?


Shapes are one of the first things that young children can differentiate; they may not be able to verbalize it, but young children are able to sort and match various objects by their physical characteristics-- like its SHAPE!  And as we read and live life, shapes are one of the easiest concepts to point out to children.  Pointing out differing shapes will help solidify shape recognition and shape identification.  And being able to note differences- subtle and large- will help them in other content areas too, like when he/she is beginning to learn how to read and write!


There are MANY fun ways to teach your toddler and/or preschooler about shapes.  And as I mentioned above, they will be aware of the differences too.... just through PLAYING.  However, as a teacher and/ or parent, providing specific activities that encourage being able to distinguish between shapes solidifies their learning, and provides structured, yet hands-on teachable moments. 


SORTING SHAPES


Add this fun, hands-on shape sorting activity to your spring theme activities.  It's a great sorting activity for toddlers and preschoolers; it is easily adaptable and also works on shape recognition and shape identification!  This seemingly simple shape sorting activity works on so many important early learning skills.


Supplies:

  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • dot sticker
  • markers
  • glue stick

SHAPE SORTING FLOWER GARDEN ACTIVITY


Once you have gathered the materials, begin prepping this shape sorting activity for your toddler or preschooler by drawing two to three stems onto a piece of construction paper.  


Decide what two or three shapes you would like your child to practice identifying and draw a shape in the center of your dot stickers.  Alternatively, if you do not have dot stickers, simply draw a circle where the center of your flower would be and draw a circle, square, heart, triangle, etc. in the middle.


The shape in the center of the flower will direct him/her to match the shape ''petals'' to the correct flower.


shape sorting activity for toddlers

Once you have decided what shapes you would like your toddler or preschooler to sort, cut around five of each shape from construction paper. 


I had my daughter sort between circles, triangles, and hearts.  I cut five of each shape from colored construction paper; circles were orange, hearts were purple, and triangles were pink.  I spread them around the activity so she could sort and then match the shapes on the correct flower.


flower garden shape match

Once the activity was prepped and ready to go, I called my three year old over and we had a quick little chat about the colors and shapes on the table.


I encouraged her to sort the shapes by similar characteristics- shape and color, and then had her place the shape ''petal'' around the matching flower.


As your preschooler matches the shapes, a garden will begin to ''grow!''


Either as your child is putting the shape ''petals'' around the flower, or once your child has matched all the shapes, encourage your child to count how many petals are on each flower and/or how many petals there are all together!


flower shape match

MATCH THE SHAPES FLOWER ACTIVITY


Once your preschooler has matched the shapes, either leave the pieces unassembled so that your toddler or preschooler can do this activity again for a quick table-top activity .


OR, give your child a glue stick and have him/her glue down the shape ''petals'' to each flower, which will create a simple spring craft to add to your refrigerator or art wall!


shape match

This sorting shapes activity is easily adaptable so you can use other shapes and/or focus on other colors.  


For a little challenge, cut the same shape from different colored paper to create flowers of the same shape!


Either way, I think your toddler or preschooler will love this shape sorting activity as much as my 3 year old.  It's the perfect spring activity for little ones! 


I hope this inspires you to learn & play with SHAPES today! 


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FREE Ice Cream Math Printables Pack

You scream, I scream we all scream for.... ice cream math printables! 


Okay, that's not exactly how it goes, but ice cream makes everything sweet.... even math!   Grab these deliciously fun (okay, that may be far-fetched, too) ice cream printables at the bottom of the post.  They are perfect for your Kindergartener and/or 1st grade child. 



MATH ICE CREAM PRINTABLES


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In this printable math pack, you will find 6 different ice cream printables that can be used with your Kindergartener and/or 1st grader.  

They are perfect to use in addition to your math curriculum and/or as a way to reinforce what your child has learned during summer break.

These fun ice cream printables will make doing math so much sweeter! 

ICE CREAM PRINTABLES


This printable math pack contains 6 different math activities that work on concepts such as:
  • patterning
  • counting skills
  • addition
  • sequencing
  • number recognition
  • tracing practice

ICE CREAM ADDITION PRINTABLES


One ice cream math worksheet has your child work on 'making 10.'  Every ice cream cone has a number, and your child is to figure out what addend is missing, so that the cone equals 10.

Another worksheet works on simple addition as your child is asked to make combinations of ice cream and add up the scoops. 

Looking for more addition activities? Try these:

ICE CREAM I SPY PRINTABLE


We LOVE I SPY games!  On this worksheet, your child will need to differentiate and count the various ice cream cones.  Can they find them all?  This printable game is great for 1:1 correspondence and counting skills.

If your child can't get enough of these I SPY printables, check these out:

ICE CREAM PATTERNING PRINTABLE


One worksheet consists of having your child make various types of patterns.  Your child is tasked with making ABAB, AAB, ABB, and ABCABC patterns by drawing.  Patterning is a great early math skill to continue developing.

For more patterning activities, try these: 

ICE CREAM TRACING NUMBERS WORKSHEETS


The last two printables included in this math pack work on numbers to 20.  One worksheet simply tasks your child to trace the numbers to 20.  The other tracing numbers worksheet includes a few numbers missing so that your child can fill them in.

For learning numbers beyond 10, try these fun activities:
Enjoy these ice cream math printables!  

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ICE CREAM MATH PRINTABLES



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Make Fractions Fun! 30 Hands-on Activities and Games!

Make teaching and learning fractions FUN for everyone involved with these hands-on fraction activities!  ''Seeing'' and ''touching'' what a fraction represents is key (I think) to understanding just what a fraction is and what the numbers mean.  Add some hands-on fraction activities to explore fractions with your students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade!

FRACTION ACTIVITIES

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You say, ''Fractions"

I run and hide. 

Okay, I might not do that... but, I am tempted.  Fractions were definitely part of my "I'm just no good at math'' self- talk.  It's a shame, too, because there are SO many fun ways to teach and practice fractions that are engaging for both the teacher and student.  

Don't let your student cringe with fear when your fraction unit comes up.  Instead, have FUN!   I hope this list of 30 hands-on fractions activities will give you a fresh new way to teach and practice fractions.

TEACHING FRACTIONS

 
Check out these hands-on ways to make learning fractions fun, hands-on, and memorable! 


Use everyday objects as Fraction Manipulatives

These Fraction Help Mats are great for visual learners! 

Or print out this Visual Fractions Anchor Chart that can be kept in a math folder and/or cut up to use as manipulatives. 

Print these Fractions Flashcards for review!

Make fraction manipulatives out of pool noodles! 

POOL NOODLE FRACTIONS



Using a number line to teach fractions is great for visual learners; here's 6 hands-on activities.

Teach fractions using these bright colorful Fraction Pies; learning how to find the equivalence of a fraction will help the child in reducing fractions since we always write fractions in the smallest number

These Fraction Puzzles help provide practice with equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and placing fractions on a number line

FRACTION PUZZLES



Keep these Fraction Bookmarks near your math book. 

Kiddos still not quite understanding?  Totally understandable, fractions can be tricky!  Check out these 5 Tips on How to Teach Fractions

Or, read a book or two about fractions! Check out this Fractions Booklist. 

PRACTICING FRACTIONS


If the official introduction and teaching part are over, put what you know into practice!  Here's a  fun list of games and activities to practice what your student knows... and is also a way for you to see maybe what your student has not truly grasped yet. 

Enjoy making practicing fractions fun with this bunch of activities! 

Recognize fractions with these Fraction Pizza Clip It Cards

Games make learning anything fun, including fractions!  Play Apples Eqivalent Fractions Memory Game

Or try this Missing Numerators board game, which when answered moves his/her game piece around the board. 

Even kiddos who may not enjoy learning fractions won't be able to pass up playing Fractions BINGO

FRACTIONS BINGO



Whip up a Fraction Pizza (and check the post also showing how to use dominoes to practice fractions!)

Reducing fractions is fun with this pirate themed game!  Or this race car themed game

Print these low-prep Back to School Fractions Printables  for comparing fractions; there's a couple fun ways to use these pencil fraction puzzles! 

BACK TO SCHOOL FRACTIONS


For kids just learning fractions, print these ladybug themed math printables. 

Knowing fractions is helpful in the kitchen! Apply what you are learning with this Measurement Game

Get kiddos moving by playing Fraction Basketball

Create some cute Fractions Snowmen!  Or you might also like this Fraction Flower Craft

FRACTION FLOWERS



Grab a deck of cards and play Fraction War

Teach equivalent fractions with this hands-on activity.  Or play a game of Equivalent Fractions Spoons! (side note, I think SPOONS is the best.game.ever!)

For 4th-6th graders learning how to convert fractions to decimals, print this free game! 

Review fractions via Secret Code

FUN FRACTION ACTIVITIES



Hope you found some great new fraction resources, games, and activities to use with your student(s)!