December Craft: Standing Christmas Tree

December is here. There are lights strung all along the streets, wreathes on people’s doors, and Christmas trees everywhere. With only two weeks to go until Christmas, and even less time until winter break, students are bound to be antsy. If you are still looking for a fun holiday craft why not try this simple Standing Christmas Tree.

This craft is great for younger students as it is very simple and still allows for creativity! Students will have a blast decorating their trees with different colors of ornaments, and they will be thrilled when they can make it stand with nothing more than glue and a toilet paper roll!

So, here is what you’ll need…

Materials: tree12

Construction Paper – Green, yellow, and miscellaneous colors
Toilet Paper Roll
Hole Puncher

You can find instructions, complete with pictures, of how to complete the craft HERE.

This fun craft is sure to get students in the holiday spirit. Use the trees as decorations for your classroom, or simply let students take them home. And don’t feel limited by construction paper ornaments…there are many other things you can use if you want to do something different! Glitter, beads, or foam can be used instead of, or in conjunction with construction paper ornaments.

A warm Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year from all of us to you, your students, and your families.

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Thanksgiving Craft: Turkey Card

Thanksgiving is just over a week away! Are you still looking for a fun activity to do with your class? We here at have come up with a fun craft to get your students in the Thanksgiving spirit!

Often the meaning of Thanksgiving is forgotten amid the excitement of a big meal and family. It is important that students realize that Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what they are thankful for. To help with that we present this craft…a turkey card!

Students will make a fun card in the shape of a turkey for a family member, friend, or whoever they want! This can be used for them to express that they are thankful and grateful for this person. It is a fun way to remind students of what is important during the holiday season.


Brown Construction Paper
Orange Construction Paper
White Printer Paper
Wiggle Eyes

You can download a PDF with the full instructions, including pictures, HERE.

Watch this blog for more crafts, tips for teachers, and more! We hope all of you enjoy the Thanksgiving break. Don’t forget to take some time to count your blessings.

Until next time!

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October Craft: Garbage Bag Ghost

We’re just over halfway through October, which means Halloween is approaching! Many students love Halloween for the costumes, the decorations, and of course, the candy. While we can’t offer you the candy, we can give you instructions to a fun and simple craft to do with your students!

The garbage bag ghost is a classic, and everyone does it just a tiny bit differently. For the craft this month, is offering our own take on this great decoration!

Materials: ghost craft

White Garbage Bag
Black Marker

You can find the PDF with the full instructions, including pictures, HERE.


These ghosts can be hung around your classroom or sent home with students to decorate their homes and yards with. It won’t cost you much to provide the materials to all your students, and who doesn’t love a ghost?

We hope you have a fun and spooky Halloween. Enjoy the craft!

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Weekly Giveaway: Sight Words Bingo

You only have one day left to enter the weekly giveaway! And trust us, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to win this week’s prize. This week we’re giving away a copy of Sight Words Bingo!


This educational game is aimed at grades 2 and 3. The game reinforces sight word recognition! There are six different ways to play this game, and up to 36 people can play at one time. The game also comes with a reproducible notebook chart. There are many age appropriate words included in this game. Some examples of these words are: Able, believe, certain, enough, feed, great, held, learn, nothing, question, return, smile, visit, and many more! This game contains 36 playing cards, 169 calling cards, and 500 bingo markers.

To be eligible for the giveaway, you must share the weekly giveaway Facebook post by October 17th at 10:00 AM CST. Check your privacy settings because we must be able to see that you shared the post. The winner will be messaged on Facebook, so watch your “other” inbox. You have until October 24th to claim your prize.

Good luck!

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