Quick & Easy Mother's Day Crafts for Kids

A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.


Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I thought I would share some of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.

Here are some adorable and EASY to make Mother's Day cards.


A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.

A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.

A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.

A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.

Cute Ideas for Planters andVases


A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.
From Fun-A-Day

A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.

I LOVE this one!
A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.

How about this ADORABLE canvas painting project from Twin Dragonfly Designs!

A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.
So stinkin' cute!!!!

This bright glass marble sun catchers looks beautiful.

A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.


These pretty framed prints would be easy to make with plain wooden frames fro Michael's or Hobby Lobby.
A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.
From Lil Luna

Or how about some delectable sugar scrub for Mom to pamper herself with?

A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.

Here's a fun photo op idea from Soaring Through 2nd.

A great collection of quick and easy Mother’s Day DIY crafts and gifts for.  Depending on your time and budget, these ideas range from simple to a little more complicated.

Here is a fun Mother's Day craftivity that I created just for you!

AThis bright and cheerful Mother’s Day craftivity contains every thing you need to make a beautiful Mother’s Day card with an ice cream theme.
This activity is available for sale in my 
but YOU can get it for FREE!
That's right!
followers can download the fun activity by clicking here.
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The freebie isn't for just anyone.
It's just for YOU!

And finally,
I created this set of photos honoring mothers.

A collection of beautiful images honoring Mothers

A collection of beautiful images honoring Mothers

You can download the ZIP file by clicking on the image above.
You can also access them on our FREEBIES page.

For even more wonderful Mother's Day ideas,
be sure to follow our Mother's Day Pinterest board.

Follow Hello's board Hello Sunshine - Mother's Day on Pinterest.
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Thanks for stopping by!

Monkey Kingdom



Spring is my favorite time for teaching science. Starting the first part of April we begin to work on our plants, animals, and habitat units. I love teaching these units! They are so much fun and there are so many cute things that you can do along with the units. It also helps that most of my little firsties love animals so they are actually focused on the units without me doing any crazy tricks. 


This year we ended up going to the Monkey Kingdom movie with our other first grade class and our third grade friends. It tied in perfectly with our animal unit and the kids loved it. I can’t believe how much they learned during the movie. They retained far more than I anticipated. Since they were so excited we spontaneously added an art project with a writing component. We made our own monkeys and then wrote things we learned about monkeys. I love how they turned out and I am so happy with the sentences my kiddos wrote.


Thank you for reading about our monkey project!
 

Spring Writing Freebie

Spring Writing Freebie


This is the time of year when the kids are getting a little antsy and want to be outside.  Why not bring a little of the outside into your classroom with this spring writing idea.  Students write a persuasive letter to their principal, trying to convince her why they should have a class garden.

 Spring Garden Writing Free Sample

Click here to download your free sample.
 Spring Garden Writing Free Sample





Nothing Says Spring Like Butterflies!

Hi there! It's Pam from Little Bird Kindergarten!
One of my favorite things about my teaching journey has been
how my units  have evolved over time. . . . It reminds me of taking out the Christmas decorations from our attic at home every year-  some things are forever cherished, some have seen better days, and some just don’t make the cut from out of the storage tub and
into the house! When I look into my tubs at school I find the same kind of situation. . . 
love it – trash it – or not this year!  
Just like with my Christmas decor, I always feel the need to update!
Updating my units breathes new life into my teaching! Adding new books, lessons, activities, etc. just makes me so happy! I love finding new and
different ways to engage my little ones with ideas that will insert
a broader range of standards and fun! It makes me feel like the longer
I teach (and update) the more I have to offer in purposeful, rich experiences for my little ones!

I re-wrote my Butterfly Life Cycle Unit two years ago, and have added more to it 
several times after that. Every year we order caterpillars (from Insect Lore) and hatch butterflies. It never gets old!
For me it just wouldn’t be spring without it! 
As the standards have changed,
I have added to my Butterfly Life Cycle Unit to include Close Reading with many writing
extensions. It was one of the first passages I wrote for my kids when
I was unable to find a short, worthy piece of text to fit my needs for teaching
the standards in a kindergarten and first grade friendly kind-of-way. It was
really the first time I saw kids respond to my writing in a way that
inspired me to write many, many more close reads! It has become
the cornerstone of my butterfly unit, and I am continually humbled
by the writing that has come out of the annotations my kids have done!


Much of the beauty of doing close reads in kindergarten (or any grade for that matter)
comes in the conversations that occur. Dialogue with their partner that includes
academic language, and content vocabulary, all in a most authentic way, is
the key element in producing all of this clever writing. 
The writing happens after synthesizing information
by listening, re-telling, discussion, and opportunities for multiple conversations, 
each time talking about something different. 







When a young child can create a pictorial representation
of this sort, add writing to it, discuss it, and explain it to me, it provides me the most compelling
evidence of deep understanding and mastery of standards, far more than
any high stakes assessment ever could. 
I am their teacher. I want to know
what they really know, how they can show it, and how it will ulitimately 
contribute to the pocketful of riches they have aquired to help make them
an articulate, educated human being that loves to learn and knows how to learn.
In this case it was about butterflies, but it’s just so much more than that.  :o)


This year our district has provided us with more technology resources!
Our kids used the i-pads to scan QR codes
to write about the butterfly life cycle. They loved finding the QR code reader on the i-pad, 
and then scanning their QR code recording sheet, which took them to the butterfly life
cycle anchor chart. It was so much fun to watch them use technology skills
to integrate science, ELA, and writing standards!
(Want to try it?? Grab it here for free!)


If you have never hatched butterflies in your classroom, I urge you to give it a try! 
(Appropriate for kids ages Pre-K – 100)!
Nothing says spring like butterflies, and it is such a wonderful way to let your kids
shine and show how much they know!
If you your butterfly unit needs some updating you
will find my resource by clicking on the picture below!
(On sale this through this week!)



Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Happy Spring!