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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Make Your Own Santa

I've been feeling very holly-jolly this week and so I decided to make a little printable Christmas craft to share.  I'll be trying it out with my niece this weekend.  Hope you enjoy it!

These cut n' glue Santas would be perfect for ornaments.  You could also use craft brads to attach their arms and legs and have a paper doll with moving parts.

Little kids (3- to 4-year-olds) will need a hand with scissors.  5- to 6-year-olds should be able to complete this activity on their own.  

There are two versions in the PDF: a traditional red and black color version which  only needs a face drawn on, and a blank version which you can color however you like.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Continents and Oceans Free Printable

Woo hoo!  I just finished a series of crosswords about geography.  Here is a freebie covering the continents and oceans.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Printable Planet Crossword

Here is a printable freebie for you guys,  you can print the PDF with answer sheet here.
Hope you enjoy it!

Animal Crossword

Here is a new crossword about animals for you!

  This puzzle can be used to explore vocabulary such as: mammal, reptile, bird, fish, amphibian, predator, prey, mate, primate, limb, and flightless.
I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Printable Animal Card Game!

I collected some of my Crossword Critters  and turned them into a set of cards.  Just print, color, and play!
You can print them from here.

 These are perfect for playing Memory.  You probably know this game already.  The cards are placed face down and players take turns turning over two at a time.  If the two match then the player keeps the pair, if not then the next player goes.  The goal is to remember the placement of the cards as well as you can and end the game with the most pairs.  

I have also used these cards for a version of Go Fish based on animal classes.  Start with three cards each if you have four players or four cards each if you have two or three players.  The remainder of the cards go in the center (the "fish pond").  Take turns asking any one other player if they have a mammal/reptile/etc.  If it's a perfect match you place the pair face up in front of you.  If they have the right class of animal but it's not a perfect match then you keep it and the next player goes.  If they don't have any animals in the class you are looking for then the next player goes.  The game is over when there are no cards left in the fish pond.  The winner is the player with the most pairs.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tundra Teaching Activities

PBS has some ideas for activities to teach about the tundra.

As does Scholastic, for example this nifty tundra animal wheel.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Spot the International Space Station

I got to wave hello to some astronauts last night.  Not sure if they saw me but it's the thought that counts I guess.  A few weeks ago I signed up for NASA's Spot the Station alerts and now I get an e-mail giving me a heads up anytime the International Space Station will be visible in my area.  

I wasn't sure what it would look like and was nervous that I would miss it altogether.  I actually stared at a point of light for about a minute and a half ("Is that moving? Maybe it's moving. No, I'M moving.  Stop pacing around self!") before remembering that anything twinkling is a star (see astronomical scintillation).  Once I stopped fixating on the wrong thing I immediately saw a very bright, fast-moving light flying overhead.  It was like a shooting star on steroids- unmistakable and very, very cool. 

NASA has a 79-page printable packet of lesson plans and activities all about the Space Station.

There are also some fun ideas for talking about life in space on Discovery Education's website.