Back-to-School Crafts And
Activities for Children

 

How to Make Ready-for-School Crafts

 

Wild About Learning Pencil Holder and Wild Thing Craft for Kids

Back to School Craft  -  Wild About School Pencil Holder and Wild Thing Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Tin Can

Duck Tape - Pink Zebra Print, Green Duck Tape, "Pink Lime Green Cheetah ,

Neon Green Pom Poms

Striped Pipe Cleaners

Craft Foam

Low Temperature Glue Gun or Aleene's Tacky Glue

Scissors

Wiggle Eyes

 

How to Make the Wild About Learning Pencil Holder and Wild Thing Craft:

1. Make sure your tin can is clean and dry.

2. Cut Duck tape pieces and stick them to the can to decorate it.

3. Make a matching wild thing using poms poms and pipe cleaners. Bend the pipe cleaners into arm and leg shapes and glue them to the pom pom with a low temperature glue gun.

4. Cut horn, mouth, and teeth shapes from craft foam and glue them to the pom pom. To finish glue on two different-sized wiggle eyes.

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Wild About Learning Paper Clip Bookmarks

Wild About Learning Paper Clip Bookmarks from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Four-inch Paper Clips - We found these at Michael's Craft Store

Brightly Colored Fuzzy Yarn

Low Temperature Glue Gun

Scissors

10 mm Wiggle Eye or Craft Eyes

 

 

 

 

How to Make the Wild Things Paper Clip Bookmarks:

paper clip diagram www.daniellesplace.com1. Cut pieces of yarn about six inches long placing them on top of each other until you have a nice pile of them. Pick them all up and string one end of the pile through the top of the paper clip.

2. Place a small amount of glue on the paper clip and then fold the pieces of yarn in half up over the glue forming a pom pom.

3. Cut another piece of yarn and use it to tie the folded pieces together forming the head and hair.

4. To finish glue on wiggle eyes or other doll eyes.

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Paper Clip Bookmarks

 

Paper Clip Bookmarks from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Four-inch Paper Clips - We found these at Michael's Craft Store

Striped Pipe Cleaners, Bright Colored Pipe Cleaners

Craft Foam

Low Temperature Glue Gun or Aleene's Tacky Glue

Scissors

Tiny Wiggle Eyes

 

 

 

How to Make the Paper Clip Bookmarks:

1. To make the caterpillar and bee wind pipe cleaners in alternating colors around the top of a paper clip. Make sure you leave the clipping end open so the paper clip can be clipped on a book page.

2. Use a low temperature glue gun to glue the pipe cleaners togehter. Use short pieces of pipe cleaner or wire to make the antennae.

3. To make the snail wind a pipe cleaner around the top of a paper clip so that part of it sticks out from the clip forming the head of the snail. Cut the shell shape from craft foam and glue it to the body.

5. To make the butterfly start by winding one end of a pipe cleaner around the top of the clip then form one side of the butterfly's wing making two loops. Do the same for the other side of the wings with another pipe cleaner. Wind another color around the center of the buttterfly to make the body. Add the antennae to the head before you finish the body by winding the pipe cleaner around a folded short piece of pipe cleaner. To finish glue on tiny wiggle eyes.

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Buggy Backpacks from Amazon.com

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Free Paper Lunch Bag Backpack Back-to-School Craft for Kids

 

Free Paper Lunch Bag Back-to-school Backpack Craft for Kids  www.daniellesplace.comThis craft is great for preschoolers and kindergarten children because it will help prepare them for school. Folding, taping, spacing, and placing things in straight lines are great ways for children to develop their hand-eye coordination.

What you will need:

Bright colors of card stock (heavy paper) or construction paper

Brown paper lunch bags

Glue

Computer printer paper

Crayons or colored pencils

Scissors

 

How to make a paper backpack:

1. Print out the backpack patterns at 125% onto card stock and cut them out. (Front Pattern) and (Back Pattern). (Printing Problems?)

2. Print out the school supplies pattern at 125% on to printer paper. Pattern 1 and PDF Pattern 2 (Printing Problems?)

3. Cut your lunch bag so it is 7 12" high. Glue the back pattern to the back of the lunch bag and fold over the flap. Glue the rest of the patterns to the bag as shown in the picture. Glue only the sides and bottom of the front pocket to the bag so that pencil and other things can be placed in the pocket.

You Can Use These Little Backpacks and Supplies for Many Things.

1. As a welcome back container. Write "Welcome Back on the outside of the backpack". Place letters to your student's parents, information about their new class, etc. in their backpacks to take home with them.

2. Have your children write their new vocabulary words on the front or back of each of the school supply pictures and take them home in their mini backpacks.

3. Any review materials can be carried in the backpack. For example, addition and subtraction review cards, spelling word lists, etc.

4. The school supply pictures can be cut apart and glued onto the back of pieces of construction paper. Make two copies of each item for each child so they can play a concentration game with them.

This craft also goes along with a Bible lesson, "Back to School with a Leap". The lesson is presented using a popular children's book "Froggy Goes to School". In the story Froggy has a dream that he forgot to get dressed for school and went to school in his underwear. Most children can identify with Froggy's uneasiness about starting school; and this book will help them deal with their fears with a little humor. The Bible lesson points out that Froggy forgot to do something else very important; he forgot to pray. Through this lesson your children will learn that we need to be prepared for school so that we will be successful; not only do we need the right clothes and supplies, but we need to prepare our hearts and minds.

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"Be Wise" Paper Cup Owl Craft for Kids

 

Owl Paper Cup Bible Craft for Sunday School www.daniellesplace.comThese owls will help give your child a good start to a new year in school. Each owl holds a different "wise" quote. Thinking about and writing about what it means to be wise will help give them the motivation to do their best this year.

What you will need:

16 oz. Foam or Paper Cups (Brown to save time)

Acrylic paint and colored pencils

Aleene's Tacky Glue

Printer Ppaper

Scissors

Paper Cup Owl Pencil Holder Craft www.daniellesplace.comHow to Make an Owl Paper Cup Craft:

1. Draw an owl face, wings, and feet onto printer paper, color them, and cut them out. (A Pattern for this craft is available to members only.)

2. Paint your cup to match the face and wings and glue them to the cup as shown in the picture. Note - For a quick and easy project buy brown paper cups from a party store. Your children can just use markers to draw feathers onto the cup.

3. Curl up one wing and glue it to the side of the cup so that the owl can hold its "wise saying" as shown in the picture.

4. You can also have your children punch holes in the top of the owl to make a pencil holder.

5. Find "Wise Quotes" from the Internet and write them on small sheets of colorful paper and then let your children pick the saying they like best. Instruct them to roll up the sayings Owl printable worksheet work sheet www.daniellesplace.comand place them in their owl's wing. ("Printable "Wise Quotes" Sheets are available to members.)

For a writing assignment have them write what the sayings mean to them on the owl printing sheet. (Use the Printable Owl Shape Writing Sheet available to members)

Wisdom Quotes

  1. "Don't think less of yourself, think of yourself less." Unknown
  2. "To be old and wise, you must first have to be young and stupid." Unknown
  3. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself." Unknown
  4. "The secret of happiness is not doing the things that you like but liking the things that you do."
    Unknown
  5. "The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you." John E. Southard
  6. "The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." Steven Wright
  7. "There's a difference between knowing the path and walking it." The Matrix ' Morpheous
  8. "When you realize God is all you have, you realize, God is all you needed in the first place." Unknown
  9. "An eye for an eye" leaves the whole world blind. Unknown
  10. "I've always believed that a lot of the trouble in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other." Ronald Reagan
  11. "No one can go back and make a brand new start, however anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." Carl Bard

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Owl Backpacks from Amazon.com

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My Pocket Buddy

This is a great craft for children who are apprehensive about starting school. Knowing that they have a Buddy in their pockets or backpacks will help them relax and ease them into the new school year.

My Pocket Buddy Rock Craft for Back to School Crafts www.daniellesplace.comMy Pocket Buddy
Written by Carolyn Warvel

When I reach into my pocket I find a little stone.
I put it there to remind me that I am not alone.
When I am scared or frightened I can always know,
That God is always with me no matter where I go,
Just like my little buddy, an ordinary stone.

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What you will need: Small river rocks, googly eyes, markers, and paper,

How to make a pocket buddy:

1. Print out the Poem Pattern and cut the poems apart. (Printing Problems?)

2. Have your children pick out a rock they would like to use and glue googly eyes on them.

3. They may also want to draw on hair and other face features.

4. Have them read the poem and place it in their pockets with their pocket buddy.

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ABC Printable Activity Sheets with Hands-on Learning Games and Activities

ABC Printable Activity Sheets with Hand-on Learning Games and Activities from www.daniellesplace.com

Go to the Ready for School Activities for Children Page for links to the ABC Activity Sheets and ideas to use the sheets including: Learning games, letter recognition games, a match game, beginning letter sounds games, a vocabulary display, writing the ABCs, and bean bag toss games.

 

Horned Owl Lunch Money Change Purse Back-to-School Craft

Owl Craft - Owl Lunch Money Change Purse Back-to-school Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

To learn how to make these cute owl purses go to the Owl Craft Page.

 

Monster Tabletop Garbage Bags

Monster-craft-tabletop Garbage Back Back-to-school craft from www.daniellesplace.comTeachers, children will love helping to clean up with these charming monster bags! Place them on your student's tables and tell them to feed the monsters with their paper scraps. Children will be much more interested in keeping their space clean, and you will probably find a lot less mess on the floor at the end of the day. When the "monster" is full it can be emptied into a larger garbage bag and used again.

You can prepare these ahead of time, or have each group of children at a table help design one for their table. You can also make these tabletop garbage containers out of recycled materials such as oatmeal canisters and milk jugs. See directions to make these below this craft.

 

What you will need:

Bright Color Paper Bags

White Craft Foam or Construction Paper for the Teeth

Pom Poms

Aleene's Tacky Glue or other Tacky Glue

Scissors, Paper Glue and/or Low Temperature Glue Gun , Bblack and other Colors of Construction Paper.

Other supplies you might use: Wiggle Eyes, feathers, feather boas, and buttons

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How to make Monster Desktop Garbage Bags:

1. To form the mouth cut a one-inch slit down the two front corners on the top of the bag and fold down the flap to the inside of the bag. (See diagram) Glue or tape down the flap.

monster bag Diagram 2 www.daniellesplace.com2. Fold down both sides from the bottom of the slits to the top of the back corners and then glue the flaps down on the inside. (See diagram on the left.)

3. Glue a piece of black construction paper to the inside back of the bag so that the mouth looks dark inside. This will also help the teeth to show up better.

4. The two monsters on the right side of the picture have feather boas and feathers glued to the top, back of the bag to make the monster's head. The monster on the left just has two pompoms glued on the back, top of the bag for eyes. The horns were made from rolled up fun foam. The tail was made out of rolled up red felt with a pompom glued to the end.

5. The teeth were made from white fun foam. The hands and feet were just drawn on construction paper with a black Sharpie and then cut out, and glued to the bag. The tongue was made from pink paper.

6. When you have finished your monster glue a sign that reads, "Feed Me!" to the Monster's hands. Feed Me Pattern Monster Bin Craft from www.daniellesplace.com(Printing Problems?)

 

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These monster bins were made by Paru's Preceptions.

 

 

 

Oatmeal Box Monster Tabletop Garbage Can Craft

Monster Craft - Monster Oatmeal Box Garbage Can Craft from www.daniellesplace.comThis monster tabletop garbage can is sturdier than the paper bag monsters above. If you use fun foam instead of construction paper for the feet and arms, it will last even longer.

What you will need:

Empty Oatmeal Canister

Craft Foam

Matching Acrylic Paint

Construction Paper

Pom Poms

Wiggle Eyes

Glue, Sharpie Marker, Printer Paper, Yarn and Scissors

 

How to Make Tabletop Monster Garbage Cans:

1. Cover the oatmeal canister with fun foam or construction paper.

2. Paint the lid with matching acrylic paint. When the lid is dry glue the lid to the canister at the back so that it leaves a crack in the front for the mouth.

3. Draw monster hands and feet on construction paper or fun foam with a black Sharpie, cut them out, and glue them to the canister.

4. Cut triangle shapes from white fun foam and glue them to the inside rim of the lid and top of the canister as shown in the picture.

5. Glue pompoms to the top of the lid and then glue googly eyes to the pompoms.

6. Print out the "Feed Me! Sign Pattern , cut out a sign and glue yarn onto the top corner. Hang the sign on the monster. (Printing Problems?)

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Toadly Awesome Milk Jug Tabletop Garbage Container Craft

Milk Jug Frog Garbabe Container Craft from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Lime Green Tissue or

Valspar Plastic Primer Spray Paint or Krylon Clear Plastic Primer Paint with Acrylic Patio Paint

Craft Foam

Low Temperature Glue Gun

Printer Paper

White Glue

Scissors with Sharp Point or Knife

Duck Tape

Paint Brush

Google Eyes

 

How to Make this toadly Awesome Craft:

1. To remove the label fill the jug up with hot water and let it sit for a minute. This will loosen the glue. Carefully pull off the label. Do not get the label wet before trying to remove it or it will just disintegrate and you will have a hard time getting it off. Once the label is remove you can wash and dry the plastic milk jug.

2. Cut a line from side to side at the top of the jug about one inch below where the jug starts to form the top of the jug as shown in the picture. Cut a one-inch section from the handle so that the top of the jug can be bent back and the mouth opened. Tape the remaining handle together so that the mouth stays open.

3. For this caft small pieces of green crepe paper were glued onto the jug to give this toad color. Add a small amount of water to white glue and paint it on the jug. Stick small pieces of crepe on top of the glue. Add more glue overlapping the pieces until the whole jug is covered. You may also want to add some to the inside of the jug. The belly of the toad is also made with different colors of crepe paper.

If you don't want to use the tissue paper technique you can spray paint the jug or paint it with acrylic paint. Spray the jug with plastic primer paint and then paint it with the acrylic patio paint or spray paint it with spray paint made for plastic. Spray paint works best because the craft foam sticks better to the spray paint than the acrylic paint.

4. Cut arms, legs, and a lily pad from green fun foam and glue them to the jug.

5. The eyes where made with white fun foam and green googly eyes. The tongue was cut from red fun foam.

6. Print out the "Feed Me!" Sign Pattern, cut out a sign and glue it to the frog's hands. (Printing Problems?)

Designed by Corrin Burner, age 10.

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Milk Jug Monster Tabletop Garbage Can

Milk Jug Monster Tabletop Garbage Can www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Tissue Paper

Valspar Plastic Primer Spray Paint or Krylon Clear Plastic Primer Paint with Acrylic Patio Paint

Craft Foam

Low Temperature Glue Gun

Printer Paper

White School Glue

Scissors with Sharp Point or Knife

Google Eyes

Duck tape

Paint brush and other items to decorate your Milk Jug

 

How to Make a Milk Jug Monster Tabletop Garbage Can:

1. To remove the label fill the jug up with hot water and let it sit for a minute. This will loosen the glue. Carefully pull off the label. Do not get the label wet before trying to remove it or it will just disintegrate and you will have a hard time getting it off. Once the label is remove you can wash and dry the plastic milk jug.

2. Cut a line from side to side at the top of the jug about one inch below where the jug starts to form the top of the jug as shown in the picture. Cut a one-inch section from the handle so that the top of the jug can be bent back and the mouth opened. Tape the remaining handle together so that the mouth stays open.

3. For this craft small pieces of tissue paper were glued to the jug to give this monster color. Add a small amount of water to white glue and paint it on the jug. Stick small pieces of crepe on top of the glue. Add more glue and overlap the pieces until the whole jug is covered. You may also want to add some to the inside of the jug.

If you don't want to use tissue paper, use spray paint or acrylic paint. Before using the spray painting or the acylic paint, spray the jug with plastic primer paint. Spray paint works best because the craft foam sticks better to the spray paint than the acrylic paint.

4. Cut arms and legs from fun foam or construction paper and glue them to the jug.

5. The eyes where made with white foam and lots of googly eyes. The teeth were cut from white fun foam.

6. Print out the "Feed me!" Sign Pattern, cut out a sign, and glue to the jug. (Printing Problems?)

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Duct Tape Pencil Holder Craft for Kids

Silver Tape Pencil Holder Back to School craft for kids www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Aluminum Can

Craft foam

Shurtape AF 912 aluminum duct tape (You can find this tape at a Lowe's or other home improvement store in the heating and air conditioning section. It costs about $7.00 for 120 yards. It is not Duck tape.)

Black acrylic paint

Paper Ttowels and Uutensils to Engrave the tape. I used a ballpoint pen, the end of a paintbrush, and the tines of a fork to make this design.

 

How to Make a Duct Tape Pencil Holder for School:

1. Measure the circumference of your can and cut the tape just a little bit longer. I used two pieces of tape, one on the top and one on the bottom of the can.

2. Lay the tape on top of the piece of fun foam. Do not take the backing off the tape. You don't want it to stick to the fun foam. The fun foam just gives you a soft surface to work on so that the utensils can indent the tape.

3. Press your utensils into the tape to make shapes and designs. You can work from the back or the front of the tape. If you press into the back of the tape, the designs will be raised. If you press into the front of the tape, the designs will be indented.

4. When you are done with your design paint the entire surface of the tape with black acrylic paint. Let it dry for a few minutes, but not completely. Wipe the paint off the surface of the tape with a folded, damp paper towel. Press lightly so that you don't remove all the paint. You want the paint to remain in the indented areas so that the design shows up better.

5. Let the tape dry thoroughly and then remove the backing and stick it to the can.

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New! Duct Tape Bookmark Back-to-School Craft for Kids

Bookmark Back-to-School Craft for Kids www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Craft Ffoam

Shurtape AF 912 aluminum duct tape (You can find this tape at a Lowe's or other home improvement store in the heating and air conditioning section. It costs about $7.00 for 120 yards. It is not Duck tape.)

Ccard board and utensils to engrave the tape such as a ballpoint pen, the end of a paintbrush, and the tines of a fork.

Tape bookmark Back to School Craft for kids www.daniellesplace.com

How to Make Duct Tape Bookmarks:

1. Cut a five-inch length of the duct tape and place it on the craft foam sheet. The soft surface of the foam will make it easier to engrave the tape.

2. Write your name down the length of the tape with a ball point pen or other blunt object, and add some fun shapes around the name.

3. To make the design outline each of the shapes many times until they connect and overlap.

4. You can add color by using dry erase markers and permanent markers.

5. When you are finished with your design remove the tape backing and stick it to a piece of cardboard cut to the same size or a little smaller.

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Duct Tape Name Plate Craft for Your Bedroom Door or Notebook

Silver Tape Name Plate Craft for your Bedroom Door or Notebook craft for kids www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need: Fun foam pieces, Shurtape AF 912 aluminum duct tape (You can find this tape at a Lowe's or other home improvement store in the heating and air conditioning section. It costs about $7.00 for 120 yards. It is not Duck tape.), card board, and utensils to engrave the tape such as a ballpoint pen, the end of a paintbrush, and the tines of a fork.

How to make duct tape name plates:

1. Cut a 6-inch length of the duct tape and place it on the craft foam sheet. The soft surface of the foam will make it easier to engrave the tape. Do not remove the back of the tape.

2. Write your name across the length of the tape using fancy letters with a ball point pen or other blunt object, and add some fun shapes around the name. You can also use rubber stamp letters with permanent ink to write the name.

3. To make the design outline each letter of the name many times until they connect with the shapes then include the shape and keep outlining until you have filled the whole surface with the pattern.

5. When you are finished with your design remove the tape backing and stick it to a piece of cardboard cut to the same size or a little smaller than the tape.

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Duct Tape Name Tag

Back-to-school backpack tab craft for kids www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need: Fun foam pieces, Shurtape AF 912 aluminum duct tape (You can find this tape at a Lowe's or other home improvement store in the heating and air conditioning section. It costs about $7.00 for 120 yards. It is not Duck tape.), blank metal dog tag (found at craft stores), and utensils to engrave the tape such as a ballpoint pen, the end of a paintbrush, and the tines of a fork.

How to make duct tape name tags:

1. Place the dog tag on the duct tape and trace around the edge of the tag. Cut out the shape a little farther out than the trace line and place it on the craft foam sheet. The soft surface of the foam will make it easier to engrave the tape. Do not remove the back of the tape.

2. Engrave the tape with a ball point pen or other blunt object and add some fun shapes or designs. You can also use rubber stamp letters with permanent ink to write the name and then engrave the letters.

3. When you are finished with your design remove the tape backing and stick it to the dog tag.

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Back-to-School Shrink Art Tags

Back to School Shrink Art Tags from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Extra Stuff for Shrink Art Jewelry (Klutz Extra Stuff)

Colored pencils

Scissors

 

 

 

 

How to make shrink art tags:

1. Draw a picture of what you would like to use for you tag on a piece of paper or print out a picture. Pick a picture that is about three times bigger than you would like your tags to end up being because they will shrink a lot.

2. Tape the picture onto the back of a Shrinky Dink sheet, the shiny side.

3. Use the picture to copy the picture onto the Shrinky Dink paper (dull side) starting with your lightest colors, then outline the picture with a black colored pencil.

4. Cut the tags out and punch a hole in the tag. You will have to punch more than once to make the hole big enough if you have a regular-sized hole punch.

5. Place the tags on the shiny side of parchment paper or waxed paper and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake them for 3 minutes in a 250 degree oven or until they have shrunk to about two inches long. The directions on the Shrinky Dink web site say to use a 325 degree oven but 250 seems to work just as well. It takes a little longer to shrink them, but they don't curl up and deform as much. It probably depends on how accurate your oven temperature is.

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Back-to-School Shrink Art Tags

Back to School Shrink Art Tags www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Extra Stuff for Shrink Art Jewelry (Klutz Extra Stuff)

Colored pencils

Scissors

How to make:

1. Draw a picture of what you would like to use for you tag on a piece of paper or print out a picture. Pick a picture that is about three times bigger than you would like your tags to end up being because they will shrink a lot.

2. Tape the picture onto the back of a Shrinky Dink sheet, the shiny side.

3. Use the picture to copy the picture onto the Shrinky Dink paper (dull side) starting with your lightest colors, then outline the picture with a black colored pencil.

4. Cut the tags out and punch a hole in the tag. You will have to punch more than once to make the hole big enough if you have a regular-sized hole punch.

5. Place the tags on the shiny side of parchment paper or waxed paper and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake them for 3 minutes in a 250 degree oven or until they have shrunk to about two inches long. The directions on the Shrinky Dink web site say to use a 325 degree oven but 250 seems to work just as well. It takes a little longer to shrink them, but they don't curl up and deform as much. It probably depends on how accurate your oven temperature is.

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Bookworm Pencil Topper Back-to-School Craft for Kids

Bookworm Pencil Topper Back-to-school craft from www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Pencils

Light Green Pipe Cleaners

10 mm Wiggle Eyes or smaller

Tacky Glue

 

How to Make Bookworm Pencil Topper:

1. Start by rolling one end of the Chenille stem into a ball. Glue it so that it doesn't come uncurled.

2. Starting towards the middle of the pencil wind the Chenille stem around the pencil until you reach the head. Glue the Chenille stem to the pencil.

3. To finish glue on two tiny goodly eyes.

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Butterfly Pencil Topper Back-to-School Craft for Kids

Butterfly Pencil Topper Back-to-school craft for kids www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need: Pencil, Chenille Stems (pipe cleaners) googly eyes (optional), and hot melt glue gun.

Chenille stem butterfly craft for kids www.daniellesplace.comHow to make pencil toppers:

1. Start by bending one end of a Chenille stem into a bow shape with one end longer than the other (see diagram). Wind the short end around the loop to secure.

2. Make two more big loops with the other end of the chenille and then wind the end around the loops to secure.

3. To make the antennae cut a Chenille stem four inches long and fold it in half. Roll up the ends. Secure the antennae to the body with another Chenille stem of a different color by winding it around the folded end of the antennae and around the body.

4. Wind another Chenille stem around the top of a pencil and glue it to the pencil. Glue the butterfly to the Chenille stem that is wound around the pencil.

5. To finish glue on two tiny goodly eyes (optional).

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Teddy Bear Gets Ready for School Craft for Kids

Mini Backpack to Play School Craft from www.daniellesplace.comHelp your child prepare for school with pretend play. As you prepare these crafts and activities talk to your child about going to school. Kindergarten children probably already know a lot about school from television, but it is a good idea to find out what your child is expecting and if he or she has any fears relating to going to school. Your child may feel better about school by play-acting the first day of school with their stuffed animals.

Teddy Bear Backpack Craft

1. Follow the directions above but use this smaller pattern and Mini Bright Paper Treat Bags (8 1/2" x 4 3/4" - found at party stores and craft stores).

2. Cut the top off the bag to make it six inches high.

3. Cut one-inch strips of paper for the straps - Pattern.

4. Make the mini books below to go with the mini backpack.

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Learning to Read and Write Through Play

ABC Itty Bitty Printable Book for kids www.daniellesplace.comYour child may also enjoy printing his or her ABC's in the "I Can Write My ABC's" Itty Bitty book for Teddy. Pattern 1, Pattern 2, and PDF Pattern 3 For printing assembly directions go to the Book Printing Page.

A fun way for your child to learn is by pretending to be a teacher and teaching his or her stuffed animals or dolls to read.

(When Danielle was learning to read, she would pretend to be a teacher. If she got stuck on a word, she would whisper to me and ask what the word was. I would then whisper the word to her, and she would continue reading to her bear like she knew the word. She was pretending to teach her bear to read, but she was really the one learning to read.)

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Froggy Goes to School Paper Doll Back to School Craft for Kids

Frog Paper Doll Craft from www.daniellesplace.com This activity goes with the book "Froggy Goes to School" by Jonathan London. Children color the frog and then pick the clothes outline that best matches what they are wearing on their first day of school, color the patterns, cut them out, and then glue them onto the frog picture. The pattern for this activity is available to members only on the Educational Reading Crafts and Activities Page.

Froggy Goes to School

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Leap Into Learning! Bulletin Board Display Back to School Poster

Leap into Learning Bulletin Board Display www.daniellesplace.com

The Patterns for this Bulletin Board Display are available to members only. Follow the link.

 

Read it! Read it! Read it! Frog Bookmarks Back to School Craft for Kids

read it frog bookmark craft for kids www.daniellesplace.comEncourage your children to read more books about Froggy by Jonathan London and have them use this frog bookmark to keep track of how many books they have read. Have them color a frog each time they read a book about frogs. You can give them a frog prize when they have colored in all three frogs.

To view pictures of the books Jonathan London has written go to his Web Site. You will also find a printable connect-the-dots work sheet, a hidden picture activity sheet, and which-picture-is-different activity sheet.

The Pattern for this Bookmark is available to members only. Just click on the link.

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Ready-for-School Crafts and Activities

Here are Some Great Crafts and Activities to Prepare Your Child for His First Day of School.

Practice Using Glue.

read for school glue activity sheet www.daniellesplace.comUse a Dot, Not a Lot! Activity Sheet

Children practice using just a little bit of glue and learn that a dot can hold a lot.

This activity sheet is available to members only. Your children will enjoy sing this song as they work on their dots: (Available to members of The Resource Room)

Dots
Written by Nancy Foss
(Sing to the tune of "Praise Ye the Lord".)

Use a dot, not a lot
Use a dot, not a lot
Use just a dot!

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Snail Trail Activity Sheet

Snail trail glue activity sheet www.daniellesplace.comSnails leave sticky, slimy trails everywhere they go. Your children can practice their gluing skills with this fun activity sheet.. This Activity Sheet is available to members only.

For more snail crafts and activity go to the Snail Craft Page. Your children will enjoy singing this song as they work on their snail trails.

Shim, Shim, Shimmy
Written by Nancy Foss
Sing to the tune of "London Bridges".

Make a snail trail
Follow me
Follow me
Follow me
Make a snail trail
Follow me
Shim, Shim, Shimmy

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Ready-for-School Memory and Concentration Games

Get your children ready for school with these fun memory games.

Printable Patterns for these games are available to members.

"What's Missing?" Game

In this fun game children work on their memory and concentration skills by trying to remember which school supply is missing.

1. Place the picture cards in front of your child on a table. Have him name each item. Tell him to close his eyes while you take away one card. Then tell him to open his eyes and try to figure out which picture is missing.

2. Let him take a turn removing a picture and letting you guess what is missing.

Note: Instead of using the printout, you can use real items that you have collected for school.

 

Concentration Game

1. Print out two copies of the School Supplies Cards on to card stock and cut the cards apart.

2. Place all the cards on a table face down.

3. Take turns turning over two cards at a time trying to make matches. If a player turns over two cards that match he gets to keep the matching cards and take another turn. The person who collects most of the cards wins.

School Supply Puzzle

Children practice distinguishing differences among similar objects by assembling this puzzle.

1. Place the puzzle pieces face up in front of your child on a table.

2. Have him see how fast he can put the pieces together.

3. Mix up the pieces again and see if he can put it together faster the second time.

The pattern for this puzzle is available to members.

 

 

Printable Lunchbox or Backpack Notes

Lunch Box Notes BearHelp make your child's school day a little more Lunchbox Notes Catenjoyable. Lunchbox notes are great for children who have a hard time in school and need a little extra encouragement. Let your children know you are thinking about them even when you're not with them. Just print out the cards, cut them apart, and place them in your children's lunchboxes or backpacks.

The bear lunchbox note says, "I hope you're having a beary good day!"

Lunchbox Notes, dogLunchbox Notes LionThe kitten lunchbox note says, "Hope you're having a purrfectly good day!"

The lion lunchbox note says, "I hope you are having a grrrrreat day!"

And the dog lunchbox note says, "No bones about it, I miss you!"

 

DoYourBestDo your best and God will take care of the rest!

The Printable Lunchbox Notes are available to members.

 

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Books About Going Back to School

 

Other Back to School Crafts and Activities for Kids

DLTK has an adorable school bus made from the lid of an egg carton and an apple pencil holder.

Family Fun has a cute backpack chain, useful lunch money locket, and a pipe cleaner notebook cover.

Making Friends has backpack crafts, hair accessories, and things to make for your locker.

 

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ABC, I Believe Bible Lessons from www.daniellesplace.com

foamnasium gymnasium

Foamnasium Gymnasium

 

foamnasium tunnel

Foamnasium Tunnel, Blue

Foam structures are great to have in any home school, daycare, or Sunday school if you have the room. They can be used for creative play, exercise, and are a way to relieve stress for children who have a hard time concentrating and sitting still for long periods. They're durable and washable and can be used for an endless list of active learning activities. (See the article "Teaching Home School Children with Special Needs".)

Books About Back to School

 

Back-to-School Rules

Back-to-School Rules

 

Second Grade Rules, Amber Brown

Second Grade Rules, Amber Brown

 

Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown

Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown

 

The Best Seat in Second Grade

The Best Seat in Second Grade

 

The Best Chef in Second Grade

The Best Chef in Second Grade

 

This School Year Will Be the BEST!

This School Year Will Be the BEST!

 

Froggy Goes to School

Froggy Goes to School

Everyone gets a little anxious when they
start a new school year. Your children will enjoy
learning how Froggy deals with his first
day of school. You can find crafts including a
Frog paper doll, frog paper plate craft, frog book-
marks, and a bulletin board display to go along
with this book on the "Froggy Goes to School"
Crafts and Learning Activities Page

 

Superman Backpack and Lunch Kit Combo *With Capes

Superman Backpack and Lunch
Kit Combo *With Capes

 

Franklin - Back To School With Franklin

Franklin - Back To School
With Franklin

 

If You Take a Mouse to School

If You Take a Mouse to School

 

ABC, Back to School Bible Lessons from www.daniellesplace.com

These devotionals are great for home schools.
Each lesson in this series introduces a letter of
of the alphabet, an animal, and a biblical
concept. The concepts are re-inforced with math,
spelling, reading, writing, and review games
you prepare from your child's studies. These
lessons can be used for preschooler through
fifth grade.

 

Essential School Supplies!

 

Learning Fun with Crafts
and Activities

Crafts for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com

 

The Night Before First Grade 
(Reading Railroad)

The Night Before First Grade
(Reading Railroad)

 

Crayola Kindergarten Supply Pack

Crayola Kindergarten Supply Pack

 

Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat!

Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat!

 

Fit & Fresh Kids' Reusable Lunch Container Kit with Ice Packs, 14-Piece Set, BPA-Free

Fit & Fresh Kids' Reusable
Lunch Container Kit with
Ice Packs, 14-Piece Set, BPA-Free

 

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

 

Curious George's First Day of School

Curious George's First Day of School

 

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes

Pete the Cat: Rocking
in My School Shoes

 

Essential School Supplies!

 

Arthur Goes Back to School

Arthur Goes Back to School

 

It'S Back To School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around The World

It'S Back To School We Go!:
First Day Stories from
Around The World

 

Eureka Suzy's Zoo Back
to School Deco Trim

 

Amelia Bedelia Goes Back to School

Amelia Bedelia Goes
Back to School

 

Crayola Crayons, 24 count

Crayola Crayons, 24 Count

 

Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils

Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils

 

A Fine, Fine School

A Fine, Fine School

 

My Teacher's Secret Life (Aladdin Picture Books)

My Teacher's Secret Life
(Aladdin Picture Books)

 

Back to School Tortoise

 

Ultimate Elementary Back to School Set

Ultimate Elementary Back
to School Set

 

Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty-Pants

Louise the Big Cheese
and the Back-to-School
Smarty-Pants

 

Tiny Goes Back to School

Tiny Goes Back to School

 

How Rocket Learned to Read

How Rocket Learned to Read

This is a great book for beginner readers.
They will want to read along with Rocket as
he discovers the enjoyment of reading.

 

Rocket Writes a Story

Rocket Writes a Story

Through the encouragement of his little bird
teacher Rocket writes his own story.

 

Crayola First and Second
Grade Supply Pack

 

Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks

Elmer's Disappearing Purple
School Glue Sticks

 

The Night Before Kindergarten

The Night Before Kindergarten

 

Clifford's First School Day (Clifford the Small Red Puppy)

Clifford's First School Day
(Clifford the Small Red Puppy)

 

Stephen Joseph Boys Shark Backpack

Stephen Joseph Boys
Shark Backpack

 

ABC, I Believe Christian Homeschool Bible Study and More from www.daniellesplace.com

ABC, I Believe Lessons

Twenty-six Bible Lessons for Home
School, Each Based on a Different Animal

 

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

The Pout-Pout Fish
Goes to School

 

Miss Mingo and the First Day of School

Miss Mingo and the First
Day of School

 

Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School

Amelia Bedelia's First
Day of School

 

Little Critter: First Day of School

Little Critter: First Day of School

 

The Berenstain Bears Go to School

The Berenstain Bears
Go to School

 

The Night Before Preschool

The Night Before Preschool

 

Despicable Me Assemble the Minions Backpack

Despicable Me Assemble
the Minions Backpack

 

Wildkin Horses in Pink Serious Backpack

Wildkin Horses in Pink Serious Backpack

 

Stephen Joseph Sidekick Horse Backpack with Horse Zipper Pull

Stephen Joseph Sidekick
Horse Backpack with
Horse Zipper Pull

 

Books About Back to School

 

Third Grade Angels

Third Grade Angels

 

How Not to Start Third Grade 
(Step into Reading 4)

How Not to Start Third Grade
(Step into Reading 4)

 

Back to School, Mallory

Back to School, Mallory

 

First Grade Jitters

First Grade Jitters

 

 

 

Back to School for Rotten Ralph

Back to School for Rotten Ralph