Monday, December 12, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. Snowman Coloring Page
Mr. & Mrs. Snowman are all decked out for the holidays - or the cold!

Mrs. Snowman Stationery

Download and print out our Mrs. Snowman stationery! (Click on link for full size.)

Winter Snowman Stationery

Mrs. Snowman Template

Everyone knows how to make a snowman, but we don't want Mrs. Snowman to feel neglected! Here's a template to color, make shapebooks, paint, decorate, write on or...?

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Goldilocks visits the North Pole and has some adventures with the elves from Santa's Workshop in this Christmas Readers' Theater program. Sleeping Beauty also has a dramatic performance, and all of these tales and characters get lovingly mixed up into a hilarious and charming Christmas tale with 15 parts; a perfect holiday Readers' Theater script.

Triple Hanging Stars



These stars are truly elegant and make lasting treasures to hang up for the holidays. We started with the largest star at the top, but you could form the hanging star ornament or mobile by beginning with the smallest and working down to the largest star as well. Find a template for all three star sizes at the 2nd link above.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Make Some Wonderful Tin Ornaments!

I absolutely love making these ornaments each year, and best of all, they're pretty easy to make! Try bright colors in permanent markers to paint the ornaments with; I found they work much better than paint.You can use knitting needles, old pens or even chopsticks to emboss lines on your ornaments, and recently I found copper flashing for roofs at hardware stores that cuts like a charm, and etches so easily - I'll never go back to aluminum after trying this stuff! Click on the links below to find all of the pages for instructions, templates and pictures of these wonderful holiday ornaments.

Web site with pictures, instructions and templates:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Handmade Advent Calendars

Stonewall Kitchens have some pretty great treats, but these ones you get to make for yourself. Find out how to use matchboxes, spice jars, and paper cone trees to mark your own advent countdown, whether in class or at home. Find the link below.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Indian Corn Template

Use our corn templates for Indian Corn art projects. Glue on rolled up or scrunched up pieces of colored tissue paper, or use popcorn kernels (try to find the red ones). Print onto card stock, and then you can paint on a layer of white glue. Use either tissue paper strips, layered over each other for the husks, or cut strips from real husks. Then layer on corn kernels or tissue paper balls, or even use a variety of dried beans & lentils to still get the same look of Indian Corn. Make sure to let dry thoroughly before moving. And while it's tempting to click on the image itself, if you click on the link, you will be taken to the full size corn template for printing out. Enjoy! - & let us know how you make yours (we'd love to post a picture...)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thanksgiving Writing Prompt Worksheet

Print out our Thanksgiving-themed worksheet for a seasonal writing exercise for your students: "Imagine that you are a time traveler. You have journeyed back in time to the year 1621, and you arrive in the middle of a Thanksgiving feast. Both Pilgrims and Wampanoag peoples are enjoying themselves, but they are very perplexed by your presence. How are you dressed? What have you brought with you? What will you tell everyone present? Will

you be able to go back? Write a short story for this scenario.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Let's talk turkey!

It's time to talk turkey! Have fun with our turkey templates - shape books, art, word walls, bulletin boards, felt stories or ... ? Check out the Fall Shape Books and Turkey Template (with a FREE downloadable Turkey Template under "Preview!"):

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Alphabetical Order & Dictionary Guidewords

Up for a little Halloween-themed language arts fun in your classroom? With this printable worksheet, students have to first decide which words belong in the Halloween dictionary, by using the guide words at the top of the page. They will then put all of the Halloween terms in alphabetical order.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


What can you do with a pumpkin? You'd be surprised! Take a look at our printable student worksheet for a Harvest, Halloween or Thanksgiving exercise for your students, in math, writing and critical thinking skills.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pattern & Patterning Shapes

Here's an easy way to use pattern blocks in your classroom: simply print out a set for each student onto card stock, cut out the patterns or tangrams and presto! You're ready for some patterning exercises. Need some ideas for patterning activities? Try the 2nd and 3rd links below; the last one also includes some tangram pattern sheets for your students to model.
Oh - and don't forget! You get the full-size tangrams or pattern blocks if you click on the link, and not the picture.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pebbles on the beach

For me, fall brings with it not only a new crispness in the air, but a rush and whirl of busy-ness. I don't enjoy the heat we get here in August and early September, but we always have the beach nearby for a bit of respite from climbing thermometers. So as summer exits, those beach visits send echoes of the summers I love: the colors, sights and sounds of sand, pebbles and sea.
"I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful."  - John Constable
(English landscape painter b. June 11th, 1776)


The annual pumpkin harvest that we love to celebrate is just around the corner! Get kids started with these printable pumpkin shapebooks. One page is for the cover (decorate any way you wish, but a little bit of orange glitter can go a long way toward glam!), and another has lined pages. Use them for spelling (harvest vocabulary: pumpkin, October, fall, autumn, orange, pie, Halloween etc.), or a little poem about pumpkins, recording pumpkin math stats and estimates (measure height and diameter, estimate seeds, weight etc.), or a fall observation journal etc. *Note that the Turkey Template downloads FREE as a preview on the page below; enjoy, and have fun with your fall projects!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Our Everyday Teaching Digests have started!

Our Everyday Teaching Digests have started for the 2011/12 school year! You won't want to miss a single issue of these treasure chests for teachers, delivering themed materials, tips, lesson plans, math, language arts, science and teaching tools all year long.
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Printable Behavior Records

Make behavior recording easy, with graphics that students can immediately relate to. Print out these cards to use throughout your school year. Choose from faces in stoplight colors of green, yellow and red. *Click on link, not image, for full-size printable.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer Vacation Memory Jars

Uh-oh, is that our good ol' summer, waving goodbye around the corner? No problem; preserve your summer memories! I just found this terrific summer vacation memory project on Martha Stewart's website ( where paraphernalia from summer holidays are artfully arranged and displayed in glass jars. Use recycled jars with lids, or try the always adaptable mason jars for this purpose.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Happy Face Door Sign

Children entering a classroom for the first time are always a bit nervous. It's understandable; they are not entirely sure what to expect, they must adapt to a new environment, new friends, and a new teacher. Set the tone right away with our printable Happy Face to post on your door, greeting your students with that familiar smiley face even before they set foot in the classroom. (Note: please click on link, rather than image, for a full-size printable.)

Friday, July 22, 2011

A to Z Summer Journaling

These printable A to Z summer-themed writing pages can be used for all kinds of summer projects, from collecting vocabulary words over the summer months for younger grades, to creating memory logs for upper elementary, or acrostic poems. They can also be used during summer camps for autograph pages, where fellow campers leave their autograph according to the letters of their names. Try them out today! (Please click on the link above, rather than the image, for full size printable.)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Watermelon Math

Keep the math practice happening this summer with the occasional, summer-themed worksheet. Try our printable watermelon math worksheet to maintain and reinforce skills.

Printable Summer Stationery

Sunny summer days! It's a great time to find the shade of a tree, write a letter from camp, journal what's been happening each day, or jot down some great story ideas! Use our brightly adorned and lined stationery to help you out. (Please click on the link, rather than the image, for full-size printable. Enjoy!)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Make a Bug Jar!

Bug jars are fun to make in the summer time, and encourage young naturalists to observe insects. All you need is a clean, dry mason jar, some acrylic paints (add glass medium if you wish, but we didn't find it necessary), one nail, and a hammer. Be sure to carefully hammer a few holes in the lid (taken off the jar for hammering purposes and set solidly on a hard surface) - for air. Paint your bug jar however you wish - imagination counts! - we did ours with some cute ladybugs. When dry, put a bit of grass into the jar, add bugs, and sketch, photograph, or write your observations in a nature journal this summer. One caveat: make sure you let your insects go after a short amount of time. They need to forage and find their own food, and it will allow your young biologists to collect other bugs to study.

Monday, June 27, 2011

4th of July PICK-UP STICKS Game!
Here's a unique idea for 4th of July fun! Students (or you, your family, guests....) will paint simple skewers with red, blue, and white designs. Then paint or roll tissue paper around a paper towel roll for your holder. Two small pieces of patterned red fabric are secured with a rubber band at each end. Have fun!

Make your own 4th of July banners!

Print, cut along red and white lines up to blue star border (leave blue star border to hang it with), and hang up for 4th of July fun and celebrations - these banners also look great on bicycles, wagons, and parade floats! (Click on the link below, not the image, for full-size printable.)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer Days Activity Worksheet

Print out this worksheet for a summer vocabulary wordsearch - with a twist. Students have to use clues first to find the term they're looking for. An answer key is provided.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Kindergarten Graduation Certificate

With a poem that's perfect for kindergarten accomplishments during the year,
print out this colorful graduation certificate for your students. Find it at:

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Memorial Day Word Search

We have a few Memorial Day word searches up on our website to download and print out (as well as other Memorial Day student worksheets); here's one of them. (Please click on the link, not the picture, for full-size printable.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thank you cards for Classroom Volunteers

We have some useful and printable Thank You! cards for all your classroom volunteers.
Simply download them from the link below (not the picture, but the link), print them
onto card stock, fold, and include a personal message. Scroll down...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Printables for Winding Down the School Year

These printables are geared toward helping you wind down your school year. You'll find a School Memory Book to print out (choose whichever pages you want to use, with reflections, favorites, autographs, and more); letters from students to next year's class; student certificates of all kinds; graduation cards; graduation certificates;  best at awards; Letter to my Teacher, and more! See a sample Letter to My Teacher, below: