Back-to-School Crafts And
Activities for Children

 

Ready for School Crafts

How to Make Fun Crafts for the First Day of School Including: A Pocket Buddy, Owl Change Purse, Table Top Garbage Bags, Oatmeal Box Garbage Can, Milk Jug Garbage Container, Pencil Holders, Bookmarks, Name Tags, Pencil Toppers, and Paper Bag Backpacks.

 

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 diagram1. 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, and scissors.

How to make a paper backpack:

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

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

How 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.)

. 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.

Paper Cup Owl Pencil Holder Craft www.daniellesplace.com3. 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 and place them in their owl's wing. ("Printable "Wise Quotes" Sheets are available to members.)

Owl printable worksheet work sheetFor a writing assignment have them write what the saying means to them. (Use the Printable Owl Shape Writing Sheet)

If you would like to include a Christian theme, ask your children if they think that the quote they picked is something Jesus might have said, and to back up their belief with a Bible verse or Bible passage.

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

Bible References for these quotes are available to members.

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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 (PDF 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

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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

Monster Bag Craft Diagram

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 22. 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 (PDF Pattern) (Printing Problems?)

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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 (PDF 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 (PDF 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 CanWhat 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 (PDF 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 What 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 KidsWhat 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

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 What 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 kidsWhat 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

Shrink Art Backpack tags craft for kidsWhat you will need:

Shrinkles Shrink Art Plastic Sheets, Clear

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

Best friends Forever Necklace charms craft for kids

What you will need:

Shrinkles Shrink Art Plastic Sheets, Clear

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 kidsWhat you will need: Pencil, Chenille Stems (pipe cleaners) googly eyes (optional), and hot melt glue gun.

Chenille stem butterfly craft for kidsHow 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 (PDF Pattern). Need help printing?

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 Your 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 (PDF Pattern), Pattern 2 (PDF Pattern), and Pattern 3 (PDF Pattern) 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.

Ladybug Itty Bitty Book for Preschool(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.)

You can find even more Itty Bitty Books on the Printable Book Page.

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

 frog paper doll color sheet craft for kids 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

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 Encourage 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 sheetUse a Dot, Not a Lot! Activity Sheet (Printing Problems?)

Children practice using just a little bit of glue and learn that a dot can hold a lot. Click on the link to print out the pattern and directions for this activity. This activity sheet is available to members only. Your children will enjoy sing this song as they work on their dots:

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 sheetSnails leave sticky, slimy trails everywhere they go. Your children can practice their gluing skills with this fun activity sheet. Click on the link to print out the pattern and directions for this activity. 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.

Back to school games"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. Click on the link to print out the pattern and directions for this game. This craft is available to members only.

 

Ready-for-School Concentration Game

Here's another fun card game that will help your child develop memory and concentration skills. Click on the link to print out the pattern and directions for this game. This craft is available to members only.

back to school puzzleSchool Supply Puzzle - Children practice distinguishing differences among similar objects or forms by assembling this puzzle. Click on the link to print out the pattern and directions for this puzzle. This puzzle is available to members only.

 

Ready-for-School Faith Rocks - This is a great craft for children who have a hard time leaving their parents on the first day of school. A week before school starts find some small, smooth, river rocks. Have your child pick one that is small enough to fit in his pocket and that he particularly likes. You can buy a small bag of these rocks at craft stores or in the craft section of Wal-Mart. Write "Phil. 4:13" on the rock and have your child memorize the verse: "I can do all things through Christ which back to school lunchbox notes for kids strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13, KJV. Tell him to keep the rock in his pocket, and whenever he is feeling scared or upset, he should put his hand in his pocket and feel the rock and try to say the Bible verse. Idea sent in by Nancy Foss

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More School Crafts, Activities, and Helps - You can find even more crafts, games, and other things to help your child succeed in school on this page.

 

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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.

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