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Simple Mother’s Day Bouquet

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cute Mother’s Day Bouquet.



We chose to reuse an empty honey jar for our vase.
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1.  The Hand Lily

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For the Hand Lily Flower you will needMother's Day flowers

  1. construction paper
  2. chenille sticks
  3. pencil
  4. glue stick
  5. scissors



Start by tracing the child’s hand on the construction paper.
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Cut the hands out and use the pencil to curl all the fingers.
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With the curls facing the table, apply glue to one side of the palm.
Form a funnel shape as you stick the glued palm area to the back of the opposite side.

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Allow funneled hand to dry while assembling the chenille sticks.
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Start by cutting a chenille stick into 2 sections. One section should be slightly larger than the other.
Fold the small section in half and curl each side down, forming a fancy ‘v’.
Next fold the long section in half and curl each side around a pencil.

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Place the two curled sections together, so the centers meet and form an ‘x’. Pick a stem color and fold the top 1/3 down, use this to thread though the center of the ‘x’.
Twist the green stem 1x to lock these components together.
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Thread the bottom stem pieces through the dry hand funnel.
Take the shorter stem tail and wrap it neatly 1x around the bottom of the lily.
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Finally cut green leaves of and shape and snip a small slit for threading. Take the short stem and add 2 leaves as you finish wrapping the stem around the base of the lily to finish this flower.
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2.  The Painted Cork/Button Flower

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For the Painted Flower you will need

  1. construction paper
  2. chenille sticks
  3. paint
  4. 4-5 corks held together with a rubber band
  5. paint brushes
  6. buttons
  7. scissors



Arrange paint colors desired and get your paint and tools in position.
I included a few buttons connected to chenille sticks for fun.

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Paint! Fill the paper with flower shapes and colors

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Allow paper to dry, then cut flower shapes or circles to desired sizes.

We made them just small enough to be able to get a hole punch to the center of the flower.
Punch a hole or cut a slit in the middle of your flower.
Fold a chenille stick  leaving one side slightly longer than the other.
Thread it through the center and apply a button.
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Pull the chenille back through the center.
Free form leaves close to the back of the flower to finish this flower.

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Arrange your flowers in a vase and enjoy!

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Spring Themed Math Bundle


When teaching early math skills, hands-on activities are critical in helping our little learners understand number concepts. Adding a little seasonal twist into these activities certainly makes them engaging.  The Make, Take & Teach Spring Themed Math Bundle contains 12 hands-on activities for learning basic number concepts, counting, number order, writing numbers and basic addition facts. Here are just a few of my favorites contained within this pack:

Play Doh number mats are always a hit. When you download this activity you will receive the number mats for the numbers 1-10. Each mat contains an area for forming the number as well as counting balls using a ten frame.


The Caterpillar Number Order Activity can easily be differentiated as you choose how many numbers/caterpillar body pieces to use during your lesson.  There are circle body pieces for the numbers 0-20.


Students love to build their own caterpillar with the Build A Caterpillar activity. There are 10 cards (numbers 1-10) where the student places the correct number of Play Doh balls on the mat.


I love the How Many? activity as you can place the cards on a ring and students can practice counting and writing numbers nearly anywhere. I know some my parent friends have created these cards and used them while traveling. Once laminated, the students write the correct number on the card using a dry erase marker– simply wipe clean and use over and over again! Ideal math center activity.


Student practice correct number formation with the Number Writing Mats. When you download this activity you will receive number writing mats for the numbers 1-20.


It’s always helpful to have number cards on hand. A numeral card, number word card and a 10-frame card is included for numbers 1-20.


There are 4 different missing number activities. The first activity works on missing numbers 1-10, the second 1-20 and then the third 1-100.


For your kiddos who are ready to add, the Fly Swat! activity is certainly a hit! Simply print the flies, place a piece of Velcro on each fly and then a strip of Velcro on a fly swatter. Students “swat” the flies and solve the math problem on the flies they catch.


Also included in this activity pack is the Race To The Top activity for practicing counting and number formation.


The Make, Take & Teach Spring Themed Math Bundle can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store on in the MT&T website.


Spring Themed Sight Word Game Boards


These game boards have certainly been a hit! They are perfect for your spring themed centers or for small group instruction. When you download these game boards you will receive 9 colorful game boards containing words from the Dolch 220 sight word list. There are 4 different spring themed designs.


Each game board is also available in a black and white version so that they can be copied and sent home for added practice.



The Spring Themed Sight Word Game Boards for the Dolch Sight Words can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store or in the Make, Take & Teach website.


Robin’s Nest Activities for Beginning Sounds and Word Families


Well, it’s certainly been a long, hard winter. It’s hard to believe that just two days ago (that would be April 9th) it was actually snowing outside. Yikes! Today I was able to take a long bike ride around the lake as the temperature peaked at 54 degrees. Okay, I know my friends living in the southern states and in other countries may think that’s a bit crazy, but it’s par for the course for living in Northern Michigan.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Listening to the birds chirping on my bike ride was quite a treat. Actually, the whole bike ride was a nature’s choir! There were tons of frogs and other creatures also taking advantage of the early spring day.

Anyway, in honor of spring, I thought I’d post the Robin’s Nest activities.  These activities were one of the first ones I created nearly 4 years ago and I was anxious to do a little updating.  Both activities are available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and on the Make, Take & Teach website.


The Robin’s Nest Beginning Sounds activity can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teacher store or on the Make, Take & Teach website.


The Robin’s Nest Word Families activity can also be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store or on the Make, Take & Teach website.

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The robin’s nest activity is also available for the following phonics concepts: Robin’s Nest Short Vowels,  Robin’s Nest Consonant Digraphs, Robin’s Nest R-Controlled Vowels



Hoppy Easter! Shaving Cream Bunny

We do a lot of painting and coloring on a daily basis. I wanted to mix it up a bit and have some fun for easter bunny art. So, shaving cream bunnies it is!





























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construction paper
shaving creme (not gel)
white glue
acrylic paint
cotton balls
googly eyes
bunny templates
  (click above to print a bunny template)




First, use the templates to cut bunnies out of construction paper.
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Next, mix Shaving Creme (approx 1-1.5 cups), about 2TBs of White Glue and a big squeeze of Paint 1TB in a bowl.
You can just eyeball this mixture, the glue is just for the glitter, cotton ball, and eye stay in place.

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Get Ready…



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When your bunny is completely covered, add glitter, a cotton ball tail, and googly eye

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Allow your bunnies to dry.
Pick a simple background, Emmett’s choice,

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or add all the details, Eleanor’s choice.


Have fun & Happy Easter!

Bookshare- A Resource for Students with Print Disabilities

If you are parent of a child with a print disability or a teacher with students with print disabilities in your classroom you will want to check out Bookshare.  Bookshare is the world’s largest online digital library which is available for FREE for students and adults who have a print disability.  There are over 1/2 a million book titles in the library including most textbooks found in schools. So for students who qualify, this means that their textbooks or books they are reading in class (oh, let’s say a book such Charlotte’s Web) as  can be downloaded directly onto a computer or a device, and using a reader (super easy to download the app on the iPad) have the words read directly to them.  This opens up a whole new world to our kiddos who just need access to print, not only able to read what is required in school, but to read for just pure enjoyment.


 Just click HERE to learn more about Bookshare.

So, who qualifies for Bookshare?  Children and adults who have a print disability.  It’s estimated that 2% of today’s school children have print disabilities. This may mean that they have a reading disability such as dyslexia, a visual impairment or a physical impairment which impacts their ability to access text.


On the Bookshare website there are resources that will help you determine if your child, or your students, qualify for this service.  It’s important to know that parents can enroll their children for individual accounts or a school district set up accounts for students who qualify.  If you are a school and wanting to set up accounts for students, I highly recommend working with your tech department right away to help set up systems for management. It isn’t difficult, it’s just for a district, there are decisions that will need to be made such as who will download the books, which devices will be available, etc.

You may find this video helpful as it describes using this resource from a student’s perspective.


 Jus click HERE to watch a video of students with learning disabilities talking about their experiences with using technology.

In recent years technology has come such a long way. For those of you who download books on a Kindle or an iPad just for your own enjoyment, you know how easy that is. Well, that same technology that we use for ourselves, whether it’s on a device or even a smart phone can make such a difference in lives of students with learning disabilities.  Please be sure to check out Bookshare.



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Fun and Simple Pirate Hats

Let’s welcome back, Kyle, as our guest on the Make, Take & Teach blog!

This week’s theme at our preschool was Pirates with Dads. As a room mom, I was nominated to set up a Photo Booth and take pictures of the Dads and little pirates together. We love pirates at our house and have a few costume items that fit 3-5yr olds. I didn’t want to go out an spend a ton of money on a simple prop that would be used for such a short stint.

I decided to put a simple spin on the old newspaper hat. I bought large black paper from the dollar store, a few colors of curling ribbon, and drew my own skull and crossbones graphics.

They were so fun & simple to do!

Click here to Print a PDF including the girl & boy skull and crossbones


 Supply List:

  • 18” x 24” paper
    (depending on the size of hat you want. mine were large to fit adult or children heads)
    These are made from poster board weight paper from the dollar store.
  • Curling Ribbon
    Captain Hook = black & silver
    Girl Pirate = gold & cream
  • Scissors
  • Exacto
  • Glue Stick
  • Packing Tape

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 Make It:

1.Trim the paper to 18” x 24”

2. Fold the paper vertically in 1/2, then turn so that the fold is at the top

3. Fold it again and make a light 1” crease to find center.

4. Bring the top corners in to meet each other in the middle.

5. Fold the bottom up & crease, flip the hat over and repeat

6. Use a glue stick to adhere the flaps up. This way, when you paste the graphic on, it will sit tight to the hat.

7. Cut the graphic following the outline. Use the glue stick and adhere the graphic to the center of the smooth side of the hat.

8. Now, cut 36” lengths of curling ribbons.

Cut a minimum of 8 strips of each color.

9. Use packing tape and line up the ribbon. Then, stick the tape on the inside of the hat. Two spots on the front, and two spots on the back of the hat work well.

10. Wear proudly & proclaim “Arrrrrrr” wherever you go!




Basketball Themed Activities for Phonics and Sight Words


St. Patrick’s Day is over and right on the heels of the holiday is college basketball season!  Well, who’s your favorite team? I have to say when it comes to college athletics, I’m all about those Michigan State Spartans!  That team plays with such passion it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement and Tom Izzo, well…. he’s quite the coach. Whether your team makes it into the finals or not, your little basketball fans are going to enjoy these basketball themed activities for practicing targeted phonics skills.

First up is the It’s All Net activity for practicing the consonant + le syllable type.  When you download this activity you will receive the template and 45 basketballs with words containing c+le.  Students sort the words depending upon the open vowel, short vowel closed syllable and a short vowel closed syllable with a double consonant.




 The It’s All Net for Consonant + le activity is available through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Many of my first grade friends are learning the three sounds of -ed. The It’s All Net! activity for practicing this concept is a fun way of learning this skill.



 The It’s All Net Sounds of -ed activity is also available through my TpT store.

I love the “Swish!” activities. They are fast-paced activities that offer multiple practice opportunities. Not only is this activity available for the Dolch Sight Words, but for CVC Words, Fry Sight Words, BlendsDigraphs, R-Controlled Vowels and Vowel Teams.


The Swish! Dolch Sight Words activity can be found in my online TpT store.

 Enjoy the next few weeks of college b-ball!


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