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Shadow puppets can be the perfect camping activity. Can you imagine flashing these animals on the side of your tent?

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These shadow puppets are super simple to make. Download the animal silhouettes. Print on cardstock. Gather some skewers, tape, scissors and a flashlight.

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flashlight shadow supplies Cut out the silhouettes and tape them to skewers.

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Once it is dark take the flashlight and shine it on the paper silhouette. You will see the silhouette displayed on the wall. The further away the bigger it gets.

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A fun way to keep kids entertained once the sun goes down!

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It is easy to keep these simple supplies on hand so they could be made at any time. What a perfect sleepover activity too! You might like to browse this list of 50 Boredom busters crafts and activities to also keep kids busy and engaged.

 

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Fingerprint Bugs

Fingerprint Bugs

Fingerprint Bugs!

I’m excited to kick off Bug Week here on our Little Red Hen Summer Survival Series. These Fingerprint Bugs are so simple and fun for the kiddos. I loved watching to see what my girls would come up with.  Here’s what you’ll need.

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First off, download the fingerprint bug jar printable below. I printed these off onto some card stock so the stamps would not leak through the paper.  You could do regular copy weight if you’d like.
Download Grab some stamps or you could even use finger paints. I had a fun variety of stamps from Close to My Heart.

If you also have a nice fine tip black pen or maker they work well for adding finishing touches to the bugs.

Start by reading your favorite bug book. We read Bugs Galore

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This book gave my girls some fun ideas on what bugs to add to their fingerprint bugs.

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Then I gave them the paper and stamps and they were off.

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Of course girls have to add flowers right?

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I was so amazed at their ability to make these bugs come to life.  They made each jar a little cozy home for their bugs. The best part is it kept them busy for a solid 30 minutes. I’m sure I could print more sheets out and they would keep making bugs.

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Stay tuned the rest of this week as we celebrate all things BUGS!

 

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Be sure to check out the other bug projects as part of our Bug Week!

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Bugs Activities and Printables

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

To kick off our Bugs Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

Printables

Catch a Bug Game from Picklebums

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Bugs Playdough Mats from Picklebums

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Butterfly Count and Clip Cards from Modern Preschool

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Pom Pom Caterpillars from The Red Kitchen

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Butterfly Life Cycle Activity from Stay at Home Educator

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Bug BINGO from Mommy Magic!

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Activities

Bug Crafts from Paging Fun Mums

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Playdough Bug Fossils from No Time For Flash Cards

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Honey Bee Craft from Glued to My Crafts

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Crown of Grass from Creative Connections for Kids

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

No Sew Caterpillar from Love & Lollipops

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Straw Painting Butterflies from Still Playing School

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

3D Paper Ladybug Craft from Crafty Morning

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  Sign up for our newsletter HERE.  Each Friday we will be sending links to the weekly theme and posts so that you can get started!

Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme.

Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best ideas and are excited to be a part of this series!  All of these posts will tie into the theme:)

Fridays: Make sure you join each Friday to see what activities, supplies & other things you will need to plan your themed week at home.  We also will be having really cool giveaways each and every friday of this series.

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For more bug projects, check out our other projects as part of Bug Week!


DIY Paper Camera for Kids

DIY-Paper-Camera-for-kids As many of you know we are honored to work with Michaels as part of the Michaels Makers. Michaels is offering a kids’ summer crafting program, Passport to Imagination, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am – noon from June 14-July 31 at every Michaels location across the U.S.  Passport to Imagination takes kids on an imaginary seven-week summer road trip from the beach to main street and more! We were excited to join in celebrating Main Street Week. micheals-passport-to-imagination

Main Street USA reminds me of fun street shops and great photo opportunities with family.  My girls are always wanting to take pictures and would love to have a camera of their own.  I decided to make DIY Paper Cameras with them and we even added some pictures that they could stick inside so it feels like they are taking real pictures.

 

To start you will need to download a Paper Camera Template.

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I found this template online but could never find a source. I pulled it into Photoshop and enlarged and added a few touches that I wanted, like the picture window and top button.  My girls couldn’t wait to get their hand on these.

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And Pictures for your Paper Camera. These are some stock images that reminded me of fun places around the world. You could also use family or neighborhood photos.  The size is 3×2 if you would like to make your own pictures.

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Once the you have downloaded, print each paper on a nice heavy card stock. I like using Image Plus card stock for color printing at home.

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Hand the DIY Paper Camera over to your kids to color and you can cut out the pictures.

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Once the camera’s are colored, have the kids cut them out.  Have them cut along the thick black outside lines.

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folding-paper-camera The gray lines on the sides are fold marks. Depending on the children’s ages you may have to help fold a little more. my 6-year-old did a pretty good job, but the 4-year-old needed help.

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My girls all wanted a camera strap, “like mom’s,” so I got my trusty hole punch and made the necessary holes in each side.

camera-strap-on-paper-camera Slid a piece of baker’s twine in through the holes and tied a knot and made sure the knot stayed inside the camera body.

 

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Now comes the fun part, putting the camera together.  Now I remind you that I found this template online with no credit, just an uploaded image that went nowhere.  Well, there were no instructions on how to put them together, but I did my best. And I think each camera went together differently.  You may have to fold and use an exacto knife on some parts or cut and fold the extra long sides a bit.  I will tell you that my favorite way to secure it ended up being scrapbook adhesive mounting squares which you can snag at Michaels. They held everyone together the best and were easy to use.

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To add the pictures to the back, we just used some washi tape.  I know seems really simple. But it hold the pictures in place for the 5 seconds that my girls want the pictures on, and makes swapping pics really easy.

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You could probably put some velcro on the back and do it that way but we liked the ease, and look, of the washi tape.

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Now let them at it.

taking-pictures-with-paper-camera Watch the creativity blossom as your kiddos take picture after picture.  We went on a walk and I loved to hear their snaps and clicks.

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Aren’t their camera’s so cute? I love how each one captures the personality of it’s owner. My oldest, all grown up and wants a camera like mom’s. Middle daughter still loves pink. And my baby is so colorful and full of life.

I also love how their outfits fit their personalities too.  Each outfit is from Gymboree  which offers cute, coordinate looks that help your little ones enjoy the little and big moments this summer—from craft time to beach time. 

I also love that Gymboree has proudly watched kids learn and grow through the power of play and has seen firsthand the desire from Mom for cute, comfortable, long-lasting, coordinated style at an everyday great price.

#CraftInStyle Instagram Weekly Sweepstakes

We’re hosting a 7-week weekly Instagram sweepstakes, encouraging Mom to share a photo of her family getting crafty and inspired by each week’s summer destination. The weekly winner will receive a $100 Gymboree gift card, a $100 Michaels gift card and craft supplies!

All you have to do is:

  • Follow @Gymboreeand @MichaelsStores on Instagram
  • Post a picture of how your family crafts in style
  • Tag your photo with #CraftInStyleSweeps
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Rainforest Activities and Printables

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Find all of the Rainforest posts here.

Rainforest Activities and Printables - My kids are going to love these crafts!

To kick off our Rainforest Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

Rainforest Week

DIY Binoculars from Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

Rainforest Activities and Printables - My kids are going to love these crafts!

Snake Finger Puppets from Mr. Printables

Rainforest Activities and Printables - My kids are going to love these crafts!

Origami Frogs from Itsy Bitsy Fun

Rainforest Activities and Printables - My kids are going to love these crafts!

DIY Rainstick from JDaniel4’s Mom

Rainforest Activities and Printables - My kids are going to love these crafts!

Printable Elephant Mask from Itsy Bitsy Fun

Rainforest Activities and Printables - My kids are going to love these crafts!

Twisty Snake Sculpture from Pink Stripey Socks

Rainforest Activities and Printables - My kids are going to love these crafts!

Rainforest in a Jar from Hike.Blog.Love.

Rainforest Activities and Printables - My kids are going to love these crafts!

Rainforest Diorama Printables from Exploring Nature

Rainforest Activities and Printables - My kids are going to love these crafts!

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  Sign up for our newsletter HERE.  Each Friday we will be sending links to the weekly theme and posts so that you can get started!

Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme.

Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best ideas and are excited to be a part of this series!  All of these posts will tie into the theme:)

Fridays: Make sure you join each Friday to see what activities, supplies & other things you will need to plan your themed week at home.  We also will be having really cool giveaways each and every friday of this series.

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Under the Sea Sounds Bingo

Hi there ya’ll! I’m Ali from Dream Crafter and I am so excited to be sharing this fun summer activity with you today and I’m extra excited to be a part of this Summer Series. What a genius idea! I am all about easy activities that keep my kids busy during the summer months!

Today I am sharing a printable Under the Sea Sounds Bingo card with you.

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My kids had so much fun with this because its a little different twist on the original Bingo. You need your ears to play!

A lot of people think that the ocean is a quiet place where the only sound is the waves crashing on the sand. But many of the oceans creatures make noises! I was actually surprised at how many of these creatures make noises (and which ones don’t make any noises at all!…Like, did you know that the shark and the octopus literally do not make ONE sound!) Crazy right?!

So here’s how ya play:

Start by printing any of the 4 Bingo cards below. Just click, download and print.

Bingo Card 1 / Bingo Card 2 / Bingo Card 3 / Bingo Card 4

Next, you are going to need to get out your laptop or mobile device and open up tabs for each of the following sounds so they are ready to go when you’re playing the game. Just click the Names below to get the sounds!

Seagull / Fish splashing in the water / Emperor Penguin / Beluga Whale / Oystercatcher (this is a bird) / California Seal / Dolphin whistles / Toadfish / Damselfish / Bottle-nose Dolphin / Killer Whale / Harbor Seal / Blue-footed Booby / White Whale (Same as the Beluga whale. Trick your kids!) / Waves / Dolphin clicks / Elephant Seal / Walrus / Sea Lion  / Wind / Lobster / Brown Pelican / Clam (the only sound a clam makes is the bubbles it emits when it closes!) / Snapping Shrimp

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Some of these links even have videos that might be fun to watch with your kids!

Randomly choose a sound and see who wins the Bingo game! Five in a row wins!

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Even though my kids are too young to read, the game went just fine. I asked them to tell me what animal they thought it was. Then I would tell them the animal and we would talk about it for a minute and I would show them which square to cover on their paper. If your child is deaf or hard of hearing, there are still LOTS of videos to watch about each animal and can still be easily played.

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And of course we had to use Swedish Fish as our Bingo markers. What else? And the best part of the game? Eating the candy!

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Enjoy your summer and keep those brains going! As Miss Frizzle always says, “Take chances, make mistakes and get messy!” Wow…I watch way too much Magic School Bus. :)

-Ali

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Ocean Themed Kids Activities

Ocean Themed Kids Activities

Ocean Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

To kick off our Ocean Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

Activities

Ocean Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

DIY Jellyfish in a Bottle from Bhoomplay’s Blog

Ocean Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Ocean in a Bottle from Happy Hooligans

Ocean Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Mason Jar Aquarium from Hello, Wonderful

Ocean Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Celery Stamp Rainbow Fish from Crafty Morning

Under the Sea Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Ocean Play Dough from The Imagination Tree

Under the Sea Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Soapy Sea Foam Sensory Play from Two Daloo

Under the Sea Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Printables

Ocean Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Ocean Activity Book from Itsy Bitsy Fun

Under the Sea Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Ocean Animal Fact Sheets from 3 Boys and a Dog

Under the Sea Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Sea Animals Memory Game from Learn Create Love

Under the Sea Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Under the Sea Bingo from Artsy Fartsy Mama

Under the Sea Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

Ocean Animal Mazes from Kids Activities Blog

Under the Sea Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, and more!  Perfect for summer fun!

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Fish Bowl Spinner

DIY Seashell Boats

Sea Sounds Bingo

Banana Dolphins

SeaWorld Ticket Giveaway

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Ice Cream Shop for Kids

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I’m so excited to be kicking off our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide this week.  The theme this week is Ice Cream.  Yesterday we shared some great ice cream ideas from our favorite sites.  Today I’m sharing a fun Ice Cream Shop idea that will keep your kids busy during the summer!

Each week we will share favorite Children’s books that go along with our theme.  I LOVE children’s literature, and reading to my kids.  There were so many fun ice cream themed books that we shared earlier today.

A favorite that I used to kick off this week with my kids is Gail Gibbon’s book Ice Cream, The Full Scoop.
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I love Gail Gibbons’ books…her illustrations are amazing.  She teaches concepts through her books in such a fun way.  This one is a must have to kick off this week!  In this book, Gail Gibbons walks kids through the process of making ice cream…from the cow to the ice cream shop.  She shares so many details…and even has very detailed illustrations.  It’s like an ice cream factory tour throughout the book…amazing!  Now we just need to go visit a real ice cream factory!

After reading Ice Cream the Full Scoop…we set up our own ice cream shop.  Here’s how we did it!  You can download the free ice cream printables below…the ice cream sign and ice cream order forms.
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What you will need for a Pretend play Ice Cream Shop:

Large pom pom balls….colorful and bright (for the ice cream scoops)

Bowls (I found these mini waffle cone ice cream bowls at Michaels Craft Store…they are plastic too!)

-Toilet paper rolls for the cones.  Cut the roll length wise…lay it out flat.  Add diagonal stripes both ways with a brown marker.  Fold into a cone…staples and trim the top!

-My Ice Cream Printables Below

-Any other pretend ice cream or ice cream decor.  We found the adorable ice cream cone banner to hang…from Michaels.

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Display the printable ice cream sign.  This will help your little ones learn how to count money.  We love using play money for our pretend stores.  Even my 5 year olds can count change!

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Print out some Ice Cream Order forms and let your kids take turns being the customer.  They can fill in their selection of cone or bowl, how many scoops and if they would like a cherry on top!  They can also tell how they want their scoops to go…what pattern…maybe pink, orange, green, pink, orange, green…and they can color in the mini ice cream cones on the card.  The one below is an AABB pattern…pink, pink, orange, orange…so many possibilities.  The kids will have fun with this!

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They love me being a customer…I’m not kidding when I say my kids will play “pretend” stores for hours and hours!  This new ice cream shop is quite the hit!  Kids learn soooo much from dramatic play.  I love their little imaginations!  The best part about being a kid:)  The best kind of learning is when they don’t even know!  They are learning so much and having a blast.

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Ice Cream Order Form Download (PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE…All downloads and printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP.)
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Don’t forget to check out our other books we picked out for our Ice Cream themed week!

Ice Cream Themed Books

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Be sure to check out the other posts in our Ice Cream Week.

Don’t forget to follow along each week!

Here’s some more fun Ice Cream Theme Party Supplies:

Personal Ice Cream Maker

Personal Ice Cream Maker

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Ice Cream Stationary Pack

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Ice Cream Cone Pen

 

 

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Ice Cream Themed Kids Activities

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For more ice cream activities, be sure to check out the other posts for Ice Cream Week.

Ice Cream Themed Kids Activities

Ice Cream Themed Kids Activities

To kick off our Ice Cream Theme Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games, books, and recipes!

Printables

Ice Cream Do-A-Dot Printables from Gift of Curiosity

Ice Cream Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Letter Sounds Printables from Royal Baloo

Ice Cream Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

File Folder Game from Kids Activities Blog

Ice Cream Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Printable Matching Game from From ABCs to ACTs

Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Sticker Reward Chart from Alana Lee Designs

Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Ice Cream Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Activities

Pretend Play Ice Cream Toppings from Pre K-Pages

Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Pom-Pom Counting from Childcareland

Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Ice Cream Themed Books from JDaniel4’s Mom

Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

PomPom Ice Cream Shoppe from One Time Through

Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Play Dough Fun from Learning 4 Kids

Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Ice Cream Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Ice Cream Recipes

Ice Cream in a Bag from I Can Teach My Child

Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones from Love the Day

Themed Kids Activities - Printables, recipes, activities - My kids will love doing these this summer!

The Science of Ice Cream in a Bag from Left Brain Craft Brain

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No Churn Cookie Monster Ice Cream from Our Family of Seven

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Homemade Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream from Super Healthy Kids 

 

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Mints Teacher Gift with *Free Printable

Mints Teacher Gift with free printable

Sharing a fun gift idea today, Mint Teacher Gift with free printable.

Teacher appreciation week was at our school last week and I love coming up with clever ways to shower the amazing teachers with love!  They sure deserve it and so much more!  Being a former educator…I know first hand!  It’s so nice to show how grateful we are for all they do for our kiddos!

These Mint Teacher gifts are so fun to assemble.  I’m also sharing a free printable gift tag to go with the Mints Teacher Gift below.

I designed the perfect tag to go along with the Mints Teacher Gift… “having you for a teacher this year has been so “REFRESHING” and “MINT” the world to me!”  A fun little saying to go along with the mints and end of the school year.
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Grab some Mints at the store…I chose Lifesaver Mints and Andes chocolate Mints for the Mints Teacher gift.

A Mason jar is great for this Mint Teacher gift.  Add the mints of choice to a mason jar and using twine attach the cute tag!

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Teachers will love this sweet treat…and a reminder of how awesome they are.  Pair with a gift card or a favorite item…to make it even sweeter!
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Personal Use Only Please.  All downloads and printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP.

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Other Great teacher gift ideas:

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