Looking For Leprechaun Trap Ideas? Check Here for a Few Ideas!

Hello Friends!

My kiddos have been creating leprechaun traps for quite a few years. I love this project and will often combine it with a "How To"  writing project. I thought it might be fun (and helpful) to display some of the leprechaun traps my students have created over the years. Some are complicated and some are very, very easy! I tell my students that leprechauns love things that are shiny and do exactly the opposite of what you tell them. That is the reason for some of the sayings on the signs! At the end of this post, you will find a link to a Google doc if you would like a simple writing activity for this project.

 If you would like the writing activity, click the image below to take you to a Google doc.

 If you have difficulty opening this Google doc, click HERE for a tutorial that might help. 

Until next time!


Valentine Directed Drawing - Heart Hen Freebie

Hello Friends,

I am not sure about you, but Valentine's Day ALWAYS creeps up on me and before I know it, it is here and I cannot believe it is the middle of February! If you ARE like me, you are scrambling to come up with something "Valentiney" that is quick and easy to prepare. That is why I love putting these heart animal directed drawing mats into a literacy center. My students can choose to create their heart animal from paper and then glue their shapes onto their writing paper OR they can follow the steps with pencil and use crayons, marker, or paint to add color. The only rule is that they must add hearts to their animal in some way. Voila! Quick, easy, and fun!

If you would like to try this Heart Hen directed drawing activity, you can click the image below.


Until next time!


Martin Luther King, Jr. for Young Children - Freebie

Hello Friends,

I took a walk down our halls today and thought I would share some of the Martin Luther King, Jr./peaceful activities I found.....

This is what kindergarten did this week...... 

 (If you would like the PDF for these words, click HERE. )

I saw these down our first grade hall.....

(The link to the image above can be found HERE. )

This is a bulletin board I saw. The kids each wrote a way in which they could try to be a peaceful kid. 
Our Third Grade did these puzzle portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr. They had to work together to form the puzzle.

And.... this is something that I did NOT see on my walk today, but something that I love to do this time of year....... hopefully, I will get to this next week! It is based on the book "The Color of Us" by Karen Katz.



So..... that is what I saw on my walk through the halls today and I leave you with these words............

 Love one another, forgive, and most of all, accept and cherish our differences!

Until next time!


Melting Snowman freebie for Kindergarten - STEM

Hello Friends,

This little cornstarch snowman is such a fun activity to do with your students. (This is not my original idea. The original idea came from There's Just One Mommy.) You need to use biodegradable packing peanuts. I let my students use two of them. They use permanent ink markers to draw a face. Some of my kinders will tell me "My Mom doesn't let me use permanent ink markers." LOL... I tell them they are "big kids" in my class and they can use them for this activity.

First, we discuss our hypothesis... Why does a snowman melt? Then, I give the children their recording sheet. They draw their snowman and then predict what will will make their snowman melt.


We are lucky in Illinois to be able to walk outside our classroom door and gather snow. If you do not have snow, though, ice cubes will work. Add snow (or ice) to a container and warm water to another container. Place one snowman in each container.

Then, wait............ patience, Grasshopper.... It takes a little time for this to work......

After a few minutes, you will hear the screams "My snowman is melting!"

We talk about what is happening to the snowman in the warm water and what is happening to the snowman in the snow.

 The children then draw their results in the boxes and our fun lesson on what causes things to melt! If you would like the recording sheet, click HERE or on the image of the recording sheet above.
It is a Google doc, so if your school blocks downloads from outside your district, you will have to download it at home. :)

Until next time!