Arts and Crafts

Mable/Rainbow Painting for St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day)

March 14, 2015 |

“Is this how leprechauns paint rainbows?”

My kiddos love painting “rainbows” with marbles. Super easy and fun.  They were really rockin’ and rollin’ those rainbows!


Items needed: 3 Marbles, 1 Shoe box (with lid), Paint papers (cut to the exact size of the inside of the cardboard box), small cups, paint (red, yellow and blue or various colors), spoons (or forks to scoop up the marbles).

1.  Start with a few small cups of paint.

2.  Drop a marble in each paint cup.


3.  Using a spoon or a fork, take the marbles out of the paint cups and drop into a shoebox (with a paint paper in the bottom).


4.  Put the lid on the box, then, rock and roll those marbles around. Kids enjoy listening to the rolling marbles.


5.  Then take the lid off for a peak. If the picture looks good, take it out and let it dry. Or you can put the lid on and rock and roll some more.



6.  When finished, hang pictures to dry or set the on a drying rack.



Happy Painting!!!


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FUNetic Farm Early Literacy Curriculum Launch!

February 26, 2013 |


INTRODUCING:  Animal Alphabet Puppets

by FUNetic Farm!!!

I’m excited to announce that I’m finally publishing my FUNetic Farm (Animal Alphabet). This is a phonics-based Early Literacy Curriculum. You can find it in MY STORE on TeachersPayTeachers. – YAY! It’s been a huge project but it’s finally starting to roll out!

FUNetic Farm is the animal alphabet that children love to sound, sign, sing, spell and eventually read! It is a multi-sensory method that uses fun visuals, lively music, kinesthetic movement, American Sign Language (fingerspelling), manipulatives, activity sheets, word building activities and FUN!

I’ve been developing and tweaking this program for the past seven years.  My preschool students LOVE it and we use it every day in my classroom.  Now, mid-year, my preschoolers know all of the sounds of the letters and are starting to do word building.

I have a few products up now and lots more ready to go.






This 1st letter, Sound Match game “Pin-it.”  The game is “self-correcting” – answers are on the back.








This is a sorting game (called “Sort-It”) also part of the Sound Match games set.  Students sort the phonics pictures under the appropriate letter (according to the first letter sound).


Also available from FUNetic Farm:  Flashcards, Phonics Intro Kit (includes the following: Wall Chart and activities ideas, 26 Animal Alphabet phonics songs, Music demonstration videos), Phonics Activity Sheets, Bingo, Card games, Puppets for Early Literacy , Word Buildingphonetic readers and more!

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Christmas Count-Down Chain – FREEBIE

December 7, 2012 |

This Christmas Count-Down Chain is an excellent excuse to get your preschool and kindergarten students to practice counting to 20 over and over again!  First they count up to twenty or twenty five strips of paper that they need to make the chain (one link for every day until Christmas).  Then, as they are making the chain, they put glue on one end of each strip, curve it into a link, connect it to the chain and count to 10 as they hold it in place (this ensures that the links hold together AND gives them more counting practice).  As they construct the chain, they count and recount to see if they have enough links on their chain.  As you can see, they get lots of practical counting experience with this activity (the counting is not forced, just encouraged in a fun way).  Once a student has the right number of links, we tape a real candy cane over the picture of the candy cane.

I also use this activity to teach my students about patterns and I encourage them to make a pattern with their red and green links.

When the chains are completed, students take them home to share with their families.  This gives mom and dad a chance to be involved in the “count down to Christmas.”  Everyday students remove a link of the chain (and everyday they get more counting practice).  On Christmas day they will remove the last link and that means they get to eat the candy cane!  It’s fun to see how excited my kids get about their Count-Down to Christmas Chains (and candy canes)!

Preparation:  Copy one “Count-Down to Christmas Candy Cane Page” for each student (there are two to a page).  This page can be printed in color on white card stock or you can print it on red card stock (with black ink).  Cut 1 inch x 8.5 inch strips of red and green paper.  Students will use these to make their “count-down chains.”  Each student needs one strip of paper for every remaining day until Christmas.  We usually do ours on December 5th so that students can practice counting to 20.  The first link of the chain is glued directly to the candy cane page (centered at the bottom) so that students can build the chain from there.

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