Usually we talk about Chinese New Year but did you know that many other countries celebrate the new year at the same time? In Vietnam it is called Tết and South Korea it is known as Seollal. These new year celebrations are based on the lunar calendar which is calculated using the movement of the Earth around the Sun and the Moon around the Earth. Because of this, lunar new year is celebrated some time in January or February. This time of year is a time when families gather, share food and many local traditions. [Read more…] about 15 Picture Books for Lunar New Year
Have you ever seen something in a store and thought, “I can make that for way less money?” Maybe. Or, have you ever thought, “Wouldn’t it just be easier for me to buy it instead of making it?”
We accidentally made these little Christmas ornaments and they turned out so cute, we knew we have to write about it so others could make their own. This project started completely by accident, but sometimes the happiest of accidents turn out to be blessings in disguise. So, this is our path to making some wooden ornaments from recycled game pieces, but you can take a few shortcuts with our lesson below.[Read more…] about How to Create Wooden Ornaments for Christmas
Here is a great activity your students can do that is both environmentally friendly and makes a wonderful Christmas gift. If you plan on using this as a Christmas gift from your students to their families, you’re going to want to start collecting the materials a few months in advance so that you have enough pieces.[Read more…] about Recycled Materials: Christmas Wreaths
Here’s a little task you can give to your students to make an environmentally friendly Christmas tree ornament. Using recycled paper products is good for the environment, especially if parents keep the ornaments that are created for generations. It’s especially great if you have lots of extra paper lying around. Rescue it from the recycling bin and use it to make the holidays a little brighter.
This is a great task to put into your makerspace for the month of December, but you can make these any time of year if your paper isn’t seasonal.[Read more…] about Recycled Paper Ornaments
Preparing for Remembrance Day commemorations is a great opportunity to talk not only about the sacrifices of the past but to talk about our contributions to peace. There are so many Remembrance Day activities out there, but most of them involve poppy crafts. One of the best ways to learn about the past is by reading Remembrance Day books. They are always a great way to introduce solemn topics while uplifting our students. Most of all, they are portable, easy to use and don’t require a lot of technology.[Read more…] about Books for Remembrance Day
Let’s be honest. Halloween is not one of the best days for teachers-even worse, the day after. So, unless the day lands on a weekend, chances are you’re going to be somehow involved in Halloween festivities. So, other than sitting and eating junk food while dressed in costumes, what other activities can a teacher do with their class while still celebrating Halloween?
We’ve got some great ideas for you to help keep things in check![Read more…] about Alternative Halloween Activities