Monday, 8 May 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week: Win a $25 TpT Gift Card

So, for Teacher Appreciation week, I'm not just giving you the chance to win 1 gift card but 2 gift cards! Below you will find my 2nd giveaway for a TpT gift card - this one for $25! Don't forget to enter on the previous blog post for the chance to win a $100 TpT gift card too!


Nikki 
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Mother's Day Baking

This coming weekend is Mother's Day in the US. Here in the UK, we've already celebrated it, so I wanted to share with you some of the goodies that we made in class with our students to take home for their mothers on Mother's Day.

Today, I'm going to share with you some of the lovely baking that we did and sent home - trust me, it was a huge hit with the mums!



We made some flower biscuits and some white chocolate hearts/butterflies then wrapped them all up into this adorable bag to take home and look more presentable. Just continue to read this blog post to find out how you can make what we did..


Flower Biscuits

What you will need;
  • 100g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • A couple of drops of vanilla essence
  • 175g plain flour
  • Icing sugar / pink icing
  • Pink food colouring
  • Hundreds and thousands
What you will need to do;
  1. Preheat your oven to 150C
  2. Mix butter and sugar together
  3. Add vanilla essence, mix together
  4. Add the flour, mix together
  5. Bind together then roll out to approx 5mm depth
  6. Use a flower cutter to cut out into flower shapes
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden 
Once cool, simply mix together some pink icing - or purchase pink icing - and decorate the top of the flower biscuits, then use some hundreds and thousands to decorate on top. Leave to set - either out or into the fridge.

Chocolate Hearts / Butterflies

What you will need;
  • Moulds - heart and butterfly shapes or whatever shapes you want
  • Hundreds and thousands 
  • White chocolate bars
What you will need to do;
  1. Sprinkle some hundreds and thousands into the moulds
  2. Melt the white chocolate and then pour into the moulds
  3. Leave in the fridge to set
Once the biscuits and chocolates are all set, add into a cellophane bag and you're all done!

Nikki 

Teacher Appreciation Week: Win a $100 TpT Gift Card

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to educators everywhere. Please know, that you have helped to touch lives every day throughout your career and we all appreciate how much each other works in this field.

So, to kick star Teacher Appreciation week we are giving away a $100 TpT gift card! Just enter below! Good luck! 

Nikki 


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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Mother's Day Handprint Mum Craft

With you guys over in the US, Mother's Day is fast approaching. So why not use this quick and fun handprint craft to send home to your students mum to celebrate Mother's Day this year. The handprints make them a little more personalised and you can use colours to personalise to the mum's as well!


What you will need;
  • Brown paint / coloured paint for hair
  • Skin colour paint - cream/brown etc.
  • Flower felts/stickers
  • Heart felts/stickers
  • Googly eyes
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pink card
  • White card
What you will need to do;
  1. Paint your students hands in two different colours; the hair is going to be the fingers and the face is going to be the palm of the hand. Place the handprint down onto a white piece of card and leave to dry.
  2. Once dry, cut out the handprint and then stick it down onto pink card.
  3. Stick on some googly eyes and the heart for the mouth. Use a marker to draw the nose and then add the flower onto the hair.
  4. Use a pen or print out a 'Happy Mother's Day' sign to put on the bottom.
  5. Finished!
Nikki 


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Mother's Day Card: I love you to pieces

Here in the UK, we've already celebrated Mother's Day, but I thought I would share some of our Mother's Day crafts again for my US followers who are going to be celebrating soon. In our class, we love to make a fuss of our parents on Mother's Day and Father's Day so we get the kids to do lots of fun crafts and baking in the class to give to them. 




This 3 fold card is actually super easy to make and looks absolutely amazing - it looks even better in the flesh. These are actually super simple to make, so don't be put off.

What you will need;
  • Tissue paper in different colours ripped up into small pieces
  • Heart template
  • Felt pens
  • Large white card
What you need to do;
  1. Fold your white card into 3 pieces
  2. On the first page, stick some of the tissue paper pieces on and write 'mum'
  3. On the second page, stick some more of the tissue paper pieces on and write 'i love you'
  4. On the third and final page, stick down the heart template, then stick on some of the ripped tissue paper pieces. Then add 'to pieces' on the bottom.
  5. Finished
Nikki 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Ways to Cool Down on Hot School Days

Are you still in School when the days get hot? Does your classroom get even hotter than normal and get your students - and yourselves - all antsy and hot and bothered? Then check out these 10 ways that you can help cool everyone down..

10 ways to keep cool in the classroom

1) Paddling Pools


A lot of Schools aren't able to allow students to go into paddling pools and use swimwear but you can use paddling pools in lots of different ways. You can dip your feet in them, you can sit around the sides and just play with the water. The great thing about cool water is it's going to cool you down! 

  2) Water Pistol Fight!


So, in the Summer we always ask parents to send in some spare clothes and if they're happy for them to have some water play - they always are, especially when it means helping their children stay cool. Now, we tend to keep this activity as an after dinner one so we've done our work for the day and then it's relax time. We change them into their spare clothes, go out into the garden and give the students their own water pistol each, then have fun! You can either get them to shoot water at each other or at obstacles around the garden, at staff, at themselves etc. This is a free choice activity and just a way for them to cool down so you can encourage them to play as they wish - within means.

3) Water Bombs


Have you seen these bunch o bombs? Our kids had so much fun last summer filling them up and throwing them onto the floor and watching them burst! We put wellies on them so they could throw them to the floor and not worry about their shoes getting wet. It was a great way for the students to cool down.

4) Outside areas

If you have an outside space, invest in a pop up gazebo to provide some shade when outside. You can put a table of cool drinks, ice or water play under here to give students somewhere to go to cool down.

5) Cooling Mist Spray


This spray is one of our most important items during the hot, summer months. You can spray it onto your face to cool you down or on any body part - and onto students. When we mentioned this to the parents of the kiddos in our class, they all invested in some and sent it in with permission for us to put onto our kids, we always taught our kids how to apply it to themselves when they are really hot - it really helps cool them down quickly.

6) Make frozen lollies!


This is great for you to do together with your students. Just simply invest in some lollipop moulds, fill them with juices, water, chopped fruit, whatever you want then put them into the freezer and let them go hard. Once done, you can pull them out on hot days to help cool everyone down. 

7) Have lots of FLUIDS



The most important thing to do during the hot, summer days is having lots of fluids available. Make sure you take cool water drinks through the day, allow extra breaks for students to be able to grab a glass of water - encourage water over sodas and try to engage your students with working on dehydration and the importance of fluids.

8) Fans


If you are able to invest in some electrical fans and have them around the classroom - do it! Put them out of the reach of your students and if you can have more than one, dot them around the room to rotate around.

9) Blinds


If you have blinds in your classroom, try to keep these closed where possible - either around all of the room or most of the room, this avoids letting the sun into the room heating it up and also provides shaded areas for your students.

10) Ice Play


Use the summer months to learn about ice and the arctic. You can use this opportunity for lots of ice play in the classroom, especially in tough-spots where you can have ice all around for students to play with, this will help to create a cooling atmosphere.

I hope these tips help you to stay cool in the classroom! Do you struggle with a hot classroom/learning space? What tips/tricks have you picked up?

Nikki 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Pixie Dust Fortnight: Freebie!

Today as part of my pixie dust fortnight, I've put one of my paid resources to FREE! This is for today only so head on over quick to get it for free and remember to leave some feedback!


This resource contains 2 different types of Spring themed counting task cards; put a peg on the correct number or circle the correct number. 

22 different task cards in total ranging in numbers from 0-20. 

There are 4 task cards per page and come in color/colour and black/white option. 

There are instructions included on the front page of the document. I recommend cutting them out individually and then laminating them, this will make them stronger and longer lasting - meaning you can use them over and over again.


So, what are you waiting for? Check it out here.

Nikki 
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