Saturday, March 16, 2013

Top 10 Easter Ideas

I realize we haven't reached St. Patrick's Day, but this year Easter is literally right around the corner.  This is a list of my Top 10 Crafts or free items I've found for Easter.  You can click on any of the pictures and it will take them to the original blog or creator.  I definitely don't want to claim anything that isn't mine, but it always helps me find what I'm looking for if everything is in one place.  Hope you enjoy!

#1 - Jello Carrots
Love the simplicity of this snack.  You get orange Jello and stick a green spoon into the Jello - Tada!  Jello Carrots.  If you can't find orange Jello, this would probably also work with Mandarin oranges.  You could even get Sunkist and put green straws in it.  Click on the picture to go find out more about this.  I found in on Lynlee's Petite Cakes and she has tons of really cute ideas!

#2 - Wacky Fact Families
I have to tell you, I saw this yesterday and was ready to buy it.  I was certain that to be that cute it was definitely going to cost me a little money.  Guess what?  It is completely free.  It was created by The Bubbly Blond, which I have to say is now one of my new, favorite blogs.  She has some really cute ideas and I can't wait to go through her blog more.  Until then, this little item is going to be the first thing I print as soon as I get more ink.  I still can't get over how perfect it is.  All I keep thinking is if her freebies are this cute, I bet her stuff she sells is even better.  


#3 - Bunny Mask
I absolutely adore this little mask!  It's simple and it uses items I already have in my classroom.  You can't get better than this.  Oh, but you can!  You can take a class picture with every kid holding up their little bunny face :)  This may not serve much of a purpose in teaching, but it could definitely be a cute Fun Friday idea.  If you know who created it, let me know.  I want to give credit to the creator, but this just goes to a picture.

#4 - Bunny Plate
Since the Bunny Mask is cute, I want to use the Bunny Plate as a craftivity with writing.  My kids LOVE the writing/craft combo.  There are also so many different things we could write about.  Since I skipped out on having a leprechaun, I may let them write about how they would catch the Easter bunny.  I also want to grab some scrapbook paper to make the little ties.  This way, they are all different.  I definitely need to make a Michael's or Hobby Lobby trip ASAP.  The crafts are starting to pile up :)  If you know who created it, let me know.  I want to give credit to the creator, but this just goes to Bing.  I went through ALL the pictures, but it never goes to a blog or website.

#5 - ABC Order Cut & Paste
This is an Easter Freebie by my friend Mo.  I always love these little cut & paste activities.  They are quick, easy, and the kids enjoy them.  I'm also going to put them on pastel paper.  You definitely won't regret grabbing this little freebie.

#6 - March Book Reports
This is one of my freebies on TPT.  The first two are St. Patrick's Day book reports, but the last two are Easter.  These have become a staple in my classroom.  My kids love doing them and it helps me keep track of if they are really reading their books.  A sign they aren't - "I didn't like any part of this book."  I had one of my sweet kids write that on five of them last week.  We had a long talk and discussed the fact that she has to find at least one thing in each book.  

#7 - Cheese Puff Carrots
I have seen these done in so many different ways - Cheez-Its, Cheetos, and Goldfish, but my favorite is the Cheese Puffs.  I will definitely be doing these before Easter if I can figure out the bags.  They are simple, but extremely cute!  I love fun snacks!  Plus, I like giving my kids different experiences that they may/may not ever get.  Anyway, this might just be my #1 snack.

#8 - Guess an Egg
I can't wait to do this with my kids!  You give each kid an egg and they have to hide an item in the egg.  They write down three clues and the other kids have to try to guess what's in the egg.  I may even send my students home with them so it can be a real surprise.  Obviously, if I do that there will be rules and I will check the eggs when they come back, but that will allow them to have a real element of surprise.  This is another definitely want to do it activity.

#9 - Growing Lollipops
Okay, not sure how I'm going to make this happen, but I am going to make this happen!  I know my first graders probably will think it's me, so obviously I'm going to have to have a sneaky friend.  I'm going to have my kids go outside and put their jellybeans on the ground.  I'm going to give them some Easter Bunny dust.  No, I have no idea what that is, but I have to make sure they don't try it at home, right?  Then, I'm going to teach.  I'll tell them it takes two hours for them to grow.  During that time, I will have someone sneak out my back door and pick up jelly beans and put out suckers.  The key to making this work for my little people is my T.A. and I will have to stay within their sight this entire time.  I'm pretty certain I won't have any issues finding an adult to conspire with me :)  Make sure you click on the picture to see more pictures and to get more tips on pulling this off.

#10 - Easter Printable Freebies
These are my newest freebies.  Keep checking back because I am definitely planning a few more!

Alright friends!  Go enjoy your Saturday!  I'm going to go finish my ChickfilA and BEG my hubby to go out and get me my first SnoCone of this year!  He's sweet like that, so sure he will get me one later.

9 comments:

  1. What an amazing post!! Thanks for the shout-out! I am in love with your printables. I L-O-V-E your newest Easter printables freebie!
    -Mo
    More Than Math by Mo

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  2. Awesome post pinned this. Love all the ideas. Can't wait to use your printable. (Momma's Fun World)

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  3. Love this collection of ideas Faith - I just pinned it. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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  4. I found your blog through Pinterest yesterday and love everything you've posted as freebies. I wanted to leave a suggestion for the cheese puff carrot bags - what about cake decorating bags. You can buy them at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and I think Walmart carries them in the section near Wilton supplies. Hobby Lobby runs Wilton items on sale regularly and you could always use a Michael's coupon if they aren't on sale. Hope this helps!

    Sami, teachingsisters@gmail.com

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    1. I was going to say something similar. I know my Hobby Lobby has a whole aisle of bakery stuff, like bags for treats and stuff. They may have something you can use!

      Could you use something like colored sugar/sprinkles or maybe colored powdered sugar for your dust? Just a suggestion- can't wait to see what you think of!

      Erica

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    2. That's a great idea! I'll definitely be trying both of those things :) Thanks girls :)

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  5. Ok, the jello carrots are so gosh darn cute!! And already picked up your freebies. Super thanks!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

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  6. Thanks for all the fabulous freebies. Girl, you are all over pinterest...lol! :)

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  7. This is an adorable blog. Just found you through Pinterest and i am your newest follower! Really cute ideas!!!!
    Kinder-gardening.blogspot.com

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