Best Back-to-School Lunch Box Notes

Hello Makers! Can you believe that the new school year is just around the corner?! Where has this summer gone? This month for Must Have Craft Tips, we’re helping you gear up for all the Back-to-School season with all sorts of fun tips and organization ideas. For our post this week I’ve gathered up the best Back-to-School lunch box notes! These are so fun to print, cut out, and slip in your kids’ lunches throughout the school year, making lunchtime at school a little more fun!

We’ve got lunch box notes for boys and girls of all ages and you can easily search Pinterest for even more when you run out! I didn’t include them in this round up, but there are also holiday lunch box themed notes too! Here are some of my favorites that you could use all year round.

Marvel Lunch Box Notes

Lunchbox Jokes

Inside Out Lunch Notes

Disney Princess Lunch Box Jokes

Emoji Lunch Notes

Minions Lunch Box Notes

Back to School Printable Lunchbox Notes

LEGO Lunch Box Jokes

Star Wars Lunch Box Notes

Pokemon Lunch Box Notes

Frozen Lunch Box Notes

Harry Potter Printable Lunchbox Jokes and Notes

Cute Lunch Box Notes

Superhero Lunch Box Notes

Fabulous and Fun Lunch Box Notes

Star Wars Lunch Box Jokes

American Girl Printable Lunch Notes

Minecraft Lunch Box Notes

TMNT Lunch Box Notes

Peanuts Lunch Box Notes

 

Aren’t these lunch box notes and jokes so cute and so fun?! Try printing a few off and pre-cutting them before school starts. Put them in a drawer that you can easily find them in for when you start packing lunches again for the school year. Such a simple way to create happiness and memories for your kids while they are away at school.

Join us again next week for more Back-to-School tips, tricks and ideas that you will love! Have a great weekend!

 

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Shamrock Math for Kids

Hi Makers! Michelle here from Delicate Construction and I am back to share a quick and easy math idea with some free printables just in time for some St. Patrick’s Day fun! Check out this hands-on math idea- Shamrock Math for Kids! These 2 math activities and printables are perfect for kids preschool-2nd grade. 
 
 
I love when I am at the store and I am able to find fun holiday stickers and such on sale or clearance because I know that if I have them, math is much more fun and interesting for my daughter. That is why I had to have these fun St. Patty’s stickers from Joann!
 

I know that my preschooler is starting to become interested and working on addition and patterns so I made a couple of printables for her to practice! I love making printables and sharing them with all of you!

For the patterns printable, I started most of the first pattern for her, and then allowed her to finish it. If your child is older (1st-2nd grade) they can make their own patterns using the stickers.

 
My preschooler got a kick out of this pattern activity which means I may have to make some longer rows so we can work on more challenging patterns! We worked on the ABAB pattern, but older children can definitely explore other patterns. 
 
 

The addition printable was also a great opportunity to not only count and add but work on writing the numbers as well. I would model the first addition sentence for my preschooler, then allow her to complete the second one on her own. You can laminate this printable so and have your child use a dry erase marker so that you can get multiple uses out of it!

 
In the end I accomplished exactly what I wanted. We had fun working on some math concepts, but she was engaged and actively learning the whole time. If you don’t have stickers, I thought that it would also be fun to get some Lucky Charms or other cereal to go along with this theme as well- then it is snack too!

These two printables can be downloaded for personal use- Addition is HERE and Patterns is HERE. And for other holidays, bust out some themed stickers/foamies to continue to use these prints. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Michelle {Delicate Construction}

Teach Me Tuesday: Learning Through Games

I was provided with a product to review from ThinkFun. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved! Today I’m going to be sharing how learning through games is not only fun for kids, but it’s super engaging. And let’s face it… if you are having fun while you are learning, you will more likely retain the information. 

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As a former elementary school teacher, it is safe for me to say that there are a TON of different learning styles. But it is also safe to say that most kids are willing to learn anything that involves FUN or a GAME of some kind. Now at home and homeschooling my daughter, I have found that whether I am teaching my daughter new concepts or reviewing old concepts, educational games are often times my go-to answer. Sometimes I make up the game myself, and other times I’m lucky enough to find a game that relates to whatever we are learning.

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One of my favorite resources for educational games is ThinkFun. They offer a variety of educational games for different grade levels and they also offer teacher resources and game bundles. Recently my daughter and I played the Robot Turtles Board Game, the first board game for little programers. That’s right. A board game that teaches computer programming early on to kiddos.

The coolest part ever is that this game was designed by a dad (and computer software entrepreneur) for his 4 year old twins. It’s super kid-friendly, colorful, and fun. Through simple commands, kids learn what it means to write code, debug and use functions. Something even I can learn!

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Robot Turtles Board Game allows the kids to be the programmers (who have all the control) of the computer, which is the parent. Yes, parents, you play too!

My other favorite part about this game is that it advances as your child does. So you can start this board game with your 4 year old, but expect to play for years to come as they advance and understand more about computer programming through playing Robot Turtles. 

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I also love that this game encourages the entire family to get involved. Kids of all ages and parents alike are all about to spend family time together, having fun and being silly all while learning. I’m thinking that’s a win folks!

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You can find Turtle Robots at Target and on Amazon. And you can also enter the giveaway below to win your own Turtle Robots Board Game! Think… early Christmas ‘shopping!’ 

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Giveaway is open to US residents 18 years or older. Giveaway closes in one week and the winner will be notified. Good luck and thank you for entering! 

Teach Me Tuesday: 26+ Math Games for Kids

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved!

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We’ve been having a lot of fun with math lately. My daughter has really taken a liking to it and I think some of it has to do with my approach in teaching her new concepts and reviewing concepts she’s previously been taught. Games are incorporated in a lot of our homeschooling, but especially with math. Pinterest is a great resource for educational ideas. I’ve rounded up 26+ Math Games for Kids in Kindergarten-third grade. Just click on the links below to get to the directions for each game or to download the freebies. 

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Be sure to pin this list and check back as I will be adding to it as I find more fun math games for kiddos! Thanks for stopping by! If you want more educational ideas, check out my Homeschooling board and my Kiddo Stuff board on Pinterest.

I hope you come back by again tomorrow. I something really pretty to show you! Hint: it goes in my craft room.

Teach Me Tuesday: Marble Tracing Bags

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved! Today our Kids’ Activity Contributor, Michelle, is back to share Marble Tracing Bags!

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Hi Mine for the Making friends! It is Michelle again from Delicate Construction and I have another fun kids activity! With back to school time coming, I wanted to share something that you could do with the little kids that is both fun and a great way to work on fine motor skills. My daughter Avery (age 4) had a blast with this and we did both letters and numbers but also had some fun with shapes as well. All you need are three things you may even have at the house, but if not, that you can grab at the dollar store and you are ready to go!

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This is a super simple and versatile activity that can help with introduction, practice and review of the shapes of different numbers, letters and symbols for young children. I grabbed my hair gel and marbles at the dollar store and I had a 2 1⁄2 gallon bag at home. Normally I make these in gallon bags, but all I ended up having on hand was the 2 1⁄2 gallon bags and you know what, I think this is a fun size too because it allows for more tracing in their multiple symbols or shapes or even larger or more detailed designs.

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I just opened up the bag, and since I had the large one, I added the whole bottle of gel. If you had one gallon bags you could use half the bottle and make two bags if you would like. At this point, I also added the food coloring or liquid watercolor, whatever you have on hand.

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After that I added the marbles, same as the gel, I put the whole bag in but if you had gallon bags, just split it in half. These were also the flat sided marbles, I have done it with round ones as well and both work great.

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Once you have everything in the bag, all you need to do is duct tape the top and you are ready to roll!

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The way it works is you write the letter, number or shape on a piece of paper and place it under the bag.

Then the children maneuver the marbles in the bag to trace the shape, number or letter.

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It not only helps with recognition, but it is also great for fine motor development as well when the little fingers are maneuvering the marbles around in the bag.

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That is all for today! I hope this is something to use and I can’t wait to see you when I am back again next month with a fun fall craft! 

 

Teach Me Tuesday: 15 Olympics Ideas for Kids

Hello and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! 

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Have you been watching the Winter Olympics with your family? Such a fun activity to do together, don’t you think? I thought it would be fun to share 15 Olympic Ideas for Kids including games, printables, crafts, food fun, parties, and learning activities! Check them all out below by clicking on the links. Olympics ideas for kids of all ages!

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These 15 Olympics Ideas for Kids all look so awesome! Make the Winter Olympics a fun, educational, family experience that your kids will remember. 

Thanks for stopping by today!! 

Teach Me Tuesday: Nature Journals

Hiya friends and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday, where I share all things kid-friendly!

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Today I am sharing Nature Journals with y’all. We absolutely LOVE adventuring outside…whether it’s a bike ride to the park or hiking a scenic trail. Our homeschool group (made up of creative and inspiring mommas and their cute kiddos) decided that Nature Journals are a necessity for our kiddos and the exploring that they will be doing this year. We brainstormed, look for inspiration, and helped our kids create really rad journals. We are so excited to fill them with adventures, discoveries, and treasures. Let’s take a peak at the Nature Journal my daughter and I made…

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We recycled a cracker box for the covers, cut construction paper to fit inside, added paper bags, hole punched everything, and attached binder rings. Then she went to down decorating.

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Here’s a look at the whole shebang. Pretty simple right? We are so excited to fill it up!! 

Here’s my girlfriend Nicole’s girls’ Nature Journal (say that 10 times fast). I love that she added a zipper pouch to it…genius!

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And this is in no way limited to homeschool kids! Use it on the weekends or on holiday breaks! Or to all my teacher friends out there, this would be a great addition to your science curriculum. 

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Want to see some FUN Nature Journal inspiration? Get your pinning finger ready…

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Great Stems

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Teach Me Tuesday: Sight Word Target Practice

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday, friends!

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I find it’s important to have FUN while learning and practicing concepts and skills. When we are having fun, we are more than likely actively engaged and we are enjoying what we are doing. When we enjoy what we are doing, we tend to remember it. Today’s learning activity can be adjusted to fit the needs of your child and can be manipulated to practice different concepts. I will share examples later in the post. But first, let’s check out Sight Word Target Practice!

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This one is so fun and can be played inside or outside, depending upon the time of year and weather in your location. 

For inside play, you will need:

Nerf gun, sight word cards, washi tape

For outside play, you will need:

Water gun, outdoor chalk to write sight words

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How to Play:

We played the game inside this time, so I used some washi to tape up the sight word cards that my daughter is practicing. She then aims the Nerf gun at the word she wants to shoot and shouts out the word. Then *BAM!* She fires off the Nerf gun and moves on to the next word. 

It’s easy and fun and both girls and boys like this one. You can tape the words to one wall like we did, or you can put them all over the house so the kids have to “hunt” for them. When playing outside, you can use chalk to write the words on the back wall or patio and then use a water gun instead of a Nerf gun. You can also use math flashcards, vocabulary words, spelling words, state/capitals, etc. 

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What are some ways you try to make learning fun with your kids? 

 

Teach Me Tuesday: Pumpkin Writing Prompt

Hello there and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday, formerly known as Tot School Tuesday. 

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I am so happy you are here and I am excited to share a fun and educational fall/Halloween activity for your kiddos! The amount of assistance needed will depend on your child’s age and developmental stage. I will give you a few examples below, but first, let’s check out the Pumpkin Writing Prompt!

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Cute right? All you need to do is download it to your computer HERE and print it out for your child(ren). 

With my 5 year old, I read her the writing prompt and explained that she needed to draw a picture first to help her gather ideas. Then once she was finished with her picture, I had her describe the pumpkin and tell what she was going to do with it while I scripted it for her. 

If your children are reading and writing on their own, by all means allow them to! If your child is just starting out, have them do the best they can writing a sentence or two about their pumpkin picture. If your child does better writing before drawing, that works too. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Check out the Fall Printable Pack and the Halloween Printable Pack for preschoolers & Kindergartners.

Tot School Tuesday: Top 10 Educational Shows on Netflix

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Welcome to Tot School Tuesdays… soon to be Teach Me Tuesdays! Tot School Tuesdays is growing! Rather than just honing in on activities and idea for tots, we are doing to focus on all things kid-friendly and educational. Teach Me Tuesdays seems to encompass that, so I hope you are all love the name change.

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Today I am sharing the Top 10 Educational Shows on Netflix for your kiddos. Generally, there’s not a whole lot of TV watching in our house. We don’t have cable or satellite TV… we watch movies and Netflix if the TV is on. We find this more affordable for our family and honestly, we’re busy doing other things so it’s just not necessary. There are times, however, that our daughter watches TV. Typically a show in the morning while she is eating breakfast and a show during lunch and/or rest time. Saturdays are a little more “lax” on TV privileges as well. I LOVE the selection of educational series and shows that Netflix offers and they are our go-to shows that we allow our 5 year old to watch.

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1. Leap Frog

*Teaches math, phonics, shapes, reading, alphabet and more! Suggested age: Preschool through first grade.

2. Word Girl

*Teaches vocabulary, reading, and reading comprehension. Suggested age: Kindergarten through third grade.

3. Super Why

*Teaches spelling, reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary, parts of a story, and more! Suggested age: Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

4. Pinky Dinky Doo

*Teaches vocabulary, reading, reading comprehension, parts of a story, rhyming words, and more! Suggested age: Preschool through 2nd grade.

5. Wild Kratts

*Teaches science including animals and places around the world. Suggested age: Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

6. Magic School Bus

*Teaches science including animals, insects, sound, light, earth, electricity and so much more! Suggested age: Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

7. School House Rock

*Teaches everything form math to parts of speech to grammar and critical thinking skills all while using song and rhyme. Suggested age: Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

8. Justin Time

*Teaches science and nature through imaginary journeys. Suggested ages: Preschool through first grade. 

9. Quiz Time

*Teaches preschool and kindergarten skills using a game show style. Suggested age: Preschool and Kindergarten.

10. Sammy’s Story Shop

*Teaches reading, reading comprehension, parts of a story, story genres and more. Suggested age: Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

 

Do your kiddos watch any of these shows? I highly recommend them! My daughter learned her letter sounds from Leap Frog after watching the show 2 times… the songs are so cute and catchy and really make learning fun! Many of these shows have free educational games online too…just Google search the title of the show!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!