Always a Teacher & Forever a Mom

Category: Always Art

This blog series brings you lots of ideas for arts and crafts that will add an extra element of fun to your lessons.

Make Your Own “Share Chair”

Summer is well on its way and the first signs of Back to School season are starting to make themselves noticed. So what does this girl do? Well, she starts dreaming of next year’s classroom and all the possibilities 🙂 As a long term supply teacher, I have no idea (yet) what assignment I will get next year. And when I mean no idea, I Read More

Holiday Ornaments – DVD Reindeer

As promised, here is the second tutorial in this series. Today I bring you the reindeer ornaments. They are so cute! I hope you have as much fun making them as I did. Enjoy!   The Reindeer Ornament What you need: old CDs or DVDs acrylic paints (white, black, pink, brown, red) card stock paper scissors pipe cleaners pompoms craft foam (brown) ribbon paint brushes Read More

Make Your Own Bunny Game From Recycled Pop Bottles

With Easter fast approaching,  the Internet  is full of inspiring crafts. Since this week is March break (a.k.a. spring break ), and I have a house full of children, I’ve decided to come up with something crafty and Easter related. And thus was this bunny game born ☺ Here’s how we created our bunnies: Gather big plastic pop bottles. Rinse them to get rid of any residual pop Read More

Make Your Own Halloween Pencil Holders

Halloween is almost here and so is the promise of candy and spooky costumes 🙂 Today I am participating in an exciting blog hop with some of my fellow Canadian teacher-authors. All you have to do is sit back, grab a cup of coffee (or tea, if you are like me), and then have fun reading our tips and tricks, downloading our freebies, and finally Read More

Make Your Own Clay Turkey For The Holidays

Fall is time for celebrations. In Canada, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it is time to start looking for crafts to make 🙂 This past weekend, my daughters and I decided to make our own turkey art with clay. Here are the tutorials for two different clay turkeys. What you need: – Clay – modelling clay is ideal for children. You can also try Read More

Make Your Own Cute Paperclips

This is a cute and very easy to make craft. You can use these clips as bookmarks or as clips for your classroom activities. Here’s how I made them: Print a page with clip art, colored circles or numbered circles. Gather scissors, hot glue gun, laminating supplies, paperclips and/or clothespins.  Laminate each page on the printed side only. Cut each decoration.  Place a dot of hot glue Read More

How to Make a Felt Puppet

If there is anything that I have learned while working with younger children, it’s that they absolutely LOVE puppets and throwing their own puppet shows. When I ran my home daycare, I couldn’t find enough puppets to fill our puppet basket. We had a few bought at the local dollar store but anything I found elsewhere was extremely expensive. Not liking to give up easily, Read More

Make Your Own Fancy Message Board

Since I spend so much time developing my teaching resources, a few months ago I decided to organize a tiny little space in our basement for this purpose. It is there that I consult books and notes. It is there that I write the rough drafts of resources. It is there that I store the resources I print and the little idea notes I come Read More

Make Your Own St. Patrick’s Day Magnets

With Valentine’s Day gone, it is time to think of the next holidays 🙂 I know Mardi Gras (or “Carnaval” like we call it in Portugal) comes before St. Patrick’s Day; however, I could not resist and make these! 😀 These cute magnets are an easy and fun way to bring St. Patrick’s Day cheer into your home or classroom. The simplicity of the activity Read More

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