1. Who can ever have too many ways to calm your class? Blogger Kat lives on the island of Jersey in the UK. You'll want to explore her treasure-filled blog for many more jewels like the one below.
Creative Playhouse: 15 Play Ideas to Help Children Calm Down and Relax
2. What's more fun than Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type? Why, reading more of Doreen Cronin's delightful series, of course!
Leigh shares ideas for using Doreen Cronin's Click, Clack book series to teach a variety of ELA topics. FREEBIES included!
3. I had the opportunity to meet Jan Brett some years back. She's a very humble and personable lady and a very talented artist.
Jan Brett talking about the author and illustrator's craft. This video is for the 30th anniversary of her book, The Mitten. There are a number of other Youtubes starring Jan.
4. Mmmm, lemon. This lemon playdough will be good in a spelling/word work, art, or free-play center. Louise and Jenni have created a website full of kid crafts, recipes, and activities. Check it out.
1 part conditioner 2 parts corn flour/corn starch, food coloring (optional)
Add zest & juice of 1 lemon for lemon playdough for extra sensory impact.
5. I lived through the ratting trend back in the day, but never achieved such lofty heights as Dolly. Enjoy more vintage dos at this site.
Dolly Parton rocking a 60s bouffant
6. Here's a simple craft to use for Valentine's party. Lindsey's web post show several styles of paper chapeaus and she has included a couple of games to play with them. Check them out here.
Pop up hats made out of paper plates - Won't little girls love blinging them up?