Category Archives: Printables

Candy Cane Puzzles

By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.

Materials Needed:

This activity is a quick and inexpensive item that you can make ahead of time for classroom parties, gift bags, stocking stuffers or for a cute teacher gift.  All of the materials needed can be found at CreateforLess.com!

The Candy Cane Puzzle template has been left blank to provide you with options.  In my example, I used opposite words.  You can use the Candy Cane Puzzles to match upper and lower case alphabet letters, numbers and number words, homonyms, synonyms, word families, and much more!

Directions:

  1. Print out the desired number of candy cane puzzle templates.  (The template can be resized to fit smaller on a page using your printer settings.)
  2. Using a non-bleed, permanent ink pen (Sharpie), write the text on the Candy Cane Puzzles. A red pen can be used to color in the candy canes.
  3. Cut out the Candy Cane Puzzles.  Hint:  Cutting out the Candy Cane Puzzles prior to lamination helps create a better seal around the edges.  It helps the lamination film from lifting after the pieces have been cut.
  4. Laminate the Puzzles.
  5. Store in a cute cello bag, with a bag topper for gift giving (optional) or a ziplock bag for classroom use.

 

Ghost Card Game

 By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.

Ghost Card Game

Materials Needed:

Directions: 

This game was created with a Halloween theme.  It can be made up ahead of time for Halloween parties, or given away as treats. The template provided includes ghost cards that are numbered 1- 12, with a Frankie Wild Card, and a Black Cat Miss a Turn.

  1. Print 2-3 sets of the card game depending on how many players you will have.
  2. Cut out the individual cards, and laminate for durability.
  3. Store in a ziplock bag or small container.

Rules for play:

  1. Shuffle the sets of cards and deal out all of the cards evenly to each player.
  2. Each player will turn their cards face down, taking turns turning one card over at a time.
  3. The player with the highest numbered card winds the hand.
  4. If a player turns over a “Wild Card” the player wins the “hand.”
  5. If a player turns over a “Miss a Turn” card, the player misses the turn and doesn’t get to turn over their next card.
  6. If in the event each player turns over the same card, they will continue the process until one of the players wins the hand having the highest number card.

Ghost Matching with Pumpkin Box

By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning. 

Materials Needed:

Directions:

This cute game is perfect for classroom or family Halloween parties!    All of the materials needed for this activity can be found at CreateforLess.com!

  1. Print template pieces off onto white cardstock.  The template comes with both numbered pieces (1-12) and blank.
  2. Cut out the individual game pieces.
  3. Laminate the game pieces for durability.  Hint: If you use the pre-numbered template you won’t need to write anything on the game pieces.  If you choose to write your own words or numbers, you will need to use a permanent ink pen to write on before you laminate.
  4. Print the pumpkin box template onto cardstock.
  5. Cut out the pumpkin box on the lines.  Fold on the lines where indicated and glue the flaps down.  Once the pumpkin box is dry, the playing cards can be put inside.

 

Tips for Creating Subway Art

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog Geek with Glasses.

This type of word art is everywhere. It started as copies of subway sign from NYC and Paris with the black background and white letters. Now it has morphed into a decorative type design for homes. When creating your Subway Art here are a couple of pointers to help get you started.

1. Start by only using 1 to 3 different fonts for the whole design. Sometimes mixing too many font faces makes the design confusing and difficult to read. The traditional signs use one font that is San Serif (without serifs or flares on the letters), plain and blocky, like Arial or Helvetica. For Holiday art pick one or two fancier fonts and hold the design together with one plain font.

2. Try and keep all of the words in one row on the same base line. Which means that all the words sit on an invisible line. This keeps the design clean and prevents words from looking like they are floating.

3. Use Full Justification. This aligns the text to both the left and right sides of the page adding space between the words to create a nice clean line on both the left and right side of the design. This might also add space between the letters of a single word to spread it out across the page.

4. This is just my personal spin – but I like all my words to read from left to right. I do not turn words on their side. By keeping the words upright it stays truer to Subway Signs.

Halloween Subway Art

Here is my Halloween Subway Art. If you don’t want to make your own – use this printable. I found fonts that have a Halloween feel to them and work together to create a whole. I stretched some of the words side to side to create the full justification, then I pulled some of the words top to bottom to fill the spaces between the lines. This really fills the page and makes the words as big as possible so the sign can be read across the room.

I printed this one on Bright Orange Cardstock. Afterwards, I picked the words I wanted to stand out and glued black glitter to them.

Printable Math Clothespin Game

By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.

Multiplication is something everyone learns in school. I created this game to solidify those skills and also get kids used to reading numbers as well. This activity should help with multiplication, adding, and math word problem solving skills. This is an easy printable activity.

Materials Needed:

Directions:

  1. Print Bee Place Value Clothespin Game Template onto cardstock.
  2. Cut out individual game cards.
  3. Laminate (optional) individual cards. (Cutting them out prior to lamination makes a better seal around the edges of the cards).
  4. Use with small clothespins.

Crayon Magnet Activity

By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.

This activity is perfect for young children learning their colors. Use the crayon print-out to make magnets for your youngster to play with.

Materials Needed:

Directions:

  1. Print crayon template onto magnet paper.
  2. Color crayon magnets with non-bleed, permanent ink pens.(Optional: color template before printing.)
  3. Cut individual crayon magnets out.
  4. Crayon magnets are ready for play!

 

Apple Seed Number Booklet

By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.

For this printable activity, kid’s draw the number of apple seeds that each card says. This booklet has more than one variation to it. It can be printed off and used as an addition to an apple theme, for number recognition as a standalone activity. It also may be printed off, laminated and used with dry erase markers as part of a learning center. The directions below will work for both variations.

Materials Needed:

Directions:

  1. Print Apple Seed Number Booklet onto cardstock or regular paper.
  2. Cut out individual book pages.
  3. Laminate (optional)
  4. Trim lamination and attach with a binder ring. *
  5. Ready for use with a dry erase marker.

*When using the regular printer paper instead of cardstock, the booklet can be attached with a stapler.

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