Spending time engaging with building toys, from blocks to Brackitz, has dozens of proven benefits both at home and in the classroom. According to early childhood experts at NAEYC, block play builds problem solving and strategic thinking skills; imagination and creativity; self-expression, language, and social skills; self-esteem and confidence; and so much more. But the learning doesn’t stop with early childhood.
Engineering sets like Brackitz take things one step further, introducing and providing hands-on experience with STEM skills, principles, and vocabulary including gravity, symmetry, balance, stability, measurement, units, addition, subtraction, and more.
Plus, it’s fun! Students of all ages love building and it’s an easy activity to incorporate into any classroom schedule. Continue reading →
Bring the history of picture frames and artwork to life with this educational craft activity using our Historical Art Frames Craft Kit. This is a great project to combine with the new popular Google app called Arts & Culture. Students can use the app to discover which museum portrait they match with, then draw their portrait inside the frames!
Age Group: 7 and up Project Time: 30 minutes
Craft Kit Contains:
Cardstock frame designs (4 designs, total of 12 frames)
Diversity is an important topic in education. Teachers and afterschool professionals can help instill an appreciation for other cultures in students. With our EduCraft® Kids of All Nations Craft Kit, kids can create and design their own paper craft based on a specific nation. There are 8 lesson plans for you to use below that go along with this craft kit. These activities incorporate the topic of diversity into subjects like Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts.
1. Allow your students to choose the topic they want to create. For this example, you will see an example of a winter themed snowman and a snail in the grass.
2. Choose the color paper you want as a background.
3. Choose the different color paper you want to use to create your picture.
4. Tear the colors slowly into various shapes to represent the topic/ setting or habitat.
5. Glue pieces into place carefully.
Note: If you tear paper quickly and narrowly, you will enable the paper to curl. Allow them to practice if needed. Remember, no scissors! Continue reading →
This summer my preschool kids at Austin Ridge Bible Church in Dripping Springs, TX enjoyed tearing construction paper in pieces to make an adorable bee! I had seen this torn paper bee on the Primary Theme Park blog where they used it for a writing project on Bees, but I thought it would also work nicely for our study on humility.
We were teaching from Luke 18:9-14, where Jesus was meeting with the Pharisees and told them a story about two men who went to the temple to pray. One of them was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. Jesus described their two very different types of prayer and heart attitudes. The tax collector was humble and knew he needed forgiveness, while the Pharisee thought he was better than everyone else. Jesus told them that God would honor them if they were humble.
The torn paper bee craft seemed perfect for reminding our kids of the main lesson idea to “Bee” Humble. This is a really good craft for teaching about any character quality, alphabet letter “B”, a “Bee” Mine Valentine’s card/craft, or as it was originally intended as a display for writing about bees. Continue reading →