Pencil Case Craft


Be ready for school with this felt pencil case. Don't have a sewing machine? That's OK -- we've got instructions for that, too. Dress up the pencils you put in your new case with our Painted Pencils craft

What You’ll Need:
*1 piece of 8 1/2 -11 sheet of felt
*2 in piece of elastic
*Button
*Sewing Machine OR large needle and yarn or embroidery floss
*Scissors

Preparation:

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Book Club: Splat the Cat

Does your little one have the first day of school jitters? So does poor Splat! He tries to come up with every excuse not to go to school, but once he gets there, he finds out it's not so bad! Read Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton and share Splat's adventures on his first day of Cat School.

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Snack Time: Fruit & Cheese Kabobs


Check back every Thursday in September for a fun, healthy snack you and the kids can put together after school. Today's snack couldn't be more simple: just alternate fruit and cheese squares on skewers. The kids will love not only building their snack, but eating it, too!

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Back to School Organizer


Get organized at home or in your classroom. Use this organizer to keep notes, papers, pictures, and more sorted and easy to find. If you like this craft, check out our Pencil Case craft

What You’ll Need:
*Red and green craft paper
*Dowel rod or new unsharpened pencil
*Black marker
*Scissors
*Glue
*Yellow Ribbon, one yard
*Yard stick
*Clothes pins
*Red paint (optional)
*Yarn

Preparation:

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Make Your Own School Calendar: FREE

That's right: a FREE customized photo calendar that includes all of your school's important events, early closings, and days off! Collect your favorite summer photos, visit your school's website for the list of school events, closings, and holidays, and visit My Calendar Maker. Did you know that My Activity Maker is part of the My Calendar Maker family of sites? At www.MyCalendarMaker.com, you can create FREE personalized photo calendars and add your own birthdays and other special occasions! Perfect to hang on your fridge to remind you when reports cards will be coming home, parent-teacher conferences, PTA meetings, and more!

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Key Chain Craft


Make sure keys don't get lost again with this adorable craft. Need something just as fun to keep your keys and other personal items? Check out our Jean Tote Bag.

What You’ll Need:
*Large, flat button (at least one inch in diameter)
*Assortment of small buttons and beads
*Hot glue
*Zip ties or the ring off of an old key chain

Activity:

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Book Club: Teacher's Pets

From Amazon.com: Monday morning is sharing day in Miss Fry’s class, and children may bring in a pet to share, "just for the day." Week after week, a new and wonderful pet comes to "visit" - a crowing rooster, a crawly tarantula, a cricket that does somersaults - but somehow ends up staying for a very long time. Soon a host of classroom critters are mingling happily among the students, and even the parents are pleased with what they see. "Isn’t it great," they exclaim, "that Miss Fry loves pets so?" It’s clear that the gentle Miss Fry is one teacher the kids and parents will never forget! But what will happen when the school year ends and it’s time for all of her well-taught pets to say goodbye? (Ages 5 & up)

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Jean Pocket Organizers

Before you throw out those old jeans, cut out the pockets and use them to reorganize your desk, kitchen, or craft room!

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Personalized Labels


Print out these labels that you can personalized for each child. Put them on school supplies, clothing, cups, lunchboxes, and more! Use label #5195 (available at any office supply store). Open either the MS Word or PDF attachment below and print! If you haven't printed labels before, we recommend doing a test print first to see which side your labels should be facing when going into the printer. You can even add your children's name into the MS Word version of the labels and print them out with their names already typed in!

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Summer Scrapbook

Create a summer scrapbook with these awesome paper bag books! If you like this craft, check out our Create a Storybook post which gives you more suggestions for how to use these great books.

What You’ll Need:
*4 Brown or White paper bags (lunch bag size)
*Construction paper
*Crayons
*Stickers/old magazines
*Scissors
*Glue
*Ribbon
*Hole Punch

Preparation:

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