Build community in your classroom with these ice breaker activities
Activities · 08-15-2017
Try these first week of school activities that focus on welcoming students, making them feel comfortable, and building a sense of community in your classroom.

Early bird teachers start everthing early.  Non-early-birders prepare at their own pace.
Activities · 08-01-2017
Five easy new school year tasks for teachers of all paces to add to their teacher survival kit.

Activities · 06-29-2017
If you’re a teacher looking for fun ways to earn extra money this summer, consider these job ideas.

Activities · 06-01-2017
If Then Creativity's Debra Lemieux offers great activities for keeping students engaged the last few weeks of school.

Visual Data Postcard of Email Usage
Activities · 04-12-2017
McDaniel College student's data postcard

Finding the Signs of Spring
Activities · 03-19-2017
Despite the snow on the ground, spring is on the way. Celebrate the new season with the following spring-themed scavenger hunt. It builds vocabulary and creativity and helps young children enjoy the beautiful signs of the season.

March into Healthy Eating During National Nutrition Month
Activities · 03-06-2017
We all know that what we eat is vital to good health, but it’s often hard to convey that to children. We say, “eat your vegetables” and and they think, “stop nagging me.” Learning about nutritious fruits and vegetables can be fun when we get creative. Fruits and vegetables come in many colors including, red, blue/purple, yellow, green, and orange. Once children know a balanced diet includes foods from each of these colors, they start looking for vibrant colored food at the grocery...

Using ornaments to build perceptual skills
Activities · 12-23-2016
Whether you like white or multicolored Christmas lights, both look magical when viewed with Holiday Specs. These holographic lenses are a “surprise for your eyes” because they transform Christmas lights into holiday images such as stars, candy canes, angels, and snowmen. Our pair of Holiday Specs enables us to see snowflakes on every bulb of our Christmas tree turning it into a snowy kaleidoscope of Christmas. The beauty of these twinkling snowflake lights inspired me to create the...

What are your favorite toys?
Activities · 12-09-2016
As King Moonracer tells Rudolph in the classic Christmas special, “A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child.” Classic toys, like Lego, inspire creative play and have been loved for generations. Other toys, such as Beanie Babies, achieve fad-like status only to fade away in popularity. Regardless of how long a toy remains popular, marketing is a key part of a toy’s success. How would you market your favorite toy? Sixty-two classic toys have been inducted into the National...

Each animal on the planet can be classified –thanks to Carl Linnaeus
Activities · 11-02-2016
With trick-or-treaters still categorizing Halloween candy, it is a good time to introduce students to Carl Linnaeus. He liked putting things into categories too – especially plants and animals. In the wonderful children’s book, The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus, Jen Bryant describes Carl Linnaeus as a man who “put the names of animals and plants in categories, and that made nature much easier to study.” His classification system has seven levels, and each animal on the planet can...

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