Counting on Cuteness

Today I wanted to give a little tribute to Casey Kasem, as I fondly remember him “counting down the hits” with me every Saturday morning in my bedroom with my little tape recorder next to the radio.  I loved Saturdays – oh yeah – still do – lol!

As I was thinking about counting down, I thought about how we all love fun countdowns.  Might be the number of days until the next break.  Perhaps the number of days until our birthday or other special occasion.  Or even counting down the number of pounds to hit that goal weight.

I was thinking about how we all love fun countdowns.  Here is a cute way to display your countdown on your desk at home or in the classroom!

Crafts have long been recognized as a valuable tool in the classroom, providing students with hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for creativity.

As the summer season approaches, teachers can take advantage of the warm weather and vibrant themes to incorporate summer craft projects into their lesson plans.

These projects not only add a fun and engaging element to the classroom, but they also help reinforce key concepts and skills.

DIY Summer-themed Classroom Decorations

Creating summer-themed decorations for the classroom is a fantastic way to infuse the space with a vibrant and inviting atmosphere.

One idea is to make paper sunflowers using yellow construction paper for the petals and a brown paper roll for the stem.

Another option is to create a beach-themed bulletin board by cutting out waves from blue construction paper and adding paper cutouts of beach balls, sunglasses, and flip-flops.

By involving students in the process, teachers can encourage creativity and ownership of the classroom environment.

Fun Summer-themed Bookmarks for Students

Bookmarks are practical and fun crafts that students can create during the summer season. Teachers can guide students in making bookmarks using colorful cardstock or laminated paper. They can incorporate summer-themed designs such as ice cream cones, sunglasses, or beach scenes. Encouraging students to personalize their bookmarks with their names or favorite quotes adds an extra touch of individuality.

Summer-themed Origami Projects for Students

Origami is an ancient art form that can be adapted to create summer-themed projects. Teachers can introduce students to basic origami folds and guide them in creating summer symbols such as butterflies, flowers, or sailboats. Origami projects not only enhance fine motor skills but also promote concentration and patience. Students can proudly display their creations around the classroom or take them home as summer keepsakes.

DIY Summer-themed Classroom Games

Summer-themed classroom games provide an interactive and engaging way for students to reinforce their learning. Teachers can create a summer-themed memory game by printing out pictures of summer-related items such as beach balls, ice cream cones, and sun hats. Students can then match the pairs while practicing vocabulary or concepts related to summer. Another idea is to organize a scavenger hunt where students search for hidden objects or clues related to summer themes. These games not only make learning enjoyable but also encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Summer-themed Classroom Door Decorations

Classroom door decorations are a fantastic way to welcome students into the classroom and set the tone for the day’s activities. Teachers can create a summer-themed door decoration by using colorful paper cutouts of beach umbrellas, sandcastles, or tropical fruits. Adding student names or personalized messages can make the decorations even more special. By involving students in the creation process, teachers can foster a sense of belonging and pride in their classroom community.

Making Your Own Classroom Countdown Clipboard

Here is a cute way to display your countdown on your desk at home or in the classroom!

You will need the following supplies:

  • A mini clipboard
  • Number stickers
  • Scrapbook paper or a banner already cut
  • Small easel
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Optional:  flourish stickers (free download below!)
I was thinking about how we all love fun countdowns.  Here is a cute way to display your countdown on your desk at home or in the classroom!

It is pretty simple to put together – just place the number stickers on the banner, use twine to connect the pages, and hang from the clipboard.  Place clipboard on the easel and flip to the next number daily!

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I love easy and cute.  This small project can be completed in less than 30 minutes and can be customized to match your classroom decor.

I was thinking about how we all love fun countdowns.  Here is a cute way to display your countdown on your desk at home or in the classroom!

Have fun decorating and I would love to see your creations posted on our Facebook fan page!

Need some flourishes to add a little something extra to your creation? I’ve got you covered!

Simply download the freebie below and then print on full size clear sticker paper, cut out, and add to your design however you like!

I was thinking about how we all love fun countdowns.  Here is a cute way to display your countdown on your desk at home or in the classroom!

~Charity
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