Pre K -2 Butterfly Life Cycle Using paper plates, pasta and colors, this is a fun, easy activity that you can keep simple or expand as a bigger project.
Sensory Bin Alphabet Shells: This sensory bin can be set up for the summer and stored away the rest of the year, allowing for a fun change of scenery for kids. I love any opportunity to use natural materials for classroom lessons like early reading and spelling skills!
Fun with Play-doh: This is Play-doh with a purpose: teaching form and function, anatomical studies & observation and fine motor skills. Easy and inexpensive!
Painting Seashells: This simple activity will inadvertently introduce the wide diversity of shells to your students and may help them develop an appreciation for the beauty of seashells.
Seashell Mosaics: Who else has kids who bring home buckets of shells and shell fragments from the beach? Here is a fun way to save the memories of the trip!
Crafts About The Environment
How to Make a Homemade Compost Bin Years ago I made a compost bin using plastic bins and kept it in my high school classroom. Red worms were the resident composers. It never smelled and now it stays in our garage. I put a larger bin underneath to collect the liquid that accumulates which isn't mentioned on this website--FYI!
What a terrific idea, Seed Bombs! This is a relatively cheap, messy and fun idea for Mother's Day gifts! Very eco-driven and involves lots of sensory work for little ones
Muddy Car Wash For the brave preschool teacher. Set up the mud pit and let the kids play, connect it with tracks to the wash pit. Kids build, create, imagine and get dirty!
Mud Bricks Use mud in the backyard and some ice cube trays to make bricks that can then be used to build a village. Connect it to a history lesson about cultures that have used mud to build their homes. Messy, but fun and relatively easy.
Everybody Needs a Rock There are two activities listed to go along with this terrific book that will get your elementary students thinking more critically about nature.
Tin Can Wind Chimes Could be good to any age depending on degree of help and maybe modifying it for younger students; definitely appeals to older students too
Rain Paintings Best for younger students but could certainly modify for older students
Window Stars Great activity specially for older students and those hoping spring will come soon!
Porthole Habitat Craft The website said this was done by a preschool which I find impressive; I think it would be terrific to accompany a research project on a habitat--could be really fun for crafty and imaginative kids
Letter Art: Cut out a large block first letter of each child's first name. Take the children outside to collect natural materials from their playground or bring some natural materials in for them to choose from (leaves, sticks, acorns etc.) With glue, allow students to decorate their letter with the natural materials.
Moon Sand: this website lists 6 easy recipes, all of which will add a tactile component to a lesson about the moon!
Constellation Cards: here are the cards I used during the lesson for you to print for your own use. We did the winter constellations: Gemini, Orion & Cassiopeia this December. But here are my summer cards also: Aguila, Ursa Major (the Big Dipper is his tail) and Ursa Minor (the Little Dipper). And here are the kid-friendly versions of the Greek myths that went with the winter cards.
Constellation Tubes: a fun craft, can be done with a little planning ahead but otherwise with things found around the house!
The phases of the moon can be tricky, but for you elementary (and older) classroom teachers, this display may do the trick!
Easter Tree Craft: It says it's for Easter but I bet you could do this any time of the year and with any age group. It looks like fun!
Tree Planting Activity: This could be a year long project and adjusted to any age group. And think of how wonderful your school yard will be after a few years of planting trees with your students!
T is for Tree: Use trees to teach the letter T to your preschool kiddos! Great for dexterity training.
Kandinsky Trees: So this one is for the super creative and artistic teachers, but I know you are out there so I'm including this link. This one is over my head but they are beautiful paintings! Follow the link and scroll down.
Pine Cone Bird Feeders This is something your students could bring home or you could hang in your school yard to attract wildlife! I think older students would have fun with this too! Beware of students with seed allergies!
Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders This one is messy but my boys had a great time doing it and they made great Christmas gifts for their teachers!