Thursday, January 9, 2014

One Stop Super Bowl Shop

You know what time it is!  SUPER BOWL time!  I've been on the hunt for some of my favorite Super Bowl stops...recipes, classroom activities, and pinterest boards.  Be sure to check out some of my favorite touchdowns below.
  
It's with NO GREAT surprise that I want to start with FOOD first!  I mean...what's a Super Bowl without some amazing appetizers and food?    Nobody does it better than the Food Network.  So be sure to visit their "Big Game Bash" site where you can grab a variety of ideas for appetizers, chilis, wings, salsas, desserts and more!  (Click image at right for a quick trip to their site).
If you're a Southern cooking kind of fan, then maybe Southern Living is your site.  They list 42 "score big" appetizers for your Super Bowl adventure, including sweet potato chips (yum) and an old favorite, sweet and sour meatballs.  

For all the Pinterest addicts, what's a Super Bowl without some decorating ideas?  I found a few boards I love that have some great visuals and ideas for setting your table, keeping kids occupied, outfitting your drinks, and turning your living room (or front yard)  into a football wonderland.  These boards also have ideas for  giving the simplest of foods a little football "sparkle."  Some cost, but a lot are free.  Even the ones that cost something gave me IDEAS for something I could do on my own!  Happy pinning.  



If time is precious and you just need to find a store with affordable football party decor quickly, you can't fumble with Party City.  They carry everything from tablecloths, plates, cups, platters, invitations, favors, etc. for the big game. Pop in or shop online.  They're always cute and festive!

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/fall/mlacing.htm
Need a classroom craft idea for Super Bowl Day?  For the youngers, how about working on some fine motor skills while lacing a football?  At DLTK's Autumn lacing projects, they have a football template where you can print, punch holes, get some brown lace or ribbon, and lace away (How many of you remember this...over, under, over, under)!  You could always decorate with your favorite team colors!  If you want to "bump it up" a level, consider printing TWO footballs, lacing them TOGETHER, and stuffing them with cotton or paper!
  
EVERY teacher loves great listeners.  This little activity I found at teachingheart.net challenges students to listen to rhymes and color the correct number of footballs asked of students within the rhyme.  It's FREE! 

Finally, your students will get super motivated about the big event, as well as receive a good solid review and practice on some essential skills.  Below are some links to some Super Bowl mini-units and/or reviews you can use with your classroom of little football fans.  All under $5.00!  

Bananas for Super Bowl ideas everywhere!  Wherever you celebrate, have fun, play nice, and be safe!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year FREEBIE and a Giveaway Winner


Happy New Year blogging world!  Here's hoping 2013 was good to you and 2014 will keep you in good health, give you plenty of rest, and shower you with many meaningful blessings!  

CONGRATULATIONS to Megan Horman, winner of my December giveaway!  Megan will get an Amazon gift card so she can purchase her class a set of the finger laser lights.  I know she'll put them to good use!  *Be sure to read the previous post on how you can use them in your classroom.  Several readers gave us some fantastic suggestions.  Thanks to all my friends for playing along!  :-)


Don't forget to grab a New Year's FREEBIE for your classroom.  It's a New Year's Resolution reflection for your 2nd-4th graders!  What goals do they have?  What do they plan to do to make it happen?  I figure you're never to young to start setting goals, right?!  I always make a few plans, but like a lot of people, lose my focus after a few months. This year, my new resolution is to set some goals and NOT LOSE FOCUS.  I'll have to let you know how that goes!  :-)
What goals or resolutions do you have for this year?  Would love to hear!  
Whatever they are, count the blessings you already have, make time for a few random acts of kindness, and give it your personal best in 2014!  

Bananas for my teacher friends,

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