Friday, August 16, 2013

Crochet for the Classroom: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Welcome back to "Crochet for the Classroom"! This week I am featuring one of my favorite crochet projects so far- my coconut tree! I found this adorable pattern on Moogly Blog and fell in love. I knew it would be perfect to go along with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

 Although Moogly Blog uses this tree to store her adorable finger puppets, I have another idea for it. I am planning on putting some bottle caps with letters written on them inside this bottle. I can either put one of each letter in there to encourage the children to put them in order or I can put one capital and one lower-case of each letter for matching or even two of each letter in capital or lower-case for simpler matching.  There are many possibilities!

This is another one of my favorite books so I have a ton of resources for you to check out (and more to come!):
My Pinterest Board
Chicka Chicka Snack and Bulletin Board Idea
Chicka Chicka Head Bands

Friday, August 9, 2013

Crochet for the Classroom: Ice Cream!

Welcome to the second installment of "Crochet for the Classroom"! Today I am sharing some ice cream! My assistant teacher and I are planning to add a new ice cream theme to our schedule this year so I thought this would make a fun addition. I found the little ice cream dish at the Dollar Tree. I don't have a book to go with this set (yet) but I thought of a cute Math game/song:

Have small pom-poms and a dish for each child playing and sing the following song:

Ice cream, Ice cream, in a dish
How many scoops do you wish?

The child then states how many scoops he or she would like and you count out that number of pom poms into his or her dish.

Here is the pattern for creating this adorable crocheted ice cream set:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Crochet for the Classroom: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Hello! I promised that I would be more active on this blog and to prove it, I am posting this series of crochet items that I have made for the classroom using free patterns found on the internet. Each week I am going to feature another free pattern and show you how it will be used in the classroom. If you don't know how to crochet, grab a crochet hook and some yarn, and look up some Youtube videos! All of the patterns I have used thus far have been fairly easy and I know that you will learn how to crochet like a pro in no time!

The first pattern is from my favorite children's book of all, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I was originally planning to make this caterpillar (and I may still make it later) but opted instead to make the hand puppet. I made a few changes and here is the finished product:

Here are a few links to more Very Hungry Caterpillar ideas for the classroom:
My Pinterest Board (over 130 pins!!)
My Resource Round-Up

Check back next week for another free pattern and idea for your classroom!