"My Creative Journal" For Girls is HERE!!

They say if your dreams/goals don't scare you, you aren't dreaming big enough. Well, this goal SCARED me....ok??? Not because I thought I couldn't do it. BUT, it was an unknown...a completely different journey. I got the idea to create a journal for kids about a year ago. Not just any journal but a CREATIVE journal because I love encouraging children to get creative and use their beautiful imaginations. Fast forward to this very moment....goal ACCOMPLISHED! I worked hard...long nights and frustrating days. But, the project is complete (well, the girls' journal is done...working on the boys' as we speak). If you guys want to purchase, you can head to my site: Creative Crush Art Studio I appreciate the love and support...always! 

"My Creative Journal"

Let's Read!: Misty Copeland Scholastic Book AND Printables!

*This post contains Affiliate links from Amazon.

Slowly adding more of my book reviews, activities, crafts and reports to the blog....very slowly...lol.

This packet is based on the book: "When I Grow Up: Misty Copeland" a Scholastic Book (Level 3)
Make sure you scroll all the way down. I added a list of GREAT books that are ALL about ballet!

When I Grow Up: Misty Copeland

You can purchase the book here:

Misty Copeland Activity Packet DOWNLOAD: $1.50

Included in this download:

Cover page
"What I Like About Ballet" wksht
Door Sign

If you wanted to create a "Theme Basket" or grab a few books that cater to different grade levels, check out these other Misty Copeland  and ballet inspired books. I am so excited to dive into ALL of these! Of course, I will share any and all printables I create, with you guys! 😄

There's so many more books, movies, coloring books and things you could add to your "Ballet Basket" or display for your little readers (or the whole family) to dive into. If you have any you would like to share, feel free to comment below! 

My Top 5 Places To Score STE(A)M Kits/Items!

Two boys....nonstop playing! I guess that's the main reason why the majority of our school work includes games, activities and/or building something....ALWAYS! One of our favorite things to do is build cars and robots...any kind, any size. And they don't have to be elaborate or expensive....just fun! Here's a list of my "go to" places for cool building kits/items:

Number one (and definitely my favorite) Five Below! Not sure of how many stores they have in the US but I know they have them in NJ (where we used to live) and FL (we have to travel a bit further to get there but definitely worth it.) They have TONS of kits, crafts and supplies! I've scored solor bots, spider bots, race cars and alot of other cool supplies.
"Spider bot" (kinda creeped me out...but cool)


I mean....what list DOESN'T include Amazon? Pretty sure everyone knows all of the great items you can score on Amazon. I purchase LOADS of STEAM supplies and kits from them. We tried our hand at a battery operated car (very simple model) a few months ago and it was a SUCCESS! Amazon now has a monthly STEAM subscription where you can get one cool project per month. If your kids are into building, it may be worth a try!

 Battery Operated Car
Purchase here: Emgreat Motor Robot Car
(Affiliate Link)

I'm still not a fan of B&N having toys in their stores  (too much of a distraction for the boys) BUT I do love the cool kits they have. They can cost a pretty penny so be sure to check out the clearance section. That's my first stop when I go! I usually score some cool "build a car" kits, legos, blocks and drawing supplies.

"Build a car" Kit

Ok...I'll confess....I am GUILTY of buying ALL of the boys' Christmas gifts from this store! (Thankfully, their aunty and grandmothers came through with the "cool" toys....lol). I just couldn't help myself! They have SO many learning toys! I've purchased fidget tools, puzzles, building kits, educational books, legos and then some. Not sure if they have many locations but if you do happen to have one close by GO....NOW! (Well, not right now...but soon 😉). They even have FREE gift wrapping!!! I know!!!! Amazing, right?!

Zoobs car with eyes that light up!

So, this is technically a store BUT YouTube is filled with videos that can give you great ideas/projects to do! Just type in "Simple STEM projects" or something similar, and I'm pretty sure you'll have enough to do for weeks! We like the cool Science experiments for kids, art tutorial videos (Art for Kids Hub is our fave) and simple household supply projects. Check out this cool rubberband powered car we made!

Rubberband Powered Car: built using everything we already had on hand!

*Honorable mentions (more on the art side of things): Michael's, Joann's and A.C. Moore. I'm a crafter so we are literally in one of these stores at LEAST once a week! Tons of arts and craft kits/ideas and classes!

What's your favorite spots to score great STEAM items? Feel free to share! We love adding great places to our list!

Homeschool: "Odds and Evens" Apple Sort Printable

This download can also be found in my store at www.teacherspayteachers.com:
Creative Education at Home

"Odd and Even" Apple Sort


*Print downloads (using link above)....4 pages in total. Laminate basket sheets.
Cut and laminate apples (then cut again once laminated, to separate cards). Have student sort the apples into the correct basket. Can be used as "busy work" or an activity to support a current lesson.

Father's Day Printable: Super DAD Badge!

Way too much going on and forgot to share this "Super DAD" pin/badge printable! BUT, I wanted to make sure you guys had it for your Super Dad's on Father's Day! Link below pic!


*Print badge on cardstock paper and glue pin on back.

"Ocean Finds" Printable (FREE)

Who's ready to hit the beach?! Here in Florida, we pretty much go to the beach all year round. But, I know the kiddies are out of school and the weather is warming up. So, lots of beach trips are being planned, I bet! With trips, comes the long commute and with that commute comes the dreaded "Are we therrrrre yetttt????" (said no less than a million and one times). I know the feeling all too well (especially because Florida travel is insane...from one place to the next). Best advice I can give STOCK UP ON BUSY BAGS! Basically, a basket or bookbag of travel games, notebooks, toys and things...to keep them busy. As always, I'm right there to hook you up with cute freebies for your little ones. Here's a simple printable that the kids can use to either draw ocean animals on or use ocean animal stickers.
You can also draw what you find on an awesome scuba diving trip 💗 
Grab the link below the pic!

Ocean Finds

Print on cardstock paper and/or laminate for a sturdier reusable activity! (Link below second pic)
Foam Ocean Animal Stickers 
(Amazon Affiliate Link)

Book & Craft: "I Love You, Daddy"

Another cute book that's all about dad and his special bond with his son. I love how daddy bear encourages baby bear throughout the book. He gently lets him know that he is getting old enough to do certain things on his own....but daddy is always a step behind, keeping a watchful eye.

I purchased this book from Amazon.
Purchase here: "I Love You, Daddy"  (Affiliate Link)

Bear Hug (FREE Printable)

Download FREE "Bear Hug" Printable
Supplies: scissors, glue, googly eyes and sticker or pom pom nose (optional).
I used a foam glitter heart sticker.
Cut out bear, arms and accessories (hat or bow)

Fold arms at the black line and add glue to the white tab (back)
Glue arms to the back of the bear's body.

Add googly eyes, nose and hat/bow.
Add your favorite picture of the family or dad and kids!
Bear Hugs for DAD!

*Please do not share printables. Instead, bring the party to my blog so they can download and print their very own fun activity! Thank you : )