Kindergarten Crafts to Spark Creativity with the Alphabet

One of the primary skills we work on with our students in kindergarten is the alphabet. It is essential that students have a good understanding of their letters. They need to recognize them, write them, and know the sounds they make. 

For that reason, we will spend a lot of time in the classroom working on letters. And I mean a lot of time. That being said, it’s so important that we make it fun for students. The last thing we want is for them to get burned out and bored with the alphabet a couple of months in! 

alphabet crafts

How do I make the alphabet fun? 

There are so many things you can do with students that are this age! Check out my post here on fun alphabet activities for kids for some ideas. My favorite has to be alphabet craft printables. They are simple to use and students love them. 

Here are 5 reasons to use crafts in the classroom

  1. Fine Motor Skills. When completing a craft, students will need to put their fine motor skills to use. Doing things like cutting and putting pieces together requires a lot of fine motor work and this is a fun way to do it! 
  2. Creativity. This is one of those skills that we don’t talk a lot about but it is so important that we teach our students to flex those creative muscles. 
  3. Letter writing. Making alphabet letter crafts will help students get to practice writing the letter without them even realizing it! 
  4. Letter identification. When learning is fun, students are more likely to retain what they learn. So by turning letters into fun crafts, students will be able to use that to help them identify that letter going forward. 
  5. High engagement. What kid doesn’t love doing a fun craft? It goes without saying that when kids are having fun, they are more engaged in learning. 

My A – Z alphabet crafts resource includes engaging activities for every letter in the alphabet. 

Use these printables and crafts in centers, whole group, small group, or for homework. This is an A-Z BUNDLE!

These provide hands-on options as well as worksheets to help with busy mornings. Students will learn how to work independently after the first couple of letter sets are used because every unit follows the same pattern. There are plenty of things to choose from for the week if you are doing a letter a week. Students will practice fine motor skills with writing, cutting, and tracing.

What is the download?

  • LETTER A (16 printables which include 3 crafts, a spinning game, letter identification, forming letters, playdough letters, BINGO daubing, tracing letters (upper and lowercase), letter sounds, and beginning sounds of words.) 
  • LETTER B (16 printables which include 3 crafts, a spinning game, letter identification, forming letters, playdough letters, BINGO daubing, tracing letters, letter sounds, and beginning sounds of words.) See Previews
  • LETTERS C-Z (These will follow the same format as units for letters A & B, but with different crafts.) 
  • OVER 450 Print & Go Pages

What are your favorite ways to practice the alphabet in the classroom? Let me know in the comments!

Ideas for Teaching about Johnny Appleseed


What is Johnny Appleseed famous for? 

Johnny Appleseed has become a classic story in elementary classrooms across the country. If you don’t know the Johnny Appleseed story, it goes that he went around and planted apple seeds for people across the country. 

Johnny Appleseed

What is the lesson of the story of Johnny Appleseed? 

The general moral of the story is to give generously to others. We use this story to teach students the power of generosity and kindness, which is so important in those early years of learning. 

When should I teach Johnny Appleseed? 

Traditionally, people teach about this story during fall or Autumn. So right when you head back to the classroom and start incorporating fall lessons, apples are all around!  This makes it the perfect time to incorporate this important story. 

Add some more apple fun by serving some applesauce, or doing some apple crafts. 

Looking for some fun Johnny Appleseed Crafts? I have you covered! 

My Hat Craft is perfect for elementary students as they read and learn about Johnny. It also includes a journal for students to write down the data that they get as they work through their lesson. 

Johnny Appleseed Craft

This resource is a quick and easy way to celebrate apples and the hard work of Johnny Appleseed. 

​​What is in this download?

Pg. 1 Cover

Pg. 2 Resources

Pg. 3 Pot Printable

Pg. 4 Headband Printable

Pg. 5-8 Journal 1/2 pages (primary and intermediate lined)

Pg. 9 Credits

For even more Johnny Appleseed fun, check out my digital escape! 

Johnny Appleseed Digital Escape Room

Digital Escapes™ are a fun way to get students to learn without even realizing it. NO printing and no prep needed for this digital escape! Super EASY for distance learning.

Students will click a video for a short story and directions to help with their first clue. 

During the escape, students will be tasked with solving 4 lock clues in order to save Johnny from a hole. There is a pdf included in this download with directions, the link to the site, an answer key, and an optional note-taking worksheet for students. This activity takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

Students will:

  • Listen to short audio directions and a YouTube video
  • Solve 5 Comprehension Questions 
  • Solve a Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Sort apples by color
  • Work on problem-solving as a group or individually

What are your favorite activities for teaching about this story? Let me know in the comments! 
For more fall activities, check out these free printables!

Why You Should Keep A Large Visual Schedule in Your Classroom

With the new school year starting, many teachers are looking for ways to improve their classroom routines and procedures for a smoother year. Things like classroom management systems and classroom job charts are great for helping students understand what to expect, behavior guidelines, and how they are expected to contribute to the classroom community during the year. 

Classroom visual schedules are also great for helping students understand what to expect which leads to a smoother transition. When I was in the classroom, a large visual schedule was a must. 

visual schedule

What does a visual schedule do? 

Visual schedules are schedules of your day that are created with a visual element to help communicate to students the sequence of events for the day. This is especially beneficial to students who struggle to read. They will be able to find out for themselves where and when they will be doing activities. 

Why are visual schedules helpful? 

As teachers, we have likely all experienced situations where students struggled with transitions. Having a schedule so that students can see for themselves what the plan is for the day is empowering. It allows them to understand what is coming up next so they can manage and predict their own day independently because it helps them understand time. 

This means they don’t feel the need to repeatedly ask what they’re doing next. It also helps keep you on track when things get a little hectic. If a student is still struggling, you can allow them to hold the card while transitioning to ease their stress. 

How do I make a visual schedule? 

Teachers are busy people. They don’t all have time to create custom visual schedules for their classrooms, and that’s okay! You can easily find a great visual schedule template or visual schedule printables that you can easily edit and use in your classroom. There are tons of options online if you simply search around. 

If you’re looking for the perfect visual schedule template for your elementary classroom, make sure to check out this Boho Visual Classroom Schedule Resource! 

boho visual schedule preview

This editable Boho style Powerpoint is easy to use and perfect for a boho-themed classroom. Use these cards on a pocket chart, wall, or magnetic board to easily edit and move your schedule around. 

visual schedule

What is in this download?

  • 50 Editable PowerPoint Slides (*Make sure you have PowerPoint)
  • BOHO Rainbow with Clocks (moveable hands and text boxes provided) Also, without clocks.
  • Cursive and Print for Intermediate or Primary Classrooms
  • Blank Cards
  • 2 Editable Individual Daily Schedule Cards
  • Directions with Suggested Fonts
  • Pictures Cards include ( A+, apple, backpack, chalkboard, books, bell, lunch, milk, glue, globe, clock, crayons, owl, grad hat, paint pallet, paintbrush, bookworm, bus, pencil, pen, check, bell, stars, scissors, beaker, music, paper airplane, protractor, data journal, music, magnets, locker, glasses, light bulb, ruler, flask, heart, sun, tent, music notes, tie, flashlight, plant, tie, test tube)
visual schedule

For even more visual schedule options, check out my post from last week here! 

What are your favorite ways to help students transition? Let me know in the comments! 

Daily Visual Schedule Your Students Will LOVE

It’s that time of year again! Time to get classrooms set up for a brand new year. One of the most important parts of setting up your classroom is the schedule. If you are an elementary teacher looking for some inspiration for how you can help your students understand the daily schedule, you’re in the right place. 

For younger students, I highly recommend a daily visual schedule! Having a daily visual schedule for kindergarten or first grade students will help your students follow along with the daily routine, transition to the next task, and understand what to expect- which can be comforting for any students who are still a little nervous about school. 

visual schedule pin image

What is a daily visual schedule? 

This is a schedule that you can set up for each day that includes visuals so your students, who may not be comfortable readers yet, can understand what to expect for the day. 

How do you create a visual schedule? 

It can be as simple as creating what you want using Word or Google Docs or you can skip all of the work and find a daily visual schedule template online that fits in with your style and classroom decor. 

I created this Daily Classroom Schedule Resource to make it easier than ever! 

visual schedule template preview

These editable cards make it simple to customize your schedule to fit your individual needs. 

Use these cards on a pocket chart, wall, or magnetic board to easily edit and move your schedule around. Allow students to take a card to the next task if they have trouble transitioning.

visual schedule example

What is in this download?

  • 42 Editable PowerPoint Slides (*Make sure you have PowerPoint)
  • Black and White with Clocks (moveable hands and text boxes provided)
  • Cursive and Print for Intermediate or Primary Classrooms
  • Blank Cards
  • Directions with Suggested Fonts
  • Pictures Cards include ( A+, apple, backpack, chalkboard, books, bell, lunch, milk, glue, globe, clock, crayons, owl, grad hat, paint pallet, paintbrush, bookworm, bus, pencil, pen, check, bell, stars, scissors, beaker, music, paper airplane, protractor, data journal, music, magnets, locker, glasses, light bulb, ruler, flask, heart, sun, tent, music notes, tie, flashlight, plant, tie, test tube)
visual schedule pictures example

I hope you love this daily visual schedule for school! I love that it is so versatile and can be adjusted to fit whatever your needs are. 

For more daily schedule options, check out my Boho Rainbow Visual Schedule here, and check out my post here.