Hands-On Preschool Math: Estimation

Valentine Estimation Station | Hands-On Math | from Creekside LearningFor some preschool estimation fun, fill 3 jars with Valentine conversation hearts. [Read more…]

Creeper Valentines

Creeper Valentines with free printable messages from Creekside Learning

Do you have a Minecraft fan in your house? I have three and my main “miner” requested creeper themed Valentines this year.  These are so easy, kids can make them and I have a free printable for you, too.

Supplies needed:

  • black electrical tape
  • green construction paper, cut into 3×3 inch squares
  • printer and white paper for the message
  • glue
  • scissors or paper cutter

Minecraft Valentine Supplies

Electrical tape is so inexpensive! I bought a package of 10 rolls for less than $5 at Home Depot.  Cut squares of tape for the eyes and a smaller rectangle shape for the nose.  For the mouth, cut a rectangular strip of tape and cut a small section out of that to form the shape of the mouth. This was the only part my kiddos needed help with.

Print out the messages and glue them on the back.   Click here for the Creeper Valentines  free downloadable pdf file.

Creeper Valentines 2

That’s it! So easy.  For more Minecraft activities, party ideas and decor, check out my Minecraft Party post and my Minecraft Obsession Pinterest board.

minecraft cupcakes

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Colorful Tape Menorah Craft for Kids

These easy, colorful and fun menorah’s are a fun craft for Hanukkah.  They were the idea of my 7-year-old daughter. She wanted to do a simple menorah craft for kids in her American Girl book club.

Colorful Tape Menorah Craft For Kids


The smaller rolls pictured below are washi tape.  The larger rolls are duct tape and some blue painters tape. You really can use whatever you have on hand for this project. [Read more…]

Rainbow Painting With Marshmallows

rainbow painting with mini marshmallows

To teach the concept of the order of the colors in the rainbow, here’s a preschool painting activity with a twist.  We used mini marshmallows to paint our rainbows.

mini marshmallows

We had a box of colored toothpicks but they didn’t contain all the rainbow colors, so coloring some plain toothpicks with a crayon did the trick. I showed my preschooler how to put them in order on the plate.

ready to paint a rainbow with mini marshmallows

Next, draw or print a rainbow template. I put the paint in order as well, with the help of my preschooler squeezing paint into the paint tray.

While he painted, I put a photo of a rainbow on my laptop so he could have another example of the color order.

painting with mini marshmallows

dot or drag paint

He experimented with dotting the paint as well as dragging the paint-filled marshmallow across the paper.

rainbow painting

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Leave a Letter From The Leprechauns

We had a bit ‘o fun this morning when we woke up to discover that leprechauns had visited our house.  A tad early for St. Patrick’s Day, but the tricksters must’ve known the O’Creekside Family is going to be a wee bit busy on the 17th.

Letter from a Leprechaun to your kids

The Creek Kids awoke to find their dressers ransacked and underwear strewn about their bedrooms, their shoes up high in odd places, chairs overturned at the dining room table and more.

The leprechauns weren’t fooled by the traps the kids had set but they left a note and some chocolate gold coins for each child.

The note said:

To me lad/lass [child’s name]-
I’m sorry for all the mischief and trouble
But I had to leave in a hurry–on the double,
For me fellow leprechauns and I
Have many more tricks to play by and by.
I’m wise to your trap, though it is quite spiffy.
Here’s some gold for you, gotta run in a jiffy.
Me lad/lass, you are clever, but try again next year,
To catch a leprechaun, from far or from near.
Colin McDoogle

Or Patrick Finnegan, or Lucky O’Reilly. The name was different on each child’s letter and was personalized with their name and lad or lass.

Feel free to copy this note for your child for some St. Patrick’s Day fun.

The funny part is, our house is kind of messy, so the kids keep noticing things and thinking the leprechauns did it:  “Look, the leprechauns left a giant pile of laundry over here!” and “Look, the leprechauns scattered our toys all over the living room!”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!