Monday, February 28, 2011

Dr. Seuss Party Ideas

Oh, the Dr. Seuss parties you'll go...

Check out these CUTE Dr. Seuss parties I found!  They may give you some ideas for your own Seuss-y celebrations! 

Dr. Seuss Baby Shower from Kara's Party Ideas

Dr. Seuss' ABC 1st Birthday Party from Nesting Instincts

Green Eggs & Ham 1st Birthday Party from Blue Eyed Bride

Dr. Seuss Extravaganza from Oopsey Daisy

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Dr. Seuss Gift for You!

To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday coming up next week, I thought I would give you a little "gift" to use with your class or at home with your child!  I'm planning on celebrating with Noah by reading LOTS of Dr. Seuss books, making the green egg cookies that Jennifer listed in this post, and of course, making him a Cat in the Hat hat to wear!  I'm so excited!  (I know, I'm a nerd) :)

Ok, moving on...I wanted to share with you some FREE Dr. Seuss cupcake toppers, just in case you want to make cupcakes for the special day!

Here's what you need to make your cupcake toppers...
(1) 2" circle punch or 2" scalloped circle punch (or cut by hand)
(2) lollipop sticks, coffee stirrers, or craft sticks

Click HERE to download the cupcake toppers.  If you decide to use these to decorate your cupcakes for Dr. Seuss' birthday, we would LOVE to see pictures!  Enjoy! :)


Porter's Polka Dots WINNER

We have a WINNER of the Porter's Polka Dots giveaway!

Comment # 30;  "My Corner" 
She said, "I now follow Porters Poka Dots. I like the classroom/nursery set. It would be wonderful in my office."

Yay, now you can have the fun clear jar and sanitizer to pretty up your office!!!  :)   So, please contact us at & we'll help you claim your prize!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

This is one of my favorite weeks of the school year!! I enjoy getting crazy with my firsties and I'm always searching for the newest "bestest" thing out there to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday!! So, in honor of his birthday on Tuesday, I am traveling around blogland to find some Dr. Seuss activities that you can use next week. I hope you find this helpful as you are planning your upcoming week.

From What the Teacher Wants:
Click the picture for link.

Classroom Jr.

There are so many games and activities that you can use this week! 

Green eggs and ham anyone?? Thanks to Mrs. Perry over at Primary Perspective, I was able to come across these darling delicious cookies for next week. I was looking for something else to do other than the typical "green eggs." I look forward to making these---so I'm going on over to My Paper Crane to get the recipe!! (Click the picture to go to the link).

Check out this totally cute unit over at Fun in First Grade (click the picture for the link).

Take a look at this really cute Dr. Seuss take home bag over at Erica Bohrer's First Grade

Fabulous in First has some great poems and crafts---head on over to check those out!!

Mrs. Larremore over at Chalk Talk has an adorable mini unit for FREE! Thanks Mrs. Larremore!

Having trouble teaching those kids to tell left from their right?? Heaven knows I do!! Thank you to Donna Glynn over at Kinderglynn for creating this impressive unit!! 

AND skip counting!! 

AND an entire unit!! She's gone ALL SEUSS! Thank you Mrs. Glynn!

Mrs. Carroll over at The First Grade Parade created the cutest antonym activity---it doesn't surprise me because EVERYTHING she does is so STINKIN' cute!! 

I'm sure there are TONS more activities out there, but this is all I have for now- it's on to watching Grey's Anatomy with the husband!! G'Night all your Seussical teachers! 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

St. Patty's Day Unit **UPDATED first unit for purchase in my TpT store.  On Sunday, I uploaded my 22-page "L is for Luck" unit perfect for all your St. Patrick's Day fun!  

This unit includes activities to do with toddlers, pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, and even first graders.  Here's what you can find inside the unit...

So, as a bonus to our fabulous readers, I wanted to offer you a discount for ONE WEEK ONLY!!!  The unit price is originally $4.00, but from today until March 1st, you can get it for 50% off making it $2.00!!!  

To purchase this unit, click HERE.

***UPDATE:  This morning, I was made aware by a sweet reader that TpT has a $3.00 minimum purchase order rule, so I just now listed a fun Leprechaun Hunt activity for $1.00, so you can get two things for $3.00.  It includes 4 shamrock clue cards, 2 pages of directions, and printable gift tags (from Mr. Leprechaun himself).  

Click HERE to purchase my Leprechaun Hunt.  It is $1.00 until March 1st, when it goes up to $2.00.

Don't forget, you have two more days to enter our Porter's Polka Dots Giveaway!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

200 Followers Giveaway

YAY!  We have made it past 200 followers and we are SOOOO excited!  To celebrate, we would like to offer a oh-so-cute giveaway prize to one lucky reader!

The sweet Mrs. Ashley, from The Polka Dot Patch, also has the most adorable boutique, Porter's Polka Dots!  In her shop, she has a collection of containers, items for babies, and items of teachers!  Today, Mrs. Ashley is offering a hand sanitizer and a small clear jar to someone...and it could be YOU!!!

Small clear jar: 
your choice of phrase, lettering style, font, font color, and polka dot color  
ribbon on jar will match your color choices

hand sanitizer bottle:
your choice of lettering style, font, font color, and polka dot color  
ribbon on bottle will match your color choices

(1) Head on over to Porter's Polka Dots, come back here, and leave us a comment telling us your favorite item in the shop.

(2) Become a follower of The Polka Dot Patch   Come back here & leave a comment letting us know that you did!

(3) Become a follower and facebook fan of Frogs, Bees, & Under the Seas, or tell me that you already are!

***The more times you comment, the more chances you have to win!

The giveaway will be open until Thursday, Feb. 24 at 5:00 pm (EST).  The winner will be announced first thing Friday morning.  Open to US residents only. 

Good luck, friends!  :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

FABULOUS Giveaway!!

The fabulous Michelle over at Fabulous in First is doing a FABULOUS giveaway. Go ahead and go on over to become a follower of her page and her TpT store to get entered. You don't want to miss out on this!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cupid's Flight~ Day 2

Take a look at these TOADally cute frogs over at Mrs. Fails' Frogs! Aren't they darling?  You can also see Mrs. Fails' Valentine's Party here.

Over at A Special Kind of Class, they created the most adorable valentines. Zoom on over and take a look!! 


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cupid's Journey: Day 1

Hello, and welcome to Day 1 of Cupid's Journey around Blog Land!  Our journey today will include three stops at some awesome 1st and K teacher's blogs!

Our first stop is with Mrs. Parker at Learning with Mrs. Parker.  Following the tutorial at First Grade Parade, she made darling "I love you" hand valentines.

Our next stop is with Mrs. McMurray at F is for First Grade.  She made adorable heart-shaped crayons for her kiddos! 

Our last stop for today is at Kinder Fun!  She did lots of fun activities with her Kinders for Valentine's Day!

Don't forget, you can join Cupid's Journey any time this week!  The more stops we have on our flight, the more fun!!!  Have a great Tuesday and thank you to our Cupid's Journey Hosts for today!!! :)

Monday, February 14, 2011


Happy Valentine's Day to you all!  We had an idea!  You've all heard about Flat Stanley.  Well, we thought it may be fun to do something similar, just with blogs, for Valentine's Day!  We would LOVE to see how you celebrate this {Heart} Day with your kiddos at school or your family at home!  So, I'd like to welcome you to "Cupid's Journey!"  If you want to come along with us on this journey of love, here's what you need to do...
(1) Take our cute little button below and add it to the bottom of your blog posts about Valentine's Day.


(2) Leave us a comment with the link/address of your posts.
(3) We will share YOUR IDEAS on our blog sometime this week!
(4) So, come on, and join us on the journey...we promise it will be fun! :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

I've got my EYE on you!

Just had to share a craft idea with you that I got from Nanalulu's Musings. This was SUPER easy and the kids loved doing this. They called them sweet monsters. {TOO PRESH!} Anyway, take a look at some of the pictures that I took after completing the project.   
Enjoy! :)


So here is something FABULOUS that my kids enjoyed doing while talking about mailing our Valentines this week.  Sorry it's a day late.....Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice were both on and I got a little distracted. :) We were talking about sequence of events and using the "special words" know....FRIST, THEN, and NEXT! So after blog stalking, I came up with this idea and you are WELCOME to download it at my TpT store.  I used this in a writer's workshop that we did Wednesday. We brainstormed ways we could mail letters to our friends. Then I gave let them decide on the steps to mail their valentine. Some kids got in depth {like starting with making the "Valentime" (thanks Junie B.) first. Then, some of the kids even mentioned asking their parents to take them to the post office. VERY CUTE....and the cutest-- ask Grandma for a stamp and hand to the mail man when he drops off the mail. I just LOVE these activities!

Valentine's Day Freebies

Happy Valentine's Day Weekend, friends!  Today, on my other blog, I posted about two Valentine freebies that you may need for you classroom or for your family to celebrate Valentine's Day!  The two files you can get for FREE are my 2" circle tags (for cupcake toppers) and treat bag toppers (to top sandwich baggies) from my SWEET HEART'S CAFE Collection.  

To read about how to download these files, go HERE!  

When I think about all the Valentine's Days in the classroom with my kiddos, I remember that day being CRAZY!  For some reason, this is the holiday that hyped the kids up the most.  I don't know if it's bringing their valentines to school or getting candy, but I remember being so exhausted on those days.

When I was teaching, I used to have special centers on Valentine's Day.  I could keep everything from year to year and it was so easy just to bring it back out again each year!  I had five centers...

1. Cookie Decorating: I gave the kids a plain sugar cookie, then they spread on icing with a popsicle stick and added small conversation heart candy on top.

2. Valentine's Sentence Writing: I had an old paper decoration with some Valentine phrases that I put in the middle of the table.  The kids could use that or write their own sentence about Valentine's Day and then draw a picture.  These were later made into a class book.

3. Red Hot Counting: I took the chocolates out of 4-5 heart boxes (and no, I didn't eat it...I'm not a chocolate eater, crazy I know).  Then, I labelled each spot in the box with a number and gave the kids a bunch of red hots.  They had to look at the numbers and count out that many red hots for each spot. 

4. Conversation Heart Sorting and Graphing: Each child had a bag of small conversation hearts.  They sorted them by color on their sorting mats and then colored in a graph to see how many of each they had in their bags.  Then they got to eat them! :)

5. Mail Delivery:  I made two blue "mail shirts" by putting a label that said "United States Postal Service" on blue t-shrits.  Another option would be iron-on transfers.  For my Valentines holder, I bought a shoe organizer at Dollar Tree and attached hearts with the kids' names to each pocket with paper clips.  The pockets are the perfect size for all those little valentines.  If a child brought treat bags or something larger, they could deliver them to their cubbies.  This was always a favorite center! :)

Then, I usually had a special lunch for my little lovelies that day! This particular lunch was chicken nuggets, chips, juice, and a cookie.  I found little buckets at Target Dollar Zone with heart-shaped holes. I filled them with water, added votive candles and the children had a candlelight Valentine's Day lunch, complete with special music!  I never once had anyone touch a candle or turn over a bucket.  They were just so excited to get to have candlelight, they were on their best behavior!

What do you do in your classroom for Valentine's Day?  We would LOVE to feature you...just send us your ideas and photos to!

Have a sweet Valentine's Day!