How Soap Works: Pepper and Soap STEM Experiment

Are you looking for an activity to show children why it's important to use soap when they wash their hands?  This pepper + soap STEM experiment is a favorite among early childhood and elementary school teachers and shows children exactly why they need to use soap.  It requires very few materials and... chances are... you already have them in your kitchen.  Keep reading to learn more!

Pepper and Soap STEM Experiment: This pepper and soap STEM + science experiment teaches young children the importance of using soap while washing their hands. #kellysclassroomonline

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Fun Facts About Sled Dogs

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about Run Like a Sled Dog and Black Bear Goes to Washington by Denise Lawson.  (Run Like a Sled Dog and Black Bear Goes to Washington are two children's books inspired by a retired sled dog that Denise Lawson adopted.)  That particular post generated some interest in my readers to learn more about the lives of sled dogs.  What are sled dogs like?  What do sled dogs eat?  How do sled dogs manage in the Arctic cold?  Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions and to learn more about these magnificent creatures!

Learn about types of sled dogs, what they eat, how they adapted to living in the Arctic and famous sled dogs. Free animal research printable included.

The Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal Product Review

Several months ago, I wrote a blog post about Abby Cadet... the young author who wrote and published Living in Two Homes Is Tough when she was 9 years old. Since then, she has written a second children's book and has released a series of gratitude journals for children. (Pretty amazing, yes?)  Today's blog post is a product review of one of Abby Cadet's gratitude journals that can be used at home or at school.  Keep reading to learn more!

The Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal for Kids by Cindy and Abby Cadet #kellysclassroomonline

This is an unpaid review of a Brave Butterfly Gratitude Journal. I was given a promotional journal in exchange for my HONEST review.  To learn more about product reviews, please visit the Authors, Publishers, and Sponsors page.  Disclosure: Affiliate links to Amazon are included in this post.

Painting the Fourth of July Fireworks

Five little firecrackers getting ready to zoom...
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle...
... BOOM!

The Fourth of July... also known as Independence Day... is only a few weeks away.  On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, separating the 13 colonies from England.  Since then, the Fourth of July has been considered 'America's birthday' and people all over the United States continue to celebrate America's birthday with parades, picnics, and... everybody's favorite... fireworks!  Are you looking for a simple craft to help with your Fourth of July celebrations?  Try this simple painting activity with your children at home or school.  Enjoy!

Painting red, white, & blue fireworks. Preschool and kindergarten.  Process art activity. Fun for the Fourth of July. Can also be used for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Labor Day. #kellysclassroomonline

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10+ Children's Books About Juneteenth

Juneteenth will be here in a couple of weeks!  What is Juneteenth?  Juneteenth is an important day in American history and for Black Americans across the country.  On June 19, 1865... two years, five months, and 18 days after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued... slaves in Galveston, Texas finally learned they were free.  Since then, Juneteenth... named for June + 19th... has been celebrated with festivals, cookouts, picnics, family reunions, fireworks, church gatherings, etc.  There is no one way to celebrate Juneteenth.  Anywhere people gather together to commemorate Juneteenth is a celebration.

Listed below are 10+ fiction and nonfiction children's books about Juneteenth, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Opal Lee... the Grandmother of Juneteenth.  Keep reading to learn about these books.  If you know of a children's book that should be added to the list, tell me in the comments below.  If it's a good fit for this list, I'll add it for you!

Compilation of 10+ children's books about Juneteenth, Jubilee, Civil Rights, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Fiction and nonfiction. 1st-5th grade.

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How to Make a Picture Frame Craft Out of Pebbles and Rocks

Has anyone ever told you, "You Rock?"  If so, they were paying you a compliment!  They were being sincere in telling you how awesome they think you are.  Do you know someone who rocks?  Do you want to make a unique gift for them?  Keep reading to learn how to make these pretty picture frames with your students!

You rock! Directions to make a fun photo frame for kids to make and give to someone they love. Perfect gift for Mother's Day or  Father's Day. #kellysclassroomonline

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