Jump to the present. Academic objectives and intense curriculums are the standard now and there is little time for crafts, which are now considered frivolous. The same administrators that complain about the penmanship of 2nd graders are raising their eyebrows when they see a room full of kindergartners making construction paper hearts for Valentine's Day. Everything we do in our classrooms has to support an official learning standard and has to be connected to the curriculum.
Enter the newly popular "craftivity." By combining curriculum content and academic skills (usually writing) with a big dose of cuteness, craftivities are a win-win! We now have something to say other than "We're working on fine motor skills" when we have to justify the activity to an eyebrow-raising administrator. The craftivity is a sneaky double agent, working in a covert, crafty way to bring back our construction paper and glue!
I've seen so many cute craftivities (just search Pinterest and you'll be in heaven!) and even created some of my own (stick with me 'til the end of the post for a freebie). These are some of my favorites that I found while blog hopping that I've either done with my class or plan to do this year:
How cute are these Seuss Week Freebies from Mel at Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations?
And this one from Alisha at the Bubbly Blonde is a great way to kick off the year.
Teri at A Cupcake for the Teacher came up with this tasty treat:
Jennifer at Herding Kats in Kindergarten is a girl after my heart - We love Mo!
And now for my contribution to the cuteness. I always start the year with everyone's favorite kindergarten teacher, Miss Bindergarten. I thought this craftivity would be a good way for me to assess fine motor skills and how well my new class follows directions. I think they'll also make a super cute bulletin board for Open House. Templates, a writing prompt and step by step picture directions are included. You can grab a copy below the pic if you'd like to give it a try. I just dare any administrator who walks into your classroom to raise an eyebrow!
Leave a comment if you grab a copy and you'll make my day!