Teacher Gift: You’re the Beary Best!

you're the beary best

I don’t know about you but our school year is coming to an end!

Hooray! Hurrah!

Around this time of the year I’m usually ready to be done with school morning routines, home work assignments, special snacks, meetings… And well you get the gist we are all ready for the summer.

Usually in the midst of the end of the year exhaustion and not to mention chaos, I end up forgetting to appreciate my boy’s teachers but I truly want to thank them. So this year , I came up with this simple but appreciative way to say “GRACIAS!” to the teachers who invested in the lives of our kids. This gift idea is EASY and adorable if I do say so myself.

It’s a simple way to say “Thank You” for all that our teachers do to help our kids through out the year and your kids can help put it together.

teachers gift idea

I have a few printable tag versions for you to chose from:

  • “You’re the “Beary” Best!” you can use this for anyone at the school.
  • “You’re the “Beary” Best Teacher!”
  • “Thanks for a “Beary” Awesome Year!”
  • “You’re the Beary Best Principal!”

easy teachers gift

Teacher Gift: You’re the Beary Best!

Supplies:

  • jar
  • ribbon or washi tape
  • Surf Sweets Gummy Bears
  • printable tag click here to print beary best teacher

1. Fill your jar with the delicious organic Surf Sweets gummy bears. Surf Sweets just launched their no artificial colors or flavors, yummy candy at your local Target store. Oh and they are free of corn syrup, they use organic ingredients and made in the USA!

 

beary best teacher

2. Print off your tag and adhere to the jar.

3. Decorate the jar with your ribbon or washi tape. I used washi tape, it’s easier and super cute!

All done! Told you it’s super easy to whip up a few of these to thank the people who have invested in the lives of our children!

teacher gift

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This post is sponsored by Surf Sweets through the Amplify Influencer Network. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

8 Creative Ways to Make a Piñata

creative pinatas

Fashioned from a long tradition the Piñata has evolved since they were first used by the Aztec Indians in their celebrations to their gods.  The festive piñata continues to enchant parties throughout the world.

This is one of the many songs that are traditionally sang when hitting the piñata:

Dale, dale, dale, no perdas el tino,
porque si lo perdes, pierdes el camino. ”

Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo or not, these Piñata ideas are so fun and festive and add a little flair to your party or gathering.

8 Creative Ways to Make a Piñata

water balloon pinata

1. Water Balloon Piñata – You can find the fun idea over here.

mini pinata

2. DIY Mini Piñata  – This was super easy and lots of fun to make. Get the tutorial here.

tp pinata

3. Pull Piñata – find my pictures

pinata cake

4. Piñata cake – Isn’t this just genious! I love everything about this cake. You can find the recipe here.

pinata cookies

5. Piñata cookies – These cookies were for a wedding in Mexico. So fun! ~via Whipped Bakery blog

cascarones

6. Confetti eggs are so fun and easy to make. You can use these to celebrate instead of a piñata. Get the details here.

origami pinata

7. Origami Piñata – You can make this piñata with just using paper!  Get the step by step tutorial here.

mess free Piñata craft

8. Paper bag Piñata – See the video below for the tutorial

 

What I love about traditions is they remind us that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves and that we are a part of a multicultural world. The tradition of the Piñata can be transformed to fit our style, gathering and even another culture.

Fun Game to Learn the Numbers: Numbers Car Wash

Numbers Carwash

If you have taught little ones you know how important repetition is so we are constantly reviewing the basics in our Kinder school.  My son learned his numbers since he was 3 years old but it always amazes me how often he forgets them even now at 5 years.

So we are constantly going over his numbers and alphabet in fun ways with games or activities that help make it stick. We played this game outdoors with our chalkboard but you can also do this inside and use your window. Just place a plastic table cloth or old shower curtain at the bottom and have him spray away!

You can totally do this in a classroom setting as well.  When I taught preschool I always tried to do fun activities to help them learn and though sometimes it was a bit chaotic they quickly learned that in order to have fun activities we need to learn to follow directions–so they learned. I would always start with the rules and remind them over and over again and if one child would have trouble cooperating I’d ask him to sit for a second and watch how we did it so he can learn the directions and play.

With this activity your child gets fine & gross motor skills practice, numbers practice and Spanish practice all from this simple game!

Fun Game to Learn the Numbers: Numbers Car Wash

You need:

  • car shaped foam
  • spray bottle or water gun
  • dry erase marker
  • contact paper

How to play:

1. Place small squares of contact paper on your car shaped foamies. I just bought mine at the craft store but you can also make them if you want.

2. Wet the chalkboard surface and the stick the cars on the surface without using tape.

3. Then write your numbers, we only had 8 cars so we practiced our number 1-8 in order but we practiced high numbers when we did it out of order.

4. Fill your spray bottle with water and get ready to have fun. The spray bottle provides fine motor skills practice that they will need as they begin to write.

numbers car wash 2

Spanish

  • 1-uno
  • 2- dos
  • 3 – tres
  • 4 – cuatro
  • 5 – cinco
  • 6 – seis
  • 7 – siete
  • 8 – ocho
  • 9 – nueve
  • 10- diez

We did ours in number order and then out of order. I called out the number “seis” and then he would wash the car. I did that until he got all of the numbers. I added numbers beyond 10 when we did it out of order. If you’re not familiar with Spanish but still want to include some Spanish in your child’s day I like this video that will help you learn the numbers in Spanish. It will also help if you’re a non-native speaker so you can pronounce the numbers the correct way. I also have our video below and we say the numbers in Spanish.

English – 

I teach our little guy in English but we add in Spanish into curriculum as much as we can to get him to practice his Spanish. For the English version you would play the game the same way as I shared above–call out a number and have your child “wash” the car with the spray bottle.

Here’s a short video of our game!

VARIATIONS

Colors– Practice your colors once he washes all the numbers off the cars focus on the colors. You can do it the same way as above with the numbers and have him spray the colors that you call out.

Tag – Here is where you get some gross motor skills in and not to mention some exercise. My son loves this variation. Usually, I join in for the tag version of this game so he’s competing against someone. I call out a number or color and we race to tag it and then he says the color or number.  Sometimes I move to another room of the house or further out in the yard so we can get some running in and get wiggles out!

Chips Ahoy Peanut Butter Banana Quesadilla

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Nabisco and Latina Bloggers Connect and all opinions are mine!

peanut butter quesadilla

Turn Up the Yum! for Dia Del Niño! Did you know that many Latin American countries through out the world have a special holiday for children?  It’s called Dia Del Niño. Well, I’m going to help you celebrate with this delicious after school snack to surprise your children–Chips Ahoy Peanut Butter Banana Quesadilla

The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1959. But even before The World Conference, Mexico had already added this day April 30th as their Children’s Day long before the United Nations got together in 1925. It’s actually celebrated on different days throughout the world, in Ecuador it’s in June.

I was inspired by the Chips Ahoy! Sweet Plantain Quesadilla recipe I saw on their website here. These recipes are a new Nabisco spin on traditional favorites.  Well, I came up with something similar but I used peanut butter and bananas instead.

plantain

Plantains are similar to bananas in how they look but you can’t eat them raw and they have a different texture. You have to cook them and once they are cooked they have a similar taste to a banana.  I was raised in a Mexican family and plantains were a staple in our home. We ate them friend, roasted, boiled… My personal favorite was fried plantains in my scrambled eggs. I know it sounds weird but I highly recommend it. Anyways, for the recipe below you can use plantains or bananas if you prefer.

Merienda (snack) time is of utter importance for my 3 growing boys. My kids thrive on two meriendas throughout their day, they make sure to pack it in their lunch and when they are home from school they always ask for it at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the dot.

I love how simple this yummy treat is I would even serve it for as a party treat!

quesadilla dessert

Chips Ahoy Peanut Butter Banana Quesadilla

ingredients:

  • Wheat Tortillas
  • Peanut Butter
  • cinnamon
  • Chips Ahoy cookies
  • bananas
  • optional–cooking spray

1. Spread peanut butter over one tortilla. Then add slices of bananas and sprinkle with cinnamon. Fold it in half.

2. You don’t have to heat up  your tortillas but I highly recommend it because it causes everything to melt together inside the tortilla and it’s simply delicious. Spray your tortillas with non-stick spray on one side. When I have my preschooler make it, he makes it without using any heat.

3. Place on top of your comal (griddle) for about 1 or 2 minutes until it’s golden brown. Enjoy it whole or slice in half!

peanut butter banana quesadilla

The variations are limitless you can use nutella instead of peanut butter or cream cheese.  You can add strawberries or any other fruit. Stop by the Pinterest board with more delicious recipes for you to enjoy!

banana peanut butter quesadilla

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nabisco. The opinions and text are all mine.

A Star Wars Party for Tweens

kids star wars party ideas

His 12th birthday party and possibly his last.  Last year, if you recall he decided on not having a party so I tried to find ways to make my  tween’s birthday special. But this year to my surprise he asked for one. I could see the inner struggle happening within him–I’m too old for a party or am I not??

Well, once my tween boy decided on a party, then came the challenge of finding a theme he liked. Everything I suggested was too “babyish”.  So, we landed on Star Wars which apparently is perfect for kids of ALL ages. I know nothing about Star Wars so I had to go do some research. I know you’re thinking how can a mom with a house full of boys not know anything about Star Wars. Thankfully, there are some things I’m more than happy to let my husband enjoy alone with our boys.

The plan was to have a sleep over Star Wars party. I was struggling with coming up with activities. Normally, for my littles I can come up with TONS of activities when given a theme. But now I was constantly confronted with this question, “Is this too “babyish”? I found tons of activities for Star Wars parties on Pinterest but they were not for his age.

So then the light bulb went off and I started looking for activities that you do in youth groups. I racked my brain trying to remember what kind of activities did I used to plan for these tween and teens. So, I ended up organizing a Mall Scavenger Hunt for the first big activity. Then we treated them to pizza and ice cream at a restaurant. We came home and they played outside for a while with their light saber glow in the dark sticks and then they watched one of the Star Wars movies on the projector. This was all buying me some time because the Star Wars cake was still not ready.  Hey, don’t judge. In my defense it was a crazy, crazy day. I’ll spare you all the details but literally it was dealing with one thing after another. The grand finale of drama was losing my phone during our scavenger hunt at the mall.

Star Wars Party for Tweens

star wars party

Dessert Table: As you can see it was simple but thematic!  Our Chewbacca cake was a great success. It was a chocolate chip cookie cake with two cookie layers and frosting in between. The kids absolutely loved the fact that it was made from giant cookies. I was able to make 3 large cookies from her recipe but I only used 2 layers for the cake since I was short on time but we did enjoy the extra giant cookie the next day.

I followed this bloggers recipe instructions for the cookie cake and made up my own chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe. And this cake from Cake Central was my inspiration for Chewbacca! ~image via Cake Central

chewbacca cake

storm trooper treats

Storm Trooper marshmallows – These were absolutely easy to make. I just used giant marshmallows and an edible ink pen to draw in the face. The pen was dying so the faces were not as clear as I had wished.

r2-d2 water

I printed these R2-D2 water bottle labels and my boys helped me cut them out and place them on. You can find the free printable here.

star wars water bottle

As you can see from the picture above the blogger who came up with this fabulous idea used small mini bottles so the labels are not wide. Our bottles were a bit too big for the labels but we made it work. ~image via Upper Sturt Blog

storm trooper balloons

I decorated the table with some all the fun Star Wars stuff we had around the house.  I didn’t want to spend too much time on decorating the house so we just did simple things like these Storm Trooper balloons. My plan with these balloons was to have the boys hit them with the Pool Noodle Light Sabers but after searching a few stores for pool noodles and not finding anything I decided to leave that out of our plans. But aren’t these pool noodles really cool!

~image via Tastefully Frugal blog

light saber toy

I planned on making these R2-D2 cookies for our dessert table but I didn’t have enough time so I ended up with white chocolate covered cookies that weren’t decorated. I may still make them because I have a plate full of white chocolate covered cookies sitting on our kitchen island.  Here are the cookies, aren’t they so cute!

star wars cookies

These are from Semi Sweet Designs and she used macaroons. You can stop by her blog here for more details on the cookies.

yoda soda

Yoda Soda that is almost gone.

lightsabers

I didn’t get a picture of them but I found some fat glow stick necklaces and I put gray duct tape on the end of them and made them look like lightsabers.

star wars treat bag

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I’d rather spend money on party favors that they can use for more than a day and not on tons of candy and toys that are gone in a day or disposed of. So we found these awesome Star Wars Bags and I placed all things Star Wars inside them: notebook, folder, tattoos, fruit snack and light saber looking candy. Plus a t-shirt that they used later to make their own Star Wars design on it.

star wars shirts

Yes, I’m crafting with a bunch of boys!  They loved this craft because they were getting to design their own Star Wars Shirt!

scavenger hunt

Here’s our Star Wars Mall Scavenger Hunt printable that I made up. The items on it have nothing to do with Star Wars but I explained that this was in preparation to become Jedi Knights. Every good Jedi needs to know how to hunt, work as a team and come up with strategies.  My husband and I were the team leaders. I was really impressed with how my team came up with strategies so they could win. They talked about doing the least time consuming thing first and that the ice cream would be the most time consuming so we should do that last.  We won!!

Since it was a sleepover we started our morning off with Make Your Own Yoda Pancakes. I was going running with a friend  early that morning so I just made the green pancakes and in different bowls I set out the different food items for them to make their own Yoda face with the pancakes.

star wars party ideas

The party was a great success! Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves.  It wasn’t as time consuming to put together! As you can see from the above pictures the party was simple but I focused on little details to make it special for my not so little guy. Since it was a sleepover I didn’t get much sleep that night but other then that minor detail, it wasn’t that hard to throw.  This party can easily be tweaked for kid of all ages.