July's Clubhouse News (Part 1)

*Rides through the neighborhood on my three wheeler

“July’s Clubhouse news is in!!!”

In this issue we are making spray art, name ninjas, bookmarks and racing balloons!

Enter and ENJOY!

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Clubhouse News!

Just here to drop off last week’s “Creative Crush Kids: Clubhouse News!” (Our bi-monthly email Newsletter filled with creative recipes, crafts, STEM ideas, parent hacks, FREEBIES and more).

So….ENJOY!

*Clubhouse FREEBIES are only available to our awesome members! (Our email list) If you’d like to join our list, click here: CREATIVE CRUSH KIDS CLUBHOUSE!

3D Butterfly Art (FREE DOWNLOAD)

I’ve been going pop art crazy over on ig…lol! Just created this adorable butterfly piece and thought I’d share it with you guys! If you give it a try, don’t forget to tag us: @creativecrushstudio #CreativeCrushKids

DOWNLOAD BELOW PIC.

Make sure to print on cardstock paper for stiffness.

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Butterfly 3D Art!

FREE Place Value Activity Printable!

Super simple activity to strengthen your child’s understanding of place value. Also can be used to practice writing numbers in standard and extended form.

*Download using link below pic

Activity:

Have child roll dice to create a number. If you are only teaching up to the tens place, have them roll twice (up to hundreds, roll 3 times), etc. After they write down their number, have them say their number out loud (practice: reading numbers), then write them in expanded form on the second sheet.

A few extra ways to use these sheets: write a number in expanded form and have your child fill them in the correct spot on their Place Value Mat.

Place Value Battle: Say a number (out loud) and have two or more players write the number down in their correct spot on the Place Value Mat and then break the number down in expanded form. First player to finish first (with the correct answer) WINS!

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Place Value Mat

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"10 AMAZING African American Scientists" Packet

School is HERE...WOW! This summer break was much needed and we FULLY enjoyed the time off. But, back to work we go! So, that means plenty of FREE and low priced downloads from me : ) 

Here's a packet I created for my boys. It can be used to support a Science and History study. I will break them down into weeks....meaning, one person/scientist a week (which translates into 10 weeks) And since we operate on a 5 weeks on and one week off schedule, this packet will take us all the way to mid-November. 

Click the link below to download.

Templates are BLANK, with names given (See example pic below)

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Science and History

In one packet!

"Ocean Finds" FREE Printable!

Who's ready to hit the beach?! Here in Florida, we pretty much go to the beach all year round. But, I know the kiddies are out of school and the weather is warming up. So, lots of beach trips are being planned, I bet! With trips, comes the long commute and with that commute comes the dreaded "Are we therrrrre yetttt????" (said no less than a million and one times). I know the feeling all too well (especially because Florida travel is insane...from one place to the next). Best advice I can give STOCK UP ON BUSY BAGS! Basically, a basket or bookbag of travel games, notebooks, toys and things...to keep them busy. As always, I'm right there to hook you up with cute freebies for your little ones. Here's a simple printable that the kids can use to either draw ocean animals on or use ocean animal stickers.

You can also draw what you find on an awesome scuba diving trip 💗 

Grab the link below the pic!

Print on cardstock paper and/or laminate for a sturdier reusable activity!  UPDATED DOWNLOAD  PIC BELOW!

Print on cardstock paper and/or laminate for a sturdier reusable activity!

UPDATED DOWNLOAD PIC BELOW!

Affiliate link for foam stickers(Amazon)

 
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"Butterfly Mask" Craft

Going through all of my photos and realized I didn't post my "Butterfly Mask" craft. I'll be doing another one with the kids, soon!

Here ya go: 

Supplies: All supplies purchased from Michael's Craft Store Cardboard butterfly mask Acrylic paint Gems Glitter Glue Paintbrush

Supplies:
All supplies purchased from Michael's Craft Store
Cardboard butterfly mask
Acrylic paint
Gems
Glitter
Glue
Paintbrush

Painted mask and let dry Added glitter around the edges and let dry I also decided to layer the glitter on the edges. I used the fine glitter as the base and then added the larger heart shaped glitter to the top (See pic below)

Painted mask and let dry
Added glitter around the edges and let dry
I also decided to layer the glitter on the edges. I used the fine glitter as the base and then added the larger heart shaped glitter to the top (See pic below)

Added designs using drops of glue and glitter Added gems  This craft is PERFECT for a birthday party! Nothing like making your own party favors! ~Fin~ 

Added designs using drops of glue and glitter
Added gems

This craft is PERFECT for a birthday party! Nothing like making your own party favors!
~Fin~ 

Book Review: ABC Press Book Series

Welp....this post is about 7 months late...lol! My life *shrugs* So, I found this great book series at Barnes and Noble last year, by ABC Press Books. The books are based on sight words (POWER words in the book) and has pictures to coincide with the words. My son, despite being a kid that has the vocabulary of a middle aged man (yeah....seriously, this kid has been here before), struggles to read. Before these books, I would make each story book for him, using the words we were practicing that month. While I enjoy making them, it is TIME CONSUMING and since I have vowed to limit my coffee intake to one cup a day (don't laugh....baby steps...lol!), I simply can NOT add anything else to my plate. A sister is FULL! Here's a few things I LOVE about the books:

 

I'm digging these books because:

Each book is based on sight words.

The list of sight words (POWER words) are found in the back of each book.

The pictures coincide with the words on every page, helping the child figure out unfamiliar words.

My son can now grab a book off the shelf and read alone during quiet time (before, I would have to read with him). 💖

Each book is based on real facts.

Book information:

ABC Press Books

Purchased from: Barnes and Noble (kid section)

Price: $5.99 each

Books pictured:  See the Cactus Penguin Baby Hippos Eat The Polar Bear The Chocolate Tree

Books pictured:
 See the Cactus
Penguin Baby
Hippos Eat
The Polar Bear
The Chocolate Tree

Power words

Power words

My Top 5 Favorite Places To Score STE(A)M Items!

Two boys....nonstop playing! I guess that's the main reason why the majority of our school work includes games, activities and/or building something....ALWAYS! One of our favorite things to do is build cars and robots...any kind, any size. And they don't have to be elaborate or expensive....just fun! Here's a list of my "go to" places for cool building kits/items:

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Five Below

Solar-bot (pictured)

Number one (and definitely my favorite) Five Below! Not sure of how many stores they have in the US but I know they have them in NJ (where we used to live) and FL (we have to travel a bit further to get there but definitely worth it.) They have TONS of kits, crafts and supplies! I've scored solor bots, spider bots, race cars and alot of other cool supplies.

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Amazon

Battery Operated Car (pictured)

I mean....what list DOESN'T include Amazon? Pretty sure everyone knows all of the great items you can score on Amazon. I purchase LOADS of STEAM supplies and kits from them. We tried our hand at a battery operated car (very simple model) a few months ago and it was a SUCCESS! Amazon now has a monthly STEAM subscription where you can get one cool project per month. If your kids are into building, it may be worth a try!

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Barnes & Noble

"Build a car" kit (pictured)

I'm still not a fan of B&N having toys in their stores (too much of a distraction for the boys) BUT I do love the cool kits they have. They can cost a pretty penny so be sure to check out the clearance section. That's my first stop when I go! I usually score some cool "build a car" kits, legos, blocks and drawing supplies.

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The Learning Express

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Ok...I'll confess....I am GUILTY of buying ALL of the boys' Christmas gifts from this store! (Thankfully, their aunty and grandmothers came through with the "cool" toys....lol). I just couldn't help myself! They have SO many learning toys! I've purchased fidget tools, puzzles, building kits, educational books, legos and then some. Not sure if they have many locations but if you do happen to have one close by GO....NOW! (Well, not right now...but soon 😉). They even have FREE gift wrapping!!! I know!!!! Amazing, right?!

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YouTube

Rubberband powered car (pictured)

So, this technically isn’t a store BUT YouTube is filled with videos that can give you great ideas/projects to do! Just type in "Simple STEM projects" or something similar, and I'm pretty sure you'll have enough to do for weeks! We like the cool Science experiments for kids, art tutorial videos (Art for Kids Hub is our fave) and simple household supply projects. Check out this cool rubberband powered car we made!

*Honorable mentions (more on the art side of things): Michael's, Joann's and A.C. Moore. I'm a crafter so we are literally in one of these stores at LEAST once a week! Tons of arts and craft kits/ideas and classes!

What's your favorite spots to score great STEAM items? Feel free to share! We love adding great places to our list!