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Rows of Pumpkins

With the weather getting crisper, kids will enjoy creating some pumpkins (and learn about color mixing as they do it). Read More…

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Congratulations to our Arts in Education Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in helping us celebrate Arts in Education Week,September 8-12. The following 5 sweepstakes winners received our Smart Art Books as well as a $500 Arts & Crafts Shopping Spree.

Congratulations to:
Anna Roman
Darlene Cruz
Susan Shelton
Crystal Harding-Jenkins
Margi Carter

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars – Perfect Snack!

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars are the perfect back-to-school snack! Each bar is loaded with protein to boost brain power for school!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
(submitted by Michelle James)

Ingredients:
1 c rolled oats, ground in a food processor
2 scoops of your favorite protein powder
2 T peanut butter {can be omitted if there are allergies, or use a different nut butter}
3 eggs
2 medium bananas, mashed
1 T honey
1/2 c whole milk
1 t cinnamon
1/2 c chocolate chips, ground in a food processor

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and place in a greased 9×9″ pan. Bake at 350*F for 15-20 minutes. Let cool  and cut into 2 inch squares. Individually wrap and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Serves: 16
Category: Breakfast/Snack

Nutritional Information
Calories: 97.4
Fat: 40.4 g
Fiber: 1.3 g
Protein: 4.5 g

Make These 3-D Self Portraits for an Abstract Art Exhibit in Your Classroom!

Materials Needed:
BioColor® 16 oz – Set of 11
Bingo Bottles with Tips & Caps – Set of 12
World Colors Paper – 50 Sheets

Best Value Tape
Full Strip Stapler

Let’s Begin:
1. Have each child create a self-portrait on paper using Bingo bottles filled with BioColor® paint.

2. Make a monoprint of each finished portrait by placing a clean sheet of paper on top and rubbing.

3. To create the 3-D effect cut out the oval face from your monoprint, then cut a 2” dart on the top and bottom, overlap dart and staple to secure.

4. Adhere 3-D face to original self-portrait with staple or tape.

Create Puppets and Explore Uniqueness!

Materials Needed:
Colorations® Acrylic Yarn – Set of 12
Colorations® Fabric Markers – Set of 24
400 Feet of Satin Ribbon – 16 Spools

Let’s Begin:
1. Lay out all of the materials and encourage the children to select the pieces they want to create their puppets. Allow them to be creative – there are no rules!

2. Create your own puppet alongside the children and show it to them as an example.

3. This is a great opportunity to talk about differences that make each of us unique. Encourage discussion among the children about eye color, hair color, and favorite features.

Favorite Review – Colorations® Super Washable Chubby Markers!

“I was surprised that these were better than Crayola! My kid (and I) love them. Great colors and value. 🙂 Thanks Discount School Supply!” – Ry’s Dad, Santa Cruz

Read more reviews here!

Back to School – Welcome to Preschool!

This article by Mary Jane Tenerelli will give you a few ideas to help ease the transition for preschoolers coming into your classes from their eventful summers!

Summer’s over, and your classroom will soon be filled with children who are eager to learn, but a little unsure of the new classroom environment and their place in it. Ease the transition and set the tone for a school year full of fun and learning with the following activities….

Read more here!