March 30 – National Pencil Day

On this day in 1858 a patent was granted for attaching an eraser to the end of the pencil. What an amazing update to an already incredible invention!

The yellow pencil is one of the most recognized school supplies of all time. It is indeed one of our earliest writing tools.

If you would like to find out how pencils are made I can recommend this great book: How is a Pencil Made? It outlines production from start to finish and just happens to be aligned with learning standards if that is your thing!

Pencils can be not only a tool for writing, but a tool for art.

The gradual change from light to dark is created by shading. You can create a unique piece of art of your own by creating light and dark areas with just a pencil. Download this FREE worksheet!

TIP: this activity works best with a #2 pencil and not mechanical pencils.

Free Value shading activity for Pencil Day

If you would like to learn more about how Pencils are made and create this awesome mini book,

head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store where you can get my Pencil Activity Pack . It contains easy to use QR codes to three different videos about how pencils are made as well as the mini book pattern shown in the picture in both color and black and white.

Here are a few sample pages from the packet:

The packet also contains Fun Pencil flags that are ready to print and share or you can design your own!

Cute pencil flag I create of the Happy Hive School House and a bee.

At the very least I hope you will do all your work today in PENCIL. And don’t worry about those mistakes… I’m thinking that’s why the eraser was invented! We’ll have to see on National Eraser day! It’s on April 15th!

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With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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March 27 – National Scribble Day

International Scribble Day is based on the book “I’m Not just a Scribble…” by Diane Alber. The book not only teaches kindness and acceptance, It shows us that “Great art starts with a Scribble!”

The author has created FREE lesson plans to go with her amazing book. You can download them from Teachers Pay Teachers.

When I was a little girl, my mom would keep me busy by putting a “Scribble” on a piece of paper and it was up to me to make a picture out of the scribble. I LOVED this activity and it kept me busy for hours. Something as simple as this:

Even if you don’t have the book, celebrating today is easy… just put some scribbles on paper and GO! You can use this FREE worksheet to organize your scribbles if you’d like.

Think Scribble art is only for little kids? Teens and adults can do it too. Check out this blogger who takes the scribbles created by their 3 year old and turns them into GENUINE works of art. It’s called: Finish the Scribble Game.

I also have a complete Activity Pack available in my Teacher’s Pay Teachers store as well as my Amped Up Learning Store you can get for today for just $1.25.

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With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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March 22 – National Goof Off Day

Do you have an “office chair” that spins? They are PERFECT for today! – it’s national Goof Off day!

Office chairs are irresistible – even to adults!

I was the kind of mom who did not let my kids play in the chair. It drove me nuts… so on a day like today – that’s exactly what I do – things that I would not ordinarily let them do.

Drop the lessons for today and head out to their favorite park, ice cream shop and fast food place. Excuse them from their chores (leave those beds unmade!) and GOOF OFF for the day.

It’s a good day to leave electronics behind and head outdoors if possible. The goal is to de-stress, unwind and relax!

Play Tag

Duck Duck Goose

If you are a classroom teacher, a fun way you can celebrate this day without completely abandoning your entire day is to take one subject and “goof off” during that subject. In my early years of teaching I would take my class outside (we had a grassy area behind our classroom) and we would sit and read our Social Studies chapter. When we were done, we would play Duck Duck Goose! Those 4th graders were focused on their learning JUST to get the reward of play time at the end. We had so much fun! A little goofing off now and then is so rewarding.

Some additional ideas:

Art projects (especially the messy one’s you avoid as a mom/teacher)

obstacle course on the playground/ backyard

play dress up

slide across the tile in your socks

build a blanket fort and eat lunch or dinner inside.

Ready for a good time in their “inside fort!”

Whatever you decide to do to Goof Off today, may your journey be blessed!

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With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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Sources:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-goof-off-day-march-22/