Quick Kids Craft

For a fun kids craft to do this evening while waiting for the new year to start, run by the store to pick up some fabric markers and plain shirts, and let kids find their inner artist by decorating their own pajamas or play clothes!

My daughter Meg spent a dedicated hour detailing this shirt:

Teacher’s Helper – Math Puzzles

My sister is doing her student teaching this year, and she asked me to help her with a project she’d seen. A puzzle that you put together using math, it was a file she had seen, but she needed five different ones, so I created a template for her to use to make as many as she needed!

Below are two different ways to achieve the same end. There is one way to make the puzzle using Photoshop, and one way to just print and go!
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To Use the Photoshop Template file:
Step 1: Follow this link to my Dropbox: Photoshop Template file
Step 2: Click on the “Download” button, and choose “Direct Download”
Step 3: Open the file in Adobe Photoshop CS3 or Adobe Photoshop Elements
(I would suggest that every time you use the template, you open it, then save it with a new name before changing anything, so you don’t change the actual template)
Step 4: Go to the Horizontal Type Tool, the little “T” button on the side panel of photoshop
Step 5: Change all the numbers to make equations, or delete some of the numbers so it’s less confusing.
Step 6: Drag a background to the template, and layer it behind the puzzle pieces (also you could lighten it).
Step 7: Save the file as a “jpeg”
Step 8: Print out the puzzle on 8×11.5 white cardstock
Step 9: Cut out the puzzle pieces, and they are ready for leaning!
This screenshot is of the puzzle template, ready for typed equations, to be printed with/on top of a digital scrapbook paper.

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To Use the PNG file:
Step 1: Follow this link to my Dropbox: PNG file
Step 2: Click on the “Download” button, and choose “Direct Download”
Step 3: Print out the puzzle on 8×11.5 cardstock or scrapbook paper, (or using photoshop for digital scrapbook paper)
Step 4: Hand write equations on the puzzle
Step 9: Cut out the puzzle pieces, and they are ready for leaning!

This photo is of a puzzle that was printed using only the PNG file on top of a digital scrapbook paper, with handwritten equations.

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Hope this helps you out, and let me know if you have ANY questions, really! Contact Me Here

Do you love tiny things too? ♥

We got a new book from the library, it’s about crafts… in miniature! Titled: Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share, it has so many cute ideas we could not wait to get started!! So we yanked some felt scraps out of the sewing cabinet to make the adorable tiny cats on the cover. It was a great project for the girls to practice sewing, and then a fun painting project as well to do the face! And even though our cats were not as picture worthy as the ones in the book, the girls LOVED them and have been playing with them ever since.

Here is a picture from the inside of the book, and also a snapshot of our library copy…

Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share