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may your coffee be stronger than your students free printable - put a gift card in and pass out to teachers for back to school, teacher appreciation or just because.

May Your Coffee Be Stronger Than Your Students – Free Printable

A friend of mine posted a hand-lettered version of this saying the other day and it immediately reminded me of my “May Your Coffee Be Stronger Than Your Toddler” gift card printable so I decided to make one for teachers too. We are only a week into Luc’s first year at Preschool and kids are still crying all day (talk about heartbreaking) and kids are already getting sick; and while two-year old kids are adorable, they can also be quite a handful! Hudson’s been in school a few weeks now and while his age is probably not as challenging in some ways (although they are still dealing with some crying and sickness too), there are a lot of kids in his class and I’m sure they provide plenty of challenges for their teacher. I love both of my boys’ teachers and think they are true superheros, so I figured why not kick off the school year with a little light-hearted gift. I know these early morning drop-offs are kicking my butt (I am so not a morning person and we have already been late more than I care to admit) and figured most everyone enjoys a cup of coffee in the morning. These printables are perfect for sliding in a gift card to any coffee shop and treating your kid’s teachers to a nice cup of coffee to help get them through the day.

may your coffee be stronger than your students free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to teachers for back to school, teacher appreciation or just because.

Click here to get your free printable.

Supplies (you could easily do this without most of these supplies, but they might make your life easier)

may your coffee be stronger than your students free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to teachers for back to school, teacher appreciation or just because.

Directions:

  1. Print out the printable on cardstock
  2. Cut out using paper trimmer and scissors
  3. Use circle punch to remove half circle for tab
  4. Use score board and bone folder to make creases along white lines
  5. Add double-sided tape or glue to tabs
  6. Fold card over and press down to attach to tabs
  7. Gift card should slide nicely inside

Both boys’ teachers were very appreciative of the gift and it definitely made them smile. They may always tell us that they adore our kids and that they love teaching, but just like any job, I’m sure it has its moments, and I’m glad my kid’s have teachers with good senses of humor. And just like with parenting, sometimes one good cup of coffee can make all the difference. 😉

*This free printable from thecreativecopycat.com is for personal use only, you may not sell, share or link directly to this file.

shark week playdate - free banner printable, chumming for sharks yogurt recipe, shark bait recipe, link to popcorn bucket printable and tons of other shark week ideas

Shark Week Playdate and Free Printables

We had our friends over for a playdate during shark week, so I of course used it as an excuse to have a fun, shark themed get together. I love little events like this because it allows me to be crafty and creative without all the work and stress of a full-blown party. I didn’t start making stuff or preparing until Monday (our friends came over on Wednesday) so this is totally do-able for busy or last-minute moms. 🙂

DECORATIONS

I started out like I always do, searching Pinterest for ideas and free printables. I found some really cute stuff to use as well as some fun ideas. I didn’t see anything I could use for a banner though, so I made one myself. I think it turned out really cute and I always feel like a banner makes the table look complete. You can download the free banner printable by clicking HERE. Just cut it out, punch holes in the corners and run string through it. Lately I have been using blue painters tape to hang up my banners then covering the tape up with cute washi.

shark week letterboard idea

I also used my letterboard for the occasion. It was a bit of a challenge creating the shark fin, but I love how it turned out.

SNACKS

Chumming for Sharks Yogurt

chumming for sharks yogurt - perfect healthy snack or breakfast for shark week or a shark birthday

I wanted to have a few snacks with at least one healthy option, but most of the ideas on Pinterest were not very healthy. Usually I am all about desserts, but we have been making an effort to eat healthier lately so I came up with my own snack idea by combining a few ideas from Pinterest. We ended up making chumming for sharks yogurt. The kids helped me make these, which was a lot of fun. To make these you will need the following:

  • Granola (optional)
  • Greek Yogurt (we used vanilla)
  • Blue food coloring (you only need a few drops)
  • Frozen Strawberries in Sugar (we bought this from the frozen section of the grocery store)
  • Plastic Cups
  • Mini spoons
  • Grey construction paper (to make shark fins)
  • Glue gun

We added a little bit of granola to the bottom of the cups, put a few drops of blue food coloring into the yogurt, scooped the yogurt into the cup, then topped it with the chum (the frozen strawberries). I explained to the boys that chum is what they dump in the water to attract sharks and then what do you know, a few sharks showed up and jumped right into our bowls. 😉 The kids loved it! I free hand cut out shark fins out of grey construction paper and glued them onto mini spoons. I also used a few sharks left over from the adorable popcorn buckets I made using a printable from My Printly.

Shark Bait

shark bait popcorn snack is easy, delicious, and perfect for shark week or a shark party

Of course, I had to do one sweet treat, so I made shark bait. It was so delicious and all the little sharks ate it up super fast! I spent Tuesday night driving from store to store searching for shark gummies. I feel like I always see them until the time I need them, then they vanished. I found gummy bears, worms, snakes, octopus, frogs, dinosaurs, alligators and lions! Literally every gummy animal ever made except sharks! Then I thought, why would sharks want to eat sharks, and decided that putting them in my shark bait didn’t make sense anyways. That is when I came up with the goldfish idea. Sharks love eating fish, especially delicious sweet ones. They have so many fun flavors now too that you could use, but I must say, the s’mores goldfish were perfect in this recipe. To make the shark bait you will need the following:

  • Sea Salt Air Popped Popcorn
  • Ghiradelli White Chocolate Chips
  • Blue M&Ms
  • S’mores Goldfish Crackers

I put wax paper on a cookie sheet, spread out my popcorn, sprinkled in goldfish and m&ms, then drizzled the melted white chocolate over it. I put it in the fridge until it cooled then broke it apart and put it in the cutest popcorn buckets from My Printly. These were so perfect for our playdate and I have been refilling the containers with shark bait all week so the boys can munch on it while watching Shark Week.

Ocean Water

ocean water - blue gatorade with a swedish fish makes an easy and fun drink for shark week or a shark party

For drinks, I kept it simple with blue Gatorade and a swedish fish on each straw.

ACTIVITIES

Shark Sensory Bin

shark sensory bin

I set up a shark sensory bin. What I love most about sensory bins is that they don’t always have to be fancy. I didn’t have time to buy anything (and to be honest didn’t really want to spend a bunch of money) so I just used what we already had. A bag of glass circle vase fillers, water and plastic sharks. That’s it! And you know what, the kids loved it and played with it for quite a while. Sometimes, I think we as moms get caught up in making everything Pinterest worthy, but kids don’t need much to have fun. They were getting so creative and having the best time! When you give kids water activities, you usually can’t go wrong.

Shark Slime

shark slime - perfect activity for shark week

We also made shark slime. For our first attempt, the day before the playdate, we tried to use a non-borax recipe, but the slime was so sticky. I watched a bunch of you tube videos and started adding everything they recommended for sticky slime, but nothing helped. So my hubby bought borax and like magic our sticky bowl of blue goop turned into slime. When our friends came over, we made a second batch using the borax recipe and it worked great. The kids loved playing with their sharks in the slime! I used this recipe to make the slime.

Shark Play Doh Mats

shark week playdoh mats free printables

I also had a little play doh station with our shark week playdoh mats, some playdoh and some cutters. My boys had already done this activity earlier in the week and the kids were all having so much fun with the other activities that we didn’t get to this. You can check the play doh mats out here.

Shark Cutting and Tracing Activity

free printable - shark cutting and tracing practice

I also made a fun little printable for Hudson. I printed one out and had it laminated so it could be used as a tracing exercise. Both boys had fun with that. Then I printed one out on regular paper so Hudson could also use it for cutting. Hudson loves cutting so this was perfect for him. You can get the printable HERE. *Graphics were purchased from Prettygrafik Design.

CRAFTS

I had a few crafts to do that I found on Pinterest, but we didn’t get to those either. Good thing shark week lasts an entire week so we can fit in all the fun we planned.

Clothespin Sharks

clothespin shark craft for shark week

I let each of the kids select one craft from Pinterest. Hudson chose clothespin sharks from Kix. This wasn’t an ideal craft for my kids’ ages so I pretty much ended up making these, but the kids did love playing with them.

Toilet Paper Roll Sharks and Paper Towel Roll Hammerhead Sharks

Luc chose to make paper toilet roll sharks. The one he selected was a regular shark, but his favorite shark is the hammerhead so I got really excited when I found a paper towel roll hammerhead shark on Pinterest. We are planning to make both, but so far have only completed phase one. I will update this once we finish the project.

Shark Hats

shark hats perfect for shark week

I was also planning to make shark hats, but the hats we selected required an obscure paper size in numerous colors that was not readily available (please tell me I am not the only one who spends tons of time driving from store to store looking for seemingly basic craft supplies that are actually impossible to find). Luckily, one of my friends, Danielle, from Mama Life Inspiration, who is an awesome blogger, posted an adorable shark hat idea. So we ended up making those instead and the boys had tons of fun finger painting their shark fins and tails. Of course they also loved running around in their shark hats. For more details on the hats and for the link to the shark fin hat template click here. Danielle also has a bunch of other fun shark week ideas on her blog so be sure to take a look.

As you can see, we squeezed a whole lot of Shark Fun into one week. My boys just love sharks so much that I couldn’t help myself and went a little overboard. You could easily pick just a few of these ideas to make your shark week a bit more fun.

I hope you have a fin-tastic Shark Week!!

shark week playdoh mats free printables

Shark Week Playdoh Mats – Free Printables

My boys are obsessed with sharks so Shark Week is kind of a big deal in our house. The boys had so much fun playing with the Playdoh Mats I made. They loved cutting out shark teeth, placing them on the shark and then pretending that the shark was eating fish. They also had fun creating underwater scenes with seaweed, fish and shrimp. Luc had a harder time with this one, but both mats kept the kids entertained for quite a while and since I laminated the printables, I know they will provide lots more fun in the future.

shark week playdoh mats free printables

Here are some of the things I gave the kids to play with (there are so many possibilities, you can easily just use what you have on hand):

Mini Cookie Cutters (we used the triangle for the shark teeth and one that looked like a fish)

Playdoh Set (Any playdoh set with a few basic tools such as a rolling pin, knife, shape cutters and shape molds will work)

To download the ocean play doh mat Click Here.

To download the shark play doh mat Click Here.

I hope you enjoy these mats as much as we do!

*Graphics for these printables were purchased from Prettygrafik Design. These free printables from thecreativecopycat.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share or link directly to these files.

shark week playdoh mats free printables
may your coffee be stronger than your toddler free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to mamas who could use some positive energy - great way to encourage other moms, random acts of kindness, just because gift for mom friends or a mother's day gift

May Your Coffee Be Stronger than Your Toddler – Free Printable

You know the mom in Target whose kids are all melting down and she is on the verge of melting down herself? Not only have I seen this mom multiple times, but I’ve also been her. Since I know how this feels, I try to give a smile and an “I know exactly how you feel because I’ve been there” nod, but I always feel like I want to do more.

Enter my husband, who one day was complaining about someone buying him his coffee that morning. I’ve been seeing a lot of this lately actually, where the person in front of you at the drive-thru coffee line buys your drink then you pay it forward by either buying the person behind you coffee or with some other random act of kindness. This obviously makes the do-gooder feel great and it is supposed to brighten the receiver’s day too, but my husband, who tends to over-analyze things felt guilty. Was he now supposed to do the same? What if the car behind him was packed full of people with a massive order? Was he supposed to come up with some other way to “pay it forward?” I know he is missing the point (don’t men tend to do that?), but all he wanted to do was buy his coffee and be on his way (I can sort of see his point if I am being entirely honest – don’t tell him I said that ;)).

As I was thinking about all of this, I decided I like the core idea of paying it forward – a random act of kindness to spread joy – and decided that I would like to partake, but in a more intentional way. I came up with the idea to make these cute little gift card sleeves and fill them with $5 coffee shop gift cards so that the next time I see an overwhelmed mama I can hand it to her and hopefully lift her spirits a little.  I know in those moments, we often feel utterly defeated and then on top of that, judged by those around us. My hope is that this card will not only make the mama laugh and give her a little caffeine boost, but also just let her know that I support and encourage her.

may your coffee be stronger than your toddler free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to mamas who could use some positive energy - great way to encourage other moms, random acts of kindness, just because gift for mom friends or a mother's day gift

If you would like to spread some mama love, click here to download this printable.

Supplies (you could easily do this without most of these supplies, but they might make your life easier)

may your coffee be stronger than your toddler free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to mamas who could use some positive energy - great way to encourage other moms, random acts of kindness, just because gift for mom friends or a mother's day gift

Directions:

  1. Print out the printable on cardstock
  2. Cut out using paper trimmer and scissors
  3. Use circle punch to remove half circle for tab
  4. Use score board and bone folder to make creases along white lines
  5. Add double-sided tape or glue to tabs
  6. Fold card over and press down to attach to tabs
  7. Gift card should slide nicely inside

may your coffee be stronger than your toddler free printable - put $5 gift cards in and pass out to mamas who could use some positive energy - great way to encourage other moms, random acts of kindness, just because gift for mom friends or a mother's day gift

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

The Easter Egg Game

When I was thinking of ideas for our “Party with our Peeps” at 2am instead of sleeping (anyone else do that?) I thought it would be fun to have a game for the kids so I came up with one that is great for young kids. Ours are aged 2.5, 3 and 4.5 and it was perfect for them. It is a bit of a combination of an idea I saw on Pinterest for an egg hunt with activities like “do a somersault” inside the egg and Roll and Play. (Roll and Play is one of our favorite games – it is the perfect first game for little ones, especially little ones who have older siblings that love board games). It was really fun and I should note that the title is courtesy of Hudson. 😉 I hope you enjoy this game as much as we do.

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

The Easter Egg Game

Supplies:

Game Boards (Click link to download free Printable)

List of Activities (Click link to download free Printable)

12 Easter Eggs – (I used two of each color and selected colors that matched the game boards)

Set-Up:

Print out and cut out your list of Activities.

Place one in each egg – matching the peeps to the egg.

Print out and cut out your game boards (This game works best for two players, but could easily be played with more – we had three kids so we put the two little ones on a team together).

To Play:

Player 1 selects an egg, opens it, then performs the activity. If they complete the activity, they get to keep the egg.

Player 2 does the same thing.

The goal is to collect one of each color egg.

Our kids just placed the egg on the coordinating game piece, but you could also use stickers to mark each spot.

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

Just like in roll and play, this game is more about the fun of the activities than winning and it was the perfect length and skill level for our kids. Luc struggled a tiny bit with waiting his turn, but other than that, it was great for them to think about what colors they needed to complete their board and of course they all loved doing the activities. I hope you enjoy this fun Easter game. If you like it, please Pin It!

Free Printable - Easter Egg Game- fun activity game for toddlers and young kids

Happy Easter!!

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

Peeps Party Photo Booth Printable

My friend dropped off supplies for me to make an adorable Peeps bunny banner yesterday and the wheels in my head immediately started turning (did that make anyone else start singing Journey? Just me? Ok. I’m a little sleep deprived this week, haha). Anyways, we have friends arriving Saturday from Australia and I wanted to make the day fun for them, without overwhelming them as they will have been traveling for a long time with two little kids. Without going too overboard (thankfully that is hard to do when you have two little kids and only one day to plan) I wanted to have a Party with our Peeps. 😉 I figured a few cute treats, a couple of fun activities and our go-to photobooth would be perfect.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

I bought adorable props for a few bucks at Target, made a fun photobooth sign and set-up our DIY Photobooth. It was really easy and I know we will have so much fun taking pictures with our peeps this weekend!

If you would like to create your own Photobooth, check out this post for all the info.

To download the Photobooth sign, click here.

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

free printable - party with your peeps photo booth sign - perfect for Easter

I Love You Heart Printable

One of my favorite traditions that we started two years ago are I love you because… hearts. The first year I found a printable on-line, printed them out and wrote a bunch of reasons why I love my hubby on them. Then I taped them to heart-shaped balloons from the dollar store and displayed them on Valentine’s Day. Last year, I couldn’t find the printable I had previously used, so I made my own. Instead of the love notes just being from me though, I got the kids involved. Hudson told me that he loves his dada because he plays with him. Luc wasn’t really talking much, but I knew how much he loved kissing Nic through our stair rails before bed so I put that on the one from him. Hudson loved helping me pick out the balloons from the store and taping our hearts to them and I just love having these hearts to look back on every year, especially since the kids have more and more to say as they get older and they say such cute (or sometimes funny) things. This year, instead of just writing why we love daddy, we are each going to write one for each member of the family. 🙂

free printable valentines day I love you because hearts attached to dollar store balloons

If you would like to start this fun Valentine tradition with your family, you can click here to get your own I Love You Hearts printable.

free printable valentines day I love you because hearts attached to dollar store balloons

Also, here are a few other ideas for you using these hearts: you could tape a new heart on your child’s door each night so by Valentine’s Day their door is covered with reasons why you love them, or you could stick them in your kid’s lunchbox, or leave one on the mirror for your hubby or string them up and make a banner. The possibilities are endless. However you choose to use these, they are just a fun and easy way to spread a little love.

free printable valentines day I love you because... hearts. Spread a little love by attaching them to dollar store balloons, hanging them on kid's doors, putting them in a lunchbox, etc.

vampire fang whistle card printable

Halloween Fang Whistle Classroom Treats with Free Printable

I was walking through Target by myself the other day, sounds heavenly right?, when I spotted vampire fang whistles. For Hudson’s preschool Halloween party,  we are asked to bring  a non-food treat for each kid and I thought these would be a lot of fun. You can’t really go wrong with something that transforms your child into a vampire and makes noise, right? Plus, while Halloween is centered strongly around candy and sweets, it is becoming more common in schools to require non-food treats as allergies become more and more common. As a mama of an allergic child, I certainly appreciate that and put a lot of effort into making sure that no sweets doesn’t mean no fun.

vampire-fang-whistle-card-free-printable-pinterest

As soon as I got home, I searched the internet for a printable and couldn’t find anything so I made one myself. These are really easy to put together and Hudson loved them. I can’t wait for him to share them with his friends at school. I hope you enjoy making these as well.

To download the free printable click here.

cute and easy non-food halloween card printable with vampire fang whistle