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Teaching kids to sew


 Teaching kids to sew it’s a great idea. A fun way to reduce children’s technology usage. Just simple! Teach your kids to make their own  toys based on drawings using  and easy simple methods. Even a four-year-old can do it! Teach your kids have fun by learning how to sew…. just only… ¡teach your kids and have  fun!

This is Mrs Angela Lee’s  contribution to this page, based on one of her art club  for elementary students mother’s idea. 

Thank you both of you!   So,you will find some good ideas in the different sections below.

Click on the below tab you are interested.

“…are you looking to teaching kids to sew? If yes, we have brought together some great little sewing projects for kids” This is how Maggy starts giving us ideas  that children between the ages of 3yrs and 8yrs old can  make by themselves.

She shares her many  great craft ideas apart from her tips on her teaching tips 


Little felt heart ornaments that also work really well as “ heart keyrings.


 Felt button star ornaments  that children can make  as a present. 

A very  cute Monster Purse DIY!

an adorable Felt heart mobile for kids to sew – or make the hearts as little ornaments/ book bag charms or key chains.

 Fabric petal flower (intermediate child sewer). Technically it isn’t that much harder, but may require a little more finger strength as you need to push the needle through several layers of fabric.

 Turned the felt bunnies into a Felt Bunny Brooch – an adorable little Easter Craft or gift that kids can make!

She has many other ideas as she shows in  these Christmas Sewing Projects for Kids too!



 In this page of teaching kids to sew I have found these ideas  from Amy Friend of During Quiettime

in her page gives us these free 5 easy tips  to teach a child to sew 

Maybe this is not a page mainly for teaching kids how to sew, but perhaps you can discover that your child is interested in learning how to sew with mom

From this page   you can discover that learning to sew can be an exciting process. It’s important to master the functions and features of a sewing machine when you want to begin sewing. Once you know how to operate your sewing machine, you can begin learning basic skills.Little by little you can advance to more difficult projects.

 Here you have some ideas


Preparation to Sew (PDF)  Learn about the steps about fabric and pattern preparation

How to Sew a Button on a Shirt Easy guide to fix loose or detached buttons.

Sewing With Nancy  Watch videos from this TV series to learn tips and tricks for your sewing projects.

Sewing Overview (PDF) Simple and basic projects sewing guide:travel kit or a tissue holder 

Magical Pillowcase Tutorial (PDF)  Simple project: a pillowcase

Teach Yourself to Sew: Patterns 101 Video to understand and use a sewing pattern.

How to Read a Sewing Pattern (PDF) A guide to learn more about how to use a sewing pattern.

Jean Pocket Purse (PDF) Jean pocket purse from an old pair of jeans. 

Easy-to-Sew Pillows   How to make your own colorful pillows to brighten up a room.

Sewing Machine Safety (PDF) Sewing machine safety guidelines.

Making a Sock Monster   With a pair of socks and some basic sewing supplies.

Sewing Synthetic Suedes  Tips when you work with synthetic suede to ensure that your finished result is correct.

Tips and Techniques: PressingPressing with an iron  to ensure sewing success.

Sewing With Micro-Fibers   Micro-fiber fabric  guidelines for a positive finished result.

Designer Pillowcase (PDF) easy-to-follow instructions.

Creative Kindness Hats to Wear and Share (PDF)  Instruction sheet for different patterns  and attractive hats. Many of them suitable for beginners.

Enlarge a Pattern (PDF)Instructions for making a pattern larger.

How to Sew Simple Cloth Dinner Napkins  Instructions to make a classy accent for your next dinner party.

Sewing Machine Buying Tips  e Tips to help you explore various sewing machines to choose the best one. 

Thread Essentials (PDF) To ensure a successful project, choose thread in the correct weight and finish.

Men’s Day-to-Day Sewing Tips: Survival Guide   Men can enjoy this hobby, too and may also need sewing skills to perform simple repairs in clothing.

Teach Yourself to Sew: Sewing for Beginners Video Series Learning how to thread your sewing machine as one of the first skills to sew.

Working With Knits  Sewing knits can present some special challenges due to the stretchiness of the fabric.

Easy Sewing Projects  Martha Stewart presents some simple sewing projects for people learning how to sew.

How We Tested: Sewing Machines Good Housekeeping tested several sewing machines. Explore the results of this test to help you choose a sewing machine.

Travel Companion Neck Pillow (PDF) You can sew your own travel neck pillow for your flights.

Sewing Basics (PDF)  Guide provides  with instructions for using a sewing machine, purchasing materials, and performing basic sewing processes.

Stuffed Menswear Bunny   Make an adorable stuffed bunny from used men’s clothing .

Guide to Sewing Hems (PDF) Guide to learn various ways to sew hems.

Notions Guide  Notions you will need about  needles, needle threaders, pins, seam rippers, thimbles, scissors, and more.

In this video tutorial you can learn how to sew an adorable, easy fabric purse with a jeweled flower embellishment. It is also  sharing the  tips on how to teach kids to sew !


Free PPT’s templates- revise and play



This is a very useful blog created by an english language teacher in Japan that offers a great collection of free power points, excel and word  templates .

They are useful games to learn, and play.

Here you will find ONLY the templates  and tutorials for help so that you could  use them  in a personal way .

A great and fun way to teach, of course.

And this is my contribution with the game I have created with one of the free templates from tekhnologic:  jeopardy.It revises some vocabulary and grammar: present perfect, present simple and order order of adjectives…


Biology Colouring Pages & Worksheets

Many interesting activities in this site for your children to learn that can be an incredible source of new material. 

Let’s discover each one better…………………..

 Let’s discover each one better:


A way to have fun coloring while learning about the living world:






Insects animals


Ugly bugs


Sometimes the best way to learn biology is by playing a game or using a simulation.  Here a list from the current collection of fun biology games. 

Bee dance game

Beetle dissection tool

Bone anatomy viewer

Cell viewer and game

Doctor Know

Lizard Island

Monster Maker

Latch & Catch

Peppered moths

Sciences detectives:Training room scape

Skeleton viewer



The biology quizzes are based on  Ask A Biologist articles. You might want to read the article first, or if you feel up to the challenge, give them a try before reading each article.

 The quizzes also require JavaScript running on your browser.


Biology Podcast and Videos

From the Ask A Biologist website you can listen to them in their popular biology podcast show. Dr. Biology has been speaking with many of the biologists that are discovering new worlds and exploring new frontiers in biology. There are over 80 episodes and they will add  more interviews. Each show includes a full written transcript and content log.


All of them are based based on the articles at the Ask A Biologist site.

The first number is the word search puzzle

The second one is the crossword

A Nervous Journey 43 KB 42 KB
An Invisible Watery World 45 KB 55 KB
Ant Farm 41 KB 28 KB
Ants 89 KB 82 KB
Bats 36 KB 28 KB
Big Bad Beetles 52 KB 41 KB
Birds and Their Songs 39 KB 37 KB
Building Blocks of Life 87 KB 94 KB
Cloning Ewe 54 KB 48 KB
Collecting Ants 34 KB 32 KB
Crazy Climate and Wacky Weather 168 KB 97 KB
Darwin and Mendel’s Afternoon Tea 43 KB 31 KB
Desert Diggers 49 KB 47 KB
Desert Fruits Rock! 120 KB 117 KB
Face to Face with Ants 41 KB 39 KB
Feather Biology 32 KB 24 KB
He Ain’t Tasty He’s My Brother 61 KB 33 KB
How Do Beetles Reproduce? 48 KB
How to Find What You Need on the Internet 96 KB
I Spy an Ecosystem 42 KB 29 KB
Linnaeus and the World of Taxonomy 42 KB 31 KB
Making Life Crystal Clear 49 KB 43 KB
Making the List 53 KB 46 KB
Metamorphosis – Nature’s Ultimate Transformer 100 KB 93 KB
Mighty Morphing Tree Lizards 62 KB 46 KB
Migrating Monarchs 28 KB 19 KB
Mite Mighty Foe to ‘Killer’ Bees in State 66 KB
Nature’s Medicine 34 KB 28 KB
Not So Scary Scorpions 73 KB 45 KB
Perfect Python Parenting 84 KB 37 KB
Pollen – Nature’s Tiny Clues 40 KB 30 KB
Sea Urchins Do Research 38 KB
Secrets of a Superorganism 34 KB 38 KB
Seeing Color 82 KB 72 KB
Solving a Genetic Mystery 85 KB 117 KB
Sonoran CSI 55 KB 54 KB
Spaced Out Physiology 96 KB 112 KB
The Tale of the Two Headed Lampropeltis getulus californiae 47 KB 32 KB
Time Traveling Plants 78 KB
True Bugs 41 KB 35 KB
Wastewater: Nature’s Power Drink? 35 KB
Where In The World Is Kazakhstan? 93 KB
Why Are English Sailors Called Limeys? 57 KB 1 KB



Activity Village

activity-villageActivity Village offers teachers, parents and children from all over the world well over 10,000 pages of free children’s activities – simply look around, enjoy, and print! They cover an incredible many popular children’s topics, including the main holidays of the year and the seasons.

Have a look to all the interesting free activities: halloween, Christmas time and many others


Drama Resources

  I have always thought that drama is quite important, even for our everyday  classes and there is no doubt that many of those  activities can be useful for the class of english.

drama resource     In the  page  of you will find Drama Games for : concentration, breaking the ice, physical warm-ups, improvisation, group dynamics and encouraging creativity.

These activities are drawn from a wide range of sources, including traditional games, as well as exercises developed by directors, actors and teachers.

Don’t forget  tongue twisters soooo important for building language!



lapbooks homeschoolshare1A great page totally recomendable: Homeschool Share (HSS) is a on-line cooperative effort of several homeschooling moms to provide free but quality literature-based unit studies and resources. Here, you can  find lots and lots of useful resources, ideas and lesson plans for different ages and levels.

Are you looking for resources in order to exploit some books or stories with your children? If so, this is the right  page. Have a look  and don’t miss it.

Personally, I love “lapbooks” ideas and how they  work. They are mainly based in different story books.

Here I leave the different sections of this wonderful page in order you can  go there directly.

LEVEL ONE For ages 2-4 it’s  a perfect introduction to literature-based unit studies .


LEVEL TWO  For ages 4-6 These units have more structure to the lessons.


LEVEL THREE For ages 6-8 the books are more complex than Level 2 and usually have more text.


LEVEL FOUR For ages 7-9 the books tackle more complex lessons on topics such as geology, astronomy, etc.


LEVEL FIVE For ages 7-12 The lessons involve more writing as well as require the student to research various topics. 


LEVEL SIX They are designed to challenge the student to analyze, research, and think critically, while helping the student toward greater independence in their academics.


ANIMAL STUDIES These units can be used with a variety of ages. They are not based on living books, so it is recommended if your student ares interested in.

level animal studies

MULTI BOOK THEME These units revolve around one theme and are dependent on a variety of books to enhance learning.  They allow a more in-depth study of one particular topic.

level multibook

CONNECTIONS Each theme contains multiple Homeschool Share units: animals, arts, maths, geography…plus a library list of suggested go-alongs.

level connections

MULTI-AGE These units and lapbooks can be used with more than one age group (especially great if you are teaching multiple ages at once)!

level multi-age

MASTER LAPBOOK LIST.- List of all the free lapbooks from schoolshare .Master lap-book list

LAPBOOK TEMPLATES .- Many interesting and  free lapbooks templates .lapbook templates

LAPBOOK  YOUTUBE VIDEOS .- Great ideas well explained in this channel .

lapbook youtubevideos

TITLE INDEX .- The site with the whole index .lapbook title index


ISL Collective

 Internet SecoISL COllective2nd Language Collective is  an international community of half a million ESL/EFL language teachers sharing self-made language teaching materials.

Enjoy their free teaching resources whether you’re teaching English as a second language (TESL) or foreign language (TEFL) in a school or via one-on-one tutoring.  You will find printables, projectables and teaching tips of any level  or material for your classes.

ISL COllective5

You can also  consider sharing the printable worksheets (doc/docx) and powerpoints (ppt, pptx) you created or type in ” teaching tips and ideas(“UPLOAD” menu) for others to benefit from.


ATTENTION!! To download the materiaISL Collective4ls you have to log in but it is very easy and it’s free!!!!

If you are using iSLCollective for the first time, you can sign up right here with your email or using your Facebook or Google account. If you sign up using your email, make sure to drag the blue box to the right before you click on the Sign up button to show that you’re not a spam robot.



Interactive sites 4 education: Literacy

This a good page with an incredible collection  of fun, educational, interactive games and simulations for , english language apart from other subjects

These activities work great with your SMARTboard or interactive  whiteboard for whole group or small group instruction or use in the computer lab  or at home for individual learning.

Here I leave the ones related with literacy

abcalphabetical ordercapitalisationcompound wordsgrammar

parts of speech

phonemes & words



reading & sight words







Interactive sites for education

interactive S 4 educ1This a good page with an incredible collection  of fun, educational, interactive games and simulations for math, english language arts, science, social studies, 

These activities work great with your SMARTboard or interactive  whiteboard for whole group or small group instruction or use in the computer lab  or at home for individual learning.


Choose from them! 

Here I put all the subjects but you will find some of them in its specific area of this web.

interactive s 4 edu3abcalphabetical ordercapitalisationcompound wordsgrammar

parts of speech

phonemes & words




reading & sight words






interactive S 4 edu5ancient egyp

civil war


colonial times












maps & directions



native americans

revolitionary war


states and capitals


US president and government



US government



US president



















interactive S 4 edu4

animal adaptation


animal clasification




body systems


bones & skeleton system





clouds & condensation & water cycle









earth moon &sun


electricity & energy



float & sink


food chains




healthy living


insects & bugs



landforms forces of nature


life cycles




living things



magnets & compass


matter chemivcal & physical changes

natural disasters


physics & motion




rocks & minerals


season & weather




solar system








interactive S 4 edu2adition substraction division








area &perimeter




classsifying & sorting




counting & numbers












geometry shapes



greater than less than and equal



mean median & mode








number lines


number order







place value






tamgrams & tessellations

time & clock

interactive S 4 edu1

autumn fall






St Patrick's







interactive S 4 edu8composing musicmusic fun

virtual instruments

interactive S edu1

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