Monday, June 25, 2012

Beautiful Cards with Library Pockets

I love the new Black and White library pockets from Creative Teaching Press!  They make any card beautiful.  Here are some that I made this week.

A simple tag shape with some embellishment paired with a Black and White library pocket is a great way to give a one of a kind card.

I used a Teacher Created Resources halloween border to make this card.  Pull it out all the way and receive a little scare.  Kids will love making and giving this card!

The sophisticated designs on the library pockets compliment any card.  They are definitely my new favorite element in card making.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Designer Classroom

The Designer Classroom is back at The Learning Bug!  Stop in to see the latest trends in classroom decor.  
 There is a design theme for everyone!

The warm and inviting Hot to Dot and Ribbon by the Yard designs are perfect for giving your classroom some sparkle.

The cheery and colorful Dots on Chocolate line is a versatile combination that works well with pink, sky blue, orange, brown, and more.  Use this line to bring out the color in your class projects.

Dots on Turquoise really catches the eye!  This versatile line lends a designer look to any classroom.

The simple elegance of Black and White designs gives any classroom a sophisticated look.

Looking for a little pizazz?  Poppin' Patterns is the line for you.  Bright colors appear to pop off the borders and accents.  

In addition to these great designer lines we have several classroom decor themes to give your room a central look and feel.  Choose from robots, friendly monsters, rock n' roll, monkeys, Charlie Brown, and more!

Come in and let us help you create the classroom of your dreams!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ready, Set, It's Summer!

With summer upon us, it's time to stop by The Learning Bug for some quick and fun learning activities to help your child retain their knowledge from school and get a head start for the coming year.

Here are four of our favorite summer learning products:
Our Flash Card Zone has everything you need for quick drills and introducing new concepts.  For more ways to use your flash cards see these previous blog posts- Flash Card Games Part 1, Flash Card Games Part 2, Flash Card Games Part 3.


Our That's Baloney! games are perfect for at home or on the go.  These cross-curricular games are packed with 500 grade-level questions.  
  • Players spin to see which category their challenge will come from:  Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies or Mystery Meat.
  • Players must read the statement in the corresponding category on their card and determine whether it is true or baloney (false)
  • Points are given for correct answers
  • Each game includes 200 4 1/4 diameter cards, spinner, and directions
  • An answer sheet with explanations of false answers is included 


Summer Bridge Activities books build confidence and self-esteem with activities that prepare students for the next grade.  Children complete two pages each day to retain knowledge from the previous grade and get a jump start on the coming grade. 


Our son will be entering fifth grade this coming year.  To give him a head start on learning his states and capitals we're using these awesome States & Capitals flash cards.  These cards are a great resource for learning about each state.

Come on by and let us help you find what will help your child succeed!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Grand Canyon Cake

Our son, Ian, went on a field trip with his fourth grade class to the Grand Canyon last week.  To honor this adventure, he requested we make a Grand Canyon cake.
 We set a portion of the cake mix aside and mixed in blue food coloring because he wanted the Colorado River running through it.

After it baked, we dug out part of the center to create the canyon.
*If I were doing this over again, I would create layers of pink, red, and brown cake mix.  That way when I dug out the center you would see the layers in the cake just like you do at the actual Grand Canyon.

 Next we frosted the cake- blue frosting for the river and pink for the north and south rims.

 Ian loved it!