June 19, 2020

Hi 1st grade 👋🏼

Today is the last day of LEDP! I hope everyone is excited to begin your summer with family and friends! We would like to congratulate you on your journey to second grade! Normally we celebrate the the last day of school with a special treat such as, popsicles. So....I thought it would be a great idea if you made your own popsicles. 

Today’s activity is to make fresh watermelon 🍉 popsicles. 


Materials needed: 


-Popsicle molds



-4 cups cubed seedless watermelon 🍉 

-1 tablespoon lime juice

-1 tablespoon sugar (optional)



-Cut the watermelon into small cubes

-Combine the watermelon, lime juice and sugar (optional) into a blender

-Puree the ingredients until it’s smooth

-Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for about 4 hours or overnight

-Enjoy! 😋 


Remember to have a parent or caretaker help you blend the ingredients to the right consistency.



Have a great summer and be safe! 

See you next year!

Jackie and Karen ❤️

June 18, 2020

Hi First Graders!


Hope you are outside having lots of fun and enjoying the summer weather!  We thought while you are outside, you could collect some rocks that are various sizes and shapes to decorate with silly faces, insects, scenes, designs whatever you want!  We can’t wait to see your creation, please send photos!







Paint and paintbrush 



Have fun creating your rock art!



Karen and Jackie 



PS Don’t forget to have paper and crayons or markers for our last zoom meeting on Thursday!

June 15, 2020

Hola 1st grade!


Happy Monday to everyone! I hope your weekend was enjoyable. As the end of the school year approaches, we would like to know what you’re most excited to do this summer. Today’s activity is to draw a detailed picture about your summer plans. One of my plans is to go bike 🚲 riding along the Charles River!



Materials needed:


-paper 📝


-pencil ✏️


-crayons 🖍


Please share your work by taking a picture and sending it to us. We would love to see what you draw. As always please stay safe!



Thank you,


Jackie and Karen 🏖☀️🚴🏻🏊🏼🏄🏻


June 13, 2020

Hi First Grade!


We had fun with you on ZoomThursday! It was great listening to Rainbow Fish and seeing your fish art! We liked how creative you were playing  ISpy also!



We know how our first graders love mazes so we thought building your own marble and play dough mazes would be a fun weekend STEM activity.





Play dough or model magic


Paper cups


Wide Craft sticks




Masking tape




Cookie sheet or cardboard box



Version 1



1. Cut cups down to whatever height they would like to support their marble run. Starting from the bottom and working your way up is probably easiest.


2. Start laying out the cut cups on your cookie sheet or cardboard and taping them down with masking tape. 


3. As you build taller, you will need craft sticks with play dough over them to support your pathways. Design your own marble run and play!



Version 2 (easier)



1. Prop up one end of cookie sheet using books or blocks. 


2. Roll play dough into “snakes” and build pathways for the marbles to roll down. Design your marble run. Add a fidget spinner(optional)


3. Start marble at top and let roll! 



Have fun! Karen and Jackie 

June 10, 2020

Hello first grade! Please do activity with an adult.


I hope everyone is having a great week. I’m sure you’re all keeping yourselves busy with your schoolwork and our LEDP activities. One of my favorite meals is pizza. So.....I thought it would be a great idea if you made your own. It’s healthy, fun and delicious! Today’s activity is to make


your own funny face pizza. 






-1 English muffin


-1 Tablespoon pizza or spaghetti sauce


-1 1/2 tablespoon of grated mozzarella cheese 


-A few thin slices of red or green peppers


-A couple of cherry tomatoes sliced in half


-spinach, peppers or black olives




Please make sure you make this activity with adult supervision. 




Directions: Preheat oven on 350, assemble your pizza and place in oven for 10 minutes. Enjoy! 




Send pictures and let us know how it tastes! 


Jackie and Karen 😁


June 8, 2020

Hi First Graders!


Hope you had a great weekend and are ready to do our next project!


My daughter saw a birds nest with robins eggs in her yard and a day later she checked them and they had hatched! We thought it would be fun for you to make your own nest with robins eggs and chicks!





Brown yarn or paper strips






Hard boiled white eggs or model magic


Blue paint and/or brown paint 


White Paper or construction paper


Crayons or markers 



1. Cut brown strips of yarn or paper. If not brown, add brown paint to glue. This will make the nest look like mud just like the robins use.


2. Blow up a balloon, not too big, and place it in a bowl. Begin by dipping your yarn or paper into the mud mixture(glue) and layering them on the top half of the balloon. Make sure the yarn/paper is muddy(soaked) so that it will stick together. Let this set overnight to dry. Pop your balloon to see your nest the next day. 


3. While your nest is drying you can have your parents hard boil eggs or use model magic to mold the eggs. 


4. Mix your paint and use a paintbrush to paint the eggs blue. Let dry then add eggs to your nest the next day.


5. Draw your baby chicks and add details even feathers if you have them so your robins eggs can “hatch” also!


Have fun!


Karen and Jackie 


PS The first 3 are her actual photos she sent me!



June 5, 2020

Happy Friday 1st grade!


I hope you and your families are doing well! Does anyone have fun plans for the weekend? Well....if you do or you don’t it’s okay. Today’s activity is to close your eyes 😌 and imagine something fun and exciting you wish you could do.



All you’ll need is a great imagination and a....






-crayons (color pencils or markers) your choice



Write a few sentences and draw a colorful picture describing what your wish is.


Have a great weekend and may all your wishes come true.



Please send pictures 📷


Jackie and Karen ❤️


June 3, 2020

Hi First Grade!😁


We hope you are having a good week so far! 


We thought bubble painting would be a fun project to do outside in your yard or inside at a table.



You will need:



Dish soap 


Washable tempera paint


Straws or bubble wands




Newspaper/butcher paper or plastic tablecloth   



1. If inside, cover your table with newspaper, butcher paper or plastic tablecloth or lay one on the grass. 


2. In shallow bowls, mix the dish soap and paint, each color separately.  Use ratio of 4TBSP dish soap to 2TBSP washable tempera paint.


3. Dip a single straw, many straws taped together or a leftover bubble wand into the bubble paint start blowing colorful bubbles onto your paper.


4. When finished, Allow to dry.



Have fun and send us photos of your bubble art!



Karen and Jackie 


June 1, 2020

Hi first grade!


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! This weekend I took a long walk around the city. As I was walking, I was observing my surroundings. I noticed the tall buildings with lots windows, all the trees that line the streets, all the churches that look like castles and all the blue bikes on every other corner of the street. I had such a wonderful time admiring all the beauty around me, I thought it would be a great idea to sketch your surroundings and honor the beauty that surrounds you.



Materials needed:


-pencil or crayon







Take a look at your surroundings, either by taking a walk, looking out of your window or simply observing what’s around you. Draw what you see and take the time to admire the beauty that lies within it. You can keep your picture black and white or color it with crayons. 


Have fun and please send pictures. We can’t wait to see them. 😁



Jackie and Karen ❤️



P.S. This is an old building that I drew that is right outside of my window.

Hi First Grade😁


We hope you are having a good week and are enjoying the warm weather!  We thought this would be a fun project to do with your family over the weekend!



Here is what you need to make your own bird kite:



A rectangular piece of paper


Extra paper for the beak and tail




String or jute




Hole punch


Glue stick





1. Take your piece of paper and Bring the two short sides of your paper together and press along the bend to make a crease. 


2. Bend the front corner of the top layer down to touch the crease, repeat on the back layer to create the wing shape.


3. Staple both together with the stapler.


4. Cut out a triangle shape from another piece of paper and glue it on the front face. Draw on your bird’s eyes now also. 


5. On a new piece of paper draw your tail. Cut and glue the tail on your bird kite.


6. Using the hole punch, make a hole at the bottom of your kite and tie your string through the hole. Now you may add details such as wings and any design you choose with the markers or crayons.



 Go fly your kite and have fun!


Karen and Jackie 😁

May 27, 2020

Hello 1st grade friends!


I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend! 



Today’s activity is to create shapes with toothpicks and mini marshmallows. You can make geometric shapes, 3D shapes or any design you want. It’s simple and fun! 



Here are the materials you’ll need:




-Mini marshmallows 





1. Design a shape with the toothpicks.


2. Add a mini marshmallow to each end of the toothpick, then put the toothpicks through the marshmallow to hold it together. 



I tried it myself and I had lots of fun! Below is a picture of my marshmallow structures. Enjoy and please send pictures. We love to see what fun designs you come up with! 🤓



Stay safe 


Jackie and Karen ❤️

May 24, 2020

Hi First Graders,


Hope you are having a fun week! It was great to see you and your show and tells on zoom!  We loved seeing A pet doggie, stuffed animals, a plant and babies in a tent!  Thanks for sharing with us!



We thought it would be fun to Mail a Hug to friends or family you haven’t seen in a while. It can really brighten someone’s day!






1. Spread out a long sheet of paper.


2. Trace the child’s head, arms, and upper part of their body on the paper.


3. Cut it out now or decorate first then cut.  You can use markers or crayons to decorate.


4. Write a message to send with your hug. 


5. Fold it up, put it in an envelope and mail!



Have a fun long weekend!


Karen & Jackie

May 20, 2020

Hi 1st grade 👋🏼


I hope everyone is well and enjoying the warm weather. Around this time of the year we like to spend a lot of time outdoors but during these tough times we’re spending more time at home. So.....I thought of a science activity that might be fun. 😁


Today’s activity is Dancing Buttons. All you need is a few simple ingredients.





- Vase or mason jar


-1/4 cup vinegar


-3 teaspoons of baking soda


-Food coloring


-5 Buttons





1. Fill vase/jar with water.


  1. Add 3 to 4 drops of food coloring.
  2. Add vinegar, then the Baking Soda
  3. Drop Buttons – and watch them rise and fall.


Enjoy and please send pictures!


Jackie and Karen 😊❤️



May 18, 2020

Hi First Grade!


Hope you had a fun weekend outside enjoying the beautiful weather!  It was great to see and chat with first graders on Zoom for our story last week!



Here is a Magical Milk Art Experiment for you to try.  Let us know your observations by drawing what you see!






A bowl


1/2cup of milk


Dish soap


Cotton swab


Food coloring, more than one color




1. Pour the milk into the bowl. Be careful not to move the bowl, you want the milk as still as possible.


2. Put one drop of each color in different places in the milk.


3. Put just a tiny amount of dish soap on the end of a cotton swab, then touch it to one of the colors. WOW!!


4. Start experimenting with the different colors and dish soap cotton swab. See how the colors react individually, what are your observations?



What makes this happen?


Milk has fat in it and the food coloring floats on top of the fat.  The fat is all connected with bonds.  Dish soap is used on greasy/oily dishes because it breaks the bonds allowing fats to separate. When you add dish soap to milk, the fat separates and makes magical milk art!



Have fun first grade scientists! 



Karen and Jackie 

May 15, 2020

Buenos Días 1st grade


I can’t believe it’s Friday!


I hope everyone is keeping busy and enjoying the nice weather. During this time of year I like to do some Spring cleaning. I usually clean my room, organize the closet or dust the furniture around my house.


Today’s activity is to do one chore around your house. For example: make your bed, help cook, set the table, or organize your book collection . You can always ask your parents how you can help around house. 🧹 Remember to play some music and fun!



Please send pictures!


Jackie and Karen 😊

May 12, 2020

Hi First Grade!


We hope you had fun drawing your favorite insect on Monday! Can’t wait to see your bugs in their environments, with lots of details!



We thought it would be a fun activity to make your own ring toss game and then you can play with your family!



You will need:


An empty paper towel roll


6 paper plates


Crayons or markers 


Glue or tape



First you will make the base by decorating 1 paper plate on the bottom(under side)with crayons or markers then take the paper towel roll standing up and glue or tape it to the paper plate.


Next you will cut out the center of 5 paper plates, be very careful doing your cutting. When finished, You will decorate the plates with your crayons or markers. Now you are ready to play your own ring toss game either by yourself or with your family!  Have fun!



Looking forward to seeing you on our Thursday at 3pm Zoom meeting!


Karen and Jackie 

May 10, 2020

Happy Monday 1st Grade!


I hope everyone is doing well. It was very nice talking with you and seeing your faces on zoom.


As we all know it’s Spring and we’re seeing more insects and bugs 🐛 🐜


Today’s activity is to draw your favorite bug or insect 🐞 🕷









On a piece of paper draw the insect or bug of your choice and a habitat where you want it to live. Remember to make a happy environment for your creepy crawler!


Please send pictures and have fun!



Keep smiling 😊


Jackie and Karen

May 8, 2020

Hi First Grade,


It was fun to see and talk to so many of our first graders during our first zoom meeting!  We really miss you and it was great to hear some of your ideas for the website activities and for our zoom meetings! Please visit our website on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to see the fun activities we post and join us on Thursday at 3pm for our weekly zoom meeting! 



We know how much we all love our Ledp mascot, the llama and miss it so we thought creating your version of our Ledp llama would be fun! You can add all your own details and colors!  You can make it as different from ours as you want. We can’t wait to see your amazing llamas!  Please  tell us the name you give your llama and send us photos of your beautiful llama creations!



Have a fun weekend!



Karen and Jackie 


May 6, 2020

Happy Wednesday 1st grade!


Hello first grade! I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the beautiful weather. Today’s art activity is to draw your own protective mask and write a positive message on it. This activity is a nice way of showing people that we are all strong and thanking essential workers for their service.



Materials you’ll need:












  1. Draw a protective mask 😷
  2. Cut it out.
  3. Write a positive message on it.
  4. Decorate it any way you want.
  5. Tape it on a window where it can be visible.



I can’t wait to see what wonderful masks you create. Don’t forget to send pictures and have fun!



Jackie and Karen ❤️

Hi First Grade!😁


We hope you went outside this weekend to enjoy the beautiful sunshine! It felt so good to feel the warmth of the sun!



We thought you would have fun on this Inventor Scavenger Hunt. You can do it inside or outside or both, wherever you can find all the items!  When you are finished with the scavenger hunt, use a few of the items to create your own invention.  Please name your invention and take photos so we can see your creations!



Enjoy your scavenger hunt!


Karen and Jackie 😁

April 30, 2020

Hola 1st grade 👋🏼

Yay, it’s Friday! I hope everyone had a great week with your families and caretakers. Today’s activity is a Word Search Puzzle. I remember how much you enjoyed doing a word search after your homework was done. 🙂


Please have someone from your family print it out. When you find all the words, take a picture and send it to us. 


Have fun and good luck! 

Jackie and Karen ❤️

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April 28, 2020

Hi First Grade!

Hope you are having a great week and keeping busy with our activities!
We thought this would be a fun art activity to see through your eyes!   What do you see when you are outside? I saw the sky like in my example. Maybe you see people like family or friends, animals like dogs, cats, birds, insects or flowers blooming?
  Start by drawing the shape of your eye with an eyelid and eyelashes. 
Next draw what you saw when you were outside.
Finally add all the details to make your vision come to life and then color!
Please send photos of your visions, we can’t wait to see what you see!
Karen and Jackie

April 26, 2020

Hello 1st grade!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Did you enjoy Friday’s activity? It looks like it was a lot of fun! We will begin our week with a new science experiment:
“Home Garden”
1 scallion
1 medium size jar
2 straws
2-rubber bands
1. Fill the jar with water.
2. Put the two straws over the top of the jar. Then fold the ends and secure them with rubber bands (as shown in the picture).
3. Put the scallion in between the straws with the white part in the water. Then watch the roots begin to grow 😯
4. Once green stalks have grown, you can use your scallion to eat and put it on top of your favorite meal! Or you can transfer it into a pot with soil and start your own vegetable garden!
Please make sure you keep the jar filled with water, just enough to cover the bottom of the scallion. You should start seeing your plant grow within 2-3 days!
Good luck and please send pictures!
Jackie and Karen 😊

April 24, 2020

Hi First Grade!


Hope you are having a good week doing all our activities and getting outside to enjoy the sun!



We thought it would be fun to make this paper airplane game!  You will need:



Piece of cardboard 


Markers or crayons




Round objects to trace for different sizes


White paper



First, trace 3 different size circles on the cardboard and cut them out carefully.



Next, color the cardboard with markers or crayons and write 10, 20, and 30 for the different holes. 


Bigger hole is 10, medium 20 and smaller 30.



Finally decorate a piece of white paper with the markers or crayons and then fold it into an airplane! I know you have made your own airplane in LEDP before so you will be able do it again!



Have fun playing this game inside or outside with your family! Please send photos so we can see your finished game!


Miss you all,


Karen and Jackie