Classroom Hand Signals Clipart

I finally posted my second set of classroom hand signals clipart. These hand signals will help you create meaningful visuals for your classroom activities. I included 4 multicultural skin tones and a black and white option for each image. That’s a total of 75 images in one download.

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It includes the following hand gestures:

1. Pinky up to signal a QUESTION

2. Thumb up to signal an ANSWER

3. Letter c hand sign to signal a COMMENT

4. HELP hand sign

5. AGREE/ ME TOO hand sign

6. FIST BUMP hand sign

7. Letter b hand signal to differentiate between letter b and d

8. Letter d hand signal to differentiate between letter b and d

9. LOVE hand sign

10. I’m DONE hand sign with the turning hands around hand motion

11. I’m DONE hand sign with the final motion when turning hands

12. ZERO hand sign

13. ROCK-N-ROLL hand sign

14. Letter L hand sign to signal that you are learning something new

15. CLAPPING HANDS can be used during phonics practice (ex. counting syllables in words)

This is my first set of Hand Signals

This first set includes the numbers 0 to 5, thumbs up, thumbs down, OK and restroom hand signs. I added 4 multicultural skin tones and a black and white option for each sign.

The file includes:

ZERO hand sign

ONE hand sign

TWO hand sign

THREE hand sign

FOUR hand sign

FIVE hand sign

THUMBS UP hand sign

THUMBS DOWN hand sign

OK hand sign


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Back to School Dinner

Back to School Dinner Ideas

I love the idea of a back to school dinner. It does not necessarily have to be done on the first day of school or the night before. You can have one a few days after school starts so that the kids can have something to look forward to after school. It continues to motivate them and not have time to think of how tired they are with their new routine.

How to prepare for the dinner

You can make dinner as usual or make them their FAVORITE meal. The point is to have your table ready before dinner. This will give them enough time to sit at the table, talk about how their day went and enjoy the goodies at the table. As you can see, I just placed dry erase boards on top of their plates. Then, I added an alphabet letter on top of that. It so happens that the letters match the first letter in their names. Isabella goes by Bella at home and that’s why we chose the letter B for her. The little gift bags have a container of Play Doh, which they love. The milk jars and paper straws just add a nice touch and it’s something different to enjoy during dinner. Just hit the dollar spot at Target and your decor is complete 🙂

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How can they use the white boards?

These can be used while waiting for dinner to be ready. Just let them write the alphabet letters, sight words, sentences , about their day at school or whatever they want. Let them enjoy this time while they talk to you about school.


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When should they open their gift bags?

You decide! It depends on what you have in the bag. I have play doh, so that’s something that they can play with at any time. If it’s something very special, maybe they can wait until after dinner so that they have plenty of time to enjoy it.


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How about the decorative letters on their plates?

Later, these letters can be used to decorate their rooms. You can place it on a dresser or hang it over the bed.


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Where can I find the milk jars?

You can find these in the Target Dollar spot or at Michaels.


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Back to School Party

Back to School Party Ideas

Have you ever had a Back to School Party? It’s a fun way to motivate children and get into the back to school mood and routine. Trying to get them back into the routine of waking up early and getting them on top of their purple mattress before it’s too late in the evening after a summer of this being relaxed can be hard so why not motivate your kids to get back into the routine with a party? Teachers can have this party on Back to School Night or after a long holiday break. Parents can have this party before the beginning of the school year, at the end of the first week of school or after any long holiday break. As long as the children have all their stationery such as pens, notebooks and pencils ready for when they start the new school term, a back to school party is a great idea. It can be as simple as cookies and juice box. If you add a banner and party labels, it makes it extra special.

To prepare for the party, all you need is:

  1. Any school items already at hand
  2. A few printables to label and decorate the room or table
  3. Simple snacks like apples, cookies, cupcakes, popcorn and candy

The following are photos of our Back to School Party

Here’s a close-up of our table.

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This is our full table. It’s simple but very inviting.

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Our back to school banner has a bright polka dot background.

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A little student gift.

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Name tents with their names in big, bold letters.

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Display their school supplies in caddies. These containers are from Michaels.

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Find some other cute containers to hold your pencils and treats.

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The cookies and cupcakes were a hit!

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We used special containers and straws for our milk. Cafeteria milk boxes are also a great choice.

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Our cupcakes had special messages to get them into that back to school spirit.

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And, here’s one happy girl ready for school. She must be thinking about the amazing field trips that she’ll be going on this year. I have heard wonderful things about the trips offered by Allnatt.

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Simpler Ideas for Back to School Night

Teachers, your room is already decorated with all the supplies and bulletin boards. You can add this Back to School banner to welcome parents, if you want. After you place student folders and work samples on their desks, you can add a special treat on top. It could be anything like, a cookie, an apple, a small popcorn bag or a writing object with a gift tag.

Here are some examples:

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These Back to School Party printables are available for download. It includes this bright colors set and another primary colors set. It is in English but includes FREE Spanish printables.

back to school decor pack by lidia barbosa in primary colors

You can download the complete file from my Kinder Alphabet teacher store.

Back to School Books for Kindergarten

Here are some popular back to school books for kindergarten. I love it when our school library has multiple copies of these books so that there’s always enough for several teachers. You can also get them from Scholastic when they go on sale or from Amazon.


Books for the First Day of School


My favorite book for the first day of kindergarten is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. Students are always nervous and scared on the very first day of school. This story helps them get rid of their nerves a little at a time. I just keep reminding them to place their hands on their cheeks throughout the day, and all of a sudden, I see a new smile on their faces. I love this book!

The Kissing Hand book for Kindergarten

Leo the Late Bloomer is my favorite for pre-k. This story helps students understand that we come to school to learn new things. Some will learn a little quicker and others will take a little more time… and it’s OK!!!! All we have to do is TRY our best.

Leo the Late Bloomer book for Kindergarten


Back to School books for Kindergarten


Books about School for Kindergarten

These Back to School books include:

1. The Kissing Hand

2. Leo the Late Bloomer

3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

4. First Day Jitters

5. Crisanthemum

6. Froggy Goes to School

7. The Night Before Kindergarten

8. Mommy in My Pocket

9. Clifford’s First School Day

10. Wemberly Worried

11. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

12. David Goes to School

13. Pete the Cat


Back to School Books in Spanish


Spanish Books about School for Kindergarten

The Spanish Back to School Books include (Libros acerca de la escuela):

1. Un Beso en Mi Mano

2. Leo, el retoño tardia

3. Chica Chica Bum Bum

4. ¡Que nervios!

5. Froggy Va a La Escuela

6. Crisantemo

7. Clifford Va la La Escuela

8. Si Llevas un Ratón a La Escuela

9. Splat, el Gato

I Have… Who Has- A Blog Hop Game

I Have Who Has with Freebielicious

Do your students like to play the game of I Have… Who Has? It’s a fun guessing game, isn’t it? Well, this is the Back to School edition by our Freebielicious Authors.

Make sure to complete the blog hop to learn a little about our Freebielicious friends.

Did you see Kreative in Kinder’s clue?

Who Has Card about Kinder Alphabet

Yes. That’s me! I Love pink and have spoken Spanish my entire life. You have probably noticed some of my Spanish resources on TPT.

Also, I love to make learning fun and came up with these Phonics Crowns. It’s a great way to display what students are learning in the classroom. You know how parents ask their kids, “What did you learn in school, today?” and kids usually shrug their shoulders and say “I don’t know”? Well, when kids WEAR THEIR LEARNING on a crown, parents are open to a whole new conversation about school without playing the guessing game ANYMORE. I love it!


Here are some of the crowns that I have in my store.

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This is my crown collection, so far. I have crowns in English and Spanish 🙂

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They are all on sale Monday and Tuesday for the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School SALE! You will have to use promo code: BTS15 to get the full discount.


This is the end of the blog hop! Hope you enjoyed it 🙂

Now, head on back to the Freebielicious blog if you have not gone through the entire hop yet.


There, you will be on your way to find out the answer to the first clue.

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