Summertime Fun: Watermelon Cupcakes

It’s summer, and while I have been working on lots of things for my classroom and ideas for next school year, I wanted to share a fun summer treat.  I am no Martha Stewart by any means, but I love making cupcakes.  I came across a watermelon cupcake recipe on Pinterest while looking for watermelon summer teaching ideas and decided to make my own (easier) version!  I talked with my friend/SLP/baker extraordinaire and got some great tips. I had so much fun making these.  Here they are fresh out of the oven.

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It’s not really a recipe but here is what I did…

I used a vanilla box cake mix and I added 1 bottle (1 dram) of watermelon flavoring oil.  My SLP friend picked some up for me a the cake shop.  They were only like $1 a bottle. Then I added rose gel food coloring to the batter.  I’m not sure how much.  I just added it until it was bright pink!  I also added black sugar pearl sprinkles.  I wanted to add black jimmies (to look like watermelon seeds) but Michael’s didn’t have any, so I got the black sugar pearls.  Jimmies would’ve worked better because the pearls started to turn the batter dark so I just mixed them in real quick and then poured the batter into the cupcake cups.  They turned out great and the sprinkles looked like seeds, but at the bottom of the batter there were a lot of seeds.  🙂

Then I added another bottle (1 dram) of watermelon flavoring oil to 1 and 1/2 cans of cream cheese frosting.  I also added leaf green food coloring gel to the frosting, to make a light and dark green batch.  I used piping bags to frost them with just the plastic opening and no tip.  Here they are…

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They were really good, if you like watermelon.  They had a watermelon Jolly Rancher taste.  Yum.  I’m glad I took pictures because I made them for the workers at my husband’s basketball camp and by the time I got there all the frosting had melted off in my car.  Oh well.  They still tasted good!

Oh yeah, I also added a little sugar on the top to look like salt.

I hope you are enjoying summer!  I am.

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

(1 Peter 5:7)

Picture Schedule Font

I created this font because I wanted an easy way to create a picture schedule or behavior chart for students. The font includes 72 glyphs. The uppercase letters are picture schedule pics with labels including lunch, bathroom, gym, etc. (See the preview for the complete list.) The lowercase letters are the same pictures without labels, so that you can title them differently if you’d like. Numbers 0-9 are behavior expectation pics, with and without labels, and there are a few additional pictures you might like to use.  Here is the preview.

Picture Schedule Font Preview

Click on the pics for the *link* to the product at my TpT store.

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I hope you love it!

And here is a good one for you…

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.

(1 Corinthians 2:9)

Social Skills Posters & Cloze Activity

I created these social skills posters to help students learn the 16 essential social skills. I wanted to use visuals to help students learn the steps and give them a cloze activity to enhance their comprehension. Some students are more reluctant to do the cloze activities but it works for some! 🙂 These 16 social skills are the same that the PH program at my school uses for teaching social skills and replacement behaviors. They are a nice reference for role playing activities or for a resource room bulletin board!  Click on the thumbnails for the link to the product at my TpT store.

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Blessings to you for working with kids who need this kind of support!!!

Love this one…

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you”

(John 15:4)

Teacher Love!

Dear Teachers,

Remember that you make a difference.  You change lives.  You are awesome.  You made it through the school year and you should be so proud of all your hard work and everything you did for kids.  You taught them with love.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

Here is a little gift for you.  The other day I was driving and thinking about what I needed to do the next day at school and I saw this beautiful sky and I knew it was a gift from God just for me and I felt lead to share it with you.

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And I was reminded of these lyrics.

Light light light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me You are with me
I I I can’t deny
No I can’t deny that You are right here with me
You’ve opened my eyes
So I can see You all around me
Light light light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me
That You are with me

The song is called Light Up the Sky by The Afters.

Thank you teachers.

Student Awards

I presented students with end of the year awards.  It was so nice to see them all smile and feel proud of themselves.  I read the award aloud in the small group and then gave students the chance to comment on their awards.  I used materials all from Crayons to Computers, including the paper, cut-outs and stickers. Here is a pic.

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Here is the award template I used.

Award Template

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my father who is in heaven.”

(Matthew 18:10)