Monday, October 26, 2015

SPED Tricks & Treats Blog Hop!!!

Are you ready for some great tricks and treats? It's a SPED Tricks and Treats Blog Hop hosted by my blogging buddy at Mrs. D's Corner! Just hop from one blog to another to grab some great tips and freebies from all of us this Halloween!

Easy Peasy Caramel Apples!!!

These caramel apples are great for Halloween and are so easy for the kids to make! Only 3 ingredients are required.

Caramel or Caramel Apple icing, small green apples, and sprinkles (not pictured). You will also need to pick up some wooden skewers and wax paper. I used dowel rods from the craft section so they were not pointy and sharp at the ends.

Now here's how easy they are! 

1. Prepare your apples by washing them and placing a skewer/dowel in the center of each one. Place them on your wax paper.
 2. Take the lid and seal off of the frosting and stick it in the microwave. Microwaves always vary, but I microwaved mine for about 45 seconds. You want it to be somewhat runny like liquid. 
3. The reason I suggest small apples is because students will dip and roll their apple around in the icing container itself. There will be some spillage with the first apple, but not the apples following.
4. Place on the wax paper and let your student sprinkle away. TIP: Allow icing to set for a few seconds before adding the sprinkles, otherwise they will run right off. It doesn't take long for the icing to set, so the dipping process needs to be fast.

That's it! 
Your candy apples are done in minutes and your students will LOVE them!!! :) 
A great and inexpensive treat your kids can make for their Halloween Party! And kids especially love eating things they make themselves!

And now for a little non-related Halloween trick I recently came up with that has helped me in my classroom!

I just love these little book sets from Lakeshore and my students do too....especially the non-fiction ones with real photos. But keeping track of who read what has been a challenge for me. You see, my students will grab books from the boxes that they have already mastered! Like all students they like to make us proud and like to have success! Who doesn't, right? 

So they were getting books they had mastered and showing off to me how good they are reading! When I would say slyly, "Didn't you already master this book?" Of course they would reply, "No." 

So while very simple, It's WORKING! My problem has been solved. 
I had one of my assistants tape this little insert into each book and my students will now write their names here once the book is mastered. I'm also making them use pen now, so my little slicksters can't erase it. 

Since it's gently taped, it can easily be removed and replaced as needed or each year without ruining my books.

If you could use this organizing system for your little readers, download it for free!

You got your TRICKS, now it's time for your TREATS! Click on each freebie pic below to grab all three of your Halloween freebies!!

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  1. Great ideas! I am going shopping after school to look for that icing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love the apples!! I am going to share that one with our speech pathologist who is doing the cooking with the preschoolers this year.

  3. Ooh simple and sweet treat. Looking for the caramel tomorrow.

  4. Love the caramel apple trick for making treats idea! Do you need one container of frosting for each apple?

    1. Heavens no Kathy!! We barely used two containers to do all the ones you see in my picture!

  5. Love the caramel apple idea! My students will love these!

  6. Love the caramel apple idea! I have never seen that icing, but I will be on the lookout!

  7. I love that you used dowel rods instead of skewers. So much safer!

    Thanks so much for joining the hop. :)

  8. I love all of your ideas! Thank you for the freebies and for the super simple caramel apple recipe! Genius!

  9. Much easier than using caramel thanks

  10. I love your freebies! I have already used the pumpkin sequencing, it was very fun and easy :)

  11. Love the caramel apple idea! I never thought of using icing. So easy! Thanks!

  12. That icing looks delicious! Thanks for the freebies!

  13. Thanks for the tips and freebies! I've done spider cupcakes with the kids, but not apples. How fun!

  14. Great ideas! I love your products and use them frequently in my class :-)

  15. Great ideas for our mini fall festival on Friday

  16. Great ideas for our mini fall festival on Friday

  17. Thanks for the ideas! :) Happy Halloween!

  18. I love the idea of having students write their names at the back of the books they mastered.


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