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New Product :: Listening & Following Directions Coloring Activities

Have you ever thought about the difference between “listening” and “hearing?” They may sound similar, but they are very different! You may be able to hear sounds with your ears, but that does not mean that you are really listening. To be a listener, you must pay attention and think about what the other person is saying. I don’t know about you, but a lot of my students really struggle with this!

These activities are designed to help kids learn to actually listen, rather than just hearing. They contain single and multi-step coloring directions that students need to follow in order to complete their picture correctly.

After students are finished, have them compare their pages. Did anyone follow all of the directions? Probably not! Sometimes we think we are listening, but we may not be listening as well as we think. You might also talk about how two students may listen to one direction and interpret it differently. For example, “color the three flowers on the ground pink, purple, or orange. You decide which colors go on each flower.” Some students might use all three colors on one flower, while other students might use a single color on each flower.

It’s also helpful to discuss strategies for listening to students after completing the activity (i.e. staying quiet, repeating the direction quietly to themselves until the finish it, doing the step right away before they forget what they are supposed to do, not letting their mind wander to other things, etc.)

This pack contains 10 different coloring activities, as well as “scorecards” for students to see how well they listened and followed the directions! Great for ages 4-7.

Coloring Activity

Coloring Activity
Coloring Activity



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A Year of Giving :: February – Empowering Women

A Year of Giving
If you’ve been following along, you might know that I’ve decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from my store to a different charity each month. My original goal is to do this for a year, but I hope to continue it even past that!!

Poverty often affects women the most, and its effects on them and their families can be long-lasting. Therefore, addressing women’s needs is central to improving the quality of life for not only that woman but also her family, future generations and her community. In fact, recognizing the significant role of women in economic development is the smart thing to do, as well as being socially and morally right.

I believe that achieving gender equality is imperative to developing a sustainable and just world for all, which is possible by acknowledging the crucial role that women play in the world economy. By building up a woman’s agency and knowledge, better synergies between gender equality and economic sustainability are realized, enabling her to generate a long-term impact in both her private and public life.

So this month, I will be donating 10% of my store proceeds to an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Since starting operations in 1997, they have expanded to almost 150 cities in 20 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

If you’re in the financial position to help, I encourage you to do so, either through donating on your own to a charity of your choice or purchasing any item in my store. I’ll automatically donate 10% at the end of the month!