SmallHandsButtonThis post describes a Small Hands Creating Hope Project for the American Cancer Society. MaryAnne from Mama Smiles will celebrate 30 years in May since she was diagnosed with pediatric cancer at 22 months of age. In honor of the occasion, MaryAnne has put together a Small Hands Creating Hope book as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  The eBook and paper book have activities from 30+ kid bloggers, including me, full of ideas for children to make their own butterfly pictures and projects and give them to people suffering from cancer.  See the links to participating blogs, below, and photos of the projects.

As a teacher, many times the classroom was affected by people we knew who developed cancer, including students. What to do? How to help? What could children do, anyway? The participating blogs have wonderful ideas of things children can make, which would be too hard to think up when the illness strikes.

The theme of the book is butterflies, with the colors yellow for hope and purple for cancer survivorship. The book has many inspirational stories.  Here’s the link to MaryAnne’s post today: Small Hands Creating Hope.

Free Counting Book Printable

Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now has already published her post about the Small Hands Creating Hope project, and has a free printable PDF counting book on her blog post. She also has a Word Doc version so teachers and parents can edit the book to fit their own classes and children.

The picture of my contribution to the project is below. Click here for a free sample butterfly page. 

Thanks for reading, Carolyn

free butterfly coloring page to print

14 May Mama Smiles
15 May
Artsy Craftsy Mom
           Rainbows Within Reach
16 May
B. Inspired, Mama!
17 May
Rainy Day Mum
           Imagination Soup
18 May
Inspiration Laboratories
19 May
Experimenting Mom
20 May Mama Mia’s Heart2Heart 

21 May NurtureStore   
           Mama Smiles
22 May
Living Montessori Now
23 May
Mess for Less
24 May
Having Fun at Home and CraftoArt
25 May 
Outlaw Mom
26 May
Angelique Felix and Sense of Wonder
27 May
Sun Hats and Wellie Boots
28 May
Duck Duck Octopus
29 May
Smiling like Sunshine
30 May
Mommy with Selective Memory
31 May
One Perfect Day
1 June
The Educators’ Spin On It
2 June
Kids Stuff World
3 June
Rainy Day Mum
4 June
Teach Preschool
5 June
Dirt and Boogers
6 June
Creative Connections for Kids and The Golden Gleam
7 June
Montessori Tidbits
8 June
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
9 June
The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
10 June
Scribble Doodle and Draw
11 June
Learn with Play
12 June
Kitchen Counter Chronicles
13 June
CRAYON Freckles
14 June Glittering Muffins
15 June
Wise Owl Factory
16 June
Crafty Maa
18 June
Lessons Learnt Journal
20 June Growing a Jeweled Rose
21 June Growing Play
23 June JDaniel4′s Mom