All is Calm Canvas- Craft Day #3

This is my favorite craft that I made and actually completed on craft day! All you do is buy a canvas (2 pack from Hobby Lobby) and paint your saying on and insert battery operated lights ($2 at Hobby Lobby).

Advice if you plan on making this: Print out how you want the words to look ahead of time or use a projector to get the words right. I free-handed the writing on this and I was fine with the outcome but if you aren’t that comfortable free-handing the wording that would be how I would do it.

To get the lights inserted I used an exacto knife to make a tiny hole in the canvas and then pushed the lights through. I then used packing tape to secure the wires from the lights to the canvas.

Here it is without the lights on:

This is where I got the idea, Thanks Love Grows Wild!

Ornament Wreath- Craft Day #2

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As previously mentioned in my last post, my friends and I had a craft day one afternoon and this is the second thing I started that day. It’s not the best picture but oh well.  This is the thing that comes into my mind when I think about this craft:

This was the main craft I wanted to make and the craft I spent the most time on that day. I worked on this until I ran out of ornaments and since it was a Sunday had to wait until Monday for Hobby Lobby to open. It ended up costing me more than I expected but at least I have something that I made hanging up in my house.

I bought a styrofoam wreath, big container of ornaments, hot glue sticks, medium ornaments, small ornaments and thick burlap ribbon for hanging all from Hobby Lobby.

Here is a good tutorial on how to make the wreath.

 

Snowman Candy Jar- Craft Day #1

Each month I have a girls day with two of my really good friends from way back in high school. We rotate through the months taking turns on choosing our activity/outing. In November (yes, I’m really late at posting this) we had a craft day. On my list of crafts was an ornament wreath, snowman candy jar and a canvas included lights. I will let you know all 3 crafts are complete and this is just my blog for the one, the others are coming. I will also let you know that it took longer than just the couple hours at my friends house to complete even one of these crafts!

Craft #1- Snowman Candy Jar

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For Valentine’s day last year my daughter made her teachers each a Candy Jar. I never got around to making one for myself and my classroom so I thought making a snowman candy jar would be a great idea.

Materials Needed:

Clay pot- any size will work but I like the medium size ones for these

Clay pot coaster/lid- Choose the size that will fit best with the size of your pot and candy dish

Candy dish- I got mine from Dollar Tree for $1. Just make sure it sits right on the bottom of the clay pot.

White acrylic paint

Black buttons

Black sharpie marker

Orange Sharpie marker

Pom-poms

Pipe cleaner

hot glue

Paint brushes

Instructions:

Paint 2-3 coats of white paint on the pot and lid (enough so that the clay doesn’t show through)

After the paint is dry hot glue 3 black buttons on the base of the pot (remember that the wide opening is what is down on the table)

Hot glue glass candy jar to the narrow base of the clay pot

While that is drying hot glue the pipe cleaner (I had to cut mine down to size) to the lid. Hot glue a pom pom on the end of the pipe cleaner to create the ear muffs.

After everything is dry, draw the face directly on the glass.

Fill with candy and enjoy.

We made two of these, one for myself at work and one as a Christmas present to my daughter’s kindergarten teacher.

 

Gingerbread Man in Disguise

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The week before Christmas break we usually always do the Gingerbread Man. This week I wanted to incorporate something fun into the mini unit. Usually during reading rotations I take just my IEP students for our CIM group lesson. This week I decided to shorten up my groups and take everyone in the class during their word work rotation.

We talked about the different versions of the Gingerbread Man including the Gingerbread Baby and The Gingerbread Girl. We determined that the common theme of all the stories was that the gingerbread did not want to be eaten.

Through group discussions we talked about the different things we might do if we were the Gingerbread Man, Baby or Girl. I introduced the vocabulary term disguise and we talked about some disguises the Gingerbread Man might have so that no one would want to eat him. We researched different disguises online. I did this so the students wouldn’t all have the same looking disguises.

Then came the fun. I gave each child a blank Gingerbread and together we came up with a disguise. I helped by cutting and tracing stuff out (the students told me exactly how they wanted theirs to look). I also had them finish the sentence frame I am not a Gingerbread Man I am a….

Here are the finished products that I hung up on my door and hallway for everyone to see. All I could hear anytime any students were walking down the hall was Oooh, I see Batman. There’s Elsa and so on.

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Next year I think I might send this home as a family project to see what other fun disguises we might have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent gifts for Christmas- Mod Podge Tile Coasters

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Three years ago for Christmas (when my youngest was born in 2012) I had a great idea to make handprint and footprint tiles as Christmas presents for the grandparents. Well, I did one complete set for myself (daughter hands and a fingerprint flower and my son’s 2 1/2 month old feet). I went out and bought a ton of tiles to do this project. When all was said and done with the project I ended up having a complete set for myself and that was it. Life with a newborn and 2 1/2 year old must have been a little crazy at that time 🙂

Fast forward to December 2015 and I am finally getting a chance to really go through some things (mainly because I was looking for my passport since I am going to the Dominican Republic in January) and I come across a Menard’s bag full of ceramic tiles. The light bulb went off then on what I was going to make my kiddos at school for their Christmas present. I remembered seeing an awesome craft on Pinterest where you Mod Podge a picture to a coaster.

So I made a quick little sign that said Kindergarten 2015-2016 and had each student come up and stand in front of the door and I snapped a picture of them. I immediately sent them to Walgreens (using a 40% off coupon) and ended up only paying around 4 dollars for my entire group. After counting the tiles I had lying around at home I only needed 11 more and went to Menards, which had them on sale for 10 cents a piece. I ended up spending around $5 total to make our whole class set of tiles.

I cut the pictures out into 4×4 squares and applied mod podge to the back of the picture and stuck it on the tile. After it was dry I added a layer of Mod Podge on top of the picture and coaster to set it.

I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do with them. I could put the felt on the back and have them use them as coasters but I thought to myself, If I were receiving this gift from my child would I want to use it as a coaster? The answer was NO. So, I took to Pinterest and found these super easy and cute easels made out of popsicle sticks. I used hot glue instead of craft glue because that is what I had.

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When I handed them out the parents who were at our party absolutely loved them.

 

 

If I were a Pilgrim on the Mayflower I would bring…

This week we have been learning about the Mayflower and what it was like. To end our week we made these cute little pilgrims. I used the small paper plates and had them paint them. While they were drying we made the hats with buckle. After the paint was dry I had the kids draw on faces. We then hung them up along with all of our other Thanksgiving themed activities.

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Clothesline matching activity

clotheslinenumbermatch1 I can’t remember where I first saw this activity at, somewhere on Pinterest I’m sure. Out of different colored construction paper I made 20 shirts and 20 jeans. Each shirt had a different amount of dots from 1-20 on them. I think I used the eraser of a pencil and dipped it into black ink. On the jeans I wrote out the numbers 1-20 (1,2,3,4, etc…). From one end of my bookshelf to the other I hung yarn. I tied it around a command strip hook so that it was easy to take off and put back up again when we needed it. The students would match the dots to the written numeral and hang them together on the clothesline. It was an easy activity for them to do independently and I was able to check their work very quickly since I made them put them up in order. (At the beginning of the year I just had them match them not in order since that was a difficult concept for them still). clotheslinenumbermatchDon’t mind the junk on the bottom shelf!

Kindergarten here we come class book

20131112-060310.jpgAt the beginning of the year we really focus on names. For this activity I cut up the letters in each students’ name and had them put it back together and glue it on the page. Then they had to dictate what they like to do to me and I wrote it on the blank space on the page.

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Handwriting without tears foam letters

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Number rhyme posters

numberpostersOne of the ways we introduce numbers to our kindergarten students is through number poems. I quickly made up posters for each number.

  • 1- Line straight down just for fun, that’s the way we make a 1
  • 2- Around and down and back to you, that’s the way we make a 2
  • 3- Around the tree around the tree, that’s the way we make a 3
  • 4- Go down and over down some more, that’s the way we make a 4
  • 5- Go down around then take a drive, that’s the way we make a 5
  • 6- Monkey tail doing tricks, that’s the way we make a 6
  • 7-Across the sky and down from heaven, that’s the way we make a 7
  • 8- Make an S and close the gate, that’s the way we make an 8
  • 9- A little circle a tall straight line, that’s the way we make a 9

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