Showing posts with label Classroom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Classroom. Show all posts

Monday, June 16, 2014

NEW Art Studio Tour!

Warning: Today's post is going to have a LOT of photos and I hope I don't crash your computer, tablet, or phone!

My family has moved not once but twice in the past seven months. 
First, we moved cross-country from Northern Virginia to Central Oregon at the end of October. 
Then, we moved across town to our forever home, built by my husband 
(and next door to my own parents!) last month in May. 
Now, we are putting down roots and settling in for the long haul. 
It feels good to know we will be here for a good, long while. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Pigeon Needs a Bath Party! Crafts and Snacks to Celebrate the Newest Mo Willems Book #ThePigeonParty

Sponsored Post: This post was sponsored by Disney-Hyperion. I received compensation and products to write this post. 
As always, all opinions are my own and truthful. 

Ever since Mo Willems' book, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" was first published 10 years ago, the Pigeon has become a beloved picture book character selling more than 4 million book copies in the series. This April 1, 2014, the 8th book in the series, "The Pigeon Needs a Bath!" was released, my girls and I were so excited because the Pigeon series is a favorite in our household - we also love Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie. 

I was SO excited to be able to design a craft and host a 
Pigeon party for my daughter's First Grade class to kick off the new book release! 
Because I can't take photos of the students at school (to protect their privacy), 
I documented our crafts, activities and snacks here to share with you in case you want to host your own Pigeon themed party. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Head Back to School with 5 Creative Ways to Personalize and Organize Your New School Year! #Michaelsbts

Sponsored Post Disclosure: I received compensation from Michaels craft stores to write this post. 
All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of Michaels craft stores. 

Today, I'm sharing some fun ways to 
kick off your most creative school year
with some help from craft supplies available at Michaels craft store. 

 First, I like to make sure we are well organized as we launch into the chaos of another school year! 
I use Washi tape on my blogging calendar and on our household calendar 
to write everything down and help it stand out. 
I may be the only mom left in America that still has a family calendar 
posted on the kitchen refrigerator but it works for my visual learning style 
and everyone in the house knows where to look to see what's scheduled.

The great thing about Washi tape is that you can reposition it, you can 
move things around your calendar and not have a bunch of yucky scratched out areas. 

I use different colors for each activity and write on top of it with a black sharpie pen. 
I picked up this Washi tape in the scrapbooking area at Michaels - I love the yellow chevron.
I also use Washi tape and black sharpie to label my file folder tabs. 

The girls always like to add our own creative and personalized touches to basic school supplies.
Washi tape is a fun and easy way to do it. Remember this post from last year? 
I shared how we used traditional Washi tape to embellish and personalize boring
file folders, glue bottles, glue sticks, pens and notebooks. 

This year, we picked up this adorable package of GLITTER Washi tape at Michaels (scrapbook aisle)
and used it to bling out a basic (read: $1!) spiral notebook. We wrapped the whole cover
and hid the ends inside the front cover. The end result was super cute! 

We even used a Michaels 40% off coupon on the glitter Washi tape pack -- 
Hooray for the Michaels in-store coupon phone app! I always use my phone for their coupons. 

Just peel and stick the glitter tape. 
Hide the ends on the inside cover. 


Rainbows make me so happy!

You can even add these cute cardboard letters from the scrapbooking department
to your notebook for even more cute bling. I might have paid more attention in math class
if I'd had notebooks this cute when I was in school! 
You'll have to add a bit of glue (I like Aleene's Tacky Glue) since the glitter is rough. 

Goodbye Boring Notebooks and Folders. 
Hello Cute, Creative, and Colorful! 

Am I the only mom who doesn't like plastic-cover spiral notebooks?
They are impossible to label because stickers don't stick to them and pens don't write well on them.
Hooray for Chalk Paint Markers to the rescue! 
We picked up a package of chalk paint markers in the craft paint aisle at Michaels and used them to 
bling out boring plastic notebooks and folders. 
My oldest daughter LOVES squids so she drew her own adorable squid on a plastic folder. 
Helpful Hint: The markers will take a little while to dry (think 15-20 minutes) so be careful
while you are drawing and writing with them to not smear your hand through the wet areas! 
Let them dry COMPLETELY before you stack them on each other. 
If you make a mistake you can clean it off with a wet paper towel or some Windex on a paper towel. 

My girls won't have lockers until middle school but I know plenty of you have middle school and high school aged kids who like to add their own touches to their lockers.
When I saw these plastic dinosaurs and mini picture frames in the $1 dollar bins
at Michaels I wanted to make this fun little project! 

I started by cutting off the heads of the plastic dinosaurs (plus one hippo) with a craft utility knife. 

Then, I cut the plastic "glass" out of these little frames 
and snapped off the fold-out stands on the back of the frames. 

I painted the cardboard black with acrylic craft paint - you could use any color.

Then, I used E600 glue to adhere magnets to the back of each frame. 
This glue is stinky but it works like a charm! 

After the magnets dried, I glued the dinosaur heads to each frame with more E600 glue. 

The end result were these guys. I love them -- RAWR! 
The girls are using them on their magnet boards in their rooms but I want to steal a couple 
for our fridge. Wouldn't these be awesome in a locker?! 

Speaking of lockers (or refrigerators) here's one more quick craft
we whipped up with our goodies from Michaels. 


I saw these speech bubbles in the unfinished wood area at Michaels
and thought they would be cute with some black chalkboard paint.

Add some more magnets to the back with E600 glue and you have a fun way
to leave reminders for family members on a message board, fridge, or locker. 
Just write on them with chalk or chalk paint markers. 

Helpful Hint: Add at least two or three coats of chalkboard paint to the surface of the wood! 

While we had the chalkboard paint out, I painted the cover of a composition notebook (3 coats.)
Just add chalkboard paint pen accents, scrapbook letters, or chalk when it's completely dry! 

The girls and I had great fun coming up with creative new ways 
to head into another great school year. 
Michaels really IS where creativity happens for our house! 
We do some of our best creative brainstorming there and have so much
fun with our awesome art and craft materials we buy there (always use those coupons!)
 I hope this post inspires you to add some fun and creative touches 
to your own back to school experience! 

Pink and Green Mama,

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·         Michaels offers a 15 percent discount for teachers every day! Make sure to talk to a store associate during your next trip to learn more.
·         Need a large quantity of one back to school item but don’t see enough on the shelves? Michaels offers a bulk ordering program where you can order as many supplies as you need and save up to 20 percent.
·         Don’t forget to download the Michaels app so that you will always have the latest deals and coupons at your fingertips in case you need last minute school supplies. I ALWAYS shop with my Michaels coupons and use the app on my phone to just show them to Betty (my favorite sales associate at our store) at check out! 

Sponsored Post Disclosure: I received compensation from Michaels craft stores to write this post. 
All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of Michaels craft stores. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Travel Size Sensory Box for Small World Play

We recently discovered that our Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray 
also makes a fantastic Travel Size Sensory Box for small world play!
It is great for Summer Road Trips, pool-side playdates, Grandma's house, 
Soccer Game sidelines, and our playroom. The lid keeps everything inside and it's small and portable
so my kids can carry it around much more easily than our bigger sensory boxes.
I think these little stackable scrapbook paper boxes would be fun in a classroom setting too - 
much easier to stack on classroom shelves! 

We made the box in a small, 12"x12" lidded plastic scrapbook paper storage box. 
It is only about 2"high on the sides. We placed a piece of sparkly scrapbook paper in the bottom 
of the box and added about a cup of play sand on top. Then, we added some small seashells,
rocks, glass beads, Play Mobil animals, and Polly Pockets. 

For more sensory box ideas, see my Sensory Boxes 101 Post
Any of the Sensory Boxes listed there could be remade on a smaller scale like this one!

Happy SMALL World Playing On The Go! 

Pink and Green Mama 

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray - Practice Letters and Mark Making With An Ocean Twist!

My girls are both home from school for the summer and we've been spending 
our time at the kitchen breakfast table with some "mom school" morning work. 
My youngest daughter, C, is moving on to first grade this fall and we're reviewing 
spelling, handwriting, reading, and simple math this summer. 
I've been trying to find some sneaky ways to incorporate fun into our summer learning 
and this seems to be doing the trick! 
A mermaid themed writing tray to practice letters and numbers, spelling words, and math problems.

While visiting Michaels craft store this week for some fun summer craft supplies, 
we spotted this beautiful sheet of 12"x12" iridescent blue scrapbook paper. 
I remembered seeing The Imagination Tree's Fairy Dust Writing Tray and thought it would 
be fun to use this pretty paper to make a tray for my little mermaid lover! 
When we got home, I placed the sheet of paper in the bottom of a shallow 12"x12" plastic scrapbook paper storage box from my art studio and we added a cup of play sand 
from our outdoor covered sand table. 

Then we added a few seashells and two of our homemade clothespin mermaids
* NOTE * If you want to make your own clothespin mermaid, 

We are planning to add some larger seashells and 
some plastic "pearl" beads to work on math problems  (I saw the original lovely idea for it here.)

The best part about this little tray is because of it's small size and built in lid,
it is portable and easy to clean up. She can work with it on our deck, 
at the pool, the kitchen table, or playroom!

Happy (sneaky) Summer Learning! 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea
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Monday, September 10, 2012

* Leave A "Space" Writing Sticks For Kindergarten

I shared with you the fun I had helping my friend set up her 
kindergarten classroom this year. 
Now, I'm going to share another little project I made for her classroom. 
The kids in her kindergarten classroom use popsicle sticks to 
learn how to leave a "space" between words while they are writing 
on big sentence paper. Last year, she had sticks with a simple astronaut glued
on them - the concept was good but they weren't very cute (no offense, Mrs. P).

We're going for cute this year 
so, I asked if I could give them a makeover. 

I started with a batch of popsicle sticks 
that I painted with black acrylic craft paint 
(paint both sides - take turns and let it dry).
I did not take a photo of this step = boring.

After both sides had good coverage and were completely dry, 
I used a white out pen to add stars - you could also flick the sticks
with an old toothbrush dipped in white paint
like we did for our 

Then, I printed out Space Shuttle pictures found and reduced from 
Google Images - cut them out carefully and glued them to the sticks
with a few layers of Mod Podge.

Oh Mod Podge, how I love thee. 

While the Mod Podge was still wet, I added a sprinkle of silver glitter
for bling and a spacey star effect! 

The finished sticks look great and Mrs. P was thrilled
with her new leave a "SPACE" sticks! 

Pink and Green Mama

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Friday, September 7, 2012

* Setting Up The Kindergarten Classroom: Reading Pillows, Bulletin Boards, Curtains, and More!

I told you that one of my best friends is "C"s kindergarten teacher this year.
She was also "E"s kindergarten teacher. 
She is wonderful with the kids and her teaching gets better every year.
It is so fun to watch her work and her assistant teacher is like a mommy away from home,
"C" is madly in love with both of them and I call them her school mommies.

I offered to help set up and makeover their classroom for the new school year.
It's my way of helping out and it's fun for me since I miss setting up my own classroom.
We started by rearranging the whole room and getting rid of her big desk to maximize space.
It made a huge difference!

Then I made pillows for the reading corner. 
I've had this cute little cloud pillow floating around in my brain for the past 2 years
and this was the perfect opportunity to make one!

The cloud is made from blue flannel from my stash and 
the face is embroidered felt. The ribbons are from my stash. 
I found pillows on sale for $2.50 (!) at Walmart and used them as the stuffing.

I made some other fun pillows and convinced Mrs. P to pick up this fun 
Rainbow dot pillow at Ikea -- it's perfect right? 
I need to go back there and get one for my house too! 
She also needed some new curtains so the girls and I made them together.

Here they are in progress on my art studio floor. 
Yes, I have a giant table in the middle of the room but I always end up 
pinning my fabric projects on the floor!
I let "C" help me run the sewing machine and "E" was my ironing girl.

It was her first time ironing.
The only time I iron is for art and craft projects and for sewing - 
yes, we wear wrinkled clothing. 
She did a great job and loved it!

See this box? Not the most beautiful thing but I should have taken a "before" 
photo -- just a plain yogurt box from a discount store. 
It needed a facelift - it holds sentence strips in her supply closet and they needed to 
be sorted by season so I made these cute paint chip labels. 
So I wrapped the whole thing in cute, colorful duct tape from Walmart's craft department.

I just used scrapbook sticker letters and taped on the labels with clear packing tape.

These cabinet doors were boring so I taped up paint chip samples.


and Green! 

Yes, I'm friends with the guys in the paint department at my hardware store.
Don't know if I should be proud or embarrassed by that -- I do spend a lot of time there.

Here's "C" skipping around the rug, you can see the reading pillows 
and the curtains hanging up in the window -- so fun and colorful.

Here's my other favorite project. 
I made over her bulletin boards with fabric and paint sample chips.
I made a second boarder with the paint samples and her regular bulletin board 
borders -- I'll be doing this again if I ever go back to teaching. 

I also made a little paper pennant for her magnetic white board...
"E" made the rainbow tissue pouff. 

Here is her classroom library with my bulletin boards
and the new rugs we got at Ikea. Cute, right?
It sure was fun getting ready for 
a new colorful school year!

We love these great ladies! 
Thank you, Mrs. P and Mrs. A.

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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