Hi everyone! Today I’m going to show you a fun DIY that could have tons of uses–glass rock magnets! Here’s what you will need: Large glass rocks from the Dollar Tree Photos of your students printed out Mod Podge (I used Elmer’s for my tester and it worked great! But I trust and love Mod Podge!) Magnet circles from Wal-Mart (they are sticky-backed and come in a pack of 18) The process is so simple. Just plop a rock down on top of the picture and trace it. Then, cut it
10 Ingenious Ways to Use Solo Cups in the Classroom
Last year, I bought 100 solo cups for the 100th day of school. My students had a blast building 100-cup structures. It was definitely the hit of the day. But then, I was left with 100 solo cups. Sure, I could just put them on the shelf and use them again next year, but I knew that there HAD to be a lot more possibilities for these things. I now use them all the time, and they have become one of my favorite, inexpensive tools to use in the classroom!
DIY liquid watercolors
I LOVE using liquid watercolors. They don’t get muddy and muddled together the way watercolor trays do. You don’t have to continually dip your paintbrush into water to mix the color. It’s just plain FASTER. Watercolors are the perfect medium for adding color to directed drawings. Bottom line–they rock! I inherited a huge stash of liquid watercolors 10 years ago when I first started teaching, and I am just now running out (sadness!) So I decided to try to whip up a batch of it myself using dried out washable
How Glue Sponges Saved My Sanity
I am here today to spread the gospel of the glue sponge! If you haven’t fallen in love with glue sponges yet, then I’m guessing you haven’t tried them! I first learned about glue sponges from Smedley’s Kindergarten Smorgasbord. I thought it was a cool idea, but I also thought, “nah, I’m doing OK.” Glue sticks and bottled glue hadn’t yet become my enemies. Enter interactive notebooks. We started going through about 500 glue sticks a day. When we tried glue bottles, the phrase “dot, dot, not a lot” was forgotten
DIY Whisper Phones- Too Easy to NOT make!
The whisper phone is a classic teacher DIY. I don’t know who first discovered these babies, but I first learned about them 10 years ago during my undergrad from my favorite reading professor. 8 years into my career, and I’m just getting around to making some of my own. And I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner! I do have whisper phones in my classroom, which I purchased years ago from a teacher catalog. Almost every single one has broken. They were flimsy, not that cute, and expensive! So