Items to Gather:
- Vinyl fabric (mine was from Ikea)
- 1" thick foam (I raided my mother-in-law's sewing room and found some, but you can buy it at any fabric store)
- Electric carving knife
- Spray adhesive
- Staple gun and staples
- Plastic crate
- Plywood, particle board, or MDF (from a hardware store)
1. First, grab your crate and head to a hardware store that cuts wood. I went to Home Depot and explained my project to an associate. He was able to suggest which type of wood would be best (I ended up getting OSB - oriented strand board), and also cut the wood into four squares to fit my four crates. He did the cuts for free, so I only paid $2.08 for the wood.
2. Next, trace the wood onto the foam with a marker and use the carving knife to cut the foam.
5. Set the board onto the crate and plan what to put inside!
I made four seats for my classroom carpet area. Students could sit on them during Read to Self and when I led small groups on the carpet. I also allowed the Student of the Week to sit there as a reward during whole group time on the carpet.