DIY Fly Swatter Game

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This game can be used for a number of review purposes. You could write sight words on the blocks, math questions, cvc blends, etc. Just call out a word or question and the first person to swat it with their fly swatter gets a point for their team.

Items to Gather:

  • Bristol Board
  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Laminator
  • Markers
  • 2 Fly Swatters


Step 1
Cut out various shapes from the colored paper that are all the same size. (I used circles.)

Step 2:
 Glue the shapes on to the bristol board.

Step 3:
Laminate the whole piece of bristol board.

Step 4: Write whatever topic you are reviewing on the shapes.

Step 5: Swat the answer!

Hope you enjoy!

DIY Magnetic Learning Tins

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Use Altoid tins as a work area in your classroom! What child won't LOVE opening and closing the lid ?---it's a fun, treasure-like space to show your work!

Items to Gather:

  • Altoid Tins (request them from parents, relatives, etc!)
  • Scrapbook paper (regular...not cardstock)
  • Super 77 spray adhesive (Scotch brand--scrapbook aisle @ Walmart)
  • Sand Paper
  • Ribbon 3/8" wide
  • E-6000 Glue (Scrapbook aisle @ Walmart)


1.  Choose your scrapbook paper. You can get 2 tins out of 1 piece of 12x12.

2.  Place the tin on the paper, and trace around the outside (bottom) of the tin 4 times. This will cover the outside lid, inside lid, outside bottom, and inside bottom of the tin.
3.   Cut out all the rectangles that you traced. Don't worry if it's not a perfect fit. You will soon trim & sand the edges.

4.  Adhere your paper to top of the tin (where it says Altoids), and to the bottom (where the nutrition facts are). You will want to spray outside! This product is SUPER sticky and will leave a residue wherever you are.
5.  Let it dry for 5-7 minutes or so. Next, trim any of the edges if they are hanging over. Then, going in one direction, sand the edges of the paper to remove that "clean cut" look, and it will also help the paper to not peel off. This removes any opportunity for edges to lift.

6.  Repeat the adhesive process for the inside of the tin. You will want to trim and do a "dry fit" before gluing. The inside of the tin is smaller---so, trim first!

7.  Cut a pieces of ribbon to fit around the tin. Put a light amount of E-6000 glue on the back of the ribbon and place it around the outside edge of the tin. Close the lid of the tin before you adhere your ribbon to ensure that the ribbon is not in the way of opening/closing the tin. 

8.  Add any embellishments or "bling" found in the scrapbook aisle if you wish.  

Other Tips/Suggestions:

* You do not have to decorate the tin at all. You can simply use the tin as a magnetic space!
* Use for storing bobby pins, band-aids, flash drives, ear buds, etc.
* Other student uses: letter match, number recognition, simple words, number sentences---the possibilities are endless!
*Make 6-12 of these and use in a center or small group. Simply have your numbers, words, letters, etc. printed, laminated, and in the tin using a bit of magnetic tape on the back...then each box will be ready for a child to complete the work inside. This is great for kinesthetic & visual learners!
*You can also differentiate the work inside each tin, but the materials will be similar so that students don't notice or worry about, or want to do what another child is doing!

Use for number recognition

Use for building 2-3 letter words


~ Keri

DIY Science Safety Goggles!

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Here is a fun Classroom DIY project that will help you organize your Science Groups and keep your budding Scientists germ free! Color coding helps even the youngest Scientist keep up with his or her own materials!

Items to gather:

Safety goggles
.  RIT dye
.  Salt
.  Water
.  Liquid Measuring Cup
.  Metal Pan
.  Paper Towels
.  Metal Tongs
.  Bleach


1.  Grab all of your safety glasses and remove the straps if they can be removed.

2.  Add your dye to the pan. Cook on medium heat for at least 20 minutes. Allow for more time to achieve a darker tint.                                           

3.  Once the color you want is achieved simply lift out your goggles and rinse off the excess dye over the sink. Allow your goggles to air dry.

4. Clean your pan, tongs and sink with bleach if needed.

Other Tips/Suggestions:

Now you have tinted Science Safety Goggles that you can assign to Science Groups. And you will probably have multiple students using these. The quickest and easiest way to get these clean is to use Clorox Wipes. Even the youngest budding Scientist can independently make their own goggles germ free for the next investigation!

And that is Science in a snap!

DIY Privacy Offices

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Here's a quick and simple summer project to have ready for next school year.  Make your own privacy offices for students to use during tests or when a student just needs to be a little isolated from classmates.

Items to Gather:

  • File folders with the same tab cut
  • clear packing tape (or patterned for a upscale twist)


1.  Open the folders and lay them side by side so the tab on one folder lines up with the cut out on the other folder.
2. Push the folders together so they are lined up and flush.  Then I put a smaller piece of tape across them to hold them in place, then run the box tape along the seem on both sides.  You now have simple and inexpensive privacy offices that also fold up nice and flat so they are easy to store. 

Other Tips/Suggestions:

Use colored or patterned folders for a different look (note that this may be more distracting to your distracted students.)  You can also use patterned packing tape.  Students could each have their very own to keep in desks or cubbies.  They could decorate the outside to personalize them.  
Hope you enjoy!

DIY Dry Erase Picture Frames

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Need an extra place to write a reminder note, your homework assignments, or even current standards you may be working on? Check out these simple, yet cute dry erase boards!






Items to Gather:

  • non-expensive picture frames (can be bought at the dollar store, I found mine at Wal-Mart on clearance).  

  • a variety of 12x12 scrapbook paper
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • double sided tape or 2 way adhesive


1. Cut your scrapbook paper to the size of the picture frame you purchased

2. Optional: Using the glue or adhesive secure the scrapbook paper to the picture page or cardboard included in the frame.

3. Place the paper into the frame. 

4. Continue on all frames
5. Hang where desired, and using your dry erase marker leave messages, reminders, homework assignments, or even standards for your students to view! 

*The idea for this project did come from Pinterest. However, when looking for the original link I did come across quite a few of the links taking me to spam, so please be careful!

Other Tips/Suggestions:

1. Gather a variety of sizes when it comes to the picture frames, this will make the display a little more appealing to the eye.
2. Use lighter scrapbook paper if using a black dry erase marker, there needs to be a good contrast.
3. Use command strips to attach them to your cinder block walls, therefore not only do you have a new dry erase message center, but it will also add color to those boring walls! 
4. If these will be used as permanent homework boards or reminder can use vinyl lettering and label each frame accordingly. 

Best of Luck!

DIY Magazine Holders

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This DIY magazine holder is made from an empty cereal box.  Taking what would be trash and turning it into an organizational tool, who would have known?


Items to Gather:

  • Empty cereal box (10-1/2" tall work best)
  • Cardstock paper
  • Duck tape
  • Tape or Glue
  • Marker/Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


Step 1: Measure up from the bottom of the box approximately 4", place a mark and then draw a diagonal line to the top of the box on the opposite side.

Step 2: Follow step 1 for the opposite side.

Step 3: Cut the top portion of the box off.

Step 4: Using the box as a template, trace the edges.  

Step 5: Cut out the pieces you traced and tape or glue them onto the box.  Since you will be adhering 2" Duck tape, it is not necessary to have the edges of the paper and the box looking perfect. 

Step 6: With a pencil, create a 1" border around all the edges that will be covered with Duck tape.  This will allow you to keep the tape straight and create an even border. 

Step 7: Last, but not least, place items of your choice into the box and enjoy your handy work!

Other Tips/Suggestions:

At the beginning of the school year, have students bring in their own cereal box to transform into an organizational tool they can use in the classroom.  Allow them to personalize their holder with stickers, drawings or photos.

Have fun expressing your creativity!

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