Saturday, June 30, 2012

DIY Kinesthetic Shower Curtain Activities

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Use a shower curtain liner to make a kinesthetic game for nearly any concept you teach!



Items to Gather:


  • Shower curtain liner
  • King Size Sharpie & other colored Sharpies
  • Bean Bag (or item to toss)

Instructions:

Step 1: Lay shower curtain out flat on the floor. Use a yard stick to mark it off into grids depending on how many spaces you need (alphabet? Numbers? Shapes? You decide!)

Step 2: Label each grid--that's it!!





Other Tips/Suggestions:


* This activity can be used for letter/sound identification, shape recognition, number recognition, sight words, sight word phrases, color recognition, and so much more! Buy a few liners and make different games!

* Use the King size Sharpie when you are drawing your grids to make thick, bold lines.

* Use in a small group. Students will take turns tossing a bean bag to learn, review, and master concepts!







Have fun with this easy, inexpensive, activity that your visual & kinesthetic learners will love!



Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIY No Sew Classroom Curtains!

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Hello Classroom DIY Friends! Classroom decorations and inspiration have been a hot topic this summer as teachers prepare for the new year. You might even be thinking of your classroom decorations too! Today I would like to show you how to make No Sew Classroom Curtains. One of the best parts about this project is that it is so inexpensive that you can make several sets of these on a budget.  





Items to Gather:


For One Standard Window:
  • 3 Bandanas (mine are from Hobby Lobby) 
  • 1 Roll of Stitch Witch (no sew hem tape)
  • 1 Cutain rod
  • Scissors
  • Iron


Instructions:






1.  Using one bandana, fold the top of the bandana over the curtain rod to make a pocket. Gently press the bandana with the iron to make a crease.


2.  Measure your Stitch Witch by placing it on top of the bandana and cut a strip the length of the bandana.

3.  Fold the top of the bandana over the curtain rod and on top of the Stitch Witch making a pocket. Make sure the pocket is snug. Making the pocket snug is the trick to making these no sew curtains look like they have a sewn in pocket. Iron the hemline where the Stitch Witch is to adhere the two parts of the fabric that will now create your rod pocket.

4.  Once you have the first bandana panel finished you will use it as a template for the other two. By doing this you will have 3 panels the same length. Informal measurements are used because bandanas are not all the same size. In fact, they each vary in size slightly. You will have to use the first bandana as the template so that you will have an even hem with all three panels.

5.  Once you have all three panels complete you will slip the curtain rod into each of the three bandana pockets and hang!

Other Tips/Suggestions:

Use more bandanas for a fuller look! Hobby Lobby has a great selection of different kinds of bandanas for a dollar each. Family Dollar has the best and least expensive spring rods.The possibilities are endless. This project took me about 15 minutes to complete and less than ten dollars!




I hope you have as much fun as I did creating these No Sew Classroom Curtains,

















Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DIY Desk Blotter

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A video tutorial on how to make your own desk blotter to match your classroom theme.













Items to Gather:

  • Cardboard or bookbinders board
  • Wrapping paper or contact paper
  • Spray adhesive if using wrapping paper
  • Coordinating duct tape for border
  • 1” elastic 3 times the width of your board
  • Decorative ribbon (optional)
  • Glue gun
  • Needle and thread
  • Decorations for your blotter

Instructions:






Have fun creating your own desk blotter to match your classroom theme!




Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Themed Magnets

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Do you have a themed classroom?  I know that so many teachers love adding their personality to the year through a fun theme.  One fun place to incorporate a theme is in your magnets.  Don't have a theme?  These are a fun way to add spice to magnets anywhere.


Items to Gather:

  • Glass tiles. I got mine from Amazon (these are not all the same size or shape and have some variation, which I liked.) or you can purchase the glass "rocks" from the dollar store.  They won't be as flat.
  •  
  • Diamond Glaze glue or E-6000 glue (this one for sure if you are using extra strong magnets)
  •  
  • Pictures that you'd like on your magnets.  Use clip art or cut outs that fit nicely under the glass tile. 
  • Strong magnets (Rare Earth are very strong, but may be too strong.  Think about what you'll use them for and purchase a strength that will suite your needs.)

Instructions:



1.  Have everything ready on a clean surface with some paper or other protector laid out under you.  The diamond glaze glue will wipe up easily, but the E-6000 may be less forgiving. 

2. Lay the glass tiles over the image you want to use.  Trace around the tile with a pen or pencil.  Then cut out the image inside of the line you drew so that the line doesn't show through.  Check the image size by placing it under the tile again. 




3.  On the rougher side of the tile, put a few drops of glue and place the image face down on the tile.  Press down gently and wipe away excess glue around the edges. Place a few drops of glue on the back of the image you just glued down and place the magnet.  Press down gently.  To seal the image, carefully put glue over the back of the tile around the magnet to seal it.  Let it all dry for several hours or overnight to be safe. 


4.  Use your magnet! 

Other Tips/Suggestions:


I used just the diamond glaze for my medium strength magnets and they work great.  If you are using the very strong magnets, E-6000 is a very strong glue that should keep the magnet better attached to the glass tile.  Other tile shapes such as square, triangle and rectangle could be used.    



We'd love to see your magnet creations!

DillyDabbles

Monday, June 25, 2012

DIY Upcycled Jenga Memory Game

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Want a fun, versatile game to use as an independent center or group game? Then check out this upcycled Jenga memory game!


Items to Gather:


  • Jenga game, can be found at any large retail store, maybe your never used game closet, or even a thrift store! I prefer the metal canister, it's much more durable...but not necessary. 
  • a variety of scrapbook paper 
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • double sided tape or 2 way adhesive
  • small piece of sandpaper 
  •  letters: you can use a cutting machine to cut your words/letters, use self-adhesive letters, or even write the words/letters with a Sharpie! They can be found at Wal-Mart with the craft supplies or even with the mailbox numbers. You can even use scrapbook letter stickers (as shown in the picture below).


Instructions:

1. Lay the scrapbook paper of your choice face down. 
2. Trace one of the Jenga blocks.
3. Cut the shape out
4. Using your two way adhesive, adhere the paper to one side of the wooden block.
5. Using the sandpaper, gently sand the edges of the paper...this will give the block a finished look, as well as take care of any edges that might be hanging off the side of the block.
6. Continue process making as many blocks as desired.
7. Using the lettering you choose attach the letters/words to the papered side of the block.
8. As for your container: using the paper of your choice (as well as your two sided adhesive) cut the paper to size and simply wrap the container adhering all loose edges. 
9. Label/Title your game as you choose using the lettering of your choice. 
10. The students will flip all the blocks face down and play memory!


Other Tips/Suggestions:

1. You can create MANY different games for various subjects using this process, possibilities are endless: synonym match, antonym match, math problems, etc.
2. To help protect your lettering and paper: coat the decorated/letters with a layer or two of Mod Podge. 
3. If you don't have the original container or want to make more than one game from a Jenga set you can use different canisters or storage containers (ex: Pringles can). Again,  possibilities are endless!



Best of Luck!





Sunday, June 24, 2012

DIY Mini Clipboards

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What kid doesn't want their own clipboard?  Using a scrap piece of paper, every student can have their own individual board in a few easy steps!


 


Items to Gather:

  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock paper
  • Duck tape
  • Tape or Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Binder Clip

Instructions:

Step 1: Decide on the size of clipboard that you want and cut out.



Step 2: Cover the cardboard with cardstock.


Step 3:Cover all four edges with Duck tape.


Step 4: Add a clip of your choice.

Other Tips/Suggestions:

Allow students to add an embellishment to personalize their clipboard.

Have fun expressing your creativity!




Saturday, June 23, 2012

DIY Woodsy Decor

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I'm sure you've noticed that faux wood, owls and all things Brady Bunch have made a comeback lately.  Make the most of the faux wood fad with a little classroom woodsy DIY project. *Bonus: If you aren't teaching in a brand new school, chances are your classroom already contains a lovely avocado green cabinet or some other "interesting" throwback item that would fit the theme perfectly!


Items to Gather:

    • Woodland Critters Template printable available here
    • Wood Grain contact paper. I recommend at least two colors. (Dark and light "wood" styles.)
    • Sharp scissors for cutting out patterns
    • Something to decorate: I added faux wood contact paper to pencil cups, clipboards, inside a frame to make a message board, and to the outside of a cupboard to make a woodsy mural. The possibilities are endless!
    Optional:
    • An electronic cutter. (Like a Cricut or Silhouette.) These work great on contact paper, and they are especially handy if you plan to cut letters.
    • Pot scraper to work out the air bubbles. I didn't use one. I just smoothed any bubbles with my hand.

      Instructions:

      Step 1: Print Woodland Critters template. (Available here) -Or trace your own shapes.

      Step 2: Cut your shapes.

      Step 3: Stick. Attach your woodsy silhouettes to anything. They peel right off if you don't like the look, or want to change it next year.



      Other Tips/Suggestions:


      If you think the faux wood trend should stay in the past, you can still make some fun classroom murals with contact paper. It comes in a million colors and styles!

      If you want to move or store your contact paper pieces when you aren't using them, just save the backing papers or use waxed paper for storage.


      Did you know you can write on all contact paper with chalk? (Not just the chalkboard kind.) If it doesn't erase completely, just wipe it off with a damp towel.

      *FYI: The cute owl and woodland animal graphics are from Lilly Bimble & Pixel Paper Prints on www.mygrafico.com



      Enjoy!










      Thursday, June 21, 2012

      DIY Homework Boxes

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       Do you want to give homework to your students and know they have everything they need to complete it all in one place?   The answer is a homework box!
       

      Items to Gather:

      • Tuck top mailing box (I purchased this 11 1/4 by 8 3/4  by 4 inch box from PaperMart).
      • Label for the top of the box (The labels are printed on Avery White Internet shipping Labels 18126)
      • "Homework helper" for inside the box
      • Crayons
      • Pencil 
      • In addition to the supplies mentioned above, you will want to include items your students will use repeatedly throughout the year.  This will vary by teacher.  I include things like: dice, number cubes, counters, number cards for math games, sight word flashcards, and a reading strategies bookmark.


      1.  Print the label for the top of the box and the homework     helper for inside the box.


      2.  Add homework supplies to each box.

      Other Tips/Suggestions:

      I give these out to my students at our Back to School Open House.   

      Happy Hassle-Free Homework!


                                                                    

      Wednesday, June 20, 2012

      DIY Birthday Blooms!

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      Need a cute way to display birthdays without using wall space?









      Items to Gather:

      • flowerpot
      • birthday pencils
      • flower cut outs
      • colored rocks
      • sharpie


      Instructions:

      Step 1:  First write your students birthdays and name on each flower. 
      Step 2:  Tape them to the pencils. 
      Step 3:  Add the rocks to your flower pot and add all of your flowers to the pot. 
      Step 4:  Arrange them nicely so that they look like a real bunch of flowers.


      Other Tips/Suggestions:

      Have the students pick their flower on their birthday! They love it! You can buy the stencil flowers from any teacher store or cut your own out of construction paper!


      Have fun,



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