Sunday, October 26, 2014

Birthday Box

Three of my kiddos are having birthdays this weekend, and I have spent a lot of time lately trying to decide what to get for them. I settled on putting together a birthday box so the birthday girl or birthday boy can choose their own gift. 

I got everything I needed on a trip to Dollar Tree today. Here's what you need:

A small packing box (I used 10 x 6 x 8)
Wrappping paper
Die cut letters
Small gifts

I started by putting the box together and tucking the top flaps inside the box. I used the wrapping paper to decorate the box, letting it overlap inside the box so it would look seamless. 

I used the die cut letters to put the words "Birthday Box" on the outside of the box. 

I filled the box with some wooden toy cars, bracelets, and bubbles. I can't wait to let the kids choose their gifts! 

If you teach, what do you do for birthday gifts?

Spider and Halloween lesson planning!

Last week, my early preschool class and I did a lesson plan on spiders! It was fun to ask the kids what they think spiders eat. I got a lot of different answers ranging from bugs, grass, pizza and snakes!

In preparation for the unit I added some new sensory bottles to our science center.

Fish and I made these using recycled soda bottles, glitter, water, corn syrup, plastic spiders and buttons. The purple glitter dyed the water pink, which the girls in my class loved!

The hubby used masking tape to make a giant spiderweb on the floor.. My kids were able to take turns balancing on the spiderweb and trying not to fall off. It was a lot of fun, so I'm leaving it up for one more week for our Halloween unit.

This week, for Halloween, I am adding in some sensory bags filled with hair gel and googly eyes. 

I used about a cup of hair gel per bag. Two of the bags have six eyes googly eyes as well. Then, I used packing tape to seal all of the sides shut. 

I had added one of these bags to my science center last week and the kids loved it, so I had to add some more. The kids asked me to make 10 more, I settled for 4. (The ones with the eyes will be removed when I move on to my Thanksgiving lesson plans.)

I am looking forward to my first Halloween as a teacher this week! I'm sure it will be a lot of fun! I hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Owl Classroom Decor.. and more!

Happy Sunday! I'm on the verge of catching up on my 10,000 mile long to do list, so I thought I'd take a moment to show off all the cute decorations I have made for my classroom. 

You know, since I started teaching that class three weeks ago. Yep, I'm a little slow, but we can make it!

My classroom is owl themed, which doesn't surprise anyone in my house. I think they turned out very cute!

I started with the owl template from this site:

And I cut out small owls for each of my students, and a big owl for me. I also copied the cute bulletin board from I put my large owl on a tree branch and the small owls all over the board with the words: "Whooo is in our class?" I got the paper from Wal-Mart for $5 for a huge pack of cardstock. All of the owls were covered in contact paper so I could write names on them with dry erase markers.   Genius!

Next, I made name cards for my cubbies. I cut out owls from some Owl Scrapbook paper that I had laying around. I just glued the owls onto some index cards and covered in contact paper to make them dry erase cards!

Next, I made dry erase cupcakes from this template:

I ended up printing the template on each color of paper so I could mix and match the icing cupcake and cherry. Fish built the cupcakes for me.

Next, we covered them in contact paper and cut them out.

So cute!

I used my cricut to cut out cloud shapes to put the names of my centers on.  I can't find a picture of them on my phone, but just believe me they are cute. I used different colors of cardstock for those as well.

Next, I made a "To Do" List. It's just a frame with some burlap scrapbook paper inside that I decorated. I'm using this to write down stuff I need to order, and to make a list of things subs can do when they are in the room during nap time. Hopefully that will help me get things done!

Next, I made "Welcome to my class" treats!

I bought two boxes of Lucky Charms Cereal Bars and cut out small clouds with my cardstock.

I wrote the words "I'm so Lucky to have you in my class!" on the clouds and used a hole punch to attach them to the bars. So cute!

My classroom is shaping up! More to come!