Monday, April 21, 2014

Fun Mother's Day Gifts

Are you ready to make some cute Mother's Day gifts with your students?  I love to take pictures of my students to incorporate with their gifts.  You can dress them up or just use the props below. 

Materials needed for girl picture:

1. Large Plastic Flower Pot
I found mine at Lowe's for $9.00 but also saw them at JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels.

2. DIY No Sew Tulle Skirt - Directions at the end of post.
I purchased 2 yards of pink tulle and 2 yards of blue tulle at Hobby Lobby. It was regularly priced at 1.00 a yard.  I used a purple ribbon that I had in my junk drawer "creation station" in my office.  

3.  Butterfly Headband
Dollar Tree 

4.  Flower 
Dollar Tree 
I twisted the wire around the headband.

5.  Poster Board 
Cut into the shape of a circle.  Then cut out a circle inside the middle.  This gives the children a place to slip their hand into like a puppet.  It gives them a better grip to hold up the sun.

6.  Yellow Construction Paper
Trace around your poster board circle and glue to secure. 

7.  Clothespins 
Cut rectangle strips from left over yellow construction paper and glue on top on the clothespins.

8.  Frame Matte 
I purchased this at Hobby Lobby for $1.99.   You could make a frame out of poster board or use an existing old frame.  I chose the paper frame because it was lightweight and easy for them to hold.

9. Copies of "You are my sunshine." "Thank you for helping me grow!" Click HERE to Download.

Here is the "dressed down" version of the same picture without the tulle skirt, headband, or flower.  All that is needed is a "cutie pie" willing to be in the picture.  Love you sweet boy and your mom too!  You are so much fun!

I created a Mother's Day card packet to go along with this picture on my TpT store.  There are several versions to use depending on the age of your students.  You can click on the picture to find out more about this packet.

DIY Tulle Skirt
This one is easy, easy, easy.  If you know me, I do not sew.  I glue gun material.  Seriously.  However, I thought I would take this one on without a glue gun :)  

1.  Fold your material into half.
2.  Cut into long strips about 3-4 inches wide.  They do not have to be perfect.
3.  Lay your ribbon out on the floor.
4.  Tie the strips around the ribbons and make a knot leaving the same amount on each side.  Once again, it does not have to be perfect.  
5.  To make it more secure, tie it in a knot again.  
6.  Continue adding strips until you have the desired amount of material on the skirt.
7.  Fluff the skirt.
I used two different colors to give it a more textured springy look.  

After I experimented with making this skirt, I googled DIY children's tulle skirt.  There are many tutorials on YouTube and on Pinterest to show different versions of how to do this.  Some use a loop method.  Me:  I just tied it in a knot!  I chose a ribbon.  You can use elastic and sew the end pieces together.  Since I am not a a sewer, I chose the ribbon and tied it around the girls' waists.  Easy, cheap, and fun.  They also sell tulle skirts at Michaels and Hobby Lobby for around $12.00-$20.00, but I made mine for $4.00 and had left over scraps to use in a science project - to be posted on later!

Want a chance to win the "Mother's Day Card Fun Art and Writing Printable" for your classroom?  Leave a comment below, and I will choose a winner on Sunday, April 27, 2014. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Movers and Shakers: Science in Action

I am joining in on the Bright Ideas Blog Hop just in time for Earth Day.  I always do a "Movers and Shakers" week where we use different materials to make things move and shake.  Today's post is about making a marble run out of recyclable materials to create this open-ended science experiment.

Materials Needed:

1.  Presentation Board - I recycled one from a  previous center.
2.  Toilet Tissue Rolls
3.  Paper Towel Rolls
4.  Kleenex Box
5.  Brads
6.  Hole-Punch

I used a phillips screw driver to poke holes all over the the board.  By doing this the students are able to manipulate and move their parts to create different angles to their creation using inquiry.  They can make adjustments to their predictions or add on to their existing runs.  The sky is the limit.  The presentation board helps it to be stable while the students do their experiments.

Here is a quick video of a successful run.  Keep in mind it took many attempts to be successful.  The students can work independently, but they really enjoy collaborating together.


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