DIY: Otter Pop Box Figurine Home



My husband and I rented a boring Red Box movie this weekend, so my crafting side took over.¬†I may have made this little cozy home out of weekend boredom, but it turned out pretty cool. Plus, it’s almost summer, which in my house is called Otter Pop season, the only time we can justifiably pop the pops like no ones business. The box is good sized and sturdy, just calling to be used in the classroom.


1 Empty Otter Box (which means you will have to do something with those pesky pops…like eat them ūüôā )

*Make sure to only open the box half on the top for this use, but if you have it all the way open, it’s still good as a container of sorts.

Contact paper or colored paper of your choice

White paper to draw windows, doors, decor

Scissors, tape, glue

Markers (I used Copics)


Cover box with contact paper

Design extras and place them accordingly.

Be creative! You’ll make one hip home for figurines, fidgets, tools, YOU NAME IT!


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DIY: Kaboom Sticks

DIY, Learning Games, Under Two Bucks

20140519-190210.jpgThere are SO many uses for popsicle sticks. I have been using it for a game I learned from another teacher I work with called Kaboom. I wrote the 220 Dolch sight words on the sticks, grouped by level (pre-primer, primer, K, 1, 2, 3) Add at least 10 or so Kaboom sticks into the mix. Students choose the sticks from the opposite end the word is written on (so they cannot see the words) and must read the word to collect it. If they can’t read it, they must return to the container. If they pick a Kaboom stick, they have to give up all of their sticks. Kaboom!


Popsicle sticks (many many)



Under Two Bucks: Witch Finger Reading Trackers

DIY, Under Two Bucks


Witch fingers! Once the novelty wears off¬†with the kids, they work really well for reading trackers. Let them play and have fun at first, don’t expect the kids not to poke each other or make witch cackles. If it’s too distracting to have the nail polish and warts, you can wrap it in washi tape. I have some that are all yellow.