Retail Value: $19.99
SSS Cost: $2.89
Quality: 8/10 Scuffed, but really nice overall
Uses: If you wanted to make this for the classroom, I’d suggest adding heavy card stock or cardboard dividers for sorting papers or books. I, however, made it into a jewelry box because I needed a better way to organize my selection of necklaces, and I already had the bamboo containers ($7.99 –eek!–at TJ Maxx) With the addition of a few corner brackets and some Command Strips, I have a beautiful new necklace holder.
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 🙂 )
*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!
Incredibly easy to make. Grab a vest, shirt, jacket and sew some beanbags into the bottom. The kids like this one, looks hip.
I have a game center as part of my learning center. Mainly, because I love games. But, I use them really often for learning activities. Yahtzee practices addition and multiplication skills. Apples to Apples works on parts of speech. Bingo comes in like every math skill and sight word variety. Just to name a few…
These are DollarTree sink drainers. They came with 11×12, so I had to cut to make it 10×10.
Uses: I tape it to a dry erase board. Students use dry erase markers to complete decimals, fractions, percentages problems. Downside, smaller holes than I’d prefer.
So I am a bit of a Justin Timberlake fan. But let’s be honest, who isn’t? I just let my JT flag fly a little higher than the rest. 🙂
Justin is just an EXAMPLE of how you can pick a fun topic to you (the adult with your own adult interest that can be appropriate for school). Just a little personal present to yourself when you give, give, give all day. You like knitting? You like photography? You like male ice dancing?
The Justin Timberlaking Incident of May 2014
My reputation for being a 29 year old teenybopper made me the perfect target for a Justin Timberlake bombing. On the afternoon of a rather crumby day, a sneaky coworker of mine JT bombed my classroom.
I was able to get a 5th grade detective on the case. Plenty of suspects, including Justin Timberlake himself.
When the detective had to take a hiatus from the case due to an illness, the JT bomber struck again! This time with color pictures. Oh, the detail!
And there was even this naughty little one.
While I have an idea who is responsible, no one has confessed.
This is a mixture of Secondhand Store Score and DIY. I found a lot of these critters around my house (yes I still have princess figurines!) or at secondhand stores. I needed a place to keep them all, and since I originally only had princess figurines, I created a castle home. Then more of the gang came along. Why I have a set up dolls, you ask? Well, one of the kids is the most cooperative when speaking to and through these dolls. I can actually get her to read when using a doll voice (I have mastered Belle’s voice). Turns out, popular method with some of the younger kids. Reading through these figurines. Whatever works!
Tin or box big enough to keep small creatures (with room to eventually add more, of course)
Paper (I’d recommend card stock)
Markers, crayons, pencils
1. Measure paper around container
2. Create some sort of design, if you want to make it a “home” stick with that theme. Don’t limit yourself though.
3. Optional: laminate paper
4. Secure around container