I have always LOVED getting my craft on! When I was in college, I loved making necklaces, earings, re-doing chairs, shelves..I *might* even have some pictures of these. I'll have to look! Sharing these might be a perfect post for a Throw-Back Thursday! However, if I do share these, you will have to forgive me...and remember...it was the early 90's! HA!
Teaching is the perfect place to get your craft on! You don't have to be crafty to be a teacher, but it sure makes it A LOT more fun! That's why I was so excited to link up with Miss Kindergarten , A Cupcake for the Teacher, and A Modern Teacher for their Classroom Crafts Linky Party, sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
When I read Miss Kindergarten's post about this Linky, I knew I wanted to join! So, I went to my local Jo-Ann's and walked around! Of course, I found so many things that I *had* to have, but nothing was coming to mind for a craft!!! So, I just kept looking. That's how my creative side works sometimes. I have to go down an aisle a couple of times and then it just HITS me! And, HIT me id did!!!! Instead of finding just one craft I wanted to make, I found 5ish! Uh-oh!
I saw these door holders and instantly knew I needed to make Library Passes for my students! This was a super easy, quick craft! I did discover that the letter stickers did not stick like I wanted them to. So, for the second pass, I used glitter stickers, that I already had. But, I really wanted the adorable letter stickers to stick, so I added a little glue to the back and voila! Perfect.
For the next project, I still wanted to use these adorable letters!
I have seen this idea around for awhile...but whenever I would look for a container, there were never enough spaces for the letters or the spaces were too small. Well, I found the perfect one at Jo-Ann's! I love using paper letters to make words with the students, but storing the letters can often get annoying. Not anymore! YAY! Now, I have this awesome container and I am loving it! I also love that the letter stickers are on the inside of the container, as well. It makes it so easy for the students to also use this container during our Daily 5 time and Word Work activities. So EASY to put the letters away!
Some of the letters didn't want to stick, but again, I just added a little bit of glue! And, of course, I had to add the owls to go with our classroom theme!!!
The next project was inspired by a project that I created this past summer! You can read about it here and here.
Once I saw these Halloween owl and pumpkin stickers, I KNEW I had to make name sticks, Halloween style! My students just love name sticks! They love knowing that they will always be chosen when I am calling on them! They know they will always get a turn to share an answer!
I can't wait to share these with my students! I am going to add their names and then let them use them as bookmarks and reading sticks! Instead of pointing to the words with their finger, they can use their reading stick, Halloween style! BOO!
I went back to Jo-Ann's for more Halloween owl stickers and found these adorable Thanksgiving owl stickers! What!?! So, of course, I had to make name sticks, Thanksgiving style, too!!! And, again they will become reading sticks, Thanksgiving style when we are done! Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!
These crafts were so much fun to make! I hope you check out all of the adorable crafts and link up, too! Time to get your craft on!