Teaching Tuesday: Egg Word Families

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 No comments
Here's a simple center for those left over eggs.  Make word families.  I just used permanent marker and added the family to one side (-op, -it, -ot, -ap, -et) and then added the letters to the other side students can spin to make words.  They can make words and write them down, and you could even slip a little answer key inside with all the words they should make and a QR code of you recording yourself saying the words.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock

Thursday, March 14, 2019 No comments
I have been obsessing over all the pink/brown/orange/cream things going around the net these days.  So, I had an extra Shamrock from a GMT segment and decided to use up some of the 'ends' of yarn I keep in storage for projects just like this.  
Joann's had several different options for shamrocks, some unfinished, and this chalkboard shamrock, but the point is, I just needed the shape.
 I was using six different yarns, and the board is 12 inches tall, so I measured and drew off 2 inch lines using a silver sharpie.
 I glued some yarn around the bottom since it would be hard to wrap it around this area.
 Then I started wrapping.  I added a little glue as I went to keep the yarn in place.
 For the weird edges, I laid piece of yarn down and glued it flat, then wrapped and glued it around the edge.
I started at the top of the next line for each color and worked my way down just to keep things even.  
 In progress.
 Again, as I reached weird edge, I'd start there and wrap and glue, and then cover that up as I continued to wrap.  The bag doesn't look as good as the front.  If I were hanging this on my door, I'd cover the back with one piece of fabric, but this is going flush against a wall, so I didn't worry about that for this project.
Overall, I'm pleased with how it turned out and want to add some bunting etc.

St Patrick's Day Bubble Gum Necklace

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 No comments
I did a little something like this a few years ago for Valentine's Day and busted it out again for St Patrick's Day.  An edible rainbow necklace to celebrate all things Irish.  
 I love to explore the candy bins at Party City.  You can pick your own colors/candies and they are 10 or 15 pieces per dollars, so you don't have to buy a bunch of packages of one colored gum to make just a few necklaces.  This is not an add, just a tip if you haven't discovered this section.  I use it a lot of parties too when I want to use candy on tables for parties (instead of confetti).
To make a hole to string my gum I used a scrapbook pocker, but in the past I have used push pins and nails to do the trick as well, or a nice sharp skewer will do the trick.  Basically, something sharp, but not too thick or it will crack the gum.
I threaded a needle with some thin ribbon and pushed the ribbon through the holes.  I also tied a knot between each piece.  
 Ready to wear, but more importantly, ready to wear.  I think I'll make some Oreo cookie necklaces to take with me to work on Monday.

St Patrick's Day Wreath

Sunday, March 10, 2019 No comments
I'm working on a few super easy St Patrick's Day crafts.   I'll post the video tomorrow on Facebook. I've seen a lot of door decorations covered in moss, and discovered sheets of self adhesive moss recently at the craft store (I've found it at both Joann and Hobby Lobby-use a coupon).  I also grabbed this unfinished shamrock at Joann.  They also had some chalkboard shamrocks I bought as well.  Basically, I just wanted the shape.  
 I painted the edges green, and then I just started tracking out the shamrock shape on the back of the moss.
 Peel and stick.
 I did it in sections to control it a bit as it stuck down.
 I sprayed a letter gold and added a bow and it's ready to welcome guest.

Carrot Surprise

Thursday, March 07, 2019 No comments
 I know, I know....Easter is still almost 40 days away, but I always plan early!  This year I made these carrot surprise toys.  Have you seen surprise balls?  Basically, it's crepe paper (sometimes) in the shape of a ball and as you unroll the ball, little prizes fall out.  I've started seeing really cute shapes for the different holidays, and this year I decided I was going to make some carrot shaped surprises for some of my favorite beings under 4 feet to enjoy via the mail.
 I'll start with the end, I filled boxes with crinkle paper and put in surprise carrots for each of the kiddos at the house holds these were being shipped to.  These three carrots are going to my godson and his siblings.
 I tossed in some bunny ears for the little bunny in the bunch.  I'm sealing the boxes and shipping them out as soon as St Patrick's Day has come and gone.
 I bought some fun little toys at Oriental Trading/Party City, along with crepe paper streamers.  I ended up using a full orange on 4 carrots.  For the innards, the different party suppliers usually have free shipping every month or so, so I generally wait until I see that and order some little supplies.
 I started my carrots by wrapping up the pencils with crepe paper.  Once it was covered, I started adding in some of the other goodies (egg shaped cards in this photo).
 I would wrap a few layers, and then add another toy at various points, trying to keep the shape of the carrot in mind.

 I didn't use any glue, I just pressed them down and wrapped....and wrapped....and wrapped.
 I also found some little felt stickers I bought last year at the Target Dollar Spot.
 When I finally had all the prizes in the carrot, I cut some smaller strips of green, pressed them about halfway down the carrot and then just wrapped those in place.
 To 'end' the carrots once you have the shape you like, you can just tuck in the end of the crepe paper, or add a glue dot.
I thought about pressing a little stickers on each to tell them to unwrap the carrot, but I decided on a little card instead since these were being mailed.

King Cake

Monday, March 04, 2019 No comments
 I made my first King Cake tonight (two actually, because that's how many the recipe made, though they are probably equal to one large grocery store cake).  I used this recipe from all recipe.  The only adjustments I made was that I doubled the icing recipe to cover both cakes, and I skipped the raisins and did a little over a cup of chopped pecans instead.
 It's freezing, so my rise wasn't quite what I wanted, but check out that filling peeking out!
 For the sake of a photo, I cut one in two so I could see the inside.  I may or may not have already had a slice.
The rest is traveling with work with me tomorrow to pass out.  No beads.  No babies.  Maybe next year!