July 15, 2017

Alphabet Wheels for Hands on Fun!

Hello Friends!
As you know we LOVE to make materials to use with our students that they can get their hands-on and have FUN!

Did you buy these clips from the Target Dollar Spot?
If you didn't, you can make your own!
Target Dollar Spot Alphabet Clips

We got some and we made these to match!
Target Dollar Spot Alphabet Clips, Alphabet Wheels

Students will learn and have fun matching the beginning sounds!
Target Dollar Spot Alphabet Clips, Alphabet Wheels
 They can also practice finding the missing letter!
Target Dollar Spot Alphabet Clips, Alphabet Wheels

 They can also practice matching beginning sound cards!
Target Dollar Spot Alphabet Clips, Beginning Sounds

As I began to think of all of the different clip stations I wanted with clothespins, I decided I needed to make clothespins to match! I searched for stickers, wooden letters, or foam shapes but I couldn't find any that would work.

So I developed these ...
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I made strips to match each set!  I love them!
I used clothespins from Walmart. I printed, laminated, and then hot glued them to my clothespins.
Clothespin Activities, Planet Happy Smiles
Here is what they look like in action!
Here are the number sets:
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Number Wheels, Planet Happy SmilesNumber Wheels, Planet Happy Smiles

Here are the color sets:
Color Wheels, Planet Happy Smiles

Color Wheels, Planet Happy Smiles

I also made a set with just pom-poms!
Color Wheels, Planet Happy Smiles

Here are the shape & counting sets:

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Counting Wheel, Planet Happy Smiles

 I also made a complete set of uppercase and lowercase letters for anyone who could not find the alphabet clips.

Here are some storage ideas:
Alphabet Clips, Planet Happy Smiles
Pencil Box

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If you want to implement these hands-on stations in your classroom or with your own kids at home, you can grab it by clicking the picture below!
 Alphabet Adventures Clip Cards
We hope you LOVE this easy set of stations!
Happy Teaching!

July 6, 2017

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July 5, 2017

Planet Happy Smiles: Monday Made It!

Hello Friends!
I am linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!
I had eye surgery last week so I took a few days off to heal but now I am back!

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My first project on the list was making a couple of cute bins. My "Read Alouds" basket to hold some of the books we will read during the week & a "Reading Glasses" basket for our variety glasses.
Planet Happy Smiles, Read Alouds Basket

Planet Happy Smiles, Reading Glasses Basket

This was super easy!  Dollar Tree for the baskets, ribbon from Hobby Lobby, and my labels!
I LOVE them! I can't wait to use them this year!
Grab them here:
http://bit.ly/ReadAloudsLabel

My second project was creating mini erasers to use next year with my class.  I love the little erasers that fit in their hands! The ones in the store can add up! So I decided to make my own. 
I used 5" sewn, felt erasers.

My dad made me a set a very long time ago and they have lasted great! When dad made them for me he used his electric saw and the cuts for each one were almost perfect.  Mine are not perfect but I can take pride in the fact that I did it! The erasers were donated so all I had to do was cut them, print the labels (Thank you HP Instant Ink: post on that click here!) and then laminate them.
Total cost: 20 cents!
Planet Happy Smiles, Mini Erasers
Here are the steps:
1. Collect your materials.  I used a utility knife, a kitchen knife, scissors, and a cutting board.
2. Cut the hand-sewn, felt erasers in half using your utility knife.
3. Find the mid-point and cut the long pieces in half. I used the utility knife to get through the top and the kitchen knife to cut through the felt. Now you have four pieces.
4. Trim the felt to make them neat.

For the next steps watch my quick video!

Here are mine finished:
Planet Happy Smiles, Mini Erasers
This set will stay at my small group table in their work baskets.

Planet Happy Smiles, Mini Erasers
I made a numbered set so I would not have to update them each year.  I am hoping they will last! On this set, I am going to try and attach magnets to the side and each child will get their own.

Planet Happy Smiles, Mini Erasers
These will be strategically placed around the room in stations where they won't have their own numbered eraser.
I LOVE the way they turned out!

If you don't have time to make your own, you can always order them! I found these on Amazon and they are super cute! (affiliate links)
We hope you are enjoying your summer!
Happy Crafting!

June 23, 2017

Monday Made it ~ Toolbox and Pineapples...OH MY!

Hello Friends!
I LOVE linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It! This linky really makes me get projects done!

I made another toolbox for another friend!
She found the toolbox and I painted & created all the labels.
Planet Happy Smiles, Toolbox Labels

Grab the labels here:
I made them editable and I add some blank labels, too!
Toolbox Labels To Match Any Decor!

Here is one on Amazon (affiliate link)
Follow the link and you can see different styles!
For that same sweet friend, I made a pineapple welcome set! I am loving the colors and the cute pineapples, so I am making more items!
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Planet Happy Smiles, Pineapple DecorPlanet Happy Smiles, Pineapple Decor

You can grab this set here:
Pineapple Welcome Banner, Tags, and Poster
I hope you LOVE all of these projects!
Check back next week for more fun!
Happy Creating!

June 15, 2017

Monday Made It Is Back!

Hello Friends!
I am so excited that Tara from 4th Grade Frolics is bringing Monday Made It back this summer! 
I LOVE linking up and showing you what I have been up to.
Let's jump right in!
I made this fun toolbox for my friend!  She bought the toolbox from Lowe's and I painted & created all the labels.


Here is this one on Amazon. (affiliate link)
Follow the link and you can see different styles!


I LOVE the way her toolbox turned out! So my ...
is my HUGE toolbox! I completely redid mine! Mine came from Lowe's, too.  
Grab the labels here:
Toolbox Labels To Match Any Decor!
This one is a tip for displaying your student's work in the classroom or in the hall!
Display Clips!
Binder clips work GREAT!!!
I made my clips for next year to match my Camping/Woodland Animal Theme!

The BEST tip I can give you one this project is to check the clips on a piece of paper before you glue.  Last year, I glued them without checking and some were loose. Also, check the dollar stores for these clips.  I got 20 in a pack for $1.  Sometimes at Dollar Tree you can find some decorative clips, too! I like to use these in the classroom because the kids take care of them!

In the hall, I use my ribbon clips.
I just made these, too!
Here is how I make them:
1. I cut the ribbon 3" long.
2. I loop it through one silver handle.
3. I hot glue the ends together.
So easy!
You can either hot glue them to your spot, use a thumbtack, or staple the ribbon. 
For my last project I repainted my keys! I LOVE doing this and it really helps you find the right one quick! I am sure I saw it on Pinterest, but I have no idea which pin it was.

Here are the steps:
1. Clean your keys. (I had to remove the old color)
2. Paint a few layers of your favorite color of nail polish on both sides.
3. OPTIONAL: I added a layer of glitter polish.
4. Seal it with a clear top coat or spray with lacquer.
*I painted mine on a day I did not need to go anywhere and I was able to give the layers time to dry. If you have a spare set of keys that would work, too!
**The last time I did this, it lasted for years!

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We can't wait to see what other teachers are up to!
Happy Creating!

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