Warning: These items were made by an amateur. Any attempt to try them on your own will surely create similar, if not better, results.
Ha! Ha! Seriously, I don't consider myself a very crafty person. But, I had a lot of fun putting these projects together.
Treasure Chest - I bought this Treasure Chest at Walmart for $5.97. I brought it home and hot-glued some fake jewels on it. I think the kids are going to flip for it! Bonus: It matches my decor!
My Library Check-Out System - I've always used the honor system, but last year I lost too many books. So I decided to create a simple way to add accountability to borrowing our classroom books.
Each child in my class is assigned a number (we are departmentalized so I have 2 classes). I glued 25 card pockets with calendar numbers on a foam board. The border is duct tape to make the edges look neater. Since foam board won't fit in the laminator, I put strips of packaging tape across the entire board. Then, I tool an exacto knife to open up the pockets.
Each pocket holds two library cards. Thestudents' names will go on these cards. To check out, they will write the date and the title of the book. They won't be able to check out another book until they return the one listed on the card. "Librarian" duties will be delegated to a student in each of my classes.
"Pick Me" Numbers - I usually use craft stick to randomly choose students for various activities. This year I'm going to use number cards. I found this free template at Positively Learning. Copies were made on card stock, then laminated. To fit in a soap box, they had to be trimmed just a bit. I also plan to use them with my homemade Learning Carpet (click here to learn more).
Tool Box - I've hopped on the Tool Box bandwagon. I bought mine at Home Depot for $19.99 and spray painted it pink. Then, I found the label template at Create * Teach * Share. As I was labeling, I began to think of other labels I want to create. The only problem is there is no way to edit the template to write your own label names. I may need to come up with my own template. If I do, I'll post it!
Have a great day!