Monday, April 7, 2014

Grandparent’s Day Craft

Hi everyone! A couple of weeks back we celebrated Grandparent’s Day at our school. It is a really big deal around here. We always do a small performance for the grandparent’s where the kids sing songs, then they come back and show off our classroom, present their grandparents with a small craft, and then they can finally go buy books at the Scholastic Book Fair. So it is a pretty busy week for us to get ready for.

I have always done the same craft every year but really wanted to do something different this year so I started looking on Pinterest for ideas. After days of searching I found a craft that I really liked. Here is the original craft that was actually for Mother’s Day, so if you already had Grandparent’s Day this would be a really cute craft for Mother’s Day.


GP day original craft

I found the original craft on KareWares blog. I fell in love immediately. It is just so cute and it was super easy to make.

I changed it a little bit to work for my class. I didn’t have time to take pictures of the kids so this was the compromise I made. Here is what I did:

GP Day craft total view

I first made a pattern for the flower pot. Then I took a brown piece of 12x18 brown construction paper and folded it in half. The bottom of the flower pot the folded part and the top is the opening so the pieces can fit down in.

Gp Day folded pot

Next, I cut out the pot:

GP Day cut out pot  

Then I took a strip of green paper cut slits at the top and then glued the grass to the front of the pot on the inside:

Gp Day craft grass

Gp Day grass       Gp Day Grass front view


Next I taped a long piece of green yarn to the inside of of the pot and then stapled the sides closed. I tried to glue the sides but they kept popping open so the best way to do it is to staple it closed.

GP day craft flower pot

The last piece is to make the flowers. I have the kids trace a flower tracer onto three different pieces of colored construction paper and one white piece of construction paper. I also cut out three circles with circle cutter. Then the kids glue the circles to the middle of the flower. We then wrote I on one circle, love on the second circle, and you on the last circle.

GP Day craft I  GP Day craft love  GP Day craft you

The last white paper I had the kids draw a picture of their grandparents and themselves together.

GP Day craft 2  GP Day craft 3  GP Day craft

I LOVE the way their pictures turned out. They are so cute. All the flowers get tucked in the flower pot and I have a little piece of string hanging out of the pot.

Grandparent’s really loved them and I got so many compliments on them. This is a final look at the finished craft!

GP Day craft total view

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can use this in your classroom!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Indiana Meet-Up


I finally get the chance to sit down and tell you about the amazing time I had at the Indiana blogger meet up. Holly from Mrs. Ehle’s Kindergarten Connections put the whole event together and what an awesome job she did.

There were 50 teachers from every grade and many teachers that drove many hours to be able to attend this event. We met at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana. This resort was so beautiful. It had a casino, spa, and a beautiful atrium where we got to see a light show (colored lights on the ceiling) and enjoy each others company.

French Lick Ligh Show

 French Lick Casino 

Michelle from Journey into TK, Amy from Teaching in Blue Jeans, and myself all met up on Friday night and shared a room. After dinner we went back to Holly’s room and helped put together the decoration for the meet-up that were donated by School Girl Style.

Blogger pom poms

                   Blogger Meet Up

Also donated by School Girl Style were the agenda cards and our name tags.

Blogger name tag            Blogger meet up agenda     

Holly did an amazing job at getting some really good sponsors to donate products for us to bring back to our classrooms. Companies like Scentos, Vera Bradley, Crayola, Jamberry Nails, and Erin Condren.

Blogger meet up gifts            Blogger Meet Up Vera Bag

Holly had a lot of prizes to give away…..I won a LCD writing tablet called a Boogie Board. I can’t wait to use this in my classroom!

Blogger meet up gift I won

I loved going to the meet-up and getting to see old friends again. Blogger meet up Old FriendsFrom left to right is Amy from Teaching in Blue Jeans, Michelle from Journey into TK, me, and Holly from Mrs. Ehle Kindergarten Connections. I met these ladies last year at the I Teach K conference.

My favorite part was that I got to make a lot of new friends as well! I am looking forward to spending more time with all of them!

          Blogger meet up New Friend                     Blogger meet up Greg

blogger friends