Friday, August 1, 2014

Michaels...#create2educate #sweepstakes

It's that time again! Time to start setting up our classrooms for another successful school year! This year, I am especially excited to set up my classroom, because I have teamed with @Michaels to help teachers and parents to Create2Educate with DIY projects and crafts. And here's some more great news! If you decide to get your craft on too, you can enter to win a $50 gift card to Michaels! I'll explain more about that later, after I finish showing off my creations.

I went on a shopping spree at Michaels and bought some supplies to help me make two different projects.

Here is what I purchased...
This year, I am changing the way my children go to stations. In the past, I always used a pocket chart for the children to choose their station. The pocket chart hung on a door, my students put their name next to the station they wanted to go to first, and then went to that station. However, my kindergarten students sometimes forgot which station they chose and would wind up at the wrong station or they got confused and went to a different station. So, I decided that this year I was going to have the children bring their name to the actual station they were visiting, to alleviate this problem. I knew in my head exactly what I wanted at each station to hold their names, and I went to Michaels and found just what I envisioned. I couldn't possibly have asked for a better holder.

I bought 5 of them, in the prettiest colors, along with some cute stickers to make them look even nicer. I attached my station signs using a hot glue gun and stuck on the stickers, and love the way they came out. 

Each student will have a colored pencil, labeled with his/her name, to use to go from station to station. And I know they won't wind up at the wrong station anymore!

For my next project, I decorated a bulletin board to use for Nice Notes.

Creating a positive classroom community is very important to me. My students will be writing nice things about their peers all year long. And their sentiments will hang on this beautiful board.

This display was super easy to make! I printed out the Nice Note letters and banners, and hot glued them to the boards. I also glued on some white ribbon and the colorful wooden stars.

This beautiful board will look great in my classroom and will serve a very important purpose. 

Click here for more information about the Nice Notes!

And there you have it! 
Two super simple DIY crafts that anyone can make. 

I hope I have inspired you to get creative because now it's your turn! Michaels is having a DIY crafting contest on Instagram from August 1-15.  Each day, a winner will be chosen to win a $50.00 gift card to Michaels! To enter, all you have to do is create something for your classroom, take a picture of it, and upload it to Instagram. Tag @Michaels and use the hashtags #Create2Educate and #sweepstakes starting August 1 on Instagram. If you don't have an Instagram account, then get one now! It's super easy to do! 
Happy crafting!


  1. GREAT idea! Love the "Nice Notes". Just put them on my "wish list". What are your buckets from Michael's made of?

  2. I am new to your site and love this post. I have a station question. I taught pre-k last year and stations signs with velcro. They took their velcro backed name tag and attached it to the station. This year, I am teaching first grade. I'm wondering if I can use this idea, but make sure that the children visit each station by the end of the week. Or should I not be concerned if they do? Thanks!

  3. I love, love, love the Nice Notes! Thanks for posting such a wonderful idea!

    New Adventures in Elementary


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