Monday, 30 July 2012

Monday Made It... I Made It!

I have been a busy girl! So here I am joining up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics for my first  Monday Made It... Unsurprisingly, they are all Pin-inspired so I have included the Pin-picture first, and my finished project second. :)

First up, I got my birthday balloons all put together. I found these adorable FREE balloons from Mrs. H over at Once Upon a First Grade Adventure. Download them {here}. I just printed them out, taped them to some crazy straws, and they are ready to go!

Second up, I have been dying to make some whisper phones FOREVER. When I saw these from Classroom DIY, I just had to! I have a love for patterened duct tape. I think it is just fantastic! I need to find more things to do with it! Here's the pin that inspired me:

For each phone you need two 3/4" white PVC elbows and a 3.5" piece of 3/4" white PVC pipe. I am lucky enough to have a handy man around who can cut pipe for me, but I've heard that the nice people at Lowe's or Home Depot will cut the pipe for you right there if you ask nicely! So you just stick it the pieces together and wrap the middle section with duct tape. I bought some turquoise and pink zebra tape. Love them! I can't wait to use them for my reading groups and Read to Self. So much fun. I made ten in all.

My third project was also using PVC pipe. If you are like me, you have a million of those mini pocket charts from the Target dollar section. And if you are also like me, you don't know what to do with all of them! Well when I saw this from First Grade Fabulosity, it all fit together! A pocket chart stand to use as a Word Work centre!

I looked around and found these great instructions:

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest

I tweaked the instructions just a bit to make it work for me. To make my stand you will need:

two 25" pieces of white 3/4" PVC pipe
four 16" pieces of white 3/4" PVC pipe
six 5" pieces of white 3/4" PVC pipe
six white 3/4" PVC elbows
four white 3/4" PVC T-adaptors
two metal shower rings

Mine's a little tall. You could probably cut a bit off the 25" pieces to make it a bit shorter. I will probably keep mine like this though. I like the base on mine (bf's idea) because it makes the stand pretty sturdy! Also, I have two pocket charts hanging back to back, so two kids can be using the stand at once! I see some sort of "Guess Who!" game going on in this... Stay tuned, the wheels are turning! ;)

Now comes the dilemma though... I thought about spray painting the whole thing because I can't stand the black writing on the pipe. I bought black and a bright blue spray paint. Then I thought about using the duct tape again! What do you guys think?? Spray paint or duct tape? Black or blue? Turquoise or pink zebra? Both? AAUGH! Help me decide!

Ok, last of my weekly projects were my lucky duck sticks! Inspired by Judy over at Kindertastic. She made her sticks double-coloured!! Genius!! So when you've pulled a name out, you flip it over and that way you know who you have called and you haven't. Love it!

I made my ducky bucket, but my popsicle sticks are packed up in a box somewhere! I *knew* I should have labelled the outside of my moving boxes! Oh well, they will show up eventually! :)

Ok, this isn't a made it project, but my latest find at the dollar store.... Peanut butter and jelly cut outs! Aren't they adorable?? I have no idea what I will use them for yet.... some sort of matching centre I think... but I couldn't pass them up. They were just too cutie-patootie!! :)


  1. Omg! I just love all your projects! I love the straw idea for the birthday balloons, rather than pixie sticks.

    Krazy About Kiddos

  2. You've been busy. Love it all.

  3. I love the PVC stand!! Also love the PB and J cut outs...I want to go buy those right now!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. The birthday straws are so cute! I bought the straws and wouldn't you know I am out of ink! Ugh!

    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  5. I love your birthday balloons!! I opted to do the balloons with straws this year too. :)Everything came out great!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  6. WOW! You were busy... I love all the great ideas and links! Thanks! I am a new blogger and just did my first Monday Made It. Fun!
    - Michele

  7. I love those little PVC pipe pocket chart stands. What a cool idea. I just pinned it!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  8. The PVC pocket chart stands are on my list of projects to complete too! As soon as I saw the PB and J cut outs, I immediately thought of an activity I learned in a science training. As an alternate to "turn and talk" you P,B, and J or Pivot, Blab, and Jot (turn, talk, and write/draw). The cut-outs could be glued to popsicle sticks or tongue could even play the "peanut butter, jelly time" song/rap (just the refrain of course)! I hope my Dollar Tree has them!

    ~Mary Hall Lester

    1. Wow, Mary! I like that idea! Thanks for sharing. My Dollar Tree only had one pack of them.... I wish I could have got more! :D

  9. Love the Blog!! I have seen people use Peanut butter and Jelly cut outs for pairing students up...for example, laminate, write some students name on the pb and some on jelly...pick a pb and a jelly to pair together for various things =]