Monday, July 25, 2016

Birthday Banner

  Birthday Banner

  Today I am Linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for 
Monday Made it. 

        To celebrate each of my students' birthdays I make Birthday Banner.
I found a roll of white paper in the storeroom.  I thought it would be perfect size for a personal banner for my students.  As you can see it is a very simple project. I write "Happy Birthday" in bubble letters and the child's name on the banner.  After each is finished. I roll the banner up, write the child's name and birthday on the end of the paper, and secure it with a rubber band.  All the rolls are neatly stored in a book bin.  A student can easily find the birthday banner for the student who is celebrating their birthday.

       The special addition to the banner comes when each student in my homeroom decorates the letters and signs their name on the  banner. Markers and crayons come out and the kids sit on the floor to decorate the banners.

   At the end of the day, the Birthday Boy or Girl get to pick something from the Birthday Box.  Inside they may find an assortment of toys, pins, necklaces, picture frames, wallets, pencils, etc.  The contents of the box is always changing.


  I hope someone will be able to use this Birthday Banner in their classroom.
I'd love to read your comments on this activity.

  The Birthday Banner is linked to   Freebie Friday.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Lizzy Blankie





  My son and  daughter-in-law have a dachshund named Lizzy.

I saw a Doxie Blankie pattern by Jenna Wingate on Pinterest. The name was Dog in A Sweater.  It can be found on

     I thought it was so cute and looked just like Lizzy.  This was my inspiration piece.   I knit and crochet for fun.  

      So... when my son and daughter-in-law said they were having a baby the wheels in my head started turning.   A Lizzy Blankie would be a fun gift for our granddaughter. 

"Tummy Time" for Lizzy!

Please leave a comment if you like Doxies.  I'd love to hear from you.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Solar Oven

                Today I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics and 
Monday Made It.

      The warm weather and the sun shine has returned to Michigan.  So I decided to make a solar oven to make recycled crayons. 
              Solar Oven  SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!!!   

        All we would need was a shoe box, tin foil, and a large ziplock bag.  An addition of a  thermometer would make this an educational project.     I cut a large window in the top of a shoe box.  The next step was to glue tin foil to the entire inside of the box and lid.   I cut a zip lock bag slightly larger than the window and glued the plastic to the inside of the lid to cover the hole. 
     We were all set to start melting old broken crayons.By the end of the year you always have plenty of broken crayons!

           You notice the little sign on top of the Solar Oven.  It was placed outside on the playground near the school building.  But everyone knows how inquisitive students are. 

      I decided to use recycled individual creamer cups to hold the crayon pieces.

This worked fairly well.


We tried using an ice cube tray. Not too bad.

This is a popsicle mold I found at the Dollar Store.  The kids liked this one.  

Candy mold made cute bunny crayons. 
        We were feeling pretty good about our solar oven and new crayons.  
But ...... science experiments don't always work out they way you plan.  I placed the solar oven on a trash can in the school parking lot so no one would step on it during dismissal at 3:00.  While standing right next to the solar oven, a gust of wind came and blew the oven over.  The oven was on its side on the ground.

130 degrees, liquid crayons, and a little wind.
What do you think of the art work?

                      Have you had a science experiment that didn't turn out as expected?

Please leave me a comment.  I enjoy reading ideas and comments from you.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Mall of America Aquarium

           On a recent trip to Minneapolis we went to the Mall of America.  There is an aquarium that is very impressive.  So much to see!

        There was an exhibit with sea horses.  They look so delicate.  You can see how they wrap their tail around a plant to stabilize themselves.

      There were also frogs.  I couldn't resist taking these pictures because of their brilliant colors.

         If you happen to be in Minneapolis stop an visit the Aquarium in the Mall of America.  Of course you'll see sharks, jelly fish, sea turtles, and feed a stingray.   It is a wonderful family experience.

         Please leave a comment if you have a chance.
Enjoy your day.


Alice in "One- derland" Birthday Cake

       1st Birthday Cake

      My granddaughter recently turned one year old,  and my daughter wanted an Alice in "One"-derland  cake because her middle name in Alice.   I can not take any credit for this cute cake.  My son-in-law's grandmother and mother made this darling creation.  A few of the letters had been eaten off of the cake by the time I could take a picture of the cake. 
    A little Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, and the Queen of Hearts were all on the cake.