Easy Organization for Crayons and Other Supplies

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Colossians 3:23)

I was noticing all of the sites out there about organizing; it seems as though it is the thing to do these days. I am one of those people who are naturally organized. It is a gift and a curse! However, with spring around the corner, why not share an easy organizer for crayons, markers, glue sticks, and the like.IMG_0010

I decided to make an organizer for all of the crayons we have collected.

This concept can be used with just about anything.

In my classroom I collect all the pencils, paper, and glue sticks from my students at the beginning of the year so there is less clutter in their desks. We have a community area where students can go and get what they need when they need it.

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I cut toilet paper tubes in half. If you were to use this for markers or colored pencils leave them whole and maybe use a deeper container.

IMG_0009I did a trial run on how it would fit in the drawer. (the drawer came from a broken cabinet and the crayons were just a messy pile in the drawer. Use what you have; a shoebox, basket, or bin will work just as well.

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Glue the tubes together so they don’t flop all over the container. I held mine together with some rubber bands around 4 at a time as I glued.

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Now sort and add the crayons, or whatever you are organizing. You can even use the rainbow colors to order them if you choose…remember ROY G BIV?

I chose my own color combo according to the space and amount of tubes I had in the box.
Done!

IMG_0014Allow the kids to get five crayons at a time, this way they will easily go back to the right spot before they choose to take their next five.

Use your kids to help in the process and they will take ownership of the organized space!

This can also be a great lesson in sorting.

Trying it this time of year will give you a good test of where you want community space in the classroom and how to best use it. This may not work in every classroom, but it is worth a trial period. You may also want to try this if you have tables instead of desks in your classroom; this way there is a table community of supplies instead of the whole classroom.

Let me know what you organized and how this method works for you!
Blessing to you,
Tammy

4 Days of Decorating for Christmas

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 ‘Tis the season…..

Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! The week after, I spend decorating the house for Christmas as I am sure many of you do too. For the past four days I have taken down the everyday décor and dusted and decorated.

I don’t have before photos but here is my process.

  • Day 1 take down the everyday décor and dust. Bring up the Christmas bins (this was my workout for the day). Check out what is in each bin (I actually have a general label on each bin so I know where to start). I start my sort and begin to place bins or items in the appropriate rooms for the season.
    •    The ornament bins are the last ones I get to these days. When the kids where home, the tree was the first thing we did the day after Thanksgiving. It was called Ornament Day in our home because everyone received a few new ornaments for the tree.
    •    I have quite a collection of Christmas items, i.e. snowmen, Santas, trees, penguins, garland, and nativity pieces.
  •  Day 2 Continue to sort and begin to decorate.
    •   I chose a theme for each room. Family room, bright and whimsical because of the “partini” paintings Hubby and I did a couple of years back. Kitchen of course is food inspired. Dining room and living room will be traditional Christmas showcasing the 12 ft. tree. The study will be woodland and have the Nativity prominently place for all to see as they enter the house.
    •    First to be decorated is the family room. The shelves were filled with silly Santas, snowmen, trees, and penguins. I also added a few Christmas books to bring some height to larger shelves. I have a little three foot tree that I will add bright and whimsical ornaments.IMG_0004IMG_0003IMG_0009
    •    Next was the mantel. Last year, post-Christmas, My mom and I took my granddaughter shopping and she chose bright glittery flowers to have in a vase in her room. I grabbed those and added them to my mantel. I used the bow that Mom added to a gift last year.IMG_0001IMG_0002IMG_0006IMG_0008IMG_0009IMG_0004IMG_0003IMG_0005
    •    We have wall cut-outs which I figured I would use to hang larger ornaments from bright colored ribbon.IMG_0032
    •    I then moved on to the study (the woodland room). The canoe was taken from the family room as well as some of my rocks and used with the Christmas decorations. This time the Santas, snowmen and trees had a woodland flair.IMG_0023IMG_0022IMG_0011IMG_0010
    •    The Nativity was painted by my mom 40 years ago. It has had some rough moves and pieces have been glued back in place, but it is my favorite Christmas decoration. A true heirloom that I love.IMG_0026IMG_0027IMG_0031IMG_0029IMG_0030
  •   Day 3 Dining room, Kitchen, and garland.
    •    I wanted a dramatic centerpiece this year so I pulled out all of the large red and gold ornaments and hung them from the light fixture. The center bowl on the table is layered with “diamond” gems, plain pinecones, gold glitter pinecones, and a red star candle in the center. The rest of the table is set with Christmas tea cups and snowmen napkin rings. IMG_0010IMG_0011IMG_0016IMG_0013
    •    The hutch has traditional Christmas Santas, snowmen, books, and ornaments. There is another small tree in the corner decorated with red and green, silver and gold ornaments.IMG_0012
    •    The kitchen has a sweets inspired little tree and cranberry and popcorn garland hang from the window. IMG_0002IMG_0001
    •    Garland is hung in the archway between the kitchen and family room and between the dining room and the living room. I added beads and bows and kept it simple and light. The stairs get garland draped at the top of the railing and the bottom edge of the stairs because they are open to the foyer. I added greenery with glitter pinecones and ivory and gold bows.
  •  Day 4 The big Christmas tree and the little ones.
    •    I sorted through the bins of ornaments and made piles for each of the small trees. I moved those ornaments into the room that hosted each themed tree for later decorating.
    •    The first ornaments I hang on the big tree are the long dangly ones. I look for the branches that stick out and allow the long ornament to hang free from other branches.
    •    Then I work my way around the tree filling in holes with larger ornaments.
    •    All other ornaments are placed to fill the tree in on all sides. The tree sits in the middle of the room so the tree can be viewed from all around.IMG_0020
    •    When the large tree is finished I decorate all of the little ones.IMG_0018
  •   Day 5 is clean-up day
    •    I put the bins in the basement as I clear them out so they are out of the way as I decorate through the week.
    •    I vacuum and sweep up all or the “needles” that have fallen off of the garland and all of and the glitter from ornaments and decoration.
    •    Last, I admire the explosion of Christmas on my house. Over the weekend we will put up the outside lights!

Blessings to you. Happy decorating!

2 Scrabble Game Craft Projects

And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze,

Exodus 35:31-32 ESV

I have seen many pendants made from scrabble pieces and now I am seeing Christmas ornaments! So I thought I would share my Scrabble projects with you. I used the letters from two game boards to fill my board. We chose words that represent our family and things we believe in.I bought the games at a resale shop years ago to use as rainy day games in the classroom. Boggle has been more popular so I thought I would use my games in a craft project.I laid out all of the words before glueing them down so I could move the words to get in as many as possible. I just used regular clear glue, nothing special.I started with the word “family” and built from there. It started out more centered but as we found more words to add, I had to move it up and over a bit. I haven’s done anything with it other than rest it against a chair leg in the study. It looks nice where it is but Hubby suggested a shadow box frame so that we can have it on our wall of family pictures! So I am in search of the right sized frame.

This collage was done by my granddaughter! She painted all the colors on a canvas and then after it dried she went over with a top coat of sparkle paint. She wanted it to be glittery! With the leftover pieces we were able to create the words that describe her. This will be a present for Daddy and Momma at Christmas!

Enjoy and please share what you have created with Scrabble pieces!

 

 

 

 

 

3 Short Steps and 3 Starters for -THE INDOOR DAY CRAFT PROJECT

“Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.””

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So the weather outside isn’t cooperating and you need to stay indoors today and what better to talk about than indoor day projects. Most homes with children are filled with crafty objects in many places throughout the house. It is true, even non-crafters have the stuff that crafts are made of.

  • Start with a scavenger hunt in the house for anything that can be used for a project. Need help? Here is a get started list for you:
    • Crayons, colored pencils, markers, paint
    • Paper of any and every kind-think color or graphics. Newspaper and wrapping paper can be fabulous in a project.
    • Scissors, glue ,glitter glue, tape. Got duct tape? There are some super duct tape projects out there!
    • Found items such as, old t-shirts, cardboard, buttons, straws, toothpicks, rocks, kid’s meal toys, etc.

Getting the picture?

  • Now, spread it out on the table and let the kids brainstorm. Remember, this is a project to keep them busy. Don’t stress over what they choose to make. Let THEIR imaginations take over and enjoy the process!
  • Let them choose items from the table that they want to use. This may be a good time for a sharing lesson…

Let the creating begin!

Stuck for ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

1. The Simple Rocket Ship

  • The plastic cup rocket ship supplies:
    • 2 plastic or paper cups
    • 2 rubber bands
    • Tape
    • Paper and crayons (markers or paint)
  • Cut a piece of paper into the shape of a rocket and let your little one color it as you prepare the cups. A simple rocket ship pattern is shown below.
  • Punch 4 hole in one of the cups as shown in the picture.
  • Cut the rubber bands to open them.
  • Push them through the holes in the cup to make a crisscross shape and knot them on the outside of the cup. Tape above the holes (especially if using paper cups) on the inside and outside of the cup to prevent tearing when pressure is applied.
  • Have fun and 3…2…1…blast off!

This can also be a jumping frog, or a jumping boy or girl use your imagination!

2. The Picture Collage:

  • Picture collage supplies:
    • Paper
    • Glue (tape)
    • Anything that will make a picture!
  • Glue on objects in a random order, or create a specific picture (a scene from outside).
  • This collage can also be themed:
    • A leaf collection
    • A sticker collection
    • Favorite color
    • Favorite foods (use magazine picture to create it)
    • A wish list ( toy catalog)
  • Create a few to have a revolving picture display on the fridge or in a frame.
  • Tape them up in the playroom or bedroom to add your child’s decorative touch to the room

You can find some more ideas from these fantastic websites. Click on the pictures for the webpage.

 

3. The Pet Rock

Do you have a rock collector or perhaps there are round river rocks in and around the yard? That’s me, a rock collector.

  • Gather some smooth rocks
  • Get the washable paint and brushes out
  • Cover your surface (floor or table) with newspaper or a vinyl table-cloth.
  • Paint the rocks in a rainbow of colors and make labels for your garden. Or paint ladybugs, turtles, hearts, dots, lines, rainbows, whatever you like. You will have a colorful rock garden in no time.
  • These would also make great paper weight gifts for friends and family.
  • Think about a theme; paint them red, white, and blue for a Fourth of July BBQ. Make them look like Easter eggs for an outdoor hunt. Let your kids hide and find them and you have created a game for your craft!
  • Paint numbers, letters, and symbols on them and make them a fun learning game to play outside!

Happy crafting! And remember, if you make a mistake make it part of your art!

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