Monday, July 30, 2012

Getting My Craft On

As I was creating my stuff to link up with 4th Grade Frolics' Monday Made-It this week, crafting for the classroom became quite the family affair.  Our two boys arrived back from being out of town for a few weeks (spending quality time with my in-laws).  When my 13 year old son saw what I was working on, he quickly decided he needed a piece of the action.  Later, my husband decided he needed to get in on the action too. Add my visiting friend, Amanda, to the mix and you can only imagine the crafting extravaganza we had!

A few months ago, in an issue of Instructor Magazine, I was inspired by a free printable for reader's theater props.  I knew I needed them, instantly, but I needed to make the time to actually do it.  I downloaded the printable, laminated the amazing props, cut them out, and attached skewers to them with hot glue.  I hope my kiddos enjoy them as much as my family does.
Then, I took the plunge and made one of the crayon melting projects that are all over the blogs and Pinterest.  My personal touch was the vinyl decal.  I wanted writing of some sort at the bottom, but wasn't sure what.  Then, I remembered I had some vinyl decals with inspirational words on them.  I attached it, and Voila!


  1. Aw I love how excited your family got about those props! TOO CUTE! I would love to do something with Reader's Theater this year. Can't wait to hear how it goes in your classroom!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  2. Oh, Amanda, you have no idea! That pic was just the beginning. I will definitely let you know how it goes in class. Fluency is a big focus for me this year and the kids loved Reader's Theatre last year. I thought the props would add a little extra fun and spice to it.

  3. Oh I love them!! I am your newest follower!
    BakingCraftingTeaching Oh My!

  4. Stephanie, you are too stinkin' cute in a mustache!

  5. Jaime, are you jealous? I'm sure you'd look good in one too.

  6. Very Cool! LOVE the reader's theater props...AWESOME! Thanks for sharing...

    I'm your newest follower!

    Ramblings of a Deaf Ed Teacher's Mind...

  7. Stephanie, you are SO lucky to have such a wonderful family! My husband is not crafty at all and really doesn't want to come into the classroom except to drive me to work. It's a shame, because I am totally blind and not a craft person at all. I guess I inherited the singing/dancing/acting/puppets genes, but even when I had some vision, I was horrible at art. I'm so glad you decided to blog. I believe that every person out there has much to contribute to the teaching profession. I read several of your posts, but I'm not sure what grade you teach. I'm going to guess it's 4th grade based on some of the blogs you mention?

    If you have time, I'd love it if you could stop by my blog. I'm your newest follower!

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT

  8. I love your blog name and I LOVE your projects...especially the readers theater props...they are awesome:)I am happy to be your newest follower and I just nominated you for an award. Come on by to pick it up! I am a newbie blogger and would love for you to become a follower and possibly join my Favorite Classroom Songs Linky Party Music in the classroom can make all the difference...
    Teaching with Z

  9. Love your crayon art, and that is my favorite quote! :)

    Miss R's Room

  10. Thanks everyone for the nice comments and award nominations. I have been entertaining a friend from Southern California all week and have been at Denali National Park, among other places. I should be back in blogging action in the next day or two.