Sunday, July 3, 2016

Monday Made it: Earbud storage, some fun new seating, and more!


I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for another Monday Made it!


Last week was pretty busy. I had several big projects, so this week I forced myself to only do one a couple of little ones. 



I found these old dollar store purchases when I was packing up my classroom for the summer. I'm sure I had an idea for the when I first bought them (which was at least a year ago...), but I couldn't remember what it was, so they had just been sitting in my classroom.


I decided that I wanted to make a spinner for calling tables or center groups.


I started with some washi tape (my new favorite thing, next to contact paper!) to divide the pan into four (relatively) equal sections.


I printed the labels, laminated them, and used double-sided tape to stick them to the pan. Each label has a table name and a center group shape.


I added the magnetic pencil spinner and that was it! Less than 10 minutes and I have a spinner that I have been having way too much fun playing with! 

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Our team put earbuds on the first grade supply list for next year (as an optional extra). I am really excited for this! The headphones we have for the computers are a constant hassle! 


Anyway, I am sure that not everyone will bring in earbuds, so I found this pack of 10 on amazon for less than $7.00. I know, I know, they are suspiciously cheap, but I have held all of them up to my ear to test and they all worked (so far)! 

I wanted a way for kids to store their earbuds by the computers, but I don't really have a lot of empty space there. I decided on a bead box. I use the same size to store word work manipulatives such as magnetic letters and alphabet stamps and I really like them.




I made the labels and taped them on. That's it!


The earbuds fit really well and I'm sure it will look just as neat and organized when the kids start using it... 



I have recently discovered the classroom joy that awaits in Five Below! The only one that is remotely close to me is about 30 miles away, but my two trips there have been completely worth it!

If you didn't see my post on Friday, I got these two giant foam dice there. 


I am so thrillled with them and can't wait to use them in the classroom! They actually gave me a really good, slightly crazy idea for another made it. Let's see if it happens this summer!


I got these three yoga mats there to use as a seating option for centers.

I cut all three of them in half so I ended up with six mats, which is enough for a center group! 


I think this little metal pail is perfect for them!

That's it for this week's made-its! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think and make sure you check out the other awesome made-its at 4th Grade Frolics!

12 comments:

  1. Love, love, love the earbud idea! Headed to Michaels for a bead case - thanks!

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  2. I'm off to Five Below! Thanks for the tips :) Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

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  3. You are so cute! I love the earbud case and yoga mat idea. I bought an earbud pocket chart holder from Really Good Stuff with my budget money but I LOVE your idea and you made it so CUTE!

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    1. Thank you! I really wanted to get that pocket chart, but I couldn't figure out where I would put it. I think I probably use too much wall space as it is!

      Victoria

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  4. The earbud box is genius! I really wish we had a Five Below close to where I live. I keep seeing more and more pictures everywhere from there and I'm jealous! Love the dice!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  5. I love your group spinner idea!!! That's got me thinking:) 5 Below!!! I have one that I can almost walk to....guess I will be hitting them up this week;) Great ideas! Thank you for sharing and linking up:)

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  6. Love your idea of cutting the yoga mats in half! It's the simple things that make me happy. Could you post the Amazon link for the earbuds? We forgot to put them on our supply list.

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    1. Thank you! I added the Amazon link into the post. It took about 3 weeks for them to arrive, so keep that in mind if you decide to order the same ones.

      Victoria

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  7. Look at that adorable spinner! There's so much you could do with it!
    Thanks for linking up for Monday Made It!

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  8. Great ideas. What is a magnetic pencil spinner? A magnet or is it something special you bought? I enjoyed reading your post! And - happy 4th!! Please visit my Monday Made It HERE. Have a great week! Pam from PJ Jots

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    1. It is a pre-made magnetic spinner that they occasionally have at the Dollar Tree. I think they also have arrow spinners.

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  9. I love the spinner! I may have to make one myself. In all of my spare time! The earbud holder is also perfect. I wish they had a container like that for my tiny headphones as I like your idea waaaay better!

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