Real Heroes Teach {Gift Box and Printable}

Yesterday was Connor’s first day of Kindergarten and I’m pretty sure I was way more nervous than he was!!  He got right on the bus and didn’t even look back.  I can’t believe how fast he is growing up!

Real Heroes Teach Gift Box

So of course I had to make a little gift for Connor’s teacher.  Last week the school had a Meet & Greet where we got to meet his teacher, tour the school, and see his classroom.  His favorite part about the classroom is the SMART board they have.

Teach Gift Box Supplies

This is a pretty simple gift to put together.  I placed M&M’s, some fun gel pens, wet wipes and a pack of gum inside a pencil box.

Real Heroes Teach Magnet Supplies

Then I created this fun printable and made it into a personalized magnet.  Just personalize with the teacher’s name (I used Picmonkey) and print.  I printed out the 4 x 6 version on a shipping label and stuck it to an old magnet I had.   Cut around the image and attached to the pencil box with string.

Now Connor’s teacher can put it on her front board, her filing cabinet or her desk and remember how important her job as a teacher is.

You can also just personalize it, print it out and put it in a nice frame.  Teachers aren’t picky.  We just like to feel appreciated:)

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Tip for personalizing:  I added 2-3 letters at a time and rotated each section slightly using Picmonkey to make it arched.

 

I hope you like this sweet and simple gift as much as I do.

And stay tuned for another fun teacher gift.  I liked it so much, I had to make one for myself.

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Magnetic Board

I’m so excited about this easy project that I just finished for Connor’s playroom.

I made a magnetic board to hang up his artwork and it turned out better than I thought it would.  The best part is that it cost less than $20.

To make your own magnetic board, you will need the following materials:

  • Old frame (I used an old 24 x 36 inch frame I had in the garage)
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • A sheet of metal (make sure the metal is magnetic).  I found mine in the duct work aisle at my local Home Depot.  It was the exact size that I needed but it could easily be cut to fit any frame.
  • Duct tape
  • Paint if you want to paint the frame.
The fabric I used was 7.99 a yard but I had a 40% off coupon and the sheet metal was $9.99.  Everything else I already had around the house.
The first step was to paint the frame.  I had a black frame and wanted it white.  Then I wrapped the fabric around the sheet of metal and adhered it with the duct tape.  Then I placed it in the frame and hung it on the wall.

So easy!!  The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry because I’m so impatient:)

Do you need a magnetic board in your playroom, kitchen, or office?  If so, follow these simple directions to make your own.  Leave a link below if you make your own magnetic board.  I’d love to see it.

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Magnetic Dry Erase Board

I was driving home from work the other day trying to think of a way for Connor to learn the letters of his name.  I knew I wanted a dry erase board of some sort and then I happened to be at the Dollar Store.  I saw that they had cookie sheets for $1 and then I saw the contact paper so I knew exactly what I could make.

I made a magnetic dry erase board.  It is so easy and there endless ways that it can be used.
Materials Needed:  ( I was able to get all the supplies at the Dollar Store)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Contact paper
  • Magnet sheets
  • Letter magnets
  • Flashcards

I started by adhering the contact paper to the cookie sheet so we can write on it with dry erase markers or crayons.

Then I cut out the pictures and shapes from the flashcards.  The flashcards I found were to teach shapes and colors so the pack included pictures of objects that were different colors and shapes.

The last step is to cut the magnetic sheets into smaller pieces and stick on the back of the pictures.

This was super easy, inexpensive and will provide hours of fun while learning at the same time.

I was able to create 4 different activities with the one pack of flashcards I bought.  Now I’m keeping my eye out for more flashcards I like.
Color Sort:
We sorted the different pictures by identifying the color and placing it under the matching color.

Shape Sort:
We sorted the pictures by the shape and placed it under the shape that it matched with.

Letter Sort:
I placed different letter magnets at the top of the board and we matched the different pictures with the letter that the word begins with.

And, for the original purpose that I wanted to create this activity.  I wrote Connor’s name at the top of the board and we identified each letter.  Then we sorted through the different pictures and matched them the letters in his name.  I realized I didn’t have that many pictures to use so then we went around the house and looked for objects that started with that letter.

So many different ways to use this magnetic dry erase board!  Have fun and let me know if you make one of your own.  I’d love to hear what activities and sorts you come up with.

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