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August 1, 2012

Hot Glue Gun Craziness

Can you say craziness?  I am checking things off my long to do list.  Here's some of my projects from the past 24 hours.  I say some because I spent 7 hours in the classroom yesterday and completely forgot to take any pictures along the way.  I also completely forgot to sit down and was SOOO SORE last night to the point I couldn't move.

Most of these projects were Pinterest and Monday Made It (of course) inspired.

 Puff Balls on the tops of dry erase markers.  I know they can be used for erasers, but I'm using them to mainly label my markers.  If you do this, make sure to stand them up to dry or else they stick to your counter.

 Ear bud holder (2 boxes)
Dollar tree restocked their supply of ear buds, so I stocked up.  These boxes were $1.99 at Hobby Lobby and have 16 smaller sections and one larger section.  

 This project was actually 2 Pinterest ideas that I stuck together. 
(Get it? Hot Glue... ha ha, lack of sleep talking)
These are going to hang up above their student work card stock squares.  In the past I've used pushpins and binder clips to hang up their work without getting tons of holes in their papers, but I thought that it might be nice to dress it up a bit.  I first glued the di cut onto the clothespin, then flipped them over to hot glue on a thumb tack (not a push pin because you want it flat against the wall for leverage).

I also made up my multiplication fact toss with little bits of extra labels - an idea from Live, Laugh, Love, Teach.

Somehow, even with moving so much stuff into the classroom yesterday, my dining room table is still piled up with projects.... Well, I'm off to laminate a bunch of math games.  Hope you had a good day!


  1. You certainly were busy! I'm glad you posted about gluing the pom-poms on the dry erase markers. I have packages of both in my back to school box and completely forgot about them! Thanks also for the tip of standing them up, I would have glued them to the table!!

    Teaching Special Kids

  2. Wow, it all looks great! I was up a llllll night organizing my classroom library at my dinner table! Aren't we supposed to be relaxing!
    Fancy Free in Fourth

    1. I relaxed all of June - then July hit and it was time to get busy. :)

  3. What did you use to make the multiplication toss game? I'm very intrigued!

    1. It is ice cube trays with little labels of numbers stuck inside. Someone had posted the idea as part of Monday Made It - so I made it for my class too. I picked up the trays from Target's dollar spot - they have 21 holes in each. The labels are just Avery address labels that I cut into 1/4's and wrote numbers on them before I stuck them in.

  4. I tried the tack on the clothes pin idea last year and they pins popped right off the tacks as soon as I tried to use them. How did you get yours to stay?

    1. I had 3 pins that popped off after I stuck them in, the other ones are doing good - the ones that popped off I don't think the glue was super hot when I was doing them... so when I redid them I also put a little glue on the top of the tack - so they are literally stuck inside the glue drop. I hope this helps!

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