Posted in Perler Bead Patterns

Faygo Cotton Candy Bottle turned into a Perler Bead Project??

One day, my son, his friend and I were all sitting at the table creating Perler Bead projects.  My son’s friend had this drink with him and said it was one of his favorites.  The result- a Perler Bead Faygo Cotton Candy project of course!  Below is his design.  Unfortunately, I forgot to get a melted picture of it, but it turned out pretty great!

Beads used:  white, glitter white, glitter blue, pink, cranberry, blue, and light blue.  You can get all of these colors at your local craft store or at Amazon.  You can buy them by individual colors or a mixed bag.

Cotton Candy Faygo Drink Perler Hama Bead Pattern

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Posted in Math is Awesome!

Rubik’s Cube Mosaics

For the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to sponsor a great group of kids in Rubik’s Cube Club.  I use the You Can Do The Cube guides to teach the kids how to solve the cube.  You can get them free from their site – youcandothecube.com.  Once the students learn how to solve the traditional 3 x 3 cube, they can move on to advanced cubes.  Amazon has some great designs and is usually where I purchase mine.

Twice a year, You Can Do The Cube, sponsor a mosaic building challenge in which students are encouraged to build pictures (mosaics) out of Rubik’s Cubes.  You can even check giant sets out for free from their site, however shipping is really high.

The students have a lot of fun planning their designs.  They can use graph paper or the computer to grid out what their picture will look like.  A few of the ones that they designed are below.

  1.  Super Mario’s Bob-omb – Made with 51 Rubik’s Cubes

Super Mario's Bobomb made from Rubik's Cubes

2.  The American Flag – made from 61 Rubik’s Cubes

American Flag  made from Rubik's Cubes

3.  Space Invader- Made From 42 Rubik’s Cubes

Space Invader made from Rubik's Cubes

4. Face?  Made from 57 Rubik’s Cubes

Face from Rubik's Cubes

 

Posted in Christmas, Christmas Parade

Christmas Float Candy Lights and Gingerbread House

 

For our last parade float, our younger Girl Scouts voted on a Candy Land theme float.

To make super cute candy lights, the girls poked a hole into two plastic cups, strung the lights through the cups and wrapped them in tissue paper to look like a piece of candy.  The result is above.  They turned out fantastic all around the sides of the float.

Candy Land Gingerbread House Christmas Parade Girl ScoutsThe girls also built a Gingerbread House.  They  used a refrigerator box that we got from Lowe’s, hot glued paper plates (for the roof shingles) and added some candy decorations from Hobby Lobby.

Our girls really wanted to go inside it but we had it sealed so they couldn’t go in.  It made a neat little house that was on the back of our float.

More pictures to come later….. But please check out some pictures from our Whoville Float…

Getting Ready for our Girl Scout Christmas Float

Posted in Kahoots, Math Anchor Charts, Math is Awesome!

Multiplication Strategies – Math Anchor Chart, Kahoot and Game

Last year I noticed that I had several of my 5th grade students struggling with multiplication facts.  It wasn’t just that they didn’t know them, but several of them couldn’t even skip count.  Some who were still drawing out dots and groups to count, would get so tied up with figuring out what 8 x 7 was that they couldn’t remember what step they were on in long division or fraction computation.  It was getting to be a little crazy.

I started researching strategies and found this handy anchor chart.  (This year,  it was the first anchor chart hung in my room!)  I tried researching where the original idea came from but there were at least 25 variations on Pinterest and the web.  I took out some of the facts that I felt my kids should know like 0s, 1s, and 10s and left the rest.  I’m hoping that if I get this out early enough this year and teach from it, that it might help those students who are struggling.  Chart Paper and Sharpie Markers are the best- I usually laminate all of my charts so it is super easy to pull out each year.

5th Grade Multiplication Strategies Anchor Chart

I also found this great little Kahoot called Multiplciation Facts by Jordan Manning that I love to use.  I started using that about midyear last year as a warm up to get our brains thinking about math.  I found that the kids loved competing against each other and for those who kept missing the same facts, I had them make flash cards on index cards to help them study. I plan on starting this a lot earlier in the year than last.

 If you’ve never used a Kahoot before check out my Kahoot Introduction.  I have several with different topics that I made under menu, Kahoots  or just click here.

Another game,  I like to use to help with fact fluency, is a game called Multiplication War.  The only item needed is a deck of cards. (Amazon has 12 packs and 2 packs)  In this game, students deal out the entire deck of cards, then turn over two cards.  Each player multiplies the two cards together while the highest product wins the cards.   In case of a tie, players flip again – this time winner takes all the cards turned over.  Aces are worth 1, Jokers are 11, and Jacks, Queens and Kings are 10.  The students use the cards that they won to continue playing until one person has all the cards or time is up.  This year, I played it the first week of school and gave my students a multiplication table to look up the facts if they didn’t know them.  As the year progress, I plan to slowly remove that handy chart.

http://www.multiplication.com also has some amazing games that the students love to play!

Hopefully, starting all of these games and strategies at the beginning of the year will help solidify some of those crazy facts that the kids need to survive secondary math!

Posted in Undertale Birthday Party

Undertale Party Part 3 – Pet Rock Cake, Snowman Piece, Doughnuts and More

As we wrap up our Undertale Birthday Party, we found a few more photos and ideas to share.   My son and friends had a great time with this party and I had a great time preparing it.  Anything linked below links to Amazon or if we didn’t come up with it, the original idea.

Pet Rock Cake

Undertale Birthday Party Pet Rock CakeFor this cake, we made a circular cake and tried to shape it similar to a rock.  We added chocolate icing and sprinkles to make it look like the Google image (Really hope it’s from the game- kids didn’t seem to mind either way.)  Printed that same Pet Rock Google image, made a table tent and done!  A very easy cake! Pet Rock original idea here.

 

 

 

 

 

Undertale Birthday Party Spider Donuts

For this idea, we tried to recreate Pretty Cake Machines‘s idea but had a hard time.  (She also has a version of the Snowman Piece below). Our result is above.  For the recipe, we used store bought doughnuts instead of  made from scratch. It made the recipe a lot easier but didn’t look as neat.  Once again, I turned the Google Image into a table tent and Spider Doughnuts were done!

Undertale Birthday Party Snowman Piece

For our version of the Snowman piece, we used wedding cookies.  We dipped them in extra powered sugar and added a couple to each cupcake liner.  It was super simple and was one of the last things I put together.

Undertale Birthday Star Yogurt Parfait

For this recipe, I used an idea from Jaybug Jimmies.  The link is a dead link but I found the pin here.  For this idea, I used a Star cookie cutter, small cups and vanilla yogurt.  I added some yogurt into different bowls with a few drops of food coloring.  Once mixed, I added each color by layer into the cups.

Undertale Birthday Party Flower Decoration

Undertale Birthday Party Flower

For this decoration, we used yellow butcher paper to cut out a flower shape.   My friend and her amazing drawing abilities sketched the face onto white copy paper using a black sharpie.  Leaves were cut out from green paper and green streamers made up the rest.

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Posted in Undertale Birthday Party

Undertale Party Part 2- Straws, Banners, Labels and More

For this part of my party planning, I turned to a little site called Etsy.  This party kit was made by Susaneda Printables in Granada, Spain.  It is an instant download and I’m not sure of the current price but I paid $13.71.    Once I downloaded the pdf, I was able to send the pages that I wanted to Office Depot for color copies printed on cardstock.  It was a great success and I highly recommend it.

This kit allowed me to do all the following for his party.  For the banners, I just used twine from the dollar store and tape.

Undertale Birthday Party StrawsUndertale Birthday Party Straws

 

Undertale Birthday Party Happy Birthday BannerUndertale Birthday Party Happy Birthday Banner

Undertale Birthday Party Candy BowlsUndertale Birthday Party Candy Bowls

Undertale Birthday Party Water Bottle LabelsUndertale Birthday Party Water Bottle Labels

Undertale Birthday Party Hershey Bar LabelsUndertale Birthday Party Hershey Bar Labels

Undertale Birthday Party Character BannerUndertale Birthday Party Character Banner

 

Undertale Birthday Party Cupcake Character LabelsUndertale Birthday Party Cupcake Character Labels

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Posted in Math is Awesome!

Classroom Decorations in Math

This year, I decided, was going to be the year that I add some more color to my classroom.  Being in a middle school math classroom, I was afraid this wouldn’t be very easy, not like in those cute elementary school classrooms anyway.

Luckily I found these two super cute decorations at Hobby Lobby.  For the Welcome to Math Class Sign, I used Command Hooks  and some cute sticker letters to write Math on the chalkboard middle and hung it outside my door.  The other one I put on the inside above the pencil sharpener so the kids could see it.  I loved the extra color, the cute designs and… the 40% off coupons from Hobby Lobby!

Classroom Decoration

Classroom Decoration Math

While looking through Pinterest and other sites, I came across this math blog by Sarah Hagan, a high school math teacher, Math = Love and she had some amazing ideas.   On her site, I found this little gem which she had already typed using the super cute font and had it ready to download.  All I had to do was print, cut, glue and laminate.  If you would like a copy of this, you can access her site from here.   This went up outside my classroom door above My Welcome to Math Class Sign.

Classroom Decorations Mathematicians

Like me, Sarah Hagan had read a great book called Mindset, The New Psychology of Success.  Over the last couple of years, I had begun teaching the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.  This I believe  is especially important in math as I have heard from numerous students and parents, “I’m not good at math”  and “I can’t do math.”  I’m thinking she may have heard things like that also as she had a neat board called “Change your Mindset, Change your Words.” On this board, she had several sayings both in a fixed mindset and growth mindset.  What’s even better, is that she had these ready to download free of charge.  You can access her site here.   Using her site, I was able to download the posters and create a board of my own called “Help!!”  In my classroom (and others around the building,) my students aren’t allowed to say “I don’t get it” without saying the word “yet”.  Also sayings like “This is too hard” and “I give up” or “I quit” aren’t allowed.  If this is heard, my other students usually quickly jump in to correct them and help is given but they must keep trying.

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset Bulletin Board classroom decoration

Using the growth mindset has really changed the way the students learn.  They are looking at something challenging in a more positive way without giving up.  As the year progresses, I’m looking forward to adding more great anchor charts, more additions to the growth vs fixed mindset theme,  and additional math decorations to the walls throughout the new school year.

Posted in Boy Baby Shower

Baby Boy Shower- Part 2, Fruit, Vegetables and Water

Baby Made with Fruit, Baby Shower, Carriage watermelon

Part 2 of my sister’s baby shower includes an awesome fruit baby laying in a watermelon carriage. My friend designed this by first cutting out the watermelon to resemble a carriage.  We then cut and peeled a cantaloupe in which she cut in half.  Half of it upside down became the baby’s head, while the other half became pieces of his blanket, ears and nose.  Add a piece of lettuce for hair, some grapes for eyes and an actual baby pacifier and you have an awesome baby head.

For the blanket, she used sliced strawberries, watermelon (from the left over part she cut away), grapes and additional cantaloupe pieces.  It turned out to be a great centerpiece for the table.

After the baby carriage, we still had left over fruit so…. fruit kabobs were fruit kabobs baby showeradded to the menu.   We just added the fruit in nice patterns on a bamboo skewer then laid them on a nice serving tray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For the vegetable section of the table, I purchased a vegetable tray already prepared at Sam’s Club and a bag of peppers.  (I found it cheaper than purchasing everything separately- plus the tray traveled well.)

We cut the peppers into tiny bowls, laid them on the try and filled them with the contents of the vegetable tray.  I was very happy with the way it turned out.

 

 

The water that you can see in the picture above and with the picture below was super easy to make.  IMG_4212

My kids helped with this part by removing all the water bottle labels and taping cute, decorative both small and large)  ribbon in its place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be adding more Shower Pics and Ideas in the next couple of days.  If you would like to see more ideas from this shower,  they can be found in the menu at the top under birthday parties, boy baby shower.  Or just click here to get there! 

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Posted in Perler Bead Patterns

Rainbow Dash Perler Bead Pattern

This cute Perler bead pattern was one of my daughter’s favorites, (she even hung this one up in her room.  We used the Command Velcro pieces to attach it without damaging the wall.)  Original pixel art done by Kandi Patterns and features a baby Rainbow Dash sprite from My Little Pony.

This piece uses light blue, red, orange, yellow, purple, green, white, black and dark purple beads.  If you need additional beads, Amazon has some great selections.  The tray here is a great variety of beads already presorted.

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Posted in Boy Baby Shower

Baby Boy Shower Part 1 -Punch, Baby Deviled Eggs and Pretzel Sticks

Baby Shower Boy Punch DucksRecently I was nominated to throw my sister a baby shower for her little boy.  I immediately started combing Pinterest and the Internet for ideas and was in luck on several of them.

This punch came from http://www.brandiraae.com and was a big hit.  All it needed was Blue Hawaiian Punch, Vanilla Ice Cream, Sprite and ducks! (You can check out her site if you need amounts of ingredients)

It was super easy to make.  We just carried the supplies and punch bowl to the shower, and it took about 5 minutes to put together. We added a ladle and cups to and it was an instant success.  I highly recommend this for your next shower.

 

Pretzel Sticks for Baby Boy Shower Food

Another great idea came from ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com which is now a dead site.  However, using the picture, we were able to figure out this awesome little snack.  We used large pretzel rods, white candy melts, blue sprinkles, ribbon and spoon bags (found in the cake decorating aisle).

First, we laid out parchment paper and poured the blue sprinkles over the middle. Next, we melted the candy melts and used a spatula to spread the melted candy over the pretzel.  Before it had time to harden, we rolled the pretzel in the blue sprinkles.  Once hardened, we slid the pretzel into the bag, added a ribbon and had a nice little neat snack!

If you notice in that last picture, the cute little Chex  Mix Buddies treat…..  That idea came from ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com and used cute little blue polka dot cupcake liners that I bought from Party City or from Amazon here.  All we did was add some Chex Mix Buddies and blue Sixlets and we had a great little snack and decoration.

Deviled Eggs Babies- Baby Shower

This idea pictured on the left came from key ingredient. com (Official recipe is linked on their site above.)  These deviled eggs were made like you would normally make  them, but the egg white was cut down and off the side to create a baby carriage. Cute little Vienna Sausages were added for the faces.

The recipe called for chocolate sprinkles for the eyes but I had forgotten to pick some up at the store so instead I used an edible marker to draw the eyes on.  If I did it again, I would definitely try the sprinkles. The marker ran a little and made some small alien looking babies.

Overall, I would definitely use all 3 of these recipes if I found myself needing to throw another shower.

I will be adding more Shower Pics and Ideas in the next couple of days.  If you would like to see more ideas from this shower, they can be found in the menu at the top under birthday parties, boy baby shower.  Or just click here!

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