Well, if you are in Mrs. Smith's Safari Class then you celebrate with... MONKEY CUPCAKES!
It's a great time to practice following directions. I baked and iced the cupcakes the night before, and then each first grader assembled the monkey decorations themselves. Here's all you'll need for these cute little guys: Cake Mix (I used yellow) Chocolate Icing Vanilla Wafers (for face) Mini Vanilla Wafers (for ears) Eye Candy Decorations Red Gel Icing (for mouth) Black Gel Icing (for nose)
They were a HUGE hit with the students and fit perfectly with our Safari theme! I also found these adorable monkey paper plates to serve them on at Dollar Tree (only a $1 for a dozen).
Have you seen our Lion Glyph? Click on the pic below to take a look.
When I was an instructional coach I would put displays up in the hallways to promote reading and thinking. But they just didn't "pop"- so I asked my principal if I could paint some "backgrounds"..... Needless to say, he came back on Monday with "Blobs" up and down the halls! When I returned to the classroom, the painting of blobs went with me!!! Several people have asked how to paint them. So, now that I am in a new room, I took pictures of the process!!
First, draw out your blob with pencil or chalk.
Next, outline it with your main color- stand back
and make sure it looks like you want it.
Use a roller and roll what you can!
When the first coat is dry- add another. I use
high gloss paint. I do go to Lowes or Home
Depot to get the paint- I bought an inexpensive
brand once and it was hard to get good coverage.
Decide what you want your border to look like - I used stripes this year, but have done polka-dots, too! I did not leave a middle on this one because I knew I was putting a mirror in the middle.
This one will anchor my number resources-
The white had to have two coats also. I used glossy acrylic white craft paint because I knew I didn't need an entire gallon. (Let each coat dry before adding the next coat.)
Then I used the same black to add stripes. I used a black paint pen to outline the blob- I do it a little whimsical so it doesn't have to look perfect!!
I like using black and white because when I put things on them- the items stand out because it is not competing with other colors!! If you plan to change the display a lot, you might want to put a coat of modge podge on top of it!!
I teach kindergarten and I love it! I have taught
1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade, and have been an instructional coach, too! This year my class theme
is Fairy Tales and Folk Tales! I love it when they say "What are we doing next?"
I'm currently teaching some sweet first graders at Union Hill School in Alabama. I've been a school counselor, reading coach, and 3rd grade teacher. I'm proud to be the daughter of two amazing teachers!!