4/28/14

"Super Hero" Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation is on the calendar officially for the week of May 5th-9th. But our school is celebrating a week early. Since I got a jump on things, I thought I would share some fun ideas with you. Our talented PTA ladies chose the theme "Celebrating Our Super Heroes" for the week of Teacher Appreciation. And I have to say having a theme is the way to go. Parents and kids have been more excited about this week than they were in years past due to this fun theme:)


Our PTA sent home a letter to introduce the theme and share the week's planned events. I love the bright colors and 'comic book' feel of the letter. I also like how the kids get to do a little something each day for their teacher.

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It was this letter that sparked my idea to 'sneak' into school after hours and decorate our teacher's door. I saw a few similar things on Pinterest and then I broke out my crayons and drew our teacher as a 'super hero'. The words say "Mrs.Kue You are My Super Hero".


Around the drawing are words to describe her 'super powers'. I used PicMonkey.com to create the words on the door. (Choose 'comic bubbles' to make the descriptive words for the door.)  When Mrs. Kue arrives on Monday she will be surprised to see herself as a Super Hero! (Feel free to drag and print any of the images below.)







I sent home a blank sheet of paper for the kids to color and write about our teacher, then they can  bring it back to school. I am collecting all the pages and putting them into a 'comic book' for Mrs. Kue. This is the cover that I made for the book using PicMonkey.



I also want to make our super teacher an official cape. The one below is a 'no sew' idea-- just cut up a tshirt, like the ones they have at Hobby Lobby. I think it would be neat to have all the kids sign it and then she can wear it during the week :)

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On Tuesday, another mom and I are watching the class, so Mrs. Kue can go to off campus to lunch. While she is gone, I am going to have the kids help make masks. When she returns, I thought it would be cute to get a picture of Mrs. Kue and the kids in the class all wearing super hero masks. (A super hero always has awesome side-kicks!)

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I am using this idea to make the masks. Although I am thinking I won't sew them-- just cut them out of felt or maybe even colored paper and then tack the elastic bands on with hot glue.

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A few other cute Super Hero Ideas I saw on Pinterest are these lollipops. They would be fun in the teacher's lounge.
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Cupcakes topped with Super Hero signs.

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A Super Hero Card.
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What does your school do to celebrate teacher appreciation week?

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4/21/14

Kids Craft: Earth Day Hat 2014

Every year, my daughter's school hosts an "Earth Day Hat" competition. Kids are encouraged to use materials from home, and work with their parents to create a hat from 'recycled items'. Since Kindgergarten, Afton has loved this friendly 'craft competition'. The past two years, we have used mostly newspaper to create her looks (see links to her past hats at the end of this post) and happily she has won 'best hat' for her class each year.


This year, we felt we needed to change it up a bit. I found this tutorial on Pinterest (see here) for a top hat made from cardboard. I showed it to Afton and she liked it--but had her own idea as well :)

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She told me she was imagining something more like the hat that "Sofia the First" wears with her Aunt Tilly. (Which was easy to make using the same steps pictured above!)


So we set to work and made this hat. The brim is from a pizza box, the sides are from a Ritz cracker box, and the top is from a package of Capri Suns. Then she cut up several of my magazines to make a "Plant Earth" mosiac on the top.


She decorated the sides with words from an old Glamour magazine. And the streamers in the back-- those are from the newspaper. Since her school will be in the midst of state testing on Earth Day, the competition was held on Friday. And happily, she won again :)





Who needs 'Crafting with the Stars" when you have an elementary school "Earth Day Hat" competition?! Her prize was a plastic ball and the great feeling that comes with making something crafty!


See our Past "Earth Day Hats":
2012- see more (here)






















2013

Happy Earth Day!

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4/18/14

DIY Chevron Pallet Table

When I say "DIY Chevron Pallet Table", I mean you can 'do it yourself' or you can have your husband do it and then take photos of it and put it on your blog:) Which is what I did.


My wood-working man surprised me again by making something amazing with his own bare hands. We recently bought this love-seat and set of chairs from Target. They had an outdoor coffee table made of faux wood at the store, but Jeff was determined he could make something better. And he did!



Using a pallet and some other wood, he designed and built this Chevron Table. I love that he cut the wood in such a way that the "Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee" stamp is still visible.



We moved our table down near the pool. We'll add a sun umbrella to it soon, so we can enjoy dining outdoors.


Here is a look at how the rest of the backyard looks now. You may remember we spent a lot of time last spring adding a tin accent wall to the fence, installing reclaimed wood to the patio ceiling, putting stone on the fireplace, painting furniture, creating Texas pallet art, as well as installing that tv and pretty chandelier. (Links to all those projects are at the end of this post.) So this spring, we are happy to just sit back and enjoy it all.








For Christmas, my Dad and I got Jeff a Big Green Egg. Naturally Jeff built his own 'nest' to hold the Egg. Not sure how much you know about the Big Green Egg-- but my husband makes amazing yummy food with it.



I have to admit that the upkeep of our yard is done completely by Jeff. But picking out the outdoor throw pillows for the patio chairs--that was ALL me. I like to pull my weight around here :)


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