How is this my first time linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It? I should have done this so many times over the summer when I was making stuff for the beginning of the year. But I kept on forgetting to take enough pictures to show HOW I made anything I guess. Oh well, better late than never!! 

Recently, we celebrated a religious holiday called Eid. We also had the week off. On Tuesday when we go back, we will have a class party. I wanted to get the students a gift, but I had a very small budget to work with. I was also thinking that if it's going to be cheap, it better be meaningful, otherwise it'll be lost in their house in a minute. 

So I strolled through Michaels and when I went through the wooden cut out aisle, it dawned on me that I could make a twist on the flower pens we always see! I had a choice of getting the predesigned wooden templates that cost 69 cents each, but then I saw the blank ones and realized I could write a message on them instead. Those were only 29 cents, so I grabbed a class set (20).
I also got some flower tape. It came in a pack of 3 for around 5 dollars. But I had a 50 percent off one item coupon, so it came out to $2.50. Also, I ended up using only HALF of one roll! So now I have flower tape for a lifetime. P.S. Don't forget to use your teacher ID for an additional 15% off the purchase. 

I needed to figure out how to stick the wooden piece onto the pen, and then I found these miniature craft sticks. That was about $4 for the pack of 100. To secure it well, I got a pack of Tacky Glue. Again, I only used some of one bottle only, so if you find single mini bottles, get that instead. The pack of three was around $4 too. 

I found little heart stickers for embellishments and I got two packs of red pens from the Dollar Store. Finally, at the Dollar Store, I got two little flower bunches. I decided I'll stick a flower onto the back of each girl's pen. 

First, I put the Tacky Glue onto half of the mini stick and stuck it half way onto the hearts. I let it still for a little while so it would get secure. 

After that, I wrote short but sweet messages for each kiddo. I used Flair pens. Don't use markers - they will smudge in the wood. 

Next, on to making the pens. For the girls, I added a flower piece. I cut it off the bunch, held it behind the wooden heart piece, and started slowly and securely, wrapping the flower tape on it. You will want to go around the top a few times before working your way down. Make sure to overlap each wrap and pull on tightly as you twist and roll. Only roll down to where the top of the pen cap is, then start rolling back up again. Once you reach the top, wrap it a few times around the end, and rip off. 

If you are not adding a flower, it's much easier. The boys' pens were done much faster.. :)

Finally, I added two star stickers onto each heart piece to make it look a little better. Of course, if you have the time and patience, you could spray paint each wooden piece, and it'll be more colorful!

I think they came out pretty darn awesome!

For 20 kids, the whole project cost me under $25, plus I have flower tape, craft sticks, and Tacky Glue, and stickers left over for another future project!

Any other ideas to make a future project like this even more amazing??

Second, is a product that I finished after months. I started it in the spring last year. I dropped it in the spring last year. And I picked it back up last week. It was just sitting there with a pretty nifty cover (this unbiased person over here thinks so) and some pages, but I lost the motivation. I had a week off last week so I decided to finally finish up this huge project; my biggest product yet. 

There was too much to include in one preview pic, so the following 4 pics shows you almost everything that is included. 

I'm going to discount this product 20% just for today!

Click here if you'd like to see it!

Thanks for stopping by. 

So I've been off this week! I know some teachers have off for fall break, but we had the week off for a religious holiday since I work in a private school. Soo...not much school related stuff this week happening... :).....except for this next project!

Students put the phases of the moon template on a paper plate and then carve the cream on the Oreos to resemble the phases of the moon. For extra assessment, they have to write the phases around the paper plate. A template with the phases written is also available for differentiation.

I had started a space unit before the summer, and then I dropped it! It was around 50 pages at the time. I finally picked it back up on Tuesday and added more than 100 pages to the file. It's my biggest project yet and I am so excited about all the possibilities in it. TODAY ONLY, you can grab it for 40% off - only $6 for the whole unit!

Interactive Notebook flaps for different planets are available in this Solar System Unit

Students keep track of the moon phases with this diary. They have to draw what the moon looks like over the period of a moth and describe the phase as well.

Students put their own picture next to the alien in the spaceship. Then, they write about their outer space alien adventure!

Planet reports- students get a template of a planet to color and cut out. They get a research report organizer where they gather their facts and then use that organizer to write their report.

Learn about how the earth revolves around the sun with this interactive rotating craft

Students get to create this large astronaut. This is a great conclusion to a solar system unit because they can write about everything they have learned that they remember and attach to the astronaut.

Ok the rest of this post is dedicated to two of my favorite things; my baby girl and my coffee. 

Here is a "hack," I learned off those life hack posts that go trending. Toddlers can squeeze all the juice out of a juice box, BUT, if you lift up the two side flaps, they can hold it from there instead!!

Since I had the week off, we enjoyed some fall weather at the park. 

We also took a short trip to Montreal. Here she is, being a true half Canadian and ice-skating with dad. 

And I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was when I got this K-cup sampler pack from Amazon delivered to my door. 40 something cups and each one is a different flavor. But not just any flavors- CRAZYYYY, yummy, unique flavors. You can find them here. 

Have a great day!!

Come join in on the "Fall"ing Prices linky every Tuesday this October hosted by The Primary Peeps! I love being part of this little group and thanks to Laura from A Grace Filled Classroom for setting it all up. 
So here are the rules:

Hope you get to join in.

Now the two products I have up for $2 today ARE:

First up is my brand new product...fall themed place value printables.

First of all, that beautiful cover model is my baby. If that doesn't make you buy the product...then I don't know what will! :)

Here is a look of what is inside:

The second product on sale today is my Fall Themed Handwriting Scoot.

Handwriting Scoot you ask??
A lot of teachers are using Scoot in their classrooms now a days. I made a handwriting version - so that students can practice proper handwriting format. I make it a friendly competition too for the neatest handwriting, to give more incentive to the game. Students go around writing the word on the card as neat as possible on the recording sheet. Oh, and I've included Zaner Bloser and D'nealian styles. 

I have this product bundled in my Fall Handwriting Scoot Bundle which gives you a steep discount if you buy all four Scoots. 
Check that out here. 

Thanks for stopping by!

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