Lego Ziplines

The kids go bananas for Lego ziplines.  It has taken Mr. Husband and I quite a bit of tweeking to get a system that is "just right" for littles.  Our afterschool lego club is for first through third grade and we want our lego stations to be geared for littler hands and fine motor skills so that they can learn and feel confident trying their contraptions and making the necessary changes.   I am always amazed at what the kiddos design.  We start the session by handing out zipline handles for the mini figs.  These handles allow the kids to have just the mini fig go down the zipline.  It doesn't take long for the kids to want to design mini fig carriers for the zip line and that is where the real fun begins.

American Girl Glam Party Success!

Today was the big day for Little Miss S' American Girl Glam Party.   We held the party at the community center in a teeny tiny town, not far from our house.  We were lucky enough to be able to decorate the night before and boy am I glad we did.  It was nice to not feel rushed and take our time.  On the other hand, I could have stayed all night adding little details.  Thank goodness Mr. Husband would not let me obsess all night about the details.  Granted there was a lot of teasing about the polka dots not being straight, but hey, that's what you get with free labor.
As the girls entered the party we gave them a hairdresser apron.  I picked these up at Hobby Lobby and Little Miss helped design a logo for her salon.  We printed the logo onto each apron and the girls all had matching aprons.  We let the party guests take those home after the party.  I really wish I had gotten a group photo of all the girls, but that did not happen!  Ugh!  Kicking myself.

The main focus of the party was the Doll Salon.  We put that table in the middle of the room and worked the other stations around the perimeter of the room.  This set up worked great.  I brought in the rugs from my classroom and we placed them on either side of the salon table.  In hind sight, we should have put the rugs together on one side of the table because the girls naturally wanted to work on the floor and they ended up squeezing onto one rug so they could sit by together.  Mrs. Grandma made salon capes for each of the dolls (I know, WOW!)  She is also the same woman that made my "teacher" jumper dresses when I started teaching (don't judge, it was cool) and she made the jumpers with all kinds of fun prints that kids would like.  She actually had some of that fabric left over and made the salon capes out of it.  AWESOME SAUCE!  The puppy capes went quickly (heads up if you want to do something similar).

We had a nail station AND a hair station.  The girls could get their nails painted, hair curled, crimped, streaked with color or add a colorful braid (or all of the above)!  The girls were in heaven!!!!!  We had some very stylish kiddos emerge from these stations and a huge shout out to the "cool teenagers" for helping get our party guests GLAM!
We also had a face painting station.  One of my former students does the most incredible job with face paints.  Once I saw her work I knew I had to incorporate face painting into this party.  And... the girls went CRAZY for it.  It was the perfect touch to a glam party.

Another station that girls got to do was make a t-shirt for their doll.  I set out doll t-shirts (cheap from Amazon) and fabric markers (I used the Crayola ones I found on Amazon).  The girls designed a t-shirt for their doll and got a doll tutu to go with the t shirt.  SUPER CUTE!

Another station we had was a photo booth.  I hung fun fabric and had baskets of props.  We used clown noses, crowns, boas, and lots of fun stick pictures to pose with. 
Here's some snapshots of the girls in action.  They were very busy the entire time and I think everyone had a great time.  I know I did!  And by the looks of it, so did Mr. Husband.
I would love to hear your questions or comments!

Star Wars Day is Coming!

I'm so excited for Star Wars Day!!  For those of you that don't know, May the 4th is Star Wars Day! I plan to do it up BIG this year.  Our spirit day coordinator even made the day a school spirit day.  Yay!  I can't wait to see all those kiddos representing The Galaxy.  I've been busy making activities to celebrate the day in my classroom.  I made this ABC order activity and gave it a trial run with a few kiddos. 

American Girl Glam Party

I realize this is a blog to talk about teacher stuff but sometimes the teacher leaves the classroom.  I know, shocking.  When I leave my classroom I get to be mom and this mom is gearing up for Little Miss S' 7th birthday party.  I really didn't intend to make a million tutus for AG dolls over spring break, or create little salon shopping bags as party gifts, or create an AG Shirt Boutique!  This is what happens when your child's birthday falls right after Spring Break and you're a teacher.  Last year, SuperJump Zone-- this year an AG Glam Party.  I am blogging about it because I want to document this event.  I know there will come a sassy day in the teenager years, when I hear how terrible I am as a mother.  I want this post to serve as a reminder that one day waaaaaayyy back in 2016- I didn't suck!  So here's to not sucking for Little Miss S's Seventh Shindig.

Lego Boat Bonanza

One of the highlights of our after school Lego club is getting the boats and motors out.  The kids go bananas and rightly so.  Water + Motors = AWESOME!!! We demonstrate how the motors work and then turn the kiddo loose.  They experiment with boat shape, weight and motor position.  An hour isn't long enough.  

Adjectives are Awesome

We made these little cuties as one of our adjective activities.  I had planned to do them prior to the Rainbow Namebows but things don't always go according to plan.  I think it worked out better to do them after.   Kids always love post it notes.  They make everything exciting.  The kidlets drew a picture of themselves (which is always awesome) and wrote 5 adjectives on post it notes.  I let them put their project together on Astrobright and what a cute effect.

Rainbow Namebows

I saw this adorable project on IG and I new it would be perfect for my firsties.  We had been studying adjectives and I needed some stuffy puffy art to hang up after sending home our stuffy puffy shamrocks.  These were perfect and the kids enjoyed working with their parent coming up with adjectives.  We assembled them in class and I really don't want to take them down EVER!  If you need to take your adjective study up a notch I highly recommend this activity you can get it here.
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