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Dot Art Name Paintings

One of the first things my new group needs to work on is name recognition. Some of them recognize the first letter of their names or a couple letters in their names. Creating Dot Art Name Paintings is a great process for reviewing letters of their names.

Dot Art Name Paintings

Dot Art Name Paintings

To make the names, I used the AbcPrint font at 250-300 pt in Word on legal sized paper. This way, they were as big as possible for painting. I used all capital letters to make them easier to paint.

Dot Art Name Painting

I like how you can tell the differences in age/development of each child by their work. A couple of the older ones were very organized in their work, using a different color for each letter and neatly dotting each letter.

Some of the younger ones painted one color around each letter. The littlest ones painted all over the page. All look wonderful and they are one step closer to identifying the letters in their names!

Dot Art Name Painting

We use Handy Art Handy Spots (a local company for me) or Paint Dab Markers from CraftProjectIdeas.com. You could also use empty bottles and fill them yourself with liquid watercolors or diluted tempera.

     

More Name Recognition Activities

Daily attendance with a me stick puppet – Teach Preschool

Top 20 Name Activities – Pre K – Pages

Glitter Names

Tape Names

Watercolor Name Paintings

Salt, Glue and Watercolour Art – name recognition activity – Happy Hooligans

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Baked Oatmeal

One of our make ahead breakfast dishes is baked oatmeal. It has a little protein with the eggs mixed in and it bakes to a  custard like consistency. I make it when we have company, especially in the winter. My child care kids really enjoy it for breakfast or morning snack too.

Make Ahead Oatmeal

baked oatmeal recipe

It takes just minutes to mix together and pour into a pan. It’s a sweet oatmeal so you might want to use less sugar. This is a keeper of a recipe!

Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups, milk (I used 1%), 2 eggs or egg substitute, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 cups quick cooking oats (or 2 1/2 ups old fashioned), 1/3 cup white sugar, 1/3 c brown sugar, 1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Spray an 8" baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Mix ingredients well.
  4. Pour into baking dish.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until center just jiggles lightly.
  6. Oatmeal can be prepared the night before and refrigerated until morning.
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DIY Back to School Marker Wreath #inspirestudents #teacherschangelives #PMedia #ad

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Make this colorful DIY Back to School Marker Wreath for the teacher with a marker assortment from Office Max.

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I don’t know about you, but I like to get to know my son’s teacher. What better way to start than to ply he or she with gifts! He’s a good student, but it all helps! Ha.

DIY Back to School Marker Wreath

Supplies:

  • 12″ Floral & Craft Ring
  • Burlap ribbon
  • markers – I used Expo Neon Window Markers, 80’s Glam Sharpies & Mr. Sketch scented markers
  • Hot glue
  • Removeable Glue Dots
  • Ribbon, choice of decorative accessories

I shopped Office Max for a great assortment of markers to use for my marker wreath project. Office Max is a great place to get all of your school supplies with great back to school pricing and savings.

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This project is intended to be used as unique teacher gift or back to school DIY/craft for teachers so the markers are usable. Forty-one markers in all!

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First I started wrapping and gluing the burlap ribbon onto the wreath base.

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There. It’s all wrapped. Now to add some bright colors!

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I started laying the markers out in the order I wanted them. I grouped like colors together, lighter to darker. The Sharpies were my base and then I worked in the Mr. Sketch Markers and the Expo Neon Markers.

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To attach the markers, I used two removable Glue Dots on each pen. While this worked quite well, I discovered a small amount of hot glue holds them even better and they are still removable and usable. I’d recommend using a little hot glue to adhere the markers but apply it below the caps so the caps don’t inadvertently get glued on! There may be a little hot glue to peel off the pens but it comes off easily enough.

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Finish up with a few decorative pieces like a wood cutout apple, a canvas banner or clip-on mini chalkboard.

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 “♥ to learn” banner – what teacher wouldn’t like the sound of that?

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Ta-da! A marker wreath!

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Check out these savings to pick up your markers while supplies last for back to school:

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Savings at Office Max

  • Save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch) while supplies last
  • Weekly savings from (Aug 24-30): Select PaperMate Flair 4pk’s:  $4, Sharpie 12CT Asst Fine & Ultra Fine Asst: $6, Sharpie Dozen Box Black Fine & Ultra Fine: $6  while supplies last

Office Max also has a rewards program so be sure to sign up!

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Back to School Pencil Wreath

One of my goals this year is to make new wreaths for my front door, so naturally, a Back to School wreath is needed! Due to having a child care center in my home, I have may people coming to the front door each day. I want it to be attractive and inviting. Plus, I crave the creative aspect of making a project like this.

Back to School Pencil Wreath

Back to School Pencil Wreath

Supplies:

  • Floral & Craft base, 12″
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Pencils, 80 shown (currently .97/20 at Walmart)
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Felt
  • mini chalkboard or other decorative items

Directions:

Wrap and glue burlap onto wreath base.

marker wreath

Then start gluing pencils around wreath, spacing them as you go. This is not the easiest, in my experience. Mine is not perfect, like this one, but if perfect is what you’re looking for, I’m not claiming to offer it! The inner and outer circles are hard to get even. Maybe it’s my lack of patience?  Anyway, I like it!

pw6

To make the felt roses I followed this tutorial on Linden & Lace. Love that, Linden for a boy’s name.

pw3

My bow was made slightly based on this post at Tidbits & Twine. Oh dear, the hot glue really shows up in the picture but it’s not noticeable and of course comes right off.

My mini chalkboard in the center was in a pack of 3 from Target and the mini clip-on chalkboard was a purchase from Pick Your Plum.

pwb

A fun way to celebrate back to school!

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