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One of my new favorite pastimes is spending time on Pinterest.  Over the last few years I feel my creativity has waned with the stress and responsibilities of teaching and everything that comes in that mixed bag, we have all read the lists of teacher responsibilities, no need to rehash them here.

Curling up with an iced coffee and my laptop to peruse Pinterest on a rainy Sunday morning is the perfect way to reignite the creativity of even the least creative :).  This summer I've had the opportunity to delve into a few pinteresting projects!

In fact, this morning I tried the "baked" hard boiled eggs available on my YUM board, I baked the eggs at 325 for 25 minutes then plunged directly into ice water.  They were very easy to peel and the yoke was bright yellow.  Somehow I always manage to get a greenish tint when I boil them.  The only difference was that there were small brown spots on the whites where the egg touched the pan.

Last week I started working on the "no name" and "how we go home" boards during a craft day at my teaching buddy Karen's house.  Getting creative with friends (and maybe a mojito or two) is even more fun!

Used to hang papers with no names on, students are responsible for checking for their own paper and resubmitting properly.
I plan to use clothes pins with students names on them.  Parents will clip them to the board at orientation to let me know how their child will go home all year.  No more outdated lists for this girl.
Magnetic fishing pole!
The magnetic fishing pole was my own creation.  If you know anything about me or the activities I create they are almost all fishing games.  Up until recently, the Dollar Tree was selling plastic magnetic fishing poles.  This year they released poles with hooks on the end, not magnets.  I was at the craft store and came across dowels, hemp, round magnets, and knobs.  I made a huge batch of these magnetic poles, gave a few pairs away as gifts, and have spares for my own class (you know, since students take such good care of our things).  I'm considering making more and trying to sell them on TpT.

Pinterest inspires me to find/make/create new ways for my classroom to look more adorable and run more efficiently.  I find new teaching ideas, lessons, units, and activities to use to supplement my curriculum.  You can find new and sometimes better ways to organize yourself, monitor student growth, and generally create more engaging activities for your students!

How did you get creative this summer?


  1. Your no name project turned out really cute.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  2. I just wrote a blog post about fishing! So I linked up to this post and maybe you're going to need to start selling those fishing poles!!! They are so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And maybe you'll get some new followers!
    I'm your newest!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  3. LOVE the poles. What a great idea !!! I'm your newest follower & would love for you to stop by ! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  4. Hold on to your hat! You're about to get some traffic on your blog!
    Cute ideas!
    I'm following!!!
    One Berry Blog

  5. New follower! LOVE the fishing poles! I think I am going to look for some more "fishing" games!!

    Debbie :-)
    K is for Kinderrific

  6. I found you through Kristin's blog. She was right. Your fishing poles are adorable! Definitely sell them :)

    Hope you'll check us out!


    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  7. Thank you all so much for the comments! I'm hoping to start making the fishing poles once I get this school year up and running. I'm excited to check out all of your blogs out tomorrow morning, looks like I'll be waking up extra early!

  8. OMG, those fishing poles! DEF sell them! (referred by Kristin as well!)

    Teach On.

  9. Those poles are super cute! Everything else turned out cute too!

  10. The fishing poles are SUPER CUTE!! I want some for my classroom....(hint, hint) I think you would get lots of orders if you decided to make them! :)


  11. Cute fishing poles!

  12. I popped over from Amanda's Blog (One Extra Degree). Love, LOVE, LOVE, the fishing poles. Would definitely be interested in purchasing!

  13. Love your fishing poles! I made some several years ago and they always got tangled up...yours don't look like they will. I see a trip to Hobby Lobby in my future. :)

    I am also a follower now!

    Spotted Around the School

  14. I'd buy it if you sold them for a good price! Lakeshores is too expensive!

  15. Love Love Love your fishing poles!! Maybe I don't have to convince my family to stop at Lakeshores while we are on vacation. I like yours even better!!

    Terri Izatt

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  17. I LOVE the "No Names" Board! How large is it and is that pink foam board? I look forward to reading more on your blog! Thanks!!! :)

  18. Hey! Thank you so much, I really love how it turned out! My friend Karen found the pin on pinterest! It's about 8x10 or so. It's just thin craft wood kind of like balsa wood. I painted it, glue on ribbon and clothes pins then added the letters!


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