In addition to deciding on the theme of my classroom, I had a genius idea as I was opening up a can of peaches for my daughter. It's strange how we teachers can come up with crafty ideas to "turn trash into treasures?" :o) I decided to turn the many soup, vegetable and fruit cans that we use in my house into nifty little pencil holders for the students to keep at their desks. I used scrapbook paper to cover each can and then "laminated" each one by covering it with packing tape. I then added a label to each one to write the student names on as soon as I get my class list. I also plan on adding a piece of Velcro to the bottom of each can to keep them secure to the desks. I am *hoping* that this idea will actually work. I'm curious to see if it will help my students stay organized. I guess time will tell.
Finally, for all of you that are parents of infants or know someone who has an infant, ask them to keep their baby wipe containers and formula canisters. I wrapped mine in scrapbook paper and again "laminated" them with the packing tape to use as inexpensive manipulative holders! Here are a few pics of the ones that I have created recently.