I’ve had lots of questions about the DIY resources I use in my classroom. These have all been made by my hubby or me, so I thought I’d write a quick post about some of them. You may have seen some of them in previous blog posts, or on my social media pages as many have been shared somewhere before…
These are a few years old now and were the first things my hubby made for me – nails in wood slices. Simple! The nails have never been an issue for the 3 and 4 year olds I work with…
A few years ago I removed the screws from some old curtain rings as I wanted the rings as loose parts. I kept the screws and that’s what I’ve used on the log here. Really easy to make…
Golf Tees on a Wood Slice
Dowelling rods in wood slices…
Wooden Sewing Discs
Holes drilled through wood slices…
Nuts & Bolts
It occurred to me a couple of weeks ago that the sewing discs above could also be used with nuts & bolts too. I haven’t tried them with the children yet, but I can think of a few who will love them…
In case you didn’t know and are in the UK, Wilko is a great place to buy nuts & bolts cheaply – fill a large bag for £2.99 or a small bag for £1.99 (I think)…
Wooden Chalk Boards
Inspired by many examples online, I painted these slices of wood with chalkboard paint. We have lots of chalkboards but these are a nice alternative and the children have enjoyed using them outdoors…
DIY Mirror Boxes
You will find a blog post for how to make these here.
Homemade Mirror Tray
I saw this idea on Facebook when I was having a ‘report writing’ break. A lovely lady called Karen Nixon posted a tray she had created and lots of people shared it. As I have a few wooden trays, I thought I would have a go at making one. It is simply a wooden tray with adhesive mirror tiles stuck inside (these are widely available on eBay & Amazon). I have some smaller real mirror trays and I’m not going to pretend that this homemade version is as beautiful and sturdy as them, but it is still quite reflective and as long as it isn’t used with ‘scratchy’ loose parts, I think it will last for a while. I haven’t used it with the children yet, so we’ll see!
I now have a posh light panel, which I love, but this homemade version served me well for 2 years…
It was simply made by placing fairy lights inside an under-bed storage box (you can buy flat lidded ones from B&Q). They were threaded through a hole drilled in the side, & I stuck greaseproof paper to the underside of the lid to diffuse the light (white tissue would do). The paper under the lid is really important – you don’t want children to be staring at ‘naked’ lights for a long period of time! Obviously, a real light panel is much brighter, so place the homemade version in a darker area of the room. You could perhaps make a sort of tent to go over it if your room is really bright…
I painted unfinished wooden bugs and wrote numbers on the bottom. We’ve used these a lot! You can see how they were made in this bees post.
Glass Pebble Bees & Ladybirds
Clear glass pebbles and a permanent marker pen. I also put a coat of clear nail varnish over the pen…
I just painted cobble stones bought from B&Q with normal house emulsion (I used sample pots) and then varnished with clear varnish…
Original idea from Juliet at Creative Star Learning…
Pattern stones, Patterned Wood Chips and a Pattern Dice
I just used a black sharpie on these…
Click on the picture to take you to the original post…
I have lots of story stones, but these are my favourite two sets – simply print out the pictures you want on paper and glue them onto the stones with PVA glue. There is PVA over the top of them too, to ‘varnish’ them. They are not waterproof!
Painted drawer handles. The red ones on the left have spots to 10 on them, to use in counting activities…
After the paint wore off, I used cheap electrical tape (available in pound shops) instead.
Cotton Buds Dipped in Paint
DIY Tens Frames
I glued craft sticks (& lolly sticks) together to make these, an idea I got from Janice Novakowski on Twitter. I originally just made a few with normal sized lolly sticks, but they leave quite small gaps, so I also made some with larger craft sticks to allow for the use of slightly bigger loose parts if needed…
Cable Reel Small World Table
This table has been used for all sorts of small world or sensory play. I often cover it with a piece of felt, fabric or hessian, but it’s lovely just by itself too. The green grass matting was bought cheaply and simply glued on with a strong adhesive.
The children often bring resources from other areas of the classroom to the table. Here are a few of the things that they have ‘set up’…
I am on half term at the moment and so there probably won’t be a post next week.
My web host is going to be changing (possibly next week) and I don’t know if that will mean issues with loading my site. I hope not, but apologies if it does!
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