Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teacher Tip Tuesday

Today's a happy day for me!


I get to go out to lunch with my favorite girls...my co-workers....my team...my besties! 

We are going to Red Lobster.  Yum!  Well, actually it is not one of my favorites, but.....

it is right next to  Michael's, Hobby Lobby, a Dollar Tree and the "ultimate" TARGET!  You know we strategically planned that meeting place, don't you?

Whohoo!  I know I am going to do some purchasing today!

Especially because I still have my two Target gift cards and one to Hobby Lobby.  Yes!

I am really hoping that Target has filled their Dollar Spot with the new teaching items that I am seeing circulating around blogs.  Especially that Dr. Seuss stuff that I saw over at Hanging with Mrs. Cooper's Blog. So cute!!!!

Anyway, here is my tip for Tuesday.  It is simple, but it is all my ADD brain could think of this morning (remember, I am in a funk).

Have you seen these little cuties at the Dollar Tree?

If you can't tell what they are, they are birthday paper plates shaped just like a monkey's head.  So stinking cute!

Well, of course, when I saw them, I had to have them because my brain automatically thought "Five Little Monkeys!"  Actually, I had to purchase four packages because I had to have some for me and my besties.  I am such a giving person.

I am sure you have figured out what I am going to do with them.  I am going to add some craft sticks or paint sticks to the back.  I prefer the paint sticks, they are more durable.  But I am going to have to bribe the nice man at Lowes for some.  I am currently out!

Then I will use these little monkeys with my students when we do our Five Little Monkey's book/retelling.  I can just visualize my little cuties right now with their monkeys in their hands.  They are going to love it and Mrs. Greene is going to run and get her camera for a picture.

I am always looking for those special, animal shaped paper plates.  I have a bunch of these that I use for a variety of fingerplays/songs/stories.  They are so easy, cheap, and durable.  I have had some that I have used for the past five years that still look practically new.

Here is an image of other's that I have seen on the market.

So keep your eyes open when you are walking through the birthday/paper plate isles.  You never know what gems you will find that can be used for your retelling center.

I hope you enjoyed my simple tip for today.

Don't worry!  I am sure I will post pics about what I get today during my shopping spree outing.

Also, I spent an enormous amount of time cleaning my scrapbook/craft room yesterday?  Would anyone like me to post pics, since it is clean?   Just thought I would ask to see if there are any takers.  My hubby allowed me to transform one room in our house into "my" room but it seems to be a favorite place for the entire family since my daughter loves to create too, my son likes my computer the best and so does the hubby (They say my computer is the fastest in the house.).  I guess I have to share.

Until next time, Happy Blogging!


  1. Oh I am so jealous I want to come shop!! I am on sabbatical for a year and find myself getting very jealous of everyone prepping their rooms, getting ready, sniff sniff. :) I can't wait to see what you come back with!



  2. I just got those a few weeks ago on my last trip to the Dollar store. The sad thing is that I didn't know what in the world I was going to do with them but I knew I had to have them. BTW I had to buy class sets for my besties too. . .how funny : )
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  3. I love the plates, what a great idea for the five little monkeys.

    Thanks for sharing.