I'm linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics again for #MondayMadeIt ! This is my second MMI ever and since the first one was such a success (lots of great feedback from fabulous followers), I'm going to really try to make something every Monday for the rest of July and August!
This week, my inspiration came from Mr. Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard (click here to see his post). He blogged about having students match magnetic letters to a cookie tray to practice letter recognition. LOVED IT! ADOPTED IT! Made it into my own. This was going to work out perfectly for my Working with Words center, which is part of the Daily 5 Centers I'm doing this year.
Sooooo, after reading his post, I hopped in my car and drove to The Dollar Tree (which is 3 minutes away with no red lights...it's good for my class but not for my wallet, hehe) and bought 3 cookie trays. I already stocked up on letter stickers from Target's Dollar Spot a few weeks ago, so all I needed was spray paint! Since the letters are nice and bright, I decided to spray paint the cookie trays black so the colors of the letters would POP!
Since I didn't want to spray paint in my driveway (it was recently repaved) or on the grass in my backyard (not safe for fur babies), I drove to my boyfriends workshop at the airport. Not only did he offer great suggestions,which you will read about below, but he practically did this Monday Made It! project all on his own (with my guidance & supervision, of course)!
See below for my Step-by-Step Instructions on how to make your own Alphabet Letter Tray!
1. Lay out your cookie trays. Imagine how awesome they will look in a few hours.
2. The BF suggested using a Scotch-Brite pad to rough up the surface (do on both sides). This will help the spray paint adhere to the tray surface.
3. Wipe & clean both sides with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. Spray to paper towel with the rubbing alcohol then wipe. DO NOT spray the rubbing alcohol directly on the tray. Also, in case you didn't know, they sell 77% and 90% rubbing alcohol. Buy the 77% one!
4. The BF made tiny holes on the top of the trays with a screw driver and looped them on thin wire to hang. This made it easier to spray both sides at the same time, instead of spraying one side, waiting for it to dry, then spraying the other side (and waiting for it to dry some more). This step is entirely up to you and how you prefer to spray paint things.
*Do you like the pictures so far? I photographed while the BF did all the work. HAHA! Love him :)*
5. Spray paint both sides.
6. Let dry for about an hour or so. Paint another coat. Let dry some more! I let them dry overnight just to make sure!
7. Use tape to section off the rows. I'd say about an inch and a half. The measurement was eyeballed, so measure at your discretion. ;-)
8. Place your letter stickers on the tray and VOILA!
Isn't it pretty?!? I can't wait to use it in my classroom!
I plan on having a small sensory bin filled with these sensory beads from Lakeshore Learning and magnetic letters, and the students will search the bins for the letters and place them on the tray! One week I plan on having a sensory bin with ONLY uppercase letters, another week ONLY lowercase letters, then finally all upper & lowercase letters mixed together in one bin. SO MUCH F-U-N!
Thanks for joining me again folks! This is just the start of a beautiful friendship. I wanted to share a photo with all of you, as it sums up exactly how I feel about the social media community among us teachers. Thank you all for your "gifts".