Monday Made It

I've been a little crafty this past week!
Conversation balls
We do a lot of group discussions and Socratic Seminars in my classroom.  It takes some practice to get students used to allowing others to talk and to take turns.  I want to introduce "conversation balls" (if someone can up with a better name, please let me know!!) this year.  Only the person holding the ball is allowed to speak.  The student talking will then toss the ball to the next speaker and so on.  I bought two three pack wiffle ball sets at the Dollar Tree.
Next, I spray painted a ball to match each of my table colors.

Finally, this is what I ended up with... pretty cute if you ask me!

Table Frames
I bought these white frames last year at Ikea.
Cute but kind of boring.  After I spray painted the balls, I decided to paint the frames to match.

They were very easy to spray paint.  The key is to allow them to dry between coats!  I tend to get a little impatient at times!!
I think they look much cuter this year!

Washi Tape Bookmark
I just bought some Washi tape and decided to put it to use.  I made a bookmark with a left over large paper clip that I had.
Super easy to make!

Burlap Frame
I found a few burlap frames on clearance at Wal-Mart for $4.00.  A few weeks ago I saw a burlap frame on Pinterest using clothespins.  Here's what you'll need.
First, I covered the clothespins with Washi tape and coated them with Mod Podge.  Next, I hot glued the clothespins to the burlap.  I added a photo of my oldest daughter to show you the finished product.  I'm not sure how I'll use it in my classroom?  

I hope you've enjoyed my Monday Made Its!  Head over to 4th Grade Frolics to see what others have made!!


  1. Those frames are soooo cute! I love the table numbers in them!!!!
    Mixing it up in Middle

  2. I love the frames! I may be using tables this year, I'm not sure yet, but those are super cute! I wish we had an Ikea in Oklahoma! The washi tape looks cute on the bookmark, I did some with ribbon last year and I had trouble with the ribbon coming off.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. Everything here is so darn cute. I willl be making those bookmarks sometime today! :) Your frames turned out super cute too. What a great idea creating those conversation balls. Oh the endless possibilities with spray paint. Thanks for the inspiration.

    One Fab Teacher

  4. Great idea about the conversation balls... table talk toss? Definitely repining and adding to my to do list.

  5. Those IKEA frames look SOOOO much better painted! Thanks for the idea!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

  6. I LOVE this Ikea frame. I wish we had an Ikea close by!

  7. Love the paperclips. I've been wanting to get a burlap canvas! I love the look!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. I love your conversation balls. I am in the process of getting my gifted endorsement and this week was all about the socratic seminar.

  9. Oh my gosh, I LOVE how your table frames turned out! SO cute!!