Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Made It 7-15-13

I just LOVE Tara's link party on Mondays! I've gotten so many great ideas and have found some amazing blogs from it!  
Back in May my whole class was buzzing as things were boxed up and the room began to look bare.  They HATED it! My class even made me promise to not take down the paper lanterns in the library corner until after the last day of school. :)  During this process I overheard a conversation between two students that completely made my heart melt!  
Student 1- "Most teachers buy stuff for their room, but our teacher makes stuff."
Student 2- "Yep, and when people make stuff home-made for you, it means they really love you."
So precious and so true! I love my classroom. I love my job. Most importantly, I love my students!  I truly believe a comfortable, colorful, and organized classroom creates the best learning environment.  These quotes from my students make me proud of all the hard work I do all year long!
So, back to Monday Made It....for those of you who don't know, my classroom is a sweet shoppe theme. You know, because learning is sweet!!!!  All around my classroom you can find ice-cream scoops of success, smart cookies, brownie points, glittery lollipops, and these adorable cupcakes!
These cupcakes can be found all around the room for decoration. Here's two of them hanging around our classroom library. :)  So, I decided this summer to add the cupcakes to my positive behavior reward system...enter THE GOLDEN CUPCAKE AWARD!!!
I'll pause for your reaction...(ooooo-ahhhh)
I'm not sure how I am exactly going to be using this...perhaps it will sit on the desk of the student with the cleanest desk...or best behaved table grouping?? I'm not sure, BUT I'm hoping it'll be a hit! PLUS I always think it's a great idea for a teacher have some extra special rewards in your back pocket so to speak.
AND, since I was having so much fun I decided to make a silver and bronze cupcake award too!
Unfortunately, I can't locate the blog from which I got my directions on how to make these cute little guys. So here is my cliff's notes version of the tutorial.
Materials: cupcake wrappers, Plaster of Paris, Styrofoam spheres, Light Spackling, paint, glitter, pom-pom, & hot glue gun
First, I place my cupcake wrappers into a cupcake pan and pour Plaster of Paris into each wrapper. This creates your cupcake base. Let these dry overnight before moving onto the next step.
Second, I glue 1/2 of a Styrofoam sphere onto the top of each cupcake base with my trusty hot glue gun.  This creates a nice rounded top for my cupcake.
Third, I mix a small amount of paint (for color) with my spackling.  This will be my frosting! I use a disposable piping bag to help, however you could also spread the spackling on with a plastic knife.
Finish it off with a sprinkling of glitter "sprinkles" and a sparkly red pom-pom and you're all set!
Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out other great ideas from Tara's partay!


  1. Love this idea! Super cute!

    I {Heart} Recess

  2. Super cute!!!

  3. Super creative....LOVE the Golden Cupcake. I want!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  4. I want that!! I have a cupcake theme in my classroom. Can you say perfect?! Do you have a student of the week aka cake boss? ha!


  5. I love it! And I love that you have a sweet shoppe theme in your room, that's really cute!


  6. That is so creative! The kids are going to love it!

    Lesson Plans & Lattes

  7. The icing techique is very cool...and this is coming from someone who has patched quite a lot of holes. Very cool
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  8. Erin....SO CUTE! I love my frog theme, obviously. But seeing all your cute decorations almost makes me want to change! I can't get over the cuteness.

    The Teacher and the Frog

  9. I love the golden cupcake! It makes me think of the golden power of vote on Big Brother! I'm sure your students will love it!

  10. Seriously- stop it right now!! Those cupcakes made with the Plaster of Paris are amazing… I'm trying to figure out how in the world that would fit in my theme of owls… SO ADORABLE!!! :) Great ideas Erin!! :) Your students are so lucky to have you!

    Just Keep Teaching

  11. I love the cupcakes! What a great idea! I have nominated you for the Liebster award, check out my blog for the nomination requirements.


  12. What a cute idea!! :) I need to come up with an idea for a cute award like that!

    My blog: Building a House of Love

  13. Those are so cute! :) I feel like I am always trying to find new rewards for my classroom!

    Adventures in Room 204