Friday, 15 August 2014

Five for Friday!


It's Friday again and that means Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Jam Jar Gifts!

I gathered some bits together today to make back to school gifts for the 6 teachers on my team this year.  4 of them have just finished training and this is their first post, one is starting her second year of teaching but is new to our school and one is an experienced member of staff who was already at our school. It's going to be an interesting year!

Here is what I found to include:

And I managed to squash everything in to my jam jar except for the mini glue stick and the Haribo (so I was forced to eat them all!)

Printing and Mod Podge

I was very excited to get my printer working after years of it taking up space in my house doing absolutely nothing! It meant I was able to print the pretty labels I had made for the jars!

I planned to use Mod Podge (believe it or not my first time) to stick them to the jars. However, all did not turn out well...

The ink ran and I have blurry labels! 

I've printed another set and am ready for my second attempt - any advice on how to stop this happening again?

Word Wall

I've seen so many great word wall displays and searched for something with the letters in the handwriting style we use at school but had no luck. I've been working on this and am nearly finished!

I plan to print, cut, laminate and then write the letters on using a permanent pen myself - that way the style will be the cursive script we teach the children!

I found some great fabric when I was out at a craft village with my Mum this week. I plan to use some of it to make a cover for my teacher diary/planner. Now I need to make decisions about the combinations - any recommendations? 

My Giveaway

It's the last full day of my giveaway today so don't forget to enter to have a chance of winning a set of these 5 products! You can find out a bit more about them if you click here.

That's all for this week! I'm off to Cardiff for the weekend (and Ikea on Monday - it's sad that I am so excited about that - any advice on what I should buy for my classroom?!)

Have a great weekend!


  1. I would love to see what your planner looks like when you have covered it with fabric
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

    1. I'll definitely put pictures of it up!

  2. I'd be happy to get a jam jar!!! I'm sure they'll love them

    1. I would too - let's hope I can make blur free labels for them!

  3. What a great gift in the little jars! I have used Mod Podge a lot, but never on top of printed ink like that. As for your planner- I like the elephants and the curvy chevron together! Have a great trip to IKEA- a place I have never been!

  4. Cute gifts! Ink will run, but I've heard it won't if you use a laser printer. My favorite thing at Ikea are the white magazine files 5 for $1.99. My kids love their cinnamon rolls. :-)