I try to rotate the bulletin board over my changing table every few months. Since it’s fall, I decided to go with an apple theme. Well, that’s not totally true. I found the apple boarder at Dollar Tree and knew I had to do something with it.
I used to say that I don’t have a creative bone in my body. That’s not entirely true. I rely on Google. Like, a lot. The right search terms will get you a long way. The phrase, “Tiny Seeds Grow Mighty Trees” seemed perfect for an infant classroom.
I must admit, I came up with the three dimensional tree idea myself. The trunk is simply brown wrapping paper with some brown paint smeared on it. The top of the tree is a bunched up green table cloth, also from Dollar Tree (not a shill, just a happy, very poor teacher). The wooden apples and squirrels also came from, you guessed it, Dollar Tree. Oh yeah, the letter stickers too.
I described in this post how the babies made the apples. I did the same thing with the squirrels. I printed out bird outlines on some card stock and let them finger paint. It’s a lot of fun to give the babies a choice between two colors and see which one they pick. After finger painting the birds, I helped them sprinkle glitter on them. I swear, I don’t have a glitter problem. I can stop any time I want. Though now, I either use a spray sealant on sturdier things or laminate paper things to help contain the glitter.
It’s hard to tell, but the two nonwooden apples have pictures of the babies on them. I just printed out a blank apple and smeared some glitter glue on them. Then I pasted a cut out of their face.
Since I only have two babies in my room right now, they each made three apples, three squirrels and three birds.
My name is Kathryn. I live in suburban Cleveland. I have 2 cats, who are my kids. I work in early childhood education, specializing in infants at a local childcare center. I’ve also worked with preschoolers and school aged kids there. I used to be an ESL teacher in South Korea.
I love to bake. My coworkers get to be my taste testers. I enjoy coloring, and I even participate in a coloring Meet Up group. I’m a fan of all kinds of music, but country is my favorite. I started taking a tap class at a local dance studio. Ginger Rogers, I’m not. But I’m holding my own after *mumble years* away from it.
My kitties, Gidgette and Ivory, are my favorite models for my photography. I play around with photo editors to create what I call “Works of Art”. I’m not very good at it, but I do it anyway.
Please visit me at Mighty Kool Kat. You can find my links to social media there.