DIY Boxes for Macarons

Two months ago I took a french macaron class. I decided that homemade macarons would be great for homemade holiday presents!

I spent a few days looking for macaron boxes to wrap/store them. I could not find any boxes for a reasonable price. Most boxes I found (on Amazon) were close to $1 or more per a box! The boxes were also not that pretty, and with me… they need to be pretty!

Well, I decided that it would be in my best interest to figure out how to make my own boxes. After a few trials and errors with sizes, I figured out how to make the perfect box for my macarons.

I was browsing Micheals and I stumbled these two Hot Buy scrapbook papers on sale. I did not know what I was going to use them for; however, I’m very happy I picked these sets up. They were prefect for my macarons! I also used these boxes for homemade bath bombs. 
The first thing you need to do, is to cut the 12×12 sheets of paper into 8.5×12 to fit your printer. If you are in the market for a nice paper trimer, I HIGHLY recommend this WestCott Trimair. You can get it on amazon here.
The next thing you need to do is configure your printer to support the 12×8.5 paper.  In the PowerPoint document, click “print” then select “paper size.” You will need to make a custom size, enter in 12×8.5. You may need to also adjust your printers settings depending on your printer.
After some back and forth with your printer/document you ready to go! Make sure you place your card stock scrapbook paper graphic side up. You want to print the lines on the back of the card stock. Your paper should look like this:
Next you’ll want to cut all around the box lines. 
For this next part I used Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool. It is a great tool to have around for crafts. I scored all the lines and folded them on the scores. After scoring, cut to make the flaps. Look at picture to see what I mean. 
Once you have the lines folded and sides cut it is time to put on the adhesive. Place your adhesive of choice on the graphic side of the triangle flaps. My adhesive of choice is this scor-tape.

All that is left is for you to put the box together! Fold the sides in and adhere them to the inside of the box. 
Voila! You have a perfect box to store and gift your macarons!
I also used these boxes to hold my home made bath bombs! 
Look how cute these boxes turned out with that scrapbook paper. Way better than any expensive white box I could have gotten amazon. 

Marlie Rosenberg

Reindeer Drawings Kindergarten Art

This year I have found myself teaching art to two kindergarten classrooms. When I was asked to teach art I thought “sure, why not! I love crafts.” However, that it has not been the case. I have found out quickly that when you only have students once a week for 40 minutes it is almost impossible to do all the kindergarten crafts you did when you were a full time teacher

I am so very thankful that there are amazing art teachers on TpT. I have to give a huge shout out to First and Kinder Blue Skies! She has a wonderful Directed Drawing for the Entire School Year that has saved me!

This week for Christmas we did her reindeer directed drawing from her resource and they turned out incredible! We used oil pastels and colored construction paper. I am surprised how well these students do in art for only being 5 and 6!

Marlie Rosenberg

5 Free and New Math Christmas Resources for K-1

This is a great addition within 10 resources for k-1 students. Print this resource from KM Classroom and keep them on hand for early finishers or add them to your Christmas centers.
The next two math products both come from  Roo’s Trunk. The first one is a Mystery Picture 100 chart printable and math printables pack. 
If you are looking for a resource that incorporates a craft, then you’ll have to download this resource from Kate in Kinder
Download this resource from Mrs. Panda’s Classroom for fun math worksheets. I am always looking for fun ways to teach graphing with my kinders, and this would be great for them!

Marlie Rosenberg

5 Free & New ELA Christmas Resources for K-1

Here is a great resources from Two Pease in a Primary Pond. These are great quick print papers for your class. Students write about what presents they would like the most. There is also a picture sorting worksheet with one boy and one girl. 
This resources comes from ABCs and IEPs. There are 12 ready to print cards for your students to decorate for the holidays. You can also use these as a writing activity to practice letter writing.
This next freebie comes from Unforgettable First Grade. This is a great recourse to help students practice matching CVC words with cute stockings! 
I know my kindergarten students love any and all write the room centers! This one is free from Elizabeth Kallert. Visit her store for this great center.
My kindergarten students have a tricky time with Alphabetical order so this is a great product for them! Students build Christmas puzzles by alphabetizing Christmas vocabulary.  Grab this freebie from Miss Beck.
Marlie Rosenberg

Away in the Manger Craft

My students finished up their Away in the Manger Crafts this week in art. This is one of my favorite craftivitities with the kinders. It is a simple and quick prep lesson for anyone who works in a christian based school.

The following are pictures from last years class when I was a full time kindergarten teacher

In these pictures I was able to work in mall groups during centers and more time (hence the glitter.) 

Look at those little sneaky photo bombs! Top right and bottom left

Away in the manger craft - free
Away in the Manger Craft – Free

These pictures are from this year.

In these pictures I had to organize the craftivity to do as a whole group since I am only with each kindergarten class for 45 minutes a week. You can see the difference between the art work. The current kindergarten teacher is planning on adding glitter during their center time.

You can download this craft for free with my Nativity Freebie

Marlie Rosenberg

5 Free Winter Favorites

Here is another list of 5 new and FREE resources perfect for any early elementary classroom.

If you are looking for a number sense activity with ten frames than you must download this product by Teaching 1st with Mrs. P Students practice their number sense with a fun winter theme ten frames. 
The Speech Whisperer has this great vocabulary pack for winter. I use vocabulary cards in my classroom daily for writing inspiration. 
In the winter, every teacher needs some great indoor recess activities. Grab this coloring freebie from The Frugal Homeschooling Mom. Students follow directed coloring on each page. This is a great way to help students learn to read their color words.
Like the above product, this is another great recourse to have on hand when students are stuck inside. My students have always loved playdough and when I can find a great (free) resources to help them learn while they play than its a winner! Grab this freebie from Lodrew
The last freebie for this post is from Moonlight Crafter by Bridget. This pack includes easy and ready resources for you to use with your students during a snow day. If you are in an area that does not have snow days, or an area like me (Salt Lake City) that refuses to ever call a snow day use this pack after reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. 

Check out the Winter Freebies in my store!

What are some of your favorite winter activities you do in your classroom?
Marlie Rosenberg

5 Free Hibernation Resources

Hibernation is one of my favorite units in kindergarten. Here are some NEW and FREE resources from new sellers that will fit perfectly in your classroom! 
Product Description: Animals in Winter yoga brain break can be used independently as a science mini-lesson about animals that migrate, hibernate, and forage for food in the winter. It also goes along with the book Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder, and can be used as a story sequence and vocabulary review.  The Boardmaker pictures can be easily displayed on an interactive white board or document camera and are appropriate and accessible for students of varying abilities and with multiple grade levels. This first resource comes from Spoonful of Love and Learning. In my opinion, we always need more brain breaks! Especially in the winter when recess can be foiled by the weather. Help your students relax and unwind with fun yoga poses with hibernating animals. 

o create the game pieces you will need to follow steps.  1 Make the category jugs by attaching the Hibernation Toss and Sort Category Cards to the jugs. I used some jugs that I had from candy last Halloween.  2 Cut out and hole-punch the Hibernation Toss and Sort Fact Cards. Use the yarn to tie them to the balls. I found and used plastic golf practice balls because they are light weight and have holes that I can tie the yarn through.  When you are done with these 2 steps you should be ready to play!This next resources comes from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Shop. This is a great way to learn hibernating facts with a fun toss game. I will be passing this resource on to my higher grade friends. This product would be perfect for 2nd or 3rd grade. 
I am currently teaching kindergarten art and P.E. thi year. This video will be used this winter in my art class for sure! I think I enjoy teaching hibernation because bears are one of my favorite animals. This video is fromPatty Fernandez Artist. This store is filled with great directed drawing videos!

This resources is for all those ECE teachers out there! I love puppet stories and play time with those 4 and 5 year olds! This is a great lesson from Suzette’s Puppets. She is new to the TpT community, make sure to show her some love with positive feedback on this freebie!
This last resource fits perfectly with the new NGSS standards on animal adaptations. The NGSS standard i’m speaking of is for 3rd grade (NGSS.3-LS4-3) Thanks, Cara Baldree for this awesome free resource! 
If you are looking for a kindergarten-first grade friendly unit with printables and great centers check out one of my best selling units on Hibernation! My mentees will use all of these resources this year and I am excited to see how they will adapt the crafts and centers to this new group of kindergarteners! 
Marlie Rosenberg