Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lunch and Student Work Clips

Don't you just love clothespins!  I use them as lunch clips, with a twist!  See how much space I have to write the students' names and lunch numbers! We clip these to the students' shirts and they wear them to lunch. Depending on your cafeteria rules, the students can hand them to the cashier and they put them in the basket, or they can continue to wear them until after lunch. Make a few extra because some always go into the trash!

My mom glues wooden spoons to the clothespins to provide more room for writing. Here are the materials and the steps she took:
1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
2. Use wood glue and glue the spoon to the clothespin (it will pop off with hot glue).
3. Put it on the cookie sheet, spoon side down.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for as many as you need.
5. Put another cookie sheet on the top of all the clothespins and place books or cans of food on top.
6. Let it dry overnight.

Another idea for clothespins is to display student work. I like to hot glue a cut out to mine. Then I hot glue it wherever I need it on the wall display. I use 12 x 12 scrapbook paper to display student work. I can then display both portrait and landscape papers.

And  I will be doing a project with these....more on that later!

44 comments:

  1. I LOVE clothespins. They are so fun to decorate. Great for just about everything.
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    Miss Nelson’s Blog

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  2. Great ideas! I have a zillion little cut outs laying around that I keep just in case I need them, I am going to glue them to clothespins:) Thanks for sharing!
    What I Learned in Kindergarten

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    1. I am so glad that this post inspired you! I think you will be really happy with them!

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  3. I have a serious addiction to these and need some intervention. I use them for all kinds of centers. I think your idea is brilliant BECAUSE the little ones can't eat their name tag. I would maybe Modge Podge over the print to make them live a bit longer! Maybe?
    Fran@kindergartencrayons.blogspot.com

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  4. I LOVE clips! I use them for everything. Behavior chart, lunch numbers, ways to go home, center clips, etc! I love the idea of glueing the spoon on top to give more writing space. Thanks for the idea!
    Heather
    Mrs. Shelton's Kindergarten

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    1. Me, too! It's the simple things that make teachers excited!

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  5. I love these ideas! I am so going to glue clothes pins to my student work wall. This is going to save me so much time. Thank you for sharing!

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels

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    1. So glad to hear it! It will be so easy!

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  6. I use clothespins for about everything, but I had never thought about using it for lunch numbers! I've made the necklaces before and some kiddos just can't help but get tangled!

    Lindsey
    Lovin’ Kindergarten

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    1. Try the clips, I think you will really like them!

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  7. Who would have ever thought of glueing spoons to clothespins? Brilliant!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. It was my mom's idea! And lucky for me, she already made my set, too!

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  8. What a great idea! And so easy to do, I would have never thought of that either! Thanks for sharing it! :)

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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  9. I love your idea of adding wooden spoons to the clothespins & then gluing the bulletin board accents on. This is awesome!! I know what to make to display student work now!!
    Thanks Jennifer!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. Thank you, I am glad that you like them!

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  10. I use clothespins, but I never thought to attach wooden spoons. What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm on the hunt for wooden spoons...
    ~Andi

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  11. I love how you put spoons on the lunch clips!

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    1. Thank you! The spoon goes along with "eating" and going to the cafeteria and it gives me more room to write!

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  12. Love the idea of gluing wooden spoons to the clips. Great ideas!

    Krista
    stellar-students

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  13. Love the clothespins but I have to say you just solved my problem. I have been planning on making clips to hang the kids' work but couldn't decide which way to turn the paper for the matte since something they do portrait and others are landscape. It never occurred to me to use 12 x 12 paper. Thanks so much for helping me solve that issue.

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    1. You are very welcome! I did this last year and it worked out nicely!

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  14. I love the clips, but more how you put the spoons on, now I could write on them a lot easier. The decorative ones for displaying work are genius. Thanks for sharing.
    Jill
    Bubbalulu.blogspot.com

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    1. The directions and a photo of the materials is right above this comment box. You just use wood glue! Super easy!

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  15. Love the idea of adding spoons to the clothespins - brilliant!!

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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    1. Yea, I guess I will have to admit that my mom is pretty smart. Thank you.

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  16. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing

    Terri
    thefirstgradeprincess.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you-I hope that you can adapt it to work in your classroom!

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  17. Oh how cute and fun! I love clothes hangers but not the look of them. This is the perfect solution for me! THANKS!!

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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    1. I am so glad that you found something you can use!

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  18. Clothes pin rock! I love how you used the wooden spoons. I need to utilize them more.

    Lorena
    Little Treasures

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  19. I never thought to put wooden spoons on the clothespins! It really does add a lot of writing space. Thanks for the inspiration! Love it! Oh, and yes, clothespins are super versatile!

    Sarah
    Miss A's Kindergarten

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  20. I am so glad that you liked the idea!

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  21. What a brilliant idea to add the wooden spoons to the clothes pins for more room. Super idea!!! Thanks for sharing and for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

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