Hi Everyone! I’m Sarah Tharpe Winchell. I’m looking forward sharing ideas with everyone on The Organized Classroom Blog this school year. I love making connections and sharing ideas with teachers. I am currently teaching a kindergarten and first grade multi-age class. I look forward to Back to School Night each year! It is a wonderful time to continue to build those important relationships with the parents of our students. I truly believe that if we can win the hearts and minds of parents we can make so much more progress in the classroom. One way we can do that is by highlighting each child in a photo that is displayed in the classroom.
Parents love to see photos of their children. As a parent myself I treasure any photos that I have of my children especially those that highlight a certain time or event. This year I wanted to do something that would highlight photos of the children. I decided to create a sunflower photo frame. It is easy to do and uses materials that all teachers have.
- You will need a camera for this project. I left it out of the list but if you want to keep the memories you will definitely need one!
- I used the side of a cardboard box to create the base. Trace around paper plate or other plate for the hole for the face. I used a nine inch paper plate for this project. Cut out the circle. You can cut through the side of cardboard and then tape it back. It is much easier to cut the heavy cardboard using this method.
- I chose yellow paper for the petals but you could choose any color you like. I cut out large ovals and then snipped the bottom of the ovals to fit around the frame. The ovals measure seven inches tall before cutting. I just measured from edge of the hole I cut to edge of the cardboard. I wanted to cover the cardboard and have some extra paper for the petal. The petals are five inches wide. You will need to cut as many petals as you need to cover the cardboard. You will overlap the petals a bit as you glue them down. Use stronger glue for this part so the petals don’t fall off. When the petals dry you can highlight them with another color if you like.
- Make a large oval at least fourteen inches tall and ten inches wide for the leaves. You can fold the oval in half and cut the leaves. Keep the pieces together and shape the leaves to your satisfaction. You can glue the leaves down with a glue stick if you like.I created the bee from an oval that I drew with markers.
- It took me less than an hour to create the frame. This is a project where free hand cutting works well. Don’t worry just start!
- You can make a bee or any other accent you like. I chose a bee because I do an large unit with my children on the value of the Honeybee. It is easy to make little accents freehand with basic shapes. The wings are hearts cut out of paper. Let this part of the project dry overnight.
- You will need to attach a stick for the children to hold on to as you take the picture. I used a ruler from my classroom. I covered with ruler with the same paper I used to make the leaves. I attached the paper, ruler and some craft sticks for support on the frame with tape.
- The whole project takes around two hours. Your frame will be unique for your classroom. As I was taking photos of the children the children and the frame were getting a lot of compliments! This project is one that everyone will love!