Easy Birthday Ideas, Clip Chart and Reading Buddies!


Made It 1: Student Birthday Gifts
When I saw Amanda Madden's birthday cups via Instagram, I knew I had to make them for my kids.  I asked begged for some cups at McDonald's and the manager gave me a couple.  I then had to figure out how to cover up the sides because I didn't want them to look like they came from a restaurant.

Here is how you can make your own:

1. Cut one of the cups and make a template. 

2. Trace the template onto some cute scrapbook paper and cut it out. It will look like this:

3. Wrap the paper around the cup and glue it down.  (It will be a perfect fit because of the template.)  I used hot glue for this step.  Worked wonderfully!

4. Add a label.

5. Hole punch a hole into the dome.  The pencil won't fit through one hole, so I kept punching until the hole was big enough. 

6. Add your goodies.  I put some candy in the cup and covered it with some tissue paper (whip cream) and added a lollipop for the cherry.  The lollipop came from Walmart. 

The cards are available HERE and the buttons are Freebies that you can pick up HERE.

The first student who got one was shocked when she saw it! Smiling from ear to ear:)  It felt great knowing that I helped make her birthday so special.

Made it 2: Clip Chart
I started using a behavior clip chart two years ago.  I had a class that was a bit rowdy and needed something more than what I had going on at the time.  My BFF had already been using it and it looked really interesting, so over my spring break, I made one.  There was an instant transformation in my classroom!  I couldn't believe it!  My clip chart has served me well and I loved it, but it just didnt' go with my theme.  So this summer I decided to make the one I've had in my TpT shop for a while.

You should have seen my kids' faces when they walked in and saw it!!! They were amazed:)
If you are interested in it, you can click on the picture below.

Made it 3: Reading Trackers
I saw this PIN from Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade and it inspired me to make some!  The kids are using them and they are actually tracking their reading.  They were so easy to make too!  I got the jumbo craft sticks from Joann's (already painted) and I hot glued some eyes onto the ends.  The kids know that the eye has to be on the words that they are reading because their reading buddy wants to read too.  I have to make a second set because I found it useful for them to keep one inside their reading book so it can't get lost and it acts as a bookmark too.

Can't wait to see what everyone made for today's Made it!

Make sure to head over to 4th Grade Frolics and check out what everyone else has made!


  1. Love all of your Made-its! Think I may have to make some of those reading trackers - thanks for sharing that idea!

    1. Thanks! These reading trackers have been a great resource for my kids :)

  2. I hadn't thought of using the reading trackers as bookmarks. Great idea. Going to have to make some for the library:)
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

    1. They have saved us tons of time because they don't have to look for the right place in their reading book :)

  3. AWESOME!!! One of my parents is a manager at Mickey D's I'm going to see if she can get me some of those cups! Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing!!!
    Shearerly Sadler 4th Grade

    1. I'm going to have to track down a parent too :) Good thinking!

  4. So very cute! Thanks for sharing! I especially love the "Happy Birthday" cups! :)
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. The kids love them! Easy and cheap, can't go wrong there:)

  5. The student birthday gifts are really cute. Thank you for sharing this idea.

    Have a great week!

    Fit to be Fourth
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  6. Ohh! Great ideas! I definitely will have to...borrow! Pinning now! :)

    The Journey of a Beginning Teacher

  7. What a cute idea for birthdays! I love your clip chart and reading trackers, too! You've been busy, Maribel!
    Hope your year is off to a great start!

  8. Love those reading trackers... so dang cute (and useful).

    CindyGranny Goes to School


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