Superhero-Themed Classroom Tour

Thanks to Oriental Trading for all their help in making our classroom a success! As always, all opinions are my own.

My husband is a 3rd grade teacher and is simply amazing at his job. He's great with the kids, and creates the perfect atmosphere for both fun and learning. I'm someone who would be terrible at teaching kids, but I can't resist jumping in to help him decorate and organize his classroom! Now that school is back in session, I wanted to take you all on a back-to-school classroom tour to show off our handiwork!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

We'll start our classroom tour with the bulletin board outside the classroom. One of the most exciting moments during back-to-school season is finally finding the class you've been placed in. I always loved finding my name on a door or bulletin board outside the classroom. Using the Superhero Bulletin Board kit, we were able to put together this eye-catching superhero-themed bulletin board complete with blank starburst cutouts to write the names of the students in.

If you're looking to decorate a classroom, bedroom, or office with a superhero theme, I highly recommend purchasing this kit! You get SO many pieces for an unbeatable price!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

As the students come in, they can mark their attendance on the Magnetic Attendance Board (tutorial coming soon) by moving their name under their lunch plan for the day: home, or one of the two school lunch options. The girl superhero cutout above the board is also from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

Here's a view from the student desks. We found caddies at Walmart for a steal of a deal and placed one on each group of desks. I've also found similar caddies for just a few dollars at Target and dollar stores. I designed labels for each caddy, laminated and stuck them on with packaging tape. To keep things from getting misplaces, I labeled each set of rulers, pink erasers, scissors, and crayons with the number of each table caddy they belong to. We also purchased 99¢ superhero cups to keep the markers, colored pencils, and regular pencils together and prevent them from falling out of the holes.

After one assignment, my husband will find multiple pencils all over the floor. To keep pencils from rolling away and falling into the great abyss, we cut milkshake straws into thirds and taped them to the desks with packaging tape. Students can now slide their pencil through the straw to keep their pencil in place!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

The front of the classroom is where it's at! Starting from the left, we placed another superhero cutout next to the flag. I hand painted some foam discs to resemble Captain America and Wonder Woman shields to stand proudly on top of the bookshelf.

Math is one of my husband's favorite subjects and one that students struggle with the most. We put together a math-themed bulletin board with posters I designed with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division symbols with vocabulary words listed in the center. I also incorporated letters and an "amazing" cutout from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit!

Above the Smart Board, we placed the "Bam!" Jumbo Superhero Word Cutout. I also put together an alphabet line with both printed and cursive letters that were printed, laminated and placed above the other whiteboard.

The right side of the whiteboard is where my husband can write the "I Can" statements to help students know what they're going to be learning in each subject every day. The letters are from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit, and we used Superhero Dry Erase Magnets to add the titles for each subject.

On the far right of the wall, I put together a schedule to be placed in the pocket chart to help the students have a visual of the daily routines. Above that, we placed another jumbo superhero word cutout.

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

On the left side of the classroom is all of the cupboards that hold classroom supplies. We made use of the space by adding an alphabet to start a word wall, and added another superhero cutout from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit. Above the cupboards was an open space that was perfect for a jumbo superhero word cutout.

Past the sink/hand washing station and drinking fountain is some crates that will work at tablet charging stations. Next to that is the pencil sharpener with a dull/sharp pencil cups. Homework will be placed into in/out bins, and following are bins for papers with no names, and folders for other subjects.

We found the perfect wooden "mailbox" for students at the thrift store. We cleaned it up and stuck the students names next to each opening so they can find all of their important papers in one place at the end of the day. Blank paper and lined paper are stored in the double letter tray.

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

The opposite side of the room has a table for math and reading groups. Right now it is filled with Superhero Goodie Bags for back-to-school night! The reading nook is probably my favorite part of the room! Tips for teachers: always check thrift stores for books! You can get them for cheap and usually in really great condition! Because books can get really loved, we found a container at the dollar store and turned it into a "Book Hospital" so that my husband knows which books need to be fixed.

Our reading bench is really a bookshelf from IKEA turned on its side. We then covered a piece of foam with some superhero fabric with velcro on one side so it's washable. You can also find dining chair cushions for good deals, and they work great as sitting pillows to read on. 

The center bookshelf was another fantastic thrift store find and holds SO many books!! It definitely needs to be repainted, but I think we'll save that for next summer's project...

The red bookshelf on the right is another find from IKEA. Because of its color, it was on clearance and we got it for a steal!! To keep books organized inside, we used some plastic bins (shoebox size) and stood books up inside each one. We organized them by Lexile level and labeled the outside of the box with each number range so the kids can find and return books easily.

We made a faux bulletin board above the reading nook using a cityscape poster from a party store and adding the border from the Superhero Bulletin Board kit. The words and superhero cutouts are also from the kit. I told you that Superhero Bulletin Board kit is a must-have!!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

For my husband's workspace, we tried to organize the best we could with letter trays and bins for daily worksheets. He loves collecting superhero Funko Pop! characters, so he lined them all up along the top of his cupboards to watch over the classroom. We found some metal vintage comic book covers and stuck them to his cupboard doors with Command Strips. The sign "Even superheroes have to do their homework" was a fun find from Walmart. See that photo of my daughter? Learn to make that ruler frame at MyPrintly!

To the right of the teacher workspace is another jumbo superhero word cutout, and the clock with some labels I made to help the students learn minutes and quarters of an hour. I cut out the "Number Corner" letters out of poster board with my Cricut Explore machine.

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

Of course, my husband incorporates prizes into his classroom. Students can earn items like Superhero Erasers, Superhero Pencils with Capes, Superhero Saying Rubber BraceletsSuperhero Stickers and more through drawings, and through their "Fun Friday" classroom store!

3rd Grade Classroom Tour with Superhero Theme

Thanks for stopping by and coming along on this tour with me! Please let me know if you have any questions about our classroom. Be sure to visit Oriental Trading to get some affordable and fun superhero decor and accessories for your own classroom, home or office.

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #149

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope your week has been fantastic and that you're ready to share what you've been working on! Here are just a few of the fantastic recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
R2-D2 Nerd Shelf by Jennifer Maker
Fail-Proof Homemade Carrot Cake by Live Like You Are Rich
Lined Zipper Pouch by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Apple Pretzel Bites by Burlap and Blue
Italian Pasta Salad by Simply Stacie
Fun Summer Tote Bag by Love Create Celebrate
3-Ingredient Blackberry Jam by Kleinworth & Co.
First & Last Day of School Interview Printables by Somewhat Simple

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Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party

Thanks to As You Wish Pottery for hosting our Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party! As always, all opinions are my own.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

When it comes to birthday parties, it's easy to get stressed out with all the planning, cleaning your house, and shopping for all the necessities. Even though it seems like it, not every birthday party needs to be "Pinterest Perfect". Kids just love to have a good time, and parents love getting the most for their money. After looking at some different party options for my daughter's birthday, we decided to have a pottery painting party at As You Wish Pottery!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

When booking a birthday party with As You Wish, all you need to worry about is showing up. Our table was already decorated, supplies were set up, and everything ready to go. Your party host will assist you in all aspects of the party: helping the children with painting (probably the most stressful part of all), helping to serve any food and beverages you may have to offer, and cleaning everything up!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Of course, you are more than welcome to bring some of your own decorations, food, and of course, gifts! Along with painting pottery with her friends, my daughter also wanted a "colorful unicorn-themed party". Easy enough! The party area has a space for you to set up any party accessories you'd like. We put up balloons, brought along an adorable (empty) unicorn piƱata, wrapped gifts in a cute unicorn paper, and put together a colorful "Happy Birthday" banner.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

I was also able to make some custom birthday hats for cheap. You can do it, too! Using my Cricut Explore machine and some silver and gold glitter vinyl, I cut out some unicorn heads and stuck them on some colorful $2 party hats!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Guess what? As You Wish even put together some birthday goodie bags for us! Filled with treats, and other awesome favors, it was such a nice thing for them to do and one less thing I needed to worry about.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Now that everything is set up, let's get this party started! Give guests a party hat and have them choose a seat. Our host introduced himself and gave the birthday girl a special birthday button with her name on it to wear during the party!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

The next step is for everyone to choose a piece of pottery to paint. Depending on your party package, your guests can choose a piece between $15-25! There is a ton of options to choose from. My daughter chose this super cute unicorn.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Like I mentioned before, your party host does all the work, and guides the party guests through their pottery painting experience. Ours did a fantastic job of explaining how the paints work and offered helpful tips along the way. He was also great about helping everyone choose paint colors, or getting ones off the shelf that they couldn't reach.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Time to get messy! Everything you need to complete your project, like a rainbow of paints, paint trays, brushes are at your disposal and just in reach at the table. The creative atmosphere and being surrounded by your favorite people make for such a memorable day!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

It's so rare to find my daughter holding still for more than a few minutes, so I had to capture this moment of her concentrating on painting the perfect unicorn.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

During our painting session, we took a break so that our host could give the party guests a tour of the kiln room. He also told them more about how the process works once you've finished painting, so it turns out this party was both entertaining and educational!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

As a surprise, the guest of honor gets to choose from a selection of birthday plates to take home. All of the party guests get to sign the plate with a marker that will become permanent after baking. Of course, As You Wish gives you detailed instructions on how to do just that once you get home. Now the birthday girl has her own birthday plate with her best friends names to remind her of this special day!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Once everyone was done with their project, I snapped a picture of them showing it off. Everyone was so proud of their project, and it was so fun to see that my daughter has such creative friends! Plus, it goes to show that even if you and your friend choose the same pottery piece, each one will end up looking unique.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

As You Wish is a busy place, so it can be hard to tell each project apart. To keep track of our group's pieces, they mark the bottom of each one with a heart in the birthday girl's favorite color. Smart, right?! After 2-3 days, our projects were ready to be picked up.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

You are welcome to bring any food and drink to enjoy after (or during) the pottery painting! We brought along some colorful plates, dotted metallic napkins, and silver paper cups with some more unicorns cut out of blue, pink, purple, and green glitter vinyl to bring it into our theme!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Unicorn cupcakes covered in sprinkles are always on the menu for birthday parties! I arranged the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes on a cupcake stand for everyone to enjoy.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

To transform otherwise delectable cupcakes into unicorn cupcakes, I cut out ears and a horn out of blue, teal, pink and purple poster board paper and silver glitter cardstock with my Cricut Explore machine and glued the two pieces together. Stick the pieces into the frosting, and voila! A unicorn cupcake is born.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

We had such a great time celebrating while painting pottery with our best friends! Visit As You Wish for more information on parties, classes, and more.

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