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 piñata, 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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Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags

Thanks to Oriental Trading for this post possible. As always, all opinions are my own.

My husband is a third grade teacher and absolutely loves it. He really enjoys helping kids learn, and works hard to make sure that they all have fun at the same time. The classroom is decorated in a superhero theme, so naturally he would incorporate that into the Meet the Teacher Night to introduce himself to the new students before school starts!

Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags with Free Printable Tags

Along with all the paperwork and getting to choose their desks, the students are also going to receive these SUPER fun Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags! They are filled with lots of fun items that are sure to make a great start to the school year.

Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags with Free Printable Tags

No matter what "theme" you're going for, you can find a ton of fun items to add to goodie bags at Oriental Trading. We chose a few school supplies like Superhero Erasers and Superhero Pencils with Capes, as well as some Superhero Saying Rubber Bracelets and Superhero Stickers that they can wear and use to decorate their school supplies.

Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags with Free Printable Tags

I also designed some "Super" gift tags to add to the bags. All you need to do to use them is print them out on white cardstock, cut them out (or use a 3" paper punch), and then use a smaller hole punch to attach them to the bag!


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (home, libraries, classrooms, etc).
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags with Free Printable Tags

Each goodie bag gets a pencil, two stickers, a bracelet and an eraser. We also added a bookmark and a small treat to each one as a few more surprises.

Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags

You could also put these together for birthday party favors, school spirit week, and more! My husband is so excited to give these out to the new students, and I think they are going to be a hit at back to school night!

What would you include in Back to School Goodie Bags?

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Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate

Thanks to Hasbro for the Gaming Crate seen in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Plan a Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate #HasbroGamingCrate

Game nights are one of my family's favorite ways to spend time together. Card and board games can be a lot of fun, and are often educational at the same time! We're always on the lookout for new and different games to play. The Hasbro Gaming Crate is a new way to have family game night delivered to your door! Get ready for friendly competition, interactive play and hilarious opportunities to laugh with your family and friends.

Plan a Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate #HasbroGamingCrate

Hasbro Gaming Crate caters to multiple types of gamers with two themed crates that include never-before-seen games:

The Party Crate: Contains games with content geared toward college students, young adults, and parents who are looking to enjoy “adults-only” game nights. New party games include: Judgmental, Box of Rocks, and Speak Out: Joe Santagato Edition

The Family Crate: Offers games designed to be played together and enjoyed equally by kids and adults. New family games include: Mask of the Pharaoh, Leo Goes to the Barber, and Tricky Wishes

Play Leo Goes to the Barber for Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate #HasbroGamingCrate

Leo Goes to the Barber was the first game we opened in our crate. This one is a roaring good time! Recommended for ages 6+, your family will work together to guide Leo the Lion through the jungle to get to the barber shop in this wildly fun, award winning, and cooperative game.

Play Leo Goes to the Barber for Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate #HasbroGamingCrate

2-5 players need to help Leo make his way to Bobo the barber -but he has only 12 hours to make his way through the jungle. On his way, he meets a lot of friends to chat with. If he doesn’t reach Bobo in time, he has to try again the next "day". 

In this game, the whole family works as a team to accomplish Leo's goal. Since you set up the game tiles different every time you play, it makes the game different every time! The game boosts memory skills, teaches the basics of time management, and the clock helps them to learn time while they are having fun.

Play Tricky Wishes for Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate #HasbroGamingCrate

Tricky Wishes is a card game where players must match three kinds of wishes: a Superpower, a Gift, and a World Harmony. Players can take turns swapping, shuffling, and peeking at card wishes to collect the highest-scoring set. Recommended for ages 8+.
Play Tricky Wishes for Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate #HasbroGamingCrate

This is a really fun party or family game for 3-5 players that plays in 3-5 minutes! With simple rules, this memory, intuition and bluffing game is as much about playing the game as it is about playing the other players.

Play Mask of the Pharaoh for Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate #HasbroGamingCrate

Recommended for ages 10+, Mask of the Pharaoh is a cooperative virtual-reality board game the whole family will love! While wearing the included VR mask, you must quickly describe what you see while the other players use game tiles to complete the path to the riches so the whole team can win!

Play Mask of the Pharaoh for Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate #HasbroGamingCrate

Players work together to create a map of the maze with the game tiles. By putting on the "Mask of the Pharaoh" with a smartphone inserted with the Mask of the Pharaoh app, players take turns getting a 360º view of the maze. This player explains to the team members what they see and their teammates use this description to create a map of the maze.

Each player gets one minute to explain what they see, then the play passes to the next player (who will be presented a different view of the maze). Repeat this seven times, then players win the game if the complete map is connected from the entrance to the goal correctly!

Plan a Family Game Night with Hasbro Gaming Crate #HasbroGamingCrate

Each Hasbro Gaming Crate is delivered to your door every 3 months for $49.99 with a zany theme and surprises each time. The crate includes an exclusive collection of 3 games selected by Hasbro gaming experts just for you. If you need a break from all the fun, you can skip your delivery or easily cancel your subscription.

What's your family's favorite board game?

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LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell with Free Printable Little Mermaid Coloring Word Search

Thanks to LEGO for sending us the Disney Ariel set that inspired the Free Printable Little Mermaid Word Search. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

As a kid, I remember going with my family to see Disney’s The Little Mermaid in theaters. I fell in love with the movie immediately and drew characters from the movie all the time. When it was finally released on VHS (the OLD days), I was ecstatic when we purchased it to watch every day! I eventually memorized the entire movie, and it is still one of my favorites today. When I heard about the new LEGO Disney The Little Mermaid set, I knew I had to have it! This LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set is easy to build and perfect for fans of Disney’s The Little Mermaid to reenact their favorite scenes or create new stories of their own.

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

One of my favorite parts about building with LEGO is that everyone has their own way of doing it! Some work by dumping all the pieces together, then working piece by piece. My daughter has always been one to organize the pieces by color, then follows the instructions meticulously to build the sets. By sorting this way, she seems to find the pieces she needs quickly and easily. So next time your kids are building, take a minute to notice how they do it!

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

Recommended for ages 5-12, this 222-piece set offers age-appropriate build and play experience. My daughter was able to read the easy-to-follow, illustrated instructions all on her own and was so proud of herself once she finished building.

Unless things get really messed up, my daughter refuses to let anyone help her build these sets. However, I am asked to watch the entire time because I have the important job of putting the stickers on. Her independence and apparent lack of sticker skills makes me laugh every time. These are the moments that I will always try to remember.

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

The first part of the set she completed was Ariel's cave. She thought it was so cool that she was able to build a working sliding glass door for her to swim through to get to her room! This part of the build took the longest, but it's definitely worth it. I love the attention to detail and how colorful everything is!

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

Once Ariel swims through the door to her room, she can sit at her vanity with a pink clamshell seat to brush and add a flower to her hair.

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

There's also a seat on the opposite side of the room to sit and enjoy a cookie, and a refreshing drink from a goblet she probably found in a sunken ship!

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

Speaking of things found in a sunken ship, Ariel can swim above her cave to admire her "whosits and whatsits galore"! Accessories like coins, gems, and other "thingamabobs" fill up the treasure chest, which sits in between a ship’s wheel and the iconic Prince Eric statue.

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

Ursula’s grotto reminds me a lot of her grotto in the movie, including potion bottles, lipstick (of course) and a buildable crystal globe to contain Ariel’s voice! You'll also see Ursula wearing the magical necklace that will eventually break the spell. 

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

Ursula's really quite the business woman when you think about it. Making trades with poor unfortunate souls for spells, like Ariel giving up her beautiful voice to be able to have legs instead of a fin makes her a very busy woman! Will the Ursula manage to persuade Ariel to sign the contract?

"Now, sing!"
"Aa-aa-aah, a-aa-aah"
"Keep singing!"
"Aa-aa-aah, a-aa-aah"

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

To help her transform from mermaid to human, place Ariel inside the revolving stand and swap Ariel’s mermaid tail for legs!

"Look at ya! Look at ya! There's something different. Don't tell me. I got it. It's your hairdo, right? You've been using the dinglehopper, right?"

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set!

This is such a fun set! Kids (and kids at heart) are going to have hours of fun reliving moments from Disney’s The Little Mermaid and creating new stories of their own with these iconic characters.

Free Printable Little Mermaid Coloring Word Search

For more Little Mermaid fun, I've put together a free printable Little Mermaid-themed word search that kids of all ages are going to love!

Free Printable Little Mermaid Coloring Word Search

Go grab your crayons, colored pencils, and markers, because there's an image of Ariel above the word search to color before or while you try to find character names and vocabulary from the movie!

Free Printable Little Mermaid Coloring Word Search

Download The Little Mermaid Word Search

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (i.e. classrooms, home, libraries).
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

Explore the secrets of the sea with Ariel and Flounder with LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell and Free Printable Little Mermaid Coloring Word Search

What are you waiting for? Go grab the LEGO Disney Ariel and the Magical Spell set and make it "part of your world"!

Who's your favorite Little Mermaid character?
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