It’s Monday so that means Monday Made It!  And despite my knee surgery (there might or might not have been a panic attack involved in the healing process this weekend…allegedly….) I have a super easy and cheap Monday Made It for you.  And per request, there is a Submission For Smorgie video!

This all got started with this picture on Instagram and Facebook.  I’ve always been annoyed at storing my pointers.  They fall over…they break…they’re in the way.  It was quite frustrating.  Then I visited my friend Jenissa’s classroom (at my old hometown elementary school!) and saw this BRILLIANT idea.
She stores her pointers in an upside down milk crate.  Seriously…BRILLIANT!  
After posting this picture I got lots of people asking about my pointers.  So this Monday Made It Post was born.  And then someone asked for a video so here ya go!  I am here to serve and help!  Ask and you shall receive!
Supplies:  wooden dowel rods, E-6000 glue, and wooden cutouts.  The wooden cutouts are from Michaels.  They are 60 cents a piece.  They have tons of different shapes and animals.  People, the mister pushed me around Michaels in a wheelchair to get these!  TRUTH!  
Simply put glue on the back of the cutout and some glue on the dowel rod.  
Stick together.
Hold them until the glue dries.
BAM!  Pointers are finished!

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Howdy ya’ll!  Last week I was in Las Vegas for the I Teach K conference and many people came up to me and talked about the glue sponges.  WHAT!?  You don’t know about the glue sponges?  You aren’t using them???  People…you have to switch to the sponge.  Trust me.  Your life will be much better.  No lost lids.  No clogs.  Less mess.  Less money.  It’s a win win for everyone!

These are simple to make.  Very effective.  Easy for student’s to use.  And cheap.  I spent $18 dollars to make 8 glue sponges.  They last the entire year.  At the end of the year I throw them out and then I make new ones for the new school year.  $18 dollars compared to hundreds on glue bottles and glue sticks.  Yeah.  I know…
You need sponges.  I got these in a pack of 6 for a couple of bucks at Wal-Mart.  They are the Cello brand and I use them because they’re slightly moist already!  Sandwich containers with snap on lids and glue.  About 2 bottles per sponge.

Pour about 3/4 of the glue in the container.
Put 1 complete sponge in your container.  Cut another sponge in half or 1/3 to fit (varies depending on your container!).  Push them down in the glue.
Pour the remaining glue on top of the sponges.  

Place the lid on and let the sponges absorb the glue.  These take a few days to soak up the glue and be ready for use. 
BAM!  Glue sponges.  
Here are some tips that I’ve learned:  
Spritz the sponges with a mixture of water and Listerine every other day to keep them moist and germ free.  
Add more glue every week or two depending on how much they dry out.  
Make sure the lids are on tight!  
You can click on the link below to see my How To Video on YouTube on how to make the sponges!
And now by request, a FREEBIE!
A while back I did a Thrifty Thursday post on using cooke sheets to make magnetic ten frames.  I included some super hero number cards to 20.  I had a request to make them to 31 for calendars, so here they are.  Just click the picture to get to my freebies page!

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  • Reply Kelley Devore July 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    This is GENIUS all the way around! What a great inexpensive FUN project and great storage idea! Thanks for sharing!!! rockymountainkinders.blogspot

  • Reply Katie Foley July 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    These are adorable! I might make some for my fourth graders. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Reply Kimberly Ann July 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  • Reply Erawcliffe July 24, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I love my making my own pointers! Last year my kids loved them… I got the supplies at walmart and michaels! It was amazing seeing you at the iteachk conference…and I know that you have a GREAT mister! Relax and enjoy your recovery!

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