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From helping your child adjust to preschool to decorating a dorm room school and teaching can be another opportunity for crafting. From decorating a classroom to making decorations with a teaching theme there seems to be an endless list of pencil, ruler, apple, and book themes. Let's start with the pencil-

Pencil Crafts
*Paint thin plywood as giant pencil and print Welcome to Mrs ____'s Class
*Paint 3/4 inch pine as a thick pencil with holes drilled for a pencil holder
*Using craft sticks paint pencils and print the lettering "Graded" and "UnGraded" then hot glue a clothespin on the back for paper clips.
*Using a fat red pencil paint a santa on the upper part, add a screw eye to the eraser and he's ready to hang as a Christmas ornament.
* Pencil Puzzles
*Paint on the back of an eraser to personalize them.
*Paint a long dowel to look like a pencil for use as a pointer

Blackboard & Eraser Crafts
*Erasers can be painted to personalize the teachers name
* Krylon Chalkboard Finish can be painted onto any smooth shape to create a blackboard surface. From Christmas ornaments to message boards in whimsical shapes.

Apple Crafts
*Buy thin dried apple slices to embellish a candle
*Make unusual shaped chalkboards with Krylon Chalkboard Finish It turns any smooth surface into a chalkboard.
*Paint apples on a Floor Cloths
*Embellish wreaths with artificial apples
*Cluster wooden slices of apples in various stages of being eaten and hang from a sign that proudly proclaims, "Country to the Core!"

Graduation Crafts & Ideas
* Finished In A Flash Page Kit
* Personalized Graduation Pillow
*Mortar Board Craft
*Glue pressed flowers around a framed graduation announcement

Bulletin Board Ideas
*Paint on the wall any quote such as this one from G.K. Chesterton, "Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."
*Bulletin Board Sites
*Bulletin Board Ideas and Tips for the K-3 Teacher
*Are they ever too old for printable notes of affirmation?
*Bulletin Boards across the World

Dorm Ideas
* Personalized College Locker Print
*Make color copies of family photos (in their frame) that hang in your home. These can be tacked on their bulletin boards for a reminder of home.
* College Scuff Slippers

Links & Ideas
Back-to-School K-12 Store
School Memory Record Book: God Created Recess
Craft Quick and Easy Teacher Gifts
Tips for packing school lunches
The Internet Public Library Youth Division
Web Tools for Educators
The Best on the Web for Teachers
Preschool Education
School Days Promise Box

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