Teaching My Kids to Give Back to the Community: Elmer’s Bag It Forward

one thing i have been trying to teach my kids this summer is giving back to the community. i really want them to understand what giving back to community means and how it feels to give to others. that is why i was especially excited to participate in the Elmer’s Bag it Forward Campaign. where you buy and donate quality school supplies to those in need.
the first day of school is right around the corner and the back-to-school supply sections are already up in the stores. my kiddies have been anxious for me to buy them new school supplies for the new school year. so we ran over to Walmart. Their prices on school supplies are awesome, and that way we were able to get a lot more school supplies to “Bag It Forward!”
We decided to Bag it Forward to one of our friends who is a teacher. she works at a title 1 school where many children in her class can’t afford to buy school supplies. Often times she has to buy them for the children in her class. did you know on average, teachers spend $356 of their personal money on school supplies every year. we were able to get her pencils, glue sticks and crayons for her entire class along with some helpful items such as Kleenex, glue, hand sanitizer and post-its.

We also found the Elmer’s school supply holder, and downloaded the Elmer’s 1st Day App. It’s a FREE app for your smart phone that allows parents to share pictures of their kids first day with their family and friends, or teachers to share their classroom or student’s projects throughout the year.  You can make custom keepsakes, add personalized quotes and dates, make slideshows and organize your photos into albums. this app makes it easier to share 1st day moments with your loved ones…Capture, Create & Share!

The best thing about the Elmer’s first day app is that for every photo uploaded, Elmer’s will donate one product to The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF), up to 200,000 products. That will help a lot of kids! PLUS, X-Acto Designer Series and Walmart are offering a chance to win a trip for four to Disney World! the entry form can be found on the 1st Day App site.

Here is a picture i took with the app of my kiddies Bagging It Forward! i asked them how it felt to help others in need, they said “it feels nice and warm,” and the are already asking to do it again.
By simply picking up an extra bag of school supplies for a child or teacher our life, we can make a huge impact! everyone can #BagItForward! You can read other Bag it Forward stories like mine by visiting the Bag it Forward Pinterest page.
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Teachers Gifts: DIY Magnetic Clothespins

this week is my kiddies Teacher Appreciation Week. i wanted my kiddies to make a special gift for each of their teachers in honor of the week. i had a project in mind that i thought would be fun for them that would be fun, and not to tedious. so i came up with the idea to make decorative magnetic clothespins. by painting wooden clothespins and glueing a magnet to the back, their teachers could use them up on the white board to hold papers and reminders.

what you need
 magnetic tape strips with adhesive back
 wooden clothes pins
 exacto knife
 ruler or straight edge
 sheet of cardstock (optional)
 plastic sandwich baggie (optional)
printable baggie topper, download it here (optional)
step 1 
purchase your supplies.

my kiddies like to paint, but after our Mother’s Day project, i found they also liked to make huge messes. by using Elmer’s Painter Markers, which are actually perfect for this project, you cut down on the mess, plus they are easy for little hands to use.

Walmart now carries Elmer’s Painters Markers in individual colors for only $1.97 each. it’s great because you can pick out only the colors you need, and in the width you would like. i got the pens in medium points, but they also sell chisel tip and fine tip.

i was also able to get the clothespins for $.97 for a 50 pack which was a bargain and also picked up the magnetic tape strips at Walmart. i was very happy about that. all my shopping done in one place.

 step 2

once you have your supplies, you can get started by cutting the magnetic tape strips to fit one side of your clothespins. peel the paper off the adhesive on the back of the magnetic tape and stick it to one side of the clothespin.

 step 3

with your Elmer’s Painters Markers, paint the other side of the clothespin a single color. let dry.

 step 4

using other colors of Elmer’s Painters Markers, you can add designs and pictures to the painted side of the clothespins. you may need to wait for the paint to dry between each color that you use. once your design is complete, let dry completely. here you see my kiddies working so intently on their clothespin designs. awesome!

 step 5 

to package your clothespins, it is nice to cut a piece of cardstock to 2-1/2″ x 6″ or approximate to fit into baggie. place each clothespin neatly onto the cardboard. place into a plastic sandwich baggie. you can tie with a ribbon, or print out the bag topper i created and glue or staple it on. here is the link to download it.

 step 6
give it to your teacher! we just love how it turned out.
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if you would like to see more photos from my shopping trip to the Walmart craft department, click here.

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