Mod Podge for Education

A perfect world:  Combining crafts and education into one.  Craftucation, I might call that.  Me?  I craftucator.

Happiness.

To bridge my two  three loves, I combined Mod Podge, some basic craft supplies and my trusty assistant, little O.  Our task:  To make something that is crafty and educational.

Hmmm...what to create?  How about a reflective tool?

At our local craft store, Jo-Ann, we located these fabulously, inexpensive wood blanks.  Jo-Ann had so many shapes and sizes.  I think we paid $.29 for each wood blank.


Next, little O and I painted them with acrylic paints we had around the house. 


Using leftover scraps of patterned paper, little O traced each shaped and I cut out the shapes.  We broke out a must-have, craft companion...Mod Podge!  Here you can see little O gluing on the patterned paper to the painted wood blanks.  Mod Podge is a craftucator's best friend.



After letting the Mod Podge dry (about 20 minutes), this is what they looked like.  Kind of fresh & engaging, no?


To help transform these gems into a reflective tool to be used in the classroom, little O traced more shapes for me.  This time, she used plain, colored paper.


I then cut out the traced shapes and wrote reflective prompts on them in black Sharpie marker.  The reflective prompts included:
  • Describe the main idea from today's lesson.
  • Describe something new you learned today.
  • Explain two new terms from today's lesson.
  • How can you apply today's lesson?
  • What other topics relate to today's lesson?
  • Why is today's lesson important to you?
  • How would you improve today's lesson?

Don't you love reflective questions?

The finished product, the reflective prompt side, looks like this......



To protect these Mod Podge, craftucation treasures, little O and I brushed on two layers of Mod Podge on each side.  We let the Mod Podge dry about 20 minutes between layers.  They are sealed and student-proof now!

Not that my college students are destructive, however, now they can happily risk a vanilla-soy-latte being spilled on them.

Oh, craftucation and happiness!
Jen

PS - I just used this reflective tool with my college students after teaching a lesson about identifiying gifted and talented students in preK-12 settings.  When I polled my college students about the tool they described the colorful prompts as "cool, fun, unique and playful."  More happiness.

PSS - Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  I personally don't need a week because I appreciate you all the time.  True.

5 comments:

  1. I am SO EXCITED for the summer when I have ample time and energy to do all these neat arts and crafts projects to transform my classroom and systems into a seamless work of art. For a self-professed crafts junkie, this sounds AMAZING from the scrapbook paper to the thoughtful prompts. My only fear in making these? Kids loving them and walking out with them.

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  2. These are super cute! What a great idea to incorporate them into a lesson. :D

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  3. I've seen numberous craft projects while looking through this site but this one is by far the best. My focus will be on the preschoolers and I'm going to test it out on my little ones at home. I'm going to use these to teach letters, shapes, and other objects such as trees, cars, etc. This is an excellent learning tool for preschoolers. We did something similar to this in the infant/toddler class. I made various animals but that process was so much harder than this one. Plus the materials are safer with this activity. With my animal project, I used shellac so I didn't relly let them handle the animals, I just showed it to them. this activity allows them to handle the objects and have fun with them.

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  4. This would be a great classroom activity to allow students to assist in the creation of their learning tools. Creativity is a great way to learn how to express themselves. I think the application of questions is a great way to build good class discussions, and allow students the opportunity to share their learning experiences and prior knowledge.

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