Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway for two Back to School Teacher Emergency Kits.
Congratulations to the winner, Michel J! Michel, please look for an e-mail from me, so I can get your kits in the mail to you promptly.
For those who did not win, it is easy to make your own Teacher Emergency Kits. Find a small zippered bag (like a cosmetics bag), a little box with compartments (like a bead box from Michael’s Crafts), or a simple gift bag and fill with items that would be helpful to have in your teacher desk or bag.
- travel toothbrush and toothpaste
- dental floss
- cough drops
- Sharpie pen
- safety pins
- travel comb
- quarters (for the soda machine)
- hair ties or clips
- Tide to go stick
- travel sized hand lotion
- Smart phone charger
- compact mirror
One Lucky Winner Will Receive TWO Back to School Teacher Emergency Kits!
I am giving away two (2) Teacher Emergency Kits to one (1) lucky winner! You can keep one kit and give one to a teacher friend (or make two teachers, friends, co-workers, neighbors… super happy and give both as gifts). Click HERE to enter. Giveaway ends this Wednesday, August 17 at midnight (EST). Shipping addresses must be within the USA or Canada.
Winner will receive 2 vinyl pouches and emergency kit contents. Each kit contains a $10 Starbucks giftcard, travel sized lip gloss, travel sized Shout and Windex wipes, travel sized Advil, Tums, Band-aids, nail file, and peppermints. See this BLOG POST for more details about the Teacher Emergency Kits.
Click this RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY LINK and follow me on various social media and/or share the giveaway using #theroommom to be entered to win!
You may have been concerned that I had not posted this year’s Back to School Teacher Emergency Kit, but fear not, I would not let you down. If you recall, the Teacher Emergency Kit is my favorite first day of school gift to a teacher, and I have been delivering them since my children entered elementary school. Now that my kids are getting a little bit older, it is more important that I keep this tradition going because teachers of older students always get jipped in the teacher gift department.
This year’s emergency kit pouch is made of clear vinyl (possibly a poor choice when you sew in a climate with 8,000% humidity), and it reminds me of a small make-up bag. Like my previous kits, it is supposed to be a handy little bag to store in a desk or teacher bag for daily emergencies.
This Year’s Contents
- individually wrapped mints
- tinted Vaseline in an oh-so-sweet mini container
- Windex wipes for electronics
- Shout wipes
- emery board
Other Content Ideas
- quarters for soda money
- travel sewing kit
- Tide to go stain remover stick
- cough drops
- Sharpie pen
- travel sized hand lotion
- travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste
- dental floss
- hair clip, hair tie, or rubberband
- smartphone charger
- ear buds
- safety pins
The Vinyl Pouch
- If you sew, visit BONJOUR QUILTS for the pattern and directions. You can register on the site to download a measurement guide to make bigger and smaller pouch sizes. I followed the sizes given in the blog post, and the finished bag is about 4″ x 5″. As you may have gleaned from my comment above, sewing with vinyl in hot and humid weather is not easy. I even had my special teflon sewing foot.
- I purchased the lightest gauge of clear vinyl available at Hobby Lobby.
- The FLEXIBLE FRAMES that create the opening at the top of the pouch are the same material that is in a metal measuring tape (or a slap bracelet). I ordered the flexible frames online because I could not find them in any store locally. My sewing store told me that I could cut a measuring tape into the pieces I need and slide them into the fabric sleeves as a back up idea if I couldn’t find the frames.
Other Packaging Ideas
- Use a bead box from a store like Michael’s Crafts. Sew a potholder clutch or foldover cloth bag. Pick up a small cosmetics bag; I saw some in the bins near the door at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Fill a simple paper gift bag. Click on the images below to read about other versions of the Back to School Teacher Emergency Kits!
Fractured fairy tales are those stories that take traditional fairy tale plots and put a twist on the story everyone knows. This genre of book is pretty hot right now in children’s literature. A new book that I just finished reading in this book category is The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper by Annabelle Fisher. This book caught my attention because it was a mash-up Mother Goose nursery rhymes rather than traditional fairy tales (and I liked the pet goose side story). I am definitely going to recommend it to my fourth graders when we go back to school next month. My daughter, Miss Priss, highly recommends Rump, Red, and other companion books by Liesl Shurtliff; they were her favorite books this summer.
- Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (Enchanted series)
- The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm series)
- Happily Ever After by Anna Quindlen
- If the Shoe Fits by Jane B. Mason (Princess School series)
- The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell series by Chris Colfer
- Rapunzel, The One With All the Hair by Wendy Mass (Twice Upon a Time series)
- Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff (and others by this author)
- The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani (5th grade+)
- A Tale Dark and Grimm series by Adam Gidwitz
- The Wide Awake Princess series by E.D. Baker (and others by this author)
- Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey (and others by this author)
- Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (Woodcutter series, mixed reviews)
- Entwined by Heather Dixon
- The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
- The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
And lots of picture books…
- Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten by Trisha Speed Shaskan (and others in this series)
- Jack and the Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimpson
- The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin (and other Cinderella re-tellings like Cinder-Elly by Frances Minters)
- The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Miss Priss has been on a cooking bender. I think she fancies herself a future Chopped Junior contestant. I was getting tired of monitoring the kitchen with her, so we moved over to no-bake recipes. I don’t have to be by her side the whole time, and she still experiences all of the joys of cooking. She is also gaining measuring skills, the ability to read and follow directions, and learning how to clean up after herself (my favorite side benefit). She has no idea she is actually learning these valuable skills, and I am not planning on revealing this little secret.
The best recipe she has made so far is a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream bar. I found the original recipe and directions HERE. I helped cut the parchment paper to the correct size, and I licked the bowl, but other than that, I had no involvement.
- Prepare the eggless cookie dough batter (CLICK HERE for recipe).
- Line a 9 x 9 pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper strips. Put one strip horizontally across the pan and the other strip vertically. The ends of the strip should hang over the edges of the pan. This will allow you to lift the frozen cookie dough out of the pan later.
- Press half of the cookie dough into a thin layer on the bottom of the parchment paper lined pan.
- Put two new strips of parchment paper over the layer of cookie dough and gently press and smooth the paper. Spray lightly with Pam or another cooking spray.
- Press the other half of the cookie dough on the second layer of parchment paper into a thin layer.
- Fold the parchment over the top and put a weight on top to hold the parchment paper down (you could use a tupperware/bag of dried beans, bag of frozen vegetables, or something else in your freezer).
- Freeze for 2-3 hours.
- Gently remove frozen cookie dough layers from the pan and peel from the paper.
- Put two of the strips of parchment back in the pan and gently place one cookie dough block back on the paper in the pan.
- Gently spread one quart of softened ice cream over the cookie dough base.
- Place the second cookie dough block on top of the ice cream.
- Cover with a strip of parchment. Place a weight on top (dried beans or bag of frozen vegetables again) and put back in the freezer for 2-3 hours.
- To serve, lift the cookie bars out of the pan using the bottom layer of parchment paper as a handle. Cut into squares with a sharp knife. Running the knife under hot water before using it to cut will help make slicing easier. OK– so I helped with this step too, and the cookie dough “crust” breaks very easily.
Reasons to Cook with Kids
- Math skills– fractions, adding, dividing, proportions…
- Science skills– heat and temperature, changing states of matter
- Procedures and directions– following step by step directions and seeing the cause and effect if you go out of order (or stay in the order of the recipe), developing patience and waiting for results
- Reading– recognizing and reading a recipe format as compared to non-fiction text or chapter books
- Screen free– no devices required