Superhero Magnet Teacher Gift

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Play, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since preschool is ending this week {sniff}, I was inspired to make some teachers’ appreciation gifts for the amazing teachers that put up with, snuggle with, teach, and inspire my kids every day. Of course the inspiration hit at 10AM on Monday morning when I had to come up with a craft for the week for the art room. I found this adorable magnetic clothespin craft at My Craftily Ever After, but alas, I didn’t have scrabble tiles available in my haze of procrastination. I then stumbled across some cute hand-painted clothespins clipped to a card with a thank-you message to the teacher at Sandy Toes and Popsicles. The idea was forming in my head. Clothespins. Magnets. On cards that had cute messages about how awesome teachers were. And then, because I just can’t stop when I’m perusing the Pinterest, my eyes spotted these bubble magnets on My Own Road. Delightful.

After sending one of my lovely volunteers for supplies and overwhelming her with my many ideas (I think she was a little confused as to why we had two magnet projects going on at the same time in an art room that would be filled with mostly 2-year olds), I began putting together the cards with the sayings for the teachers:

#1 Teacher, You’re the Best Teacher, I heart my Teacher…

And the genius came with this one:

You’re a REAL Superhero!

And that was it. Printed out a few superhero symbols, gathered the modge podge, paints, tacky glue, and glass stones, and we were ready for some crafting.

What You Need:

  • clothespins
  • superglue
  • magnetic strips (I had a roll that I cut pieces off of)
  • small clear glass stones (the kind you use to fill vases for floral arranging)
  • mod podge
  • tacky glue
  • paint – we used washable tempera paint
  • paintbrushes
  • cookie sheet (optional)

What You’ll Do:

Step 1: Prep

  • Prep the clothespins by cutting pieces of magnet to fit the back and supergluing them along the clothespins.
  • Prepare your superhero symbols. I simply Googled them, copied the images into a word doc, changed the size, and pasted it repeatedly, then printed and cut them out. I would provide you with some, but I believe there would be some copyright issues.
  • Lay out four clothespins for your child to paint (the cookie sheet worked well because the clothespins were magnetized to it and didn’t roll around).
  • Squeeze some different paint colors onto a palette.
  • Print out the cards that say “You’re a REAL Superhero.”¬†Either print these out on cardstock, or print on regular paper and glue to a thicker backer, like construction paper. You can download a PDF of this card, plus some other teacher appreciation messages here.

Step 2: Paint

  • Have your child paint the clothespins. If your toddler goes to town on this step and paints the clothespins, the cookie sheet, and his face, so be it. Enjoy the peace and quiet.
  • After the clothespins are painted, set them aside.

Step 3: Glue the Superhero Symbols to the Stones

  • Have your child choose 4 glass stones and paint the flat side with Mod Podge.
  • Have your child choose 4 superhero symbols. (These are tiny, so it’s a good exercise in fine motor skills. This step might be better to do before their hands are all gluey).
  • Stick the superhero symbols face down on the flat side of the glass stone (so you can see it from the round side). It will be white now, but it will dry clear.

Step 3: Glue the Stones to the Clothespins

  • Grab your clothespins again. It’s ok if they haven’t dried yet.
  • Put a big glob of tacky glue onto the back of the stone or on the clothespin.
  • Glue the stone to the clothespin.

Step 4: Finish

  • When the paint is dry on the clothespins, squeeze all 4 onto the top of the card. Now you have a super-cute teacher gift! (Hint: This is also a great DIY Father’s Day Gift).
Little M superhero magnets

Little M hard at work painting his clothespins

Baby T superhero magnets

Baby T is proud of his magnets

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