Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mustache and Chevron Love from Creative Teaching Press GIVEAWAY!

This is the blog post that I have been looking forward to writing for a couple of months now and I am so honored to say that I have partnered up with the fine folks at Creative Teaching Press to review some incredible items from a few of their amazing new product lines! They sent me some fabulous products from their Mustache Mania and their Chevron decor lines and I knew exactly how I wanted to put it all together. I could hardly contain my excitement when the box arrived at school; and this is what  I found when I opened the box! Amazing!

Here's a detailed look at what was inside:

This AWESOME mustache border arrived a few weeks later - it was on backorder, because hello, who wouldn't want such an amazing border set, so much so that it completely sold out?

I decided to make an interactive bulletin board for my students to complete surveys in the mornings...appropriately titled, "I Mustache You a Question..."

Don't you love how all of Creative Teaching Press' products go perfectly together, even when they are from two different decor collections? You can't go wrong!

Let's dive in and take a closer look at each piece...

I layered the two borders to make a cute frame around the bulletin board. Love! The great thing is, the mustache border would look great with any color of their Chevron border in their store... they have every color you could ever want!

Creative Teaching Press sent me a couple of packages of their Fancy Black 4" Designer Letters, which were perfect for the header of my bulletin board. The quality looks so nice!

For the interactive part of the bulletin board, I wanted to make a defined space to show where that day's survey question was clearly posted. I used two of their yellow chevron backgrounds from their set of Chevron Solids 10" Jumbo Designer Cut-Outs. Each pack comes with 12 different jumbo cut-outs in 6 different chevron colors.

I also added two mustache cut-outs from their Mustache Medley pack as accent pieces at the top, which I also used for the big mustache in the title.

One of the best things about the mustaches that come in this pack is that they already have provided a slit in the side for you to put them on a stick or a rod! Perfect for a fun photo booth session! I used these cut-outs for my student response sticks. I wrote their names on a popsicle stick and then stuck the popsicle stick into the mustache slit. It fit perfectly! I stuck them all in a little cup and set them next to the bulletin board so the students could easily find theirs when they went to answer the question.

When planning out how my survey board would actually function, I knew I needed some kind of pocket, envelope, or pouch that would hold all of the mustache sticks for each of the response choices that would be large enough to hold multiple sticks without falling down or becoming too full. Creative Teaching Press' Chevron Solids Jumbo Library Pockets were the PERFECT choice! 12 different pockets come in 6 different colors. Since they are the jumbo kind, they easily held all of the popsicle stick mustaches. They were durable, too, because even with my kids pulling on them a bit to put their mustache inside, they held strong and didn't rip! I put two more of the square Chevron designer cut-outs behind those to create two more defined spaces.

When planning out my mustache survey board, I knew that I always wanted my students to have two answer options to choose from for each question. This needed to be something that could be easily changed out each week. I used these Mustache Sticker Labels (adorable) and laminated them so that I could write on them with a dry-erase marker. It made it so simple to erase each option and write the two new ones each week.

Once I finally got all the pieces together, the survey board was ready for student use! They were already super excited to know what it was going to be as they saw the step-by-step process of me putting the bulletin board together, but to make them even more invested, I chose a question that I knew they would all flip out about: Which Superhero Do You Like More? And I picked the two class favorites: Batman and Spider-Man. I knew it would be a tough choice between the two!

My students took turns making their selection and put their mustache stick into the pocket of their favorite superhero.

After we answered our survey, I wanted the kids to analyze our class data. I whipped up these little response sheets and we completed them together. They always love to see if their choice was "the winner"!

I didn't want to create a separate paper for each survey question, so I typed out the question on a little strip and the kids glued it to the empty question space on their paper.

They had to draw a picture of the option they chose; then we used tally marks to count up how many people chose each one. Then we recorded which option had the most, least, and whether or not their choice won the class vote. They absolutely loved every second of it!

Now we already know how amazing Creative Teaching Press is... they always seem to make the perfect classroom products that teachers love. But do you know what makes them even more incredible? They are giving one lucky winner EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT I told you about in this post! That's right, every last thing. Here's the bundle of amazing-ness you can win:

Enter using the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!

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  1. I would use these products to create super cute bulletin boards for my classroom!

  2. I would use this for a new star board! I mustache you to be the star!