Friday, May 13, 2011

Clothespins Project

Thanks so much to Anne Crosby's "Fun with Clothespins" and Leah's post on "Fingers Bee Strong". Their ideas really got me excited about another craft project to create cute little clothespins for my students. 
A few months ago, I found some small wooden critter and flower pieces at a local dollar store and purchased them knowing that I will someday be using these for one of my creative projects.
And last week, I found a package of 48 1" wooden clothespins and absolutely thrilled about finally getting to work on the clothespins project. I really wanted something special for these children's toolboxes and something that the kids are excited receiving and using as a fun tool to build strength on the fingers.So I got my glue gun and it took me less than 5 minutes to adhere the pieces on the clothespins...so pleased at how they all turned out. Such is the fun of my work, I get to teach and get crafty! :)

12 comments:

  1. Cuteness! That 1 inch size is perfect! How stiff are they? I may pick some of those up to use as a step-up from my bees.

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  2. Thanks Leah, I was just comparing the 1" to a 1.5" clothespin. The 1" clothespin seems to go a little easier on the fingers, not by much. Hope you have fun making these:)

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  3. Hi Wendy,

    That is such a neat idea. What other things do you include in their toolboxes?

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  4. Thanks Tanya. I include flashcards as well as a special cloth that the kids hold on to a wall by "walking" with their fingers to practice the legato touch. They also receive cards for each scale they learn:)

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  5. Being a crafty piano teacher is so much fun- I agree! I think sometimes I get more pleasure out of creating for my students than they do from receiving what I've created. :)

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  6. Sarah, isn't that funny about getting more pleasure out of creating than they do receiving? I feel exactly the same way :)
    I gave out the critter clothespins yesterday, so nice to see the kids all super excited!

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  7. Hi Wendy,
    I was so inspired by your clothespin idea. I went to the dollar store to pick up some clothespins and little wooden figurines - but the dollar store had beautiful little pre-made ones with little roosters attached! I included them in the kids' goodie bags for their Piano Party today. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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  8. Thank you for the kind comments, Tanya. I did not come up with the original idea of the clothespins, I merely adopted the idea from many wonderful teachers who are already using this excellent tool for building strength on the fingers :) I think I've seen the pre-made clothespins with roosters on them and I have to agree they look cute. However I liked the idea of variety hence the little wooden critters and spring flowers to decorate the clothespins. I'm sure your kids must love the new rooster clothespins in their goodie bag!

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  9. Thanks Wendy for the inspiration. Went to Walmart and bought premade K and Company accents superposes for scrap booking. It already had double sided tape so I was able to just peel and stick to the clothepins as well as the round dowels. Took like you said less than 5 min. and great tools for our students !! Bravo as always !!

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  10. WOW Susan! The accents are such a great idea, I enjoy learning from readers so thank you for letting me know about other available alternatives. Are the accents paper or wooden pieces?

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  11. Hi Wendy. The accents were paper, they were so cheap and so easy to make. I think Walmart had them for 20 pieces for only $3 and some were on sale for only $2.50. The designs were extremely cute from monkeys, flowers to cupcakes... I think others would find it easy and very affordable to make :)

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  12. LOVE it, thanks for the awesome idea. I love my piano teacher blogging friends!

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