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Pinterest Inspired Pebbles


OK - so I'm still plugging away at my plethora of pebbles.  Today we had a full-blown craft day dedicated to our beach treasures.  To be completely honest, I think I was more excited than my kids - I had seen this fabulous rock alphabet on Pinterest, and wanted to recreate it with my own pebbles.  This one was done by In The Moment - and I love it!







Today I got to make my own version.  After I finished painting the letters on the rocks (my oldest daughter told me it looked like a professional painted them!!!!), I painstakingly painted those tiny little polka dots around the rock with a tooth pick.  It took a bit of work, but it made a big difference, so it was worth it.  Thank goodness there was a Dora marathon on TV today that kept my three-year old entertained in between painting her pebbles - otherwise I would've never been able to finish my craft.  When the rocks were all painted (I just used regular acrylic paint) I gave them a spritz of spray laquer, and glue gunned magnets to the back of all the pebbles (I'll leave a link below to the magnets I used for this).  I arranged them all on a cookie sheet, added a bow, and Voila!!!  I'm soooooo proud of it!  I think it would make a GREAT teacher gift ... and my middle daughter has already asked me to make one for her new kindergarten teacher.  But this one is ALL mine ... I've never been very good at sharing ...



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22 comments:

  1. Great job!! How do you think you'll use them?

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  2. Looks great! Your daughter is correct. It DOES look like a professional made them!

    Jennifer
    Lifelong Learning

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  3. Wow, those are waaayyyy cute!!! I LOVE the polka dots!!!! Thanks for linking up! :D

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  4. Love your letter pebbles!! My daughter and I were pebble inspired today too but we made story pebbles:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  5. That is very cute! I saw that same picture on pinterest too!!!

    Sarah
    Kindergarten Korner

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  6. WHOA... those are adorable. Seriously adorable. You were the first teacher I found pebble ideas from, so I am inspired. I like having the new black character pebbles with the pillars written on them, too.

    Could be wonderful for spelling! - Victoria
    love4thgrade.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks, everyone! I'm going to let my children play with this set for now (perfect for my two youngest). I may give in to my daughter and make one for her kindergarten teacher - a back-to-school present. My students are a little too old for word building on a cookie sheet - but they love my magnetic poetry kits, so I may incorporate these somehow - maybe for titles?? I also think they would look fabulous at the top of my smaller bulletin boards.

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  8. Wow!! These are amazing! Yours turned out so great!!! I love pinterest-inspired projects.

    ♥Rebecca
    Create●Teach●Share
    Create●Share●Inspire

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  9. Very nice...will you use it in your classroom?

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  10. YAY - so, so, SO proud of you. These are WAY cool. I'd made some letter puddles for my office but when I went back up there, they'd ALL fallen down. Should have fired up that glue gun instead of just trusting the adhesive on the magnet. Thanks for the suggestions!!!

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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  11. Love it...want a set too!

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  12. I saw those too. I love them. Okay, I just may have to try them now.
    Lessons Learned

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  13. I also pinned the same abc stones! Yours turned out so nice!

    Mrs. Lopac Teaches...

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  14. You totally inspired me to create some literacy centers with your idea.

    Teachers Cannot Live By Apples Alone

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  15. ADORABLE! As soon as I read about how you used toothpicks to apply the small dots, I thought about some of the nail polish my daughter has. It is for making those tiny lines and designs on top of the base color so the brush is very skinny. I believe she even found some at Dollar Tree in some bright colors...it may be worth a try for all those tiny polka dots. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Totally perfect for my son's kindergarten teacher...Do you think a 3rd grade teacher would use it?

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  17. I could see a 3rd grade teacher using it for a center activity. They would probably need two sets of letters to make a building words, or spelling center. I plan to use the letters as a border for one of my smaller black boards.

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  18. These are wonderful! I've been looking for a way to make spelling practice more fun. I think I'll do this project with my kids. Thanks for the great idea!

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  19. We LOVED these and featured them at our blog, Preschool Lesson Plans! We were sure to give photo credit/a link to your blog, but we'd love for you to take a look at the feature.

    Let me know if there are any problems!

    Thanks so much,
    Kayla Johnson

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  20. Love this idea! I may try to make a set of these for my daughter in law who is a teacher. :)

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