Being The Owl Teacher, it is only natural that I would desire to have everything in my room decorated with an owl. My lunch tags are no exception. I racked my brain trying to decide how I could adorn these with an owl theme, yet be durable for a long year ahead. Then the idea struck me!
I saw an idea on Pinterest for something completely different but it was enough to spark my thoughts and get the wheels turning. I started my hunt for materials. It was a short hunt. I’m completely obsessed with Amazon and the day they gave me an Amazon Credit Card it all went downhill! I’m not advertising, but I love that I can find nearly everything on Amazon (I am not an Amazon affiliate — I really should be, though!). This was no exception.
I found these inexpensive clear plastic bubble like stickers here. I then went to my printer and created owls using clip art and simple text boxes to add numbers. You can download that here for free. After many attempts to determine the correct size for my bubble-like stickers (I’m sure there was a faster way, but I didn’t know it!), I punched them out with my 1-inch hole puncher that I purchased at a craft store long ago. I then put the epoxy sticker over the clip art. I didn’t want the back to just be paper, so I decided to add another epoxy sticker. So now my sticker bubbles were an owl clip art sandwich! Last but not least, I just pulled out my hot glue gun and glued on some magnets. Voila! I now have cute lunch tags—with OWLS!
These tags stay on my board to the side of my lunch board (The picture on the right is from 2014, and the picture on the left is 2013. I couldn’t find the full picture from 2013, but it’s the same concept different borders! I love using Letter Magnets for my boards!) Then when students arrive, they simply move their lunch tags to either A lunch, B lunch, C lunch, D lunch or Cold Lunch. Then the magnets remaining tell me quickly who is absent (after gentle reminders if they forgot!).
Hope this helps some classroom management.
What else could you use this for in the classroom? Leave me a comment below!