The 2015-2016 school year is quickly coming to a close. As things begin to close down for the year and all of those end-of-school activities start to take place, I like to send the kids’ teachers off with one more small token of our affection. As an elementary school teacher, I was always a fan of supplies I could use in the classroom. As I was thinking over the year, and how much my own kids have grown and the knowledge they’ve gained, I stared to realize that even if their skills sleep over the summer, the influence of these wonderful teachers will never be erased. Thus was born another whiteboard eraser idea. These dry erase marker pom-poms make the perfect, handy eraser for individual white board work. And grouped together in a cute, little bucket makes a quick and easy end-of-the-year teacher gift.
These dry erase marker pom-poms can be made in under an hour and will get so much use in an elementary school classroom. And the best part? They’re hot glued to the bottom of the marker so there’s no way to lose them! Just simply turn the marker over and use the pom-pom to erase!
Want to make a set for your favorite teacher or to use at home? Here’s what you’ll need.
– package of 8 dry erase markers (affiliate link because these are my favorites)
– hot glue gun and glue
– mini metal pail (I found mine at my local craft store)
First, make a yarn pom-pom for each marker. 1. wrap yarn around two fingers. The more times you wrap it around the fuller your pom-pom will be. 2. Slide yarn off of fingers. 3. Cut an additional 5 inch piece of yarn, slide it through the inside of the pom-pom and tie in a knot around one half of the pom-pom. 4. cut through the loops being careful not to cut the thread you just tied. 5. Bunch the yarn, keeping the tied piece separate 6. Trim down and around to create an evenly shaped pom-pom.
Once your pom-poms are made, get gluing. Place a large dab of hot glue directly on the pom-pom, press the bottom of the marker into the pom-pom and lastly, trim the ties and give the pom-pom any last snips if needed.
If you have many teachers to gift, you can pack one or three of these babies into a plastic candy bag and staple the printable tag onto the bag, or place 8 in a mini pail so create a classroom set that can be used for small group work.
I’m a sucker for classroom supplies that come with their own containers! And I can guarantee you this will be a gift that’s used over and over again.