Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Smarty Pants and a Visit From the Desk Fairy

One of my students gave me these little elf pants filled with chocolates for Christmas. Aren't they cute? 

So, even though they are "Christmassy" I wanted to use them as my "Smarty Pants." I'm sure you've seen them on Pinterest. It's a perfect size for the smarties and small enough to stand on my bulletin board ledge. I give them out when one of the kids gives me a really great answer or shows they've really done some thinking. I'll say, Wow, somebody's got their smarty pants on today! But sometimes I'll give them out to "jumpstart" them, you know, when they're giving me blank stares. The kids love it and sometimes they will say, "that was a good answer, you should give them a smarties." Ha.

And we had a visit from the desk fairy today. But I do have to say, almost all of the kids have neat desks. I'm surprised because the desks are very small and they have quite a few books to keep inside  plus a journal and their math packets. The messiest one is me.

I found these on Pinterest. If you click on the picture, it will take you to Learning and Loving 3rd Grade's TPT store and you can download a copy. I liked the little wand as a treat. I made it from pixie stix and star shaped post-its.


  1. I love BOTH of these ideas! Super cute & great motivators!! :)

    Jen's Kinder Kids

    1. At this time of the year, I need all help to keep them motivated!! They are in crazy mode!!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. So cute!! Did you make them yourself Kathy?

    1. A student gave me the elf pants, I think I'm going to take them apart and make some new ones. I think in blue, they're too xmassy! I did make the pixie stix wand!! lol!