Friday, October 19, 2012
Art Material Management, Duct Tape, & a Glue Gun Caddy
I've always held by the old adage, "duct holds the world together." But, I'm really becoming a hard-core believer that a little bit of duct tape can solve a multitude of issues (especially in the Art room!).
Remember, my marker caddy? Remember how a reader suggested adding duct tape, and I did? Well, I kinda got to wondering how else I could use this duct tape? Thanks to the popularity of the duct tape wallet and prom dress, we now have a multitude of colors and patterns from which to pick when it comes to duct tape.
Recently, using the same concept applied to the marker caddy, I made an eraser caddy! I LOVE how I can see if all the erasers have been returned with just a quick glance.
Then, I got the idea of tagging all my pencils with tape (just like my permanent markers). It also works. . .And, when one does accidentally wander off, they come back to me. I'm forever having teachers and students say: "I found/borrowed this and think it belongs to you." Love. Love. Love.
Then, this week, I had the dreaded 75 person Art club. I shouldn't say dreaded, but it is a lot of people to manage at once. Fortunately, a few volunteers took charge of the 6th graders which brought my numbers down. But, only 5 students have paid dues, and that didn't leave me with much of a budget for any activities. I decided to spend the money on reusable resources and bought seven mini glue guns with about a pound of glue gun sticks. I collected all the old cardboard in my building and told the kids to get creative. Boy, did they! I think this was the most popular Art club to date.
My concern was making sure all seven glue guns made it back to me. . .So, I made a caddy using foam and duct tape. I was worried the foam might melt a bit when the guns were stored, but it did not. I think since these are mini guns, the heat isn't enough to mark the foam.