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Saturday, February 14, 2009

SHOW AND TELL: Economics 101

This week, the entire 2nd grade at Joey's school had a flea market. For the two weeks before the flea market, the children earned "dollars" to spend at the flea market when they were well behaved instead of earning tickets to trade in for prizes at a later date. The children had to develop a product at home, produce 30 to 40 items, and then, at school, they had to price and sell the items.

Joey and I discussed many different ideas. He finally settled on felt bags with a drawstring at the top. He decided we would decorate half with a girly picture and half with a boy picture. We cut out 80 felt rectangles and then glued together 3 sides on each set to make 40 bags.



Joey settled on flowers for the girly design and turtles for the boy design. Joey picked out a flower design and a turtle design and I printed out the pictures and turned them into stencils



Then we decorated the bags. Most were done by using the stencil to define the space but a few were done by flipping over the stencil and using the paint on the stencil to leave the impression.



I did the final step of cutting the slits to run the drawstring through and adding the drawstrings. The finished bags were awfully cute if I do say so myself. I guess the kids thought so too because Joey sold out.



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22 comments:

Cassandra said...

Adorable! And what a great learning experience.

areyoukiddingme said...

You have some incredibly great creative ideas and it would seem Joey has inherited them!

sharonvw said...

The bags are real cute, great idea!

Tanyetta said...

You are so creative!!!!!!

Great job on Joey selling all his wares :)

Malky B. said...

Cool!

luna said...

very cool bags, and love the new look!

Cara said...

Wow! Those are so awesome. Crafty sure is your middle name!!!

Liv said...

Very cute, and I love the lesson!

Delenn said...

How creative! Very cool idea!

Dora said...

They're great. What a terrific idea for the school to do. YAY Joey for selling out.

Natalie said...

Those are wicked cute!!

averyopenbook said...

You are so creative! What a great project.

Billy said...

What a lovely lovely idea the school had! How nice that the kids have to make their own products and have the "money" to go buy what they like.

And Joey's felt bags - gorgeous!!! (no wonder he sold out :-))

Beautiful Mess said...

Those are great bags! And he sold out! That's awesome! You're a great mom!

Lori said...

Those are wonderful, Kristin. Both the process of making them together and the outcome. I'm not surprised they sold out!

Jo said...

So cute.

WiseGuy said...

Love them...love them and love them. I love blue and the way it has been designed, created and put up....Wow! Joey's got a grrrreeat mom!

Sheliza said...

I really love these bags! They are so cute!

JamieD said...

What an awesome idea! And a great lesson for the kiddos. I'm not surprised he sold out!

The Steadfast Warrior said...

Great bags! What a creative guy you've got there- just like his Mom!

Wishing 4 One said...

AWESOME bags, what a little artist! So glad he sold out, how could he not, they are goregous!

Meari said...

Those little bags turned out great. Glad they sold so well!