Back to School Teacher Gift

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As a teacher and mom, I’ve always been obsessed with magnets. Ahem…see blog name. We often pick up a magnet when we travel. In my classroom, we have several magnetic walls. It’s heavenly.

As summer is winding down and my teacher to do list is growing, I was looking for a craft that met a few criteria of multi-tasking while also giving the kids a refresher following directions.

1. Occupy my 3 kids for awhile **Ages 11, 10, 8–could work independently

2. And my visiting nephew (7) and niece (5) **my older two helped them

3. Cheap

4. For my classroom

5. For home

6. Back to School Teacher gifts! (If my kids’ teachers are reading this, act surprised when you receive them!)

I’ve always wanted to make a set of glass magnets. One search on Pinterest and you will find hundreds of styles and ideas. Here’s our version!

Did I mention they are super quick & easy?



Flat glass marbles in the floral section of your local craft store

Any paper you have around

Modge Podge & paintbrush or sponge to apply it



Hot Glue Gun

Small, flat, heavy duty circle magnets

Optional–googly eyes or accessory for the front


Here are the steps

1. Choose your paper and trace the glass

2. Cut

3. Cover the paper in modge podge

4. Lay the glass on top of the modge podge. Press. Let Dry.

5. Carefully add hot glue to the magnet. **Parents may need to do this step

6. Press and let dry.

7. Repeat. Become obsessed. End up going back to the store for even more supplies.

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For the teacher gift part of the project, and to extend their crafting, we found these cute (cheap) $1 cardboard boxes. A little paint, Modge Podged paper, washi tape, and wa-la!


Happy Magnet Making!


I’m thrilled to say this tutorial is part of a blog hop. Looking for other fun back to school activities for kids? Check out these must-try games, craft projects, printables and more from some of my favorite kid bloggers.

21 Back to School Activities for Kids


School Bus Color Match Puzzles // Modern Preschool

3 Word Cloud Back to School Puzzles // Lalymom

Back to School Process Art // Still Playing School

Morning Routine Story Stones // Sugar Aunts

Fun Ways to Teach Kids to Pack Their Lunch // Study at Home Mama

Easy, Kid-Made Phone Number Bracelets // Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Back to School Bingo // Playdough to Plato

Back to School I Spy // The Pleasantest Thing

ABC Photo Book // Powerful Mothering

Back to School Puzzles for Counting to 10 // Life Over C’s

Patterns with Erasers // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Shape Puzzles Busy Bag // Teach Me Mommy

Back to School Name Practice with Playdough // Stay at Home Educator

Back to School File Folder Games // Itsy Bitsy Fun

Back to School Mapping Our Classroom // Liz’s Early Learning Spot

Back to School Teacher Gift // Think Magnet

Free Back to School Memory Book // DIY Farm Wife

Flower Craftivity // Fairy Poppins

Free Alphabet Book // The Kindergarten Connection

Back to School Memory Game // Play and Learn Everyday

DIY Name Stamps // Preschool Inspirations

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