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Back to School DIY with #Create2Educate

Thank you to Michaels for sponsoring this blog post. I received payment, trade and/or products from Michaels in exchange for promoting. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase through one of my links, which helps to support the blog.

Can you believe it is already time to gear up for Back to School?
My denial days are over. I am in all-out classroom setup mode and my mind is racing with cute DIYs for the classroom. I’m sure yours is too and I am so happy to partner up with Michaels for their #Create2Educate sweepstakes! The moment I heard about this, I knew it was a perfect event for all of my Pinterest-addicted, DIY followers.

I made this cute chalkboard-inspired painted canvas creation for my own classroom and I love how it turned out! I promise to share all of the details for creating this project in a separate blog post very soon.
Keep Calm and Let them Play on painted canvas classroom DIY
Right now I just want to you to feel inspired, go shopping at Michaels and create something special for your own classroom! If you share your creation on Instagram with the hashtags #Create2Educate and #sweepstakes (make sure you use both hashtags) your project might be featured on Michael’s “Classroom Ideas” Pinterest board, and you just might win a $50 Michaels Gift Card!

How AMAZING is that???

While you’re on Instagram, make sure to follow @kindercraze and @MichaelsStores!
#create2educate sweepstakes... enter to win a $50 Michaels gift card

Sweepstakes Details

Michaels knows that creative teachers work hard all year to captivate their students, to making “boring” things come to life, and to create environments that fuel education. Join us in keeping the inspiration going as we kick off the 2013/2014 school year with the #Create2Educate sweepstakes!

Create your own Back-to-School project—anything from classroom décor and organization, to a learning activity for your students. Then, enter the Michaels sweepstakes by uploading a photo of your creation to Instagram using #Create2Educate AND #sweepstakes.

Each day we’ll feature our favorite Instagram photos on the Michael’s “Classroom Ideas” Pinterest board, and we’ll randomly pick one lucky teacher daily to win a $50 Michael’s Gift Card. Create as many Back-to-School projects as you’d like and upload photos of them to Instagram for more chances to win. #Create2Educate opens for entries on July 21st and closes on August 3rd. Head to Michael’s and get inspired today.

Don’t’ forget that teachers get 15% off of their purchase all year long at Michaels!
Keep Calm and Let them Play painted canvas sign

Visit again soon!
Ok, I’m off to edit the photos from my own little crafting activity. Be sure to check back later this week to read the backstory of this piece and how I created it!

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. I LOVE your canvas…I want one!! 🙂 I am working on a research proposal for a grad class on the effects of play in Kindergarten! 🙂 I whole-heartedly believe in the importance of play.

    1. Thanks Melissa! I often have to remind myself that play is important. So much emphasis is being placed on the standards, I find myself having to take deep breaths so I don’t push my little ones too hard each day.

  2. This is soooo adorable! And look at you go getting all into instagram!!! 🙂 I’m going to have to check this out and try and see if I can get those creative juices flowing in time! Thanks for sharing about this! I had no idea!

    Creating & Teaching

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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