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« on: November 21, 2016 11:56:04 AM »

I keep a collection of "choice reading books" in my classroom for students to borrow. Right now, my bookshelves are a bit sparse, so I needed some more bookends. I already had made 2 (a T-rex and a 2-headed mythical beast), but after I got two more book cases, a few more were required!


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Dinosaur toys (combination of thrift store finds and dollar store purchases)
Bricks or paving stones
Strong adhesive (E-6000 works great)
Spray paint
Fun foam
Hot glue

First, I glued the dinosaurs to the pavers:



Then, I sprayed painted them (I put them in empty paper boxes and then sprayed them in the courtyard outside of my classroom):




All sprayed! I missed a few spots, mostly on the triceratops, but I can live with it Smiley



Then, so I didn't scratch the book shelves, I cut some fun foam and hot glued it onto the bottom of each paver.



Finally, I put them in place on the shelves! Some of them were a bit tall but, fortunately, I had a few shelves that would fit them.



Now, I'll see how long it takes the kids to notice that I put them on the shelves!

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2016 12:13:06 PM »

how cute!  I could see using all kinds of toys for a similar project.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2016 12:44:38 PM »

They are amaaaziiing!!!  Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2016 02:49:11 PM »

Dino-mite!
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2016 06:30:02 PM »

how cute!  I could see using all kinds of toys for a similar project.

Thanks! And, you're right! You could do this with a bunch of toys! Now I want to make some with frogs!


They are amaaaziiing!!!  Shocked

Thanks! And, they are so easy! And inexpensive!


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LOL! Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2016 01:15:40 AM »

Saw these on the nerd games thread and had to come check it out. They are amazing!! LOVEEEEE Them. Such a clever idea, and so thoughtfully executed (the foam on the bottom was a stroke of genius). The metallic spray paint was a super idea, they look phenomenal. Dinosaurs for the win! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2016 08:27:19 AM »

Thanks! I was tempted to use primary colors, but I like the more subdued metallic look. They work really well, too!
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2016 03:15:34 PM »

I see those big rubber dinos at thrifts stores all the time and your bookend recycling of them is brilliant!  If I was a kid looking for a book in your classroom I'd notice those right away and be all, "I want one!  Where did you get these?"  I've NEVER seen creative bookends like these in classrooms or libraries.
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2016 07:21:58 AM »

The kids always asked about the original 2 I had made, and I always thought it was funny that they were so impressed that I made them! So, when I did this batch I did it in stages in my classroom so that the (more observant) kids could see the steps.
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2016 08:03:26 PM »

These are a hoot!
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