Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back to School

The beginning of the school year is so much fun but also so draining...I have spent so much time working on classroom stuff that I don't even feel like I am enjoying my last days of summer...But I love it! I will share some more pictures of my classroom shortly but I wanted to share this great idea I had at the end of last year! I was at a wedding where they had all of their guest put a finger print and their name on a tree that they would hand in their house to remember all the people who had been a part of one of the most special days of their lives....SO..

I took the idea and applied it to my classroom! 

I will have each class I teach add their fingerprints in a new color each year! How awesome will this be when I have been teaching for a long time... : ) On the back I will put my fingerprint in each color and write the school year next to it so I have a reference guide!

This is a quick way to remember all the lives I have been apart of and have had the chance to teach! The kids loved it and I bet my kids this year will be so excited to have the chance to be apart of this! And my old students can always come back and see that a part of them will always be in my classroom! They can always come back to see me! 

I can't wait! : )

By request, here are the materials and directions!


-1 Canvas 
-Acrylic Paint (green, turquoise and brown)
-Cute Ribbon
-Hot Glue


1. Using the turquoise and white acrylic paint, create the sky on the canvas.

2. After drying, I traced the tree onto the canvas. You can paint by hand too if you choose. I found clip-art of a tree using Google, and then used our Promethean board at school to trace the tree onto the canvas. After tracing the tree, I used a brown paint pen to paint the tree. This can also be done with acrylic paint and a paint brush.

3.When the paint has dried, use green (I used a variety of different shades) to paint the grass at the bottom.

4. Afterwards, I used hot glue to glue a thick ribbon from Hobby Lobby to the back of the canvas to hang it from in my classroom.

5. Each year, I have the students add their thumbprints to the tree and then, when it is dry, I have them write their first name next to the print with a thin black sharpie marker. 

Very easy!


  1. Can you post directions and supplies you used to make this tree? I love this!

    1. I have just now added the directions and supplies! Sorry for taking so long! :) Hope this helps!

  2. I really love this idea. I graduated in May and didn't get a job so I have been subbing this year. I'm so glad I saw this idea now before I have my own classroom so that I can do it each year for every class that I teach. So excited to see how the tree grows as I grow in my teaching experience.

    1. I am so glad that you are going to use this idea! I love having it in my room. Not only is it a great memory, but it brightens up my classroom!

  3. Did anyone get the directions and supplies list for this?

    1. I just added the directions and supplies! Hope this helps!

  4. Do you include the student's names?

  5. They write their name with a thin sharpie over their thumb print!

  6. Love this! I can't wait to do it, this is my first full year teaching, so perfect timing! What size canvas did you use?