My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 6, 2017

Fuzzy buddies #SOLC17

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My shoulders and elbows are a little bit stiff today.  Nope, I didn't play tennis or work out yesterday.  I spent the afternoon gluing googly eyes to pom poms.

Yes,  you read that correctly.

Last year I was wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby, looking for something to make for my students about to take the PARCC assessments.  I considered...
  • stress balls (too bouncy)
  • balloons with flour (too messy)
  • candy (too much sugar)
  • erasers (too small)
Then I remembered a little fuzz ball with feet and antennae that I got from the fun fair in elementary school.  That was it!  I would make a fuzzy buddy!

Allison (my youngest) helped me glue eyeballs on pom poms last year.  Then I gifted them to the intermediate students at school.

"See, they don't have a mouth, so they are quiet!" I explained.

By the end of the week, some of the students had built little houses for their buddies, and even the "coolest" 4th grade guys were being protective of their new fuzzy pet.

This weekend I bought supplies and received help from Mikayla, a friend of Lindsey's on spring break.  We crafted over 200 fuzzy buddies.  Today I slipped into the 3rd-5th grade classrooms.  I started in 5th grade with kiddos who had a buddy last year.

I showed them a pencil kit from the principal, and then I held out the bag of buddies.  

"Hooray!  Cool!  Oh, yeah!" resounded through the room.

My sore shoulders are worth it.  My heart is full!


  1. Such a nice idea- and way to go above and beyond :)
    My favorite line is "See, they don't have a mouth- they are so quiet!"
    I hope this light-hearted gift helps all your test-takers feel calm, adequate and loved.

  2. Sounds like your fuzzy buddies are a hit! Hopefully they Will bring quiet and calm to the test takers.

  3. What a fabulous treat to help calm their nerves before the "big tests" - you are indeed a go-above-and-beyond teacher and I know they will remember this always, just as you remembered your fuzzy buddy! I'm off now to search for some pom poms and googly eyes! We have testing next week!

  4. A perfect little gift -- warm fuzzies! You are so thoughtful ... I love that all the kids love their fuzzies too.