Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Made It

I am using the above "briefcases" from when my boys attended Vacation Bible School this summer as an inspiration for a Sight Word Reader Box for this Monday Made It.

All you need is a cereal box, a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun. (Velcro optional)

First, unfold the ends of the cereal box.  Be careful, the bottom end of the box is glued.  Be sure not to tear the cardboard in half.  Just pull it back slowly.  Next, cut one of the ends off of the box.  Do not throw away this piece.  It will be used later for the handles.

Then, fold the box open.  Be sure to make creases on each fold.  This will make it easier when it is time to glue.  Use your hot glue gun to glue the ends back together.  (Be careful...  If you are like me, it never fails that I burn myself.  I should know better by now.)
Cut the scrap piece that you cut off earlier in half.  Cut right down the center.  (I did not measure.  I just estimated the center and cut it in half.)  Then, fold each piece as seen in the photographs below.  Add a "dab" of glue to each fold.  This will help hold the handles securely.  Glue the handles inside the box.  Try to make them even and in the center of the box.
Next, I found a "scrap" piece of cardboard from an empty Coca-Cola box to make the keyboard.  I folded the end slightly and glued it to the cereal box.  (This next step is optional.)  If you want, you can add Velcro to help secure the keyboard to the cereal box.  It only takes a small piece.  (See picture below.)
Finally, you can print the free keyboard by clicking the picture below.  There are two keyboards on each printable page.  Glue the keyboard directly on the scrap piece of cardboard.  Add the second piece of Velcro and Viola!!  You now have a Sight Word Reader Box.
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
I have been working on Emergent Reader Texts for sight words.  These readers fit perfectly in the Sight Word Reader Boxes.  If you are interested in the Sight Word Readers, click here.

Endless Possibilities,


  1. OH MY GOSH this is too cute! Thanks so much for sharing this craft. I just love it!

    Cara Taylor

  2. Wow! This is a cool craft! Gotta love VBS, right?? =) Thanks for sharing!

    Kindergarten Teacher at the Wheel

  3. I am thinking of how I could make that a challenge in the STEM lab. Last year my fifth graders had to use cereal boxes to try to make a box with the greatest volume. What about "Can you use a cereal box to make a container with handles?" Ha! I invent things even in the summer! Well, actually you invented this one! Thanks for sharing!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. What a great STEM idea! I love doing things that don't require a lot of money/supplies. I could do that in summer school!


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  5. I love it - too cute. Are you going to laminate the keyboard so they can write the words on there after they type it? Just curious. Yippee! Great idea! (had to delete my other post -typing error)

  6. What a great idea! I may have to make me some of these! Would be great for a fun word work choice!

    Tasha Emmerson
    Confessions of a Tiny Teacher