Sunday, September 21, 2014

Die Cutter Fun and You Can Win Your Very Own!

I had the awesome opportunity to try out an Ellison Super Star die cutter. I was so excited to try it out and cut out all sorts of goodies during the summer. Of course, I've been busy training my munchkins and have just gotten around to putting them to use! 

The first thing I wanted to use was the 'flash card wheel' as a way to partner up the kids. So, I got out my new Ellison AllStar die cutting machine, these dies, and some brass fasteners. I used various colors for the top and I laminated them first to make the spinner a little more durable. I used white construction paper for the die with 10 sections, but didn't laminate because I wanted the kids to write on them.
After I got them all put together, I gave each child in my math class a spinner with their name & the numbers 1-10 on it.
Then, I had them all turn their spinner to number 1. They went to another child in the room and asked to be their partner. Then, they traded spinners and wrote their own name on the other child's spinner.

After writing their name, they raised hands in the air together so I could make sure everyone was partnered up. I highly recommend taking this process slowly and one step at a time. Otherwise, you will end up with chaos ensuing! Check out this video of one of the rounds.

So, now when I need the kids to find a partner, I can just say "Find your number 8 partner!"

I'm so excited to use some of the other dies that I got with my AllStar. I got this really nifty card die that will hold several sizes of pictures. I cut these on some of my scrapbook paper that I never seem to get around to using. 



See the slanted cuts? You can just pop a picture in there and let the kids make a special note for Mom, Dad, or another special person in their lives!


Isn't this a neat little tool to have for your classroom or even for your kiddos at home? Well guess what! You could get one of these puppies of your own with all the dies above AND these to boot! I know if you are like me, your brain is thinking of all sorts of things you can do with these goodies! I think I'm going to make some envelopes to put at my writing station. The kids LOVE to write little notes! 

Are you ready to win one for yourself? Just enter the contest and you can have this awesome machine and ALL the dies to go with it for your very own. 







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41 comments:

  1. I lover making things with my class. I would Ike to use the picture die for the students to make cards for parents and cards for the Veterans during Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  2. Oh my goodness, this would be such a great time saver for me! I would be able to make all kinds of things for my classroom.

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  3. well the possibilities are endless but since Christmas is coming up I would have my kids make Christmas cards

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  4. How cool! I'd love to be able to make letters for bulletin boards in any color or pattern! thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  5. I would love to make those spinners! :)

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  6. Love die cuts! The puzzle piece could be used for so many matching activities! :)

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  7. I could use it to make shapes, letters, pockets, etc. to make so many learning games.

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  8. I see so many uses! I could see using it for homemade greeting cards for parents, center pieces and activities. interactive notebook pockets, and materials for interactive bulletin boards. Wow! How this would make it better, and more engaging, for my kiddos!

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  9. I could make quick puzzles for workstations.

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  10. I love using die cut shapes for graphing activities!

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  11. We use a lot of spinners so I would love to win one of these!

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  12. I can think of a lot of different ways to use the spinners, so I think I'd start out with those! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  13. I would love to make spinners and puzzles using this great tool! Thanks so much for the opportunity:)

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  14. I can already picture games, classroom decorations, books, and the list goes on and on..... :o)

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  15. Love making the kids bookmarks. Would make more things for the bulletin boards around the school.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

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  16. I would use the envelopes for putting passwords, sight words, pictures from magazines for writing...the possibilities are endless (puzzles would be awesome for syn/ant.)

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  17. OMG! I could make bulletin letters, center labels, matching activities, center materials, and so much more! My kids would be thrilled just to see this! :)

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  18. Wow! What an amazing giveaway!! I would use the wheel & the puzzle pieces for letter/sounds, word families, numbers/objects, etc. We could make Christmas cards, Veterans' Day cards, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc

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  19. WOW! What a wonderful product for an elementary teacher! I would use it to make all kinds of games and puzzles to promote learning and fun in my classroom.

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  20. This is the simple type of die cutter, but in advance the die cutter will be cut difficult design also.

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  21. I could use this to make center activities, bulletin boards, and games and puzzles.

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  22. The puzzle pieces are so great for activities that kids can manipulate, but they take soooo long to cut out by hand. A die cutter would be awesome to have for that!

    Tammy @ Teaching FSL

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  23. As a teacher, we can ALWAYS use more ways to engage our students. This would be such a blessing and fun tool to have in my classroom! Thanks for this chance! WHAOO!
    John, Created by MrHughes
    An Educator's Life

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  24. Kim Maxwell: it would enable me to be more creative in designing of our home room space, in our home. I homeschool.

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  25. I can think of a gazillion uses!! I love the puzzle piece ones in the picture. I could use those as compound word puzzles or multiplication puzzles or spelling words. The wheel ones would be great for math and reading too. This would be so amazing to have!! - Rachel Tisdale

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  26. We would practice numbers and letters.

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  27. Hilary,
    Thank you for the review. I've been using Ellison/Sizzix for many years, and I love them. I sure would love to win this to give to my friend, who is a new teacher. She come often comes to me for die cuts for her class, which she uses in everything she does. Unfortunately due to budget issues, the school cannot afford to purchase non-essentials, so I do what I can to help her, and have fun doing it. I am a Teacher's Assistant.

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  28. Great ideas, would use it for a wheel die cut for sure

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  29. Making envelope games for all subjects lets children 'play to learn.' Just decide on a theme (e.g., winter), cut out shapes to go with the theme (e.g., mittens and snowflakes), write the questions on the back of one set of shapes, and put the answers on the other shapes. Make envelope packets for all subjects. Children match the answers to the questions.

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  30. I would love to use this for my bulletin boards! Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  31. After teaching 5th for 14 years, I have moved to Title I Reading and Math. One great thing about this move is that I have always loved your blog and ideas and now can use them even more with my smaller kiddos! :) As I don't have many materials for K-3, winning this give-away would be such a blessing and help in making all the many centers I am going to need. Thanks so much for sponsoring this giveaway, and for all you do!! :)

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  32. This give away is so Awesome!! I would love to use this with my little guy. We are both super crafty and think this would be great to use in school. Thank you for sponsoring this give away.

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  33. Great giveaway! This would be a timesaver for me. I'd use it for displays, in addition to many other things.

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  34. Hilary!!! Oh my word, is this an amazing giveaway or what?! Thank you!

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  35. Love the partner spinner idea! What a great giveaway!

    Christina Marie :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons
    applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

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  36. There are so many uses! Labeling, bulletin boards, bookmarks, student writing (cards and books), centers, I Have/Who has cards, etc.! I didn't know there was a spinner wheel cutout. I'd love to try that.

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  37. I had no idea you could own your own die cutting machine! I have used the ones at our teacher center before they closed it. I would LOVE to have my own! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. This is so fun. Our die cut system at our school is shot, so this would be perfect. Love the spinner!

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  39. I already have so many great ideas for this system! Thanks for the giveaway!

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