Pumpkin Patch Cutie and a Welcome Fall Giveaway!

Fall is here and I've got a new project idea to share with you and an awesome giveaway to celebrate this fun season! I made this little guy to go along with our October pumpkin unit! My class will be studying the life cycle of a pumpkin so I made several signs for the pumpkin patch kid! One of them is a mini-book for the kids to illustrate. Click on the first picture to see it at my store!





I'm looking to add some new fun to my pumpkin unit this year. Leave me a comment with your favorite pumpkin themed activity for the classroom or a link to your blog post about it! I'd love to get some new ideas for my second graders!

And for the giveaway....

I don't know about you, but there are so many fantastic giveaways going on out there that I find that I just don't even have time to enter them all! But then I saw one giveaway item that really inspired me to leave a heartfelt comment and sappy plea to win! :)

Imagine my excitement when I was asked to do a review on the item I so hoped to win but did not. The best part is that I got my item after all as a thank you for reviewing it. Let me tell you it was my pleasure!!!

My package arrived at work one afternoon and the custodian delivered it to the classroom! It was a happy day!


 I rushed to leave school and get home to open it up, take some pictures and try it out! What is in the mystery box? A PAPERMONSTER LAMINATOR! :) Yes!!

I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened it because I only saw a few photos on another blog. That just made it even more exciting! The box was was very light and everything in it so nicely wrapped and packaged.




The cord wraps around inside a slot in the back for easy storage. The laminator is about a foot long and super light! It has rubber feet so it won't scratch your desk or table.

Also in the box were two huge packages of laminating pouches! One of the pouches is for a standard size document and the other pouch size is large enough for a small poster or for two standard size papers side by side.


Everything I needed was all there! I couldn't wait to read the directions and get started! The really fun part was that I got to decorate my Papermonster with STICKERS! They were in the package too!



The directions are only a page long and so simple, I didn't really even need them. I plugged in the cord, slid the power button over to the on position and waited for only FIVE MINUTES for the laminator to get hot. I worried a little that the laminator was going to stink up the house, but there was absolutely no smell at all!


The ready light indicator on top changes from red when waiting to warm to blue when ready to laminate!

The lever is an anti-jam device in case a pouch gets stuck for some reason.


I couldn't believe how fast it was ready! The next step was to place my items to laminate inside the pouch and cover with the top layer of film.

This is the small pouch.

This is the larger size where two can fit inside one pouch.

I put a great deal of trust in this laminator never used before. I was secretly worried about my book basket labels and signs coming out wrinkly or with bubbles as they sometimes do when I laminate at school. I closed the pouch, and fed it gently into the slot. The laminator grabbed the item and slowly fed it through! My fingers were crossed!


The pouches are a little cloudy looking but when heat is applied in the process, you can see how clear the items are. It really made the colors pop for my neon labels!


Here is the result! Fantastic! Not a bubble or wrinkle to be found! 



What surprised me the most was the high quality of the laminating pouches. The film is much thicker and stiffer than any I have ever used before. These labels are truly laminated to last!

Overall, I was incredibly impressed with how easy this small and mighty laminator was to use and the wonderful quality of the machine and pouches! I love my Papermonster!

One lucky winner can get their very own from mybinding.com! How handy it would be to have a laminator for a home office or classroom!


Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway! Enter once if you're in a hurry like I usually am or as often as you like!The winner will be announced on October 5th! Good luck!





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27 comments:

  1. Thanks for the opportunity to win the laminator. It looks like a great one! I love to carve a pumpkin each year with my students. Happy Fall!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  2. Favorite pumpkin activity is kids drawing with faces on small pumpkins with Sharpies!

    ttlusty07@yahoo.com

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
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    Endless Pinabilities!

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  3. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I so do love this giveaway!! My favorite pumpkin activity last year was adjectives. We wrote adjectives all over the outside of our little pumpkins that each student got to take home in sharpie. Then we opened up a big pumpkin and discussed adjectives for the inside. So much fun! I just love fall!

    caitpre@yahoo.com

    -Caitlyn
    Fourth Grade Lemonade

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  4. Oh there are so many pumpkin activities! I guess my favorite is having small pumpkins and letting the kids paint faces on them. They always like to do that!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    GFC: Kelly Brown

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  5. I follow your TN store~! kellybb31 Kelly Brown

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  6. I grabbed your button and it is on my blog!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    GFC: Kelly Brown

    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  7. I added you to my blog roll!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com
    GFC: Kelly Brown

    http://busyinkindergarten.blogspot.com/

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  9. My favorite pumpkin activity is taking a field trip to a pumpkin patch.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  10. I follow both stores and your clip art store too!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  11. Crossing my fingers that I win! I loved reading The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. I love making construction paper jack-o-lanters and backing them with tin foil to "glow".

    Megan

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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  12. I like pumpkin exploration - sink or float.

    jjn2home@yahoo.com

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  13. One of my favorite pumpkin activities to do is write shape poems in the shape of Jack-O-Lanterns. They always come out so cute!

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  14. I must tell you that a fellow teacher friend put a badge in my mailbox last year that says, "QUEEN of lamination!" I wear that badge proudly! What a fabulous giveaway! I don't know if I could handle the excitement of having my very own laminator at home! The possibilities are endless! Fingers crossed!!!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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    1. PS~ My favorite pumpkin activity is using dried pumpkin seeds to create an abstract fall painting for our monthly hallway exhibit. Some firsties decide to have the seeds falling from the "sky" like pumpkin rain or other kiddos design a pumpkin head with the seeds! (I've learned to ask each parent to send in a package of seeds ahead of time because we go through alot!)

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  15. I found your blog through the hop!! So glad I did:) Love your pumpkin craft and I'm entering your giveaway!!! Come check out my blogs when you get a chance:)

    Tammy
    1...2...3...Teach With Me
    Dots of Fun!

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  16. My favorite activity is cutting out the inside and doing an estimation and counting activity with the seeds:)

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    Tammy
    1...2...3...Teach With Me
    Dots of Fun!

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  17. My favorite pumpkin activity is cleaning out (most of) the inside of a pumpkin, adding soil and a little water, and then watching it grow. The kids love it!

    I also follow your TN store (username- hnance).

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  18. My favorite activity is walking to the local patch and getting the pumpkins.
    Cmessner@myuw.net

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  19. I love pumpkin investigation activities, measuring, counting seeds, life cycle, etc!!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  20. I LOVE your blog! You had me at the title - anything to do with coffee and cafes has me hooked!

    Sue
    SOS-Supply

    www.sos-supply.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I run the computer lab at my school, one of my favorite pumpkin activities can be found at...

    http://funschool.kaboose.com/fun-blaster/halloween/games/halloween_coloring_game.html

    Jessica
    spencerjb0711@gmail.com
    Learn, Play & Have Fun

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  22. My favorite activity is disecting a pupmkin! The kids LOVE it!

    Kimberly
    The Learning Tree

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  23. I need this laminator BADLY! Ours is broken at school and I am tired of driving to the teacher store to laminate everything! Please send it my way...fingers crossed!

    My favorite pumpkin activity are the pumpkin glyphs we make! Too cute.
    -Jaime
    brightconcepts4teachers@gmail.com
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

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