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Some of my favorite people on this earth are my kids’ teachers. I absolutely love them!! I see how hard they work, the extra hours they spend to help the kids excel and the love that they share so willingly. I love to think of fun ways to give back when I can. I recently was able to share my brand new Cricut Explore Air 2 with them to get some projects done they were working on. If it were possible, I’d buy one for each of them!! Since I can’t, my hope is this post makes it around to others with loved ones who are teachers. Look no further for the perfect gift… this is it!
I was able to help two of my favorite teachers, Mrs. R and Mrs. M, with projects. With the new features of the Cricut Explore Air 2, the projects were fast and easy.
Mrs. R is my Maggie’s teacher this year. She’s pretty amazing. I’m always thankful to know my kiddos have a “mom” at school who will keep them in line and also be there to love on them when needed. Mrs. R has one of the first generation Cricut machines which was limited to the cartridges she had for it. As we sat and played with the Explore Air 2, we just kept brainstorming ways she could use it! There really are endless possibilities!
Part of each teacher’s responsibilities is to decorate posters in the cafeteria/gymnasium. The theme for this month was the DARE program. The school provides a die cut machine which only has one style and size of font and each letter is cut out separately. This can make wording for a poster long and laborious. Mrs. R asked if I could cut out her letters for her. A piece of cake! With the Fast Mode feature, you can get your cuts done 2X’s as fast!
I used Cricut 12×12 white cardstock for the letters. I love that Cricut’s products come with a guide so I know what mat to use when cutting!
Mrs. R likes to decorate her classroom window with seasonal decorations. She picked out “Thankful Friends” #M35F4D, along with “Fall Leaves” #MA3F13, #MA3F15, #MA3F20 to cut out using Cricut’s Metallics Sampler vinyl. We placed the vinyl on the inside of the window so we used the iron on feature for the wording to flip the design to be readable outside of the classroom.
Mrs. M was my oldest’s, 1st-grade teacher. She now has my #4, Cole, in her 3rd-grade class. From the beginning, I’ve always admired the way she gets all of the kids excited to learn! She’s patient and loving and I was grateful to find a way to help her.
She does a fall poem project each year. After showing me an example of the project and explaining how the kids had to be very specific with the size of font and spacing so that the poems would fit inside the leaf template they each had to use to cut out their poems, I immediately knew I could make this project more fun and less stressful for her!
Another wonderful new feature the Cricut Explore Air 2 has is the Snap Mat feature. I can take those cute poems (no restrictions on font size or spacing), place them on my cutting mat, take a picture, add the leaf shape and cut the size needed to fit the poem! Fast Mode also helps make this project fast and easy.
After spending some extra time with these ladies, I’m even more impressed with how hard they work for the kids at school. I love my kids like crazy and I want the best for them. I can see how lucky I am to have the best! After asking Mrs. R what she would do with all the time she would save using the Explore Air 2, she told me that she’d spend more time with her three boys. I imagine Mrs. M would probably have said the same about her children. I know it can’t take all the work away from these awesome women but any extra minutes the Cricut Explore Air 2 can free up, will be minutes well spent with their families. If this post made you think of a teacher in your life, consider giving the Explore Air 2 as a gift. I’m sure you’ll have one happy teacher on your hands!
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You have $230 to buy an expensive electronic for your kid’s teacher? That’s kind of insane. This post is extremely unrelatable.
Jolly & Happy says
Hey Sam! We were thinking more on the lines of if your significant other or family member was a teacher. Or there have been many times where parents have put together $10-20 each and were able to buy the teacher a great gift. Our point was that a Cricut is a great useful tool for a teacher and could be a great help to them in the classroom. Thanks for the comment!