Front of pillowcase
Back of pillowcase
is one of everyone's favorite projects. You could have each child
bring their own pillowcase, but we prefer to have new ones and all
uniform size. We have 20 children in our classes and use the front
and the back of the pillowcase. There are several different
poems that you can use. The one that I use is listed below.
I use a
special, fine tip marker that is made for fabric called Fabric Mate
that I purchased at Michael's. Start early
since it is a time consuming job!
We use fabric paint that you can purchase at Michael's, Walmart or
Joanne's. We use green, blue, red and yellow only. We do one child's handprint 20 times on 20
different pillowcases in an assembly line fashion. This saves time and paint! We
take several days to complete the project with parents helping. I have a parent
paint one child's hand and we have all 20 of the pillowcases lined
up on the picnic benches where we have our snacks. They paint
the hand and stamp. Then move on to the next pillowcase until
all 20 pillowcases are completed. You will need to make a drawing
(template) of the
placement for each handprint in order to put the names of each child
under their handprint after the paint dries.
After everyone has finished
stamping their hands, I write each child's name next to their
handprint. Or, you could have each child write their own name. This is why you need a template to figure out which
hand print belongs to which child!
Then we add a few stamps of stars,
moons, etc between the handprints for decorations. We use
fabric paint that is washable for all of the paint. This is a
real keepsake that the kids love sleeping with for years to come.
This can also be done for a child moving away as a keepsake to
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I count these hands instead of sheep,
I'll dream of how the year did pass,
In Mrs. Critchell's class.
Pre-printed pilllowcases are available for purchase.
If you are interested
in purchasing pillowcases that have the poem already written
on the pillowcases, please let me know. The cost for a standard size pillowcase
in a nice poly cotton blend is $6.00 for each
pillowcase. That includes your name personalized on the
pillowcase as shown above. All you have to do is purchase the paint and stamp the
The parents have
always been happy to pay for the pillowcases. I would be happy
to supply you with a letter to the parents asking for their help in
funding the project! Please email me if you are interested in
purchasing pillowcases. You may pay by Paypal or personal
check. I will send you a request for payment if you would like
to pay with Paypal. Then you can let me know the
name with the correct spelling that you would like to have written
on your pillowcases. Email:
lcritchell @ kinderteacher.com
(no space in email)