Some of my fellow teachers have used tennis balls on the feet of the chairs like this:
I have wanted to use them but I couldn't get over a couple problems:
1) you have to cut through the tennis ball so you can get the chair foot into it (and not cut off a finger)
2) they look pretty obnoxious
3) if I was a student I would find it very tempting to throw them around the room
So I saw this post on the blog "Art with Mr. E" where he made "chair footies" with felt and rubber bands. According to him they last the entire school year and he has only had to replace approximately 5. I had to give this a try!
I have 24 desks and 24 chairs. So that we are talking 192 feet we need to cover.
I bought around 3.5 yards of back felt at Walmart at $3.97 a yard so the felt cost me just under $15 (It was cheaper than buying a multicolor pack of felt sheets at any local craft store)
I also bought zip ties at Walmart two packages of 100 for $2.97 (I was fortunate enough to find black)
With a sharp pair of scissors (this is crucial...so sharpen those scissors) I cut 384 4-inch circles (2 for each foot).
The modifications I made to Mr. E's project:
1) I bought black felt. I didn't want colorful footies because I don't really want the students to notice them. I want the footies to blend in and go away because the students are more likely to leave them alone if they don't realize they are there.
|close-up of the "footie" on an upside-down chair|
originally posted on ballinwithballing.blogspot.com