Here's a picture of mine, and my friend Sarah's. My sister also made one, but she made it after this picture was taken. :) We have all found this to be very successful for us!
The letters on this one were cut using white vinyl, on the Cricut using Doodletype- size 2". I then embellished it with some blingy flower stickers I had in my supplies.
The letters on this one are 1.5". We glued the letters down onto a layered rectangle with rounded corners. Then we mounted it to the metal bucket using foam tape. Added some bling, and it was done.
I just put a Styrofoam ball inside my bucket (just kinda wedged it in there), then I stuck the suckers into the ball. You can see that the ball is just sitting in the top of the bucket, and can be lifted out (no adhesive holding it in there).
Now for the super fun part! When the students come over to "pick" a sucker, they have a chance of getting one with a green stick. If they get a green stick, they will ALSO get a prize from the treasure box. Everyone holds their breath when someone is picking their sucker, and they all cheer if it has green on the bottom! :)
I think this would be a hit with many different grade levels. My friend Sarah and I teach 2nd grade, and my sister teaches Kindergarten. All of the kids love it! Hope you can use it in your classroom too! Thanks for stopping by! :)