If you've read my blog before I'm sure you already know this, but I love to make things out of nothing. I don't want to be one of those teachers who gets all upset when something gets broken or torn in the classroom. Okay, the one BIG exception to this is books. In my opinion no one should ever tear up a book! Okay sorry, I got off subject. Anyway, where was I . . . . oh yes, making things! One of my dear, dear friends gave me this lovely photo album at the beginning of the school year.
My second surprise for this week was a "Game Mat". I made it from Zip-Lock baggies and packing tape.
Now, as expected, I heard a lot of complaining the first time around about what color or shape everyone wanted to "whack". I made coordinating cards with the shapes and numbers and I let each child pick one out of a box. "YOU GET WHAT YOU GET!" No more complaining! Besides, this is FUN!
I wasn't really sure about this next item. I found some tracing activities at Color Castle and printed a few off. I enlarge them to fit a 14 x 17 piece of paper then laminated them. My original thought was to have the children trace them with the new dry erase crayons, but that just seemed so YUCKY. I already had so many tracing sheets. Then it dawned on me - STICKERS! I have millions of tiny stickers. They were the perfect size!
The last new game actually cost $1.00! I know, I broke my own rule and spent $1.00, but it was SO worth it! I went to our local Dollar Store (LOVE THAT PLACE!) and bought a colander. Add some pipe cleaners and you have an instant fine motor skills game!
Hmmm . . . . we are out of school tomorrow for Columbus Day, I wonder what else I can make??????? Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will come back again!