It cost me absolutely NOTHING to make! I used an old "Grime Boss" container (I think it is the generic version of a "Swifter" refill container)
and some paint chips from my local Lowe's. I used by NEW Cricut Imagine (a Christmas gift from my sweet son) and added some letters. INSTANT GAME!
Each one of the paint chips is a different shade of the color, and you can see in the GREEN picture that all the puzzle pieces fit nicely into the container. (NOTE: Before someone gets all upset about me "stealing" paint chips, I did ask if I could take them and was told "of course" by the sales associate.)
My next new item is a little attention grabber I made from an old box of sea salt.
Since all the salt would not come out of the bottle,
I figured I might as well do something fun with it. First, I covered the box with some of scraps of scrapbooking paper. I found this cute little guy on the internet and he looked like he was "trying to listen"
so I added him to the bottom. I wrote "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?????" and glued it on the top. The idea is simple, when we start to get a little loud in our circle time, I will shake the bottle. As the noise settles down, I will shake it softer and softer. You must be quiet to hear the salt shaking in the bottle!
I wanted a new chart for our "Number of the Week" activity so I made this -
Okay, I know everyone has seen those adorable "First Day of School" frames floating around on PINTEREST and of course, I had to have one too! Here is my version -
I can hardly wait to try it out!
I have a few more ideas that I will be busy working on this afternoon and I promise I will take some pictures of my classroom when I get it finished. THANKS for visiting and I hope you stop back by soon!!