Sunday, February 26, 2012

Everyday I'm puzzlin'...

Hehe! Do your kiddos love puzzles as much as mine do? A new puzzle is always an exciting thing at free choice centers... why not bring that excitement into things they have to do?

I've been wanting to make a sight word puzzle like Melissa's at Chasing Cheerios. I always make a Target run after payday... don't you? I grabbed a few puzzles for this project.

Now Spongebob and Patrick will help us practice our first 30 sight words during our Daily 5 stations!

I took the same idea to make a number recognition puzzle, too. I had envisioned numbering every piece to 100, but I chickened out. I wasn't sure if having the pieces in a 12 x 9 array, instead of a 10 x 10, would be confusing. Not to mention time consuming.

So I numbered 30 pieces instead, but then that presented another problem. How would they know how to take it apart during cleanup without ripping up the glued pieces? To differentiate between pieces that are glued and pieces that are numbered I used yellow puff paint. A large dot on the numbered pieces may remind them to take those pieces off for cleanup and leave the others alone. We'll see how it goes.

Thankful for Sundays and quick projects! :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

When all else fails...

go to Target!

Dare I say I was BORED on a Sunday? I couldn't get anyone to come with me, but I did end up seeing a couple friends there! I scored a new batch of erasers:

So I made some patterning cards inspired by the Color Pattern Cards (scroll to the bottom) made by


(PS: She teamed up with Jack Hartman to give blog readers 20% off at his website. Here's the post about it.)

So after quite a bit of finagling with the images I came up with these! (I omitted the lips erasers because I just wasn't feeling 'em).

Spring Eraser Patterns

There's still time! Go to Target and grab some erasers! And don't forget the 20% off sale at thanks to PreKinders!
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