Take Home Math Games!

Happy day before Thanksgiving!!

I am a SUPER huge fan of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and I can't wait to be sitting in front of the TV, PJs on, cup of coffee, and my little babe-sicle sitting on my lap!

As for today - there is still a lot to do!

This morning, however, I checked one thing off my to-do list and now have it ready to share with you! 

Remember the Take-Home Science Experiments that I posted about a few weeks ago?

Well - I decided to make a math version, and I'm stoked with how they turned out!

Take a look:


These games cover a variety of skills, from fractions, to mutliplication and division, to money!


Some materials, like the hundreds chart, the digit cards, and the number cubes are used for multiple games!


And of course you'll need a cute topper to put on the bag to give it they WOW factor :)

{PS - I'm new to these bag toppers - I never used them until a teacher asked me to make them, but now I think they are soooo adorable.  Is it wrong I want to put a bag topper on my hubby's lunch bag in the morning :)  te-he}


Tell me what you think!  You can click on any pic above to see the full details in my TpT store!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving tomorrow!!!

What's your favorite food for Thanksgiving?



Four Ways to Use "Connect Four" For New Classroom Games

Time to dust off the ol' Connect Four game, and find all those missing chips that you just chuck into the junk drawer :)


I've found 4 great ideas for using this classic game in new ways in your classroom!  

There is minimal prep and clean up. Win-Win!



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Love it!  Simple and fun for the kids!  These make for great center games, minus the last one which is perfect for whole-class review!

Do you use any old classic games in your classroom in a new way?



Three Ways to Use Twister

Five Ways to Use Paint Swatches

Eight Ways to Use Cups

Ten Ways to Use a Deck of Cards

Five Ways to Use a Hundreds Chart

Three Ways to Use Digits Cards




Sunday Save-Day {Make Your Own Moving Pieces for Holiday Games}

So - it finally happened.  

The local radio began playing Christmas music!  Holla!  I know some of you are a stickler for waiting to do anything Christmas related till after Christmas - and I mostly am too, but if there's Christmas music playing - I just can't help myself!

It puts me in a happy mood instantly!

It also put me in the mood to create something holiday-ish for your Sunday Save-Day Freebie today :)


Remember this idea from my on-going "New Use for an Old Item" series:

What a genius idea it was to use binder clips to create moving pieces for your board games, right?

Well - I decided, that since you will most likely be playing lots of holiday-themed games in the coming weeks,

(because let's face it holiday season + kids = scattered brains)

I thought I'd give you something you could use for any board game you might be playing your classrooms this season (or any game that requires moving pieces, for that matter).  

(P.S. There may or may not be something fun coming soon to the blog that would require you to use this idea :)....stay tuned)

Take a look:

I decided to make holiday-themed picture cards to use with binder clips (the mini clips work perfect)



Each card is also available in black and white.  You can color them in yourselves - or save yourself some time and have your kiddos do it - game-related labor in the classroom does not quailfy as illegal child labor :)

There are six different pictures for each set (I put the set on each page 3 times so that you save paper and ink), that way you can have up to 6 players working on a game together.

Here's what it looks like in action (in B&W):


I even took off the front metal piece by squeezing it together and pulling it out of the clip (leaving the back one off for stability) so that it wouldn't cover the picture (I'm weird like that...you could totally leave it on)


Each student can then use it for a moving piece...they will stand up on their own.  Printing them onto cardstock is even better for durability, and of course, laminating wouldn't hurt :)  Have I ever talked about my love for lamination...so much that when I ever go back to my old school, I still get asked to help reload or fix the laminating machine...haha.  No shame.  I have a need for a crisp glossy classroom.

You like?  Download is at the bottom of the post.  I'd appreciate it if you shared the love with a pin or a FB/Twitter post.  Even better - I'd love to see pictures of these cuties in action in your own classrooms!

Have a fabulous Sunday.


What's your take: Christmas music before or after the T-bird?

Download this file (Christmas_Binder_Moving_Pieces.pdf)Holiday Moving Pieces[ ]2103 kB

11/21 :: Friday Favorites

Hola, Friday!

I am armed and ready for the weekend (and by armed I mean there is a bottle of wine chillin in the fridge).

Any plans for you this weekend?

No big plans here, other than maybe making the first fire of the season in our fireplace... That sounds cozy, now doesn't it?


You ready for a few favorites from the week?


First off, this week, my big project was making a set of "Take-Home Math Games" - in the same fashion as my "Take-Home Science Experiments" that I posted last week.   Here's a sneak peak:


Speaking of math - while I was researching for said project above - I came across a super cool blog called Kids Activities Blog with these fun math games!


Remember this game for Valentine's Day?  Well I love this version of it - perfect for this time of year!  You can make it for any skill - it's just your standard memory game.

 {WARNING - when making this game you WILL mysteriously consume more Hershey kisses than originally planned}


I've shown this idea before, but I think it's worth showing again.  Got some old winter/Christmas themed borders that need retired?  Use them to make a game board and dice:  Check it:


One of the most frustrating things to see as a teacher is students who don't appreciate your hard work ,the gifts that you give them, or the special things you do for them.  GRRR.. Not that they need to understand your job and all that goes into it - but when you ask them to something - they shouldn't be asking "what will I get for doing it."  This article is a good read for helping to foster gratitude in your students.


And finally - to end on a funny note.  Remember when I posted this funny back-to-school video?  Well, the same family posted a hilarious Thanksgiving parody to the song "All About That Bass:"  Perfect for the weekend before T-giving.  Enjoy:

Alright - Have a weekend to end all weekends :)


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