Sunday, March 13, 2011

Game Board Galore

So I'm pretty sure I could chunk my time into the following areas: Home/Family, School, Thrift Stores and Dollar Tree. I love Dollar Tree - mostly because its cheap and they continue to come out with different materials that I would pay 4-5x the same amount for at the teacher store. Any $$$ saving works for me - teachers (myself included) spend a bazillion dollars every year already!

Tonight I was looking at new borders and decided to make some gigantic game boards. I saw the idea on another teacher blog - but can't remember where I found it! Please let me know if it's you - so I can give proper credit.

Supplies: Posterboard and bulletin board borders. You can also use cutouts of any type.















Cut the border. Fancy scissor cuts are fun...













Glue pieces down in any game board shape.















 



Add labels.














Enjoy your finished gameboards!
































Here are the labels if you'd like to make some of your own. They are formatted to fit on the Avery 5160
templates.

These can be used with kiddos to practice a variety of skills. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Thrift Store Finds!

Okay, I'll admit it. I am a lover of all things thrift. I adore my local thrift stores and can't walk out empty handed. Most of my classroom library has come from thrift stores.

My Mom and I just spent Thursday night searching the thrift store bins for a complete set of Scholastic AlphaTales after I spotted Bubble Bear. We almost found the complete set - 19/26. Not a bad find!

I also found these adorable critters! Even better, it was less than $10 for the books and the critters. One quick run through the wash and they were ready to take to school.

My kiddos love to read with a buddy during our Read to Self time. They are super excited to hear each critter's name. They thought it was hilarious that the shark's name is Crunch.

Check out your local thrift store - you never know what kind of bargains you'll find!
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