March 14, 2013
I have a problem with tossing items that I’m pretty sure I can find another productive use for. Even items that can be recycled as part of our town’s trash program, still get double checked for alternative usage.
Now of course that leads to a variety of storage issues:
- how many are too many, too few or just enough
I’ve tried the “only store” 2, 4, or 6 and collect more as you need them. The problem with that is many of our projects here do not develop through a preplanned lesson, but rather through a request or interest shown that I want to take advantage of.
Or they are just unique enough that I know it’s not something I’ll easily put my hands on again.
The game we used today is a perfect example of just that. I started with this:
It’s a large cupcake deli tray. Now how often do you see one of these? This is my first and I knew I couldn’t let it just be recycled through the trash.
So……. 12 circles for holding cupcakes (back side view) = a clock? No to limited, not adaptable enough for long term usage.
Needs to be colorful……… adaptable……. expandable……..
Have peel and stick felt in rainbow colors, wooden square blocks, foam letters. Add in a half hour and I have the makings of a game tray.
Using plastic letters, homemade dice and this new game tray we had a fun morning working on letter recognition.
We placed the cover on, shook the letters up, cover off, rolled our dice, found one matching color circle , named the letters found there, keeping the ones we knew. Then the next person goes……next…..next…..
Shake the letters up for the next round and start again.
We are looking forward to using this in many other ways.
Game suggestions always welcome.