Make a poke and peek using the brain pattern that you can download. Children will get a kick out of “using their brains” when they play this version! Click Downloads in the menu to the left.
WHY? numerals and number words, compound words, upper and lowercase letters, rhymes, math facts, etc.
WHAT? construction paper, spring clothespins, markers
HOW? Download the pattern and cut socks out of construction paper. Write number words on half of the socks and print the numeral on the other half of the socks. Put the socks in a box or basket, along with the clothespins. Children match up the words and numerals and pin them together.
MORE? Tie a string between two chairs to make a “clothesline.” Children hang matching socks on the clothesline. Use “silly socks” for matching upper and lowercase letters, Pictures that rhyme, pictures and vowel sounds, compound words, etc. You can also cut out mittens, shoes, shirts and shorts, and other objects to make similar games. Be sure to click Downloads in the menu to the left for a printable.
WHY? shapes, colors, letters, words, numerals, and other skills
WHAT? construction paper, markers
HOW? Cut 6” squares out of the construction paper. Draw a different shape on each square. Place these on the floor. To make a “ funny face,” trace around a glass jar. Draw a silly face on the circle similar to the one shown. Have the children sit in a circle on the floor around the shape cards. Tell the children to turn around and hide their eyes. Take “funny face” and slip it under one of the squares. The children turn back around and raise their hand if they think they know where “funny face” is hiding. One at a time, have children call out a shape, and then look under that card. The game continues until a child finds the “funny face.” That child may then be “it” and hide the face.
MORE? Children’s names, letters, colors, words, and other facts can be used for this game.
Instead of “funny face,” hide a seasonal sticker, such as a ghost, turkey, bunny, etc.
Trees and Trunks
WHY? phonics, math facts, etc.
WHAT? paper towel rolls, construction paper, old workbooks, markers
HOW? Cut “trees” out of construction paper using the attached pattern. Cut pictures out of workbooks and glue one to each tree. Next, cut the paper towel rolls in half to make “trunks.” Cut slits 1 ½ “ down on each side from the top. Write the beginning sound (blend, vowel sound, etc.) on the paper towel roll. Children match up the picture (tree) with the appropriate sound (trunk).
MORE? Use this format for number words and numerals, upper and lowercase letters, math facts, etc. Be sure to click Downloads in the menu to the left for a pattern.
WHY? color words, rhyming words, sets and numerals, etc.
WHAT? poster board, rubber bands, crayons, markers
HOW? Cut rectangles out of poster board or download the attached pattern. Make circles of different colors of crayons on one side, and write color words on the opposite side. Turn the card over and draw lines to match up words and colors. Give children rubber bands to stretch between colors and the correct color word. When they are finished, they can turn the card over and see if the rubber bands match the drawn lines.
MORE? Use for math facts, rhyming pictures, upper and lowercase letters, etc.
Be sure to click Downloads in the menu to the left for a pattern.