Pinspiration: CVC Easter Eggs

I love it when I come across a good idea that fits seasonally and academically.  Last week on Pinterest, I saw several versions of word families written or glued onto plastic Easter eggs, at just the same time that GoGoGirl is working on CVC words and word families.  Perfect!

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This was a super easy project.  I used the slightly larger plastic eggs (on clearance, 6 for 50 cents) and colorful permanent markers.  I put one ending and eight starting consonants on each egg – GoGoGirl twists the top of the egg to make and read eight different words.  Here are the word families I made today:

-ap: cap, gap, lap, map, nap, sap, tap, zap
-et: get, jet, let, net, set, vet, wet, yet
-in: bin, din, fin, kin, pin, sin, tin, win
-ot: cot, dot, got, hot, lot, not, pot, rot
-ug: bug, dug, hug, jug, mug, pug, rug. tug

I slipped a little cracker or a jelly bean in each egg and hid them in the yard or in the house, and when GoGoGirl found each egg, she had to read all eight words before she could open it for a treat.  She loved the game!

I am going to add a coating of matte sealer to these tonight, because I’m thinking that the writing will rub off after many uses.  And I bought a couple extra packages, so next week I can add some other word families!

How are you using plastic eggs this week?

Thanks to Camp Slop, Living and Learning, Run with Rach, and Teacher Time Savers for the pinspiration!

Measuring Noodles for Chinese New Year

Gung Hei Fat Choi!

Happy Lunar New Year… and welcome to the Year of the Dragon.

The kids and I have been celebrating this week with books, food, music, and paint – well, yes, that’s the way we celebrate every holiday, come to think of it!  Today, GoGoGirl and I celebrated with a little math, too.

I found this idea on the blog Learning with Mrs. Parker.  She created this idea for her K-1 kids as a seasonal math center.  Kids can pluck a “noodle” from the bowl and measure its length.

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Mrs. Parker used yarn for her noodles, but I decided to go with strips of a beige felt about 1/4″ wide.  I cut 12 strips to be 1″, 2″, 3″ and so on to 12″ long.  I piled the noodles into one of GoGoGirl’s little bowls from her play kitchen, and added a set of her play chopsticks (they are shorter than real chopsticks and more manageable for this activity).  Then I set out 12 linking cubes and a deck of laminated noodle bowl cards numbered 1-12.

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We have played with this math set lots of different ways:

  • practice using chopsticks to pick up one noodle at a time
  • experiment with the linking cubes and practice putting them together and taking them apart
  • name the numbers on the cards
  • pull out a noodle, measure its length, and find the matching number card
  • pull out a noodle and estimate its length, then measure to see if you were right
  • line the noodles up in order of length (smallest to largest or largest to smallest)
  • line the cards up in order (1-12 or 12-1)
  • snap together a row of linking blocks and try to find the noodle that matches it
  • find two noodles that combine to be 10 blocks long, then find all the combinations
  • and of course, whip up some pretend play with the set, using the number cards as menus and the linking blocks as drinks or soy sauce!

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I love this little math set, and am grateful to Mrs. Parker for the idea!  Her post and several other of my favorite CNY finds are on my Pinterest Chinese New Year board.