I found these really cute sports stickers at Michael's and while they are probably meant for some art project (like a picture frame) or a scrapbook page, I got them to help build math skills like patterning, sequencing, counting and building math vocabulary. They are great because they can be used to create your own book by removing the paper and sticking them onto paper and writing in math questions but I have decided to leave the paper on them. I have used them as is or stuck on small … [Read more...] about Sports Themed My Obstacle Course Idea #2
While sports are not a big thing with Andrew, I know that for a lot of children if they could play sports all day they would. For those of you with children like this, it may seem like more of a challenge to find ways to motivate them to build academic skills however there are many ways to incorporate sports and this week I will focus on some station activities that I would use for a sports themed My Obstacle Course. Sports Themed Pattern Cards Soccer Balls Pattern cards such as these can … [Read more...] about Sports Themed My Obstacle Course Idea #1
Andrew was always taken with the fishing game sold in stores, the one where the fish go around in a circle while opening and closing their mouths while you try to get the end of the fishing line in their mouths. He got one and was extremely frustrated. I tried it and got extremely frustrated. The mouths close so quickly and with the fish moving around, I'm not sure how he could be successful with this. I decided to make my own fishing game, adding a bit of a My Obstacle Course twist on it (of … [Read more...] about Gone Fishin!
I frequently get asked about what I would put into a My Obstacle Course kit to have some basic things to help build basic skills and I definitely have some favorite things and activities that require little if any set up at all. The next few posts will feature some of these. I have lots of basic items or activities that can be turned into thematic activities but they don't have to be thematic to be fun (if I show them using themed paper, that paper could be substituted for colored index cards). … [Read more...] about My Obstacle Course Kit Item #1: Dice
As I reviewed Andrew's end of year progress report, I noticed that he still needed some reinforcement with graphing. I looked through my stuff to see what I could have him graph. There were all sorts of things - stickers, buttons, a variety of Goldfish crackers, fruity Cheerios, pattern cards, etc. (Here is a past post I did on graphing using a small bag of M&M's.) I decided to choose these colorful foam pieces that I found in the dollar section of Target. They came in cylinders, cubes and … [Read more...] about Easy Object Graphing
I shared a few weeks ago about these fun, colorful plastic party trays that I found that can be also used for sorting items. (Here is the link to Party Tray Sorters.) Here are two more ways to use them with things that you probably have lying around the house. Using a party tray like this makes it super simple to set up, easy to have the items contained while also providing a good space to sort into. My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Sorting Buttons By Color I have a huge bag of buttons … [Read more...] about Party Tray Sorting: Buttons and Coins