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If you stick with me through this post, I have a freebie AND some AWESOME giveaways!! I mean JELLY BEAN they are pretty AWESOME and you will definitely want to sign up to try to win one!!
To start off this blog post today, I have some pictures of some recent LOOT that I got from Target and from Kitchen Collections.
I was beginning to feel left out when I read other blog posts and I saw all of the great swag from Target! But, I would just stop by my local Target when I was out and about…
and then one day….
There it was!! All of this cool stuff that I found to start my school year off right!
My coolest find here were the favor bags! Can you see them towards the bottom on the pic?
They are made with really thick material and have a drawstring. I bought 6. One way that I’m going to use them is to put letters in them and the students will draw out a letter and for the beginning of the year, they will say the letter name and the sound. Later on, I will have the focus letters in there for that week and they will pull the letter and match it to a word that begins with that letter. Or I have little objects that begin with a certain letter, so I’ll probably put some of those in there and the students will take out an object, name it and tell me the letter it begins with.
I’m also planning on putting numbers in the bag. The possibilities are endless with that one!! We can work on number recognition, number order, comparing, and counting. Later on in the year, I will play guessing games using them, Like: “What’s That Coin?”, or “What’s That Shape?”.
Now on to my next great finds!!……
Here’s the preface:
Last week I had to fly into Dallas TX to meet up with a group to talk about an upcoming mission trip.
I arrived pretty early and my meeting wasn’t until around 6:30pm
So, I decided to get some shopping in while I was there.
I found a really nice outlet mall in Grand Prairie, TX.It was as hot as blue blazes and I was working up a sweat, so I found a little snow cone kiosk and it was a great place to stop and get refreshed!!
I love to cook and bake, so I decided to look around at a kitchen store there called Kitchen Collection. As I was looking around, I felt like I had struck gold!! Here are my finds from there:
Don’t you just love those BUG SWATTERS!! They are shaped like a hand!! What fun can I come up with using those!?!
Lots!! I tell you!! Lots!!
I could have a High Five monitor who looks for kinders making good choices and he can give that child a high five.
I can play Swat that Letter, Word, Number, etc game!….
I can give High Fives using it…
I can raise it when I want the kinders to give me five….
Lots of uses!! These babies were just a dollar!
I really got excited when I saw the metal cookie shape cutters. They were $1 each and I even found a hexagon! They are a perfect size for little hands and they are very durable! These will work perfectly for my shapes unit. I love to use kinetic sand and these cookie cutters will definitely come in handy when I use my sand in a center!
Do you see the little dustpans and brooms. I am ALWAYS a sucker for little cute things and these caught my eye right when I was checking out! I just thought the dustpan and broom would be prefect to sweep up little things on the center tables. For $1 a piece….how could I go wrong!!
Now, do you see the red and pink items? Are you asking, “What the heck is that?!?”
Well let me tell you!!
They are silicone pot holders shaped like a chicken and a pig!! They are called, Kitchen Kritters.
Here is my idea for using these kritters!
I will be teaching using a farm theme during early October. I’m going to have a game set up called Farm Fetch. During Farm Fetch, there will be 10 table tennis balls with a letter written on each one. I’ll have the balls in a small container that will look farm like. Two students will have an oven mitt on and I’ll call out a word associated with the farm. Then, I’ll say, “1-2-3 FETCH!” The 2 students will reach in and try to fetch the correct ball by using the pot holder.
If you are interested in finding any of these items, here is the info about Kitchen Collection:
If you’d like to try to play Farm Fetch with YOUR kinders, click the pic below to go straight to my TpT store and download it for FREE!!
1- $25 Gift Card to Target
1- $25 Gift Card to Kitchen Collection
1- $25 Gift Card to Teachers Pay Teachers
2- boxes of kinetic sand
That is 5!! Count them 5 total giveaways from one post!!
I hope that you will enter! I will choose the winners Saturday after 11:00am Eastern time. Thanks for stopping by and it will be a joy to have you stop by often!! I want to continue to offer many other giveaways and advice and open my classroom door to you through this blog. Enjoy the rest of your week! Bye, y’all!