Monday, July 25, 2011

The Possibilities Are Endless...

I love having friends who are also teachers.  This summer I have spent a lot of time with a couple of kindergarten superstar teachers, Hope & Cris.  Both of these ladies are INCREDIBLE teachers who are always sharing their fantastic ideas with me.

On a daily recent shopping trip to the Dollar Tree, we came away with a bunch of these packs of 25 die-cut shapes.
So, Cris and Hope got right to work in creating a bunch of games that their little kindergarteners could enjoy.  The gist of their games is to sort or match a particular skill that they have written on cards.  Since I teach 2nd grade, I had to take their ideas and tweak them a bit.  Here is what I've come up with so far...

Synonym Match

Kids will turn all 24 cards face down.  They will then turn 2 over at a time trying to make a match of synonyms.  (The only reason I put a sticker on the back of each card is in the event I use this particular die-cut shape for another game and I needed something to show that these cards go together because they all have smiley face stickers on them.)  They will use this recording sheet.
Similarly, I made an Antonym Match game.
And finally, a compound word game was in order.  (These have self-checking stickers on the back because the cards will all start face up.)

If you'd like an editable version, just email me (  The title font is LD Cute Curls and can be found here.

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Erika said...

Love this idea. I always see those at our dollar store and wonder what could I do with them. Thanks for sharing!

Erika said...

Tried to add your button to my blog and it wouldn't work.

~The Bargain Babe said...

Genius, oh my word! I love the dollar store and giggled at your "daily" er "weekly" bit. :) I happen to also have a pack of their die cuts and will make the synonym game.

I was in the Dollar Tree TODAY looking at the die cuts but held myself back from buying any because I had zero ideas for them. Now a return trip is in order...

lov2teach3 said...

These are great! Thanks so much for sharing. I love that you can get the cute cards at All-a-Dollar and make your own. I have bought these before but didn't know what to do with them. Thanks again!

Rachel Jones said...

This is brilliant! I found this on pinterest, and it has had SO many repins. I love how easy it is!
Also, I'm your newest follower!
Thank you!
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