First off, I could not get enough of these amazing dice shakers from Primary Inspired. I ran out immediately after seeing them and had to make them for myself . I swung by Dollar Tree to get some glitter, dice, glue, gems. Then I ran to Wegmans to purchase some tiny water bottles. For some reason, they kind of remind me of mini rocket ships. Weird!
Any who, I pulled off the labels. Luckily, they didn't leave any sticky residue. I popped in 2 dice and sprinkled in a little glitter. Then I decided to glue the top back on so my little friends can't open them and accidentaly pour the water out during centers....not that they would ever do that, right?
I glued a gem to the top and drew on a couple of simple doodles with the glitter glue. They came out pretty cute. I can't wait to use them during math centers for some quiet dice rolling action. You can check out one of the games that we use dice for right here.
Next, I had to create something robot-ish for my classroom. Working number sense activities into my daily routine is a must for next year. My kiddos are also going to need lots of chances to practice their math facts. So, I devised a game: Robot Swat.
I found these adorable fly swatters at Dollar Tree. (They have others that come in shapes like butterflies and flowers.) I printed off some robot clipart, laminated it, and glued a copy to each side. I used a hot glue gun so it would stick strong and fast. Here are pictures of my first two. However, I ended up making four.
I envision my students playing this during morning meeting or as a math warm-up. They will be gathered around in a circle, with the gears spread out in the middle. I will select 2-4 students to play at a time. After students learn how to play I might even make this one of our math centers.
Want a copy of my robot swat game? You can download it here at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. For today only, all my math materials are 20% off. Stock up now for back to school!
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