The goods I came away with: marbles, leaf stickers, and paperclips for counting collections (see I told you I was going for those!)
scoop, strainer, and broom for the sensory table which has rice in it right now, and we need to sweep up after ourselves! 🙂
pumpkin ice trays, giant foam dice, and spinners for math. These are the big happy bonuses of the trip and what you will read about mostly in this post!
So I keep seeing pictures on IG and all over the place from teachers about the great dollar store find of pumpkin ice trays that we teachers see as “ten frames.” I figured it is already mid October which means Christmas decorations in most stores, so I would be too late to jump on this train.
But…. I wasn’t! I grabbed up two of them (because any teacher knows when you find a good thing you can’t grab just one people!!) and contemplated grabbing more but I controlled myself. (and the hubby wasn’t even there to be proud)
I also grabbed up these jumbo foam dice. I love them! I got them in red also.
Then I went to school because I am so cool and hip that I spend all my Sunday nights in the kindergarten room alone. But, hey, it’s peaceful, and I get lots done!
I got out my new supplies and set up a new math game to add to Partner Math for tomorrow! (My Math Daily 3 posts will be coming soon… they are in the works!)
I know ten frame games are all over the place and we teachers all have tons of ideas, so I am sure this probably existed long before my ice tray discovery – but I am teaching my kinders tomorrow how to play what I will call “pumpkin race to 10!”
Each player will have an ice tray and 10 black unifix cubes. They will take turn rolling the jumbo dice and adding that many cubes to their trays. The first one to fill up their trays wins!
I am so excited for this game because we are just starting to learn about ten frames, and how we fill up one row before moving to another. This will also help them to count one-to-one, which we are still practicing, and to see the concept of addition!
So, I put all the supplies in my handy dandy gallon zip-top bags (I am keeping these people in business let me tell you…. ) and into the Partner Math bin and it is ready to just grab and go!
Do you have these infamous ice trays? What games do you play with them? Something similar or different? I want to know!