Bowling Ball Snowman Game and Tutorial

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Are you looking for more holiday ideas, Christmas games for parties or even cute decor?
This idea will be perfect to use in your classroom before you go off for break.  I bought these plastic bowling pins and balls at Target one summer...keep your eyes out next spring/summer.
Honestly, I've had them in my garage for probably a couple of years.  I have finally decided what to do with them... they started out like this:
Christmas party game idea
I had a vision of turning all of these into snowmen, I knew I would need the following to make it work:
* hot glue gun/ glue sticks
* scissors
* pipe cleaner
* twine
* pom poms
* material
* sharpie

So I got right to work, first I worked on the cute earmuffs.  I just pre cut twine to use as the connecting part and glued the pom poms on either side of the top of each pin.  

snowmen bowling pins
Next, I added the scarf, on some of them I used thick, bushy pipe cleaner and on some I used fabric and cut the ends like you see below to add detail.

Christmas games

Christmas party game ideas

Christmas party games
Is this the cutest!!?!?!  
Set it up and you're all set...have fun!!

snowman bowling set for parties


Teaching Expanded Form

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Expanded form can be a bit tricky for the little guys - we worked on it this week and thanks to one of my teaching friends I have a fun saying that will stick with them.  


I have always talked about how expanded form is stretchy like a snake but she has a memorable saying that I liked even better.  She says that she always teaches it with a rubber band.  

teaching expanded form

So like you see above I wrote these numbers on my board and held up a rubber band just like shown.  I stretched it out to show them how you can expand numbers like this.  


Maybe you are familiar with this idea - If you have used the squishy toys ( snakes ) to stretch sounds/ words for phonics it's a similar idea.  I've used this in reading groups for years.

teaching expanded form

I think the saying expand like a rubber band has a better ring to it than showing the stretchy snake personally.  So, I will be using this idea from my friend from now smart.  #lovecollaborating

Try it out, don't forget to follow me here every Wednesday for my Wait for it Wednesday blog posts or on Instagram for my Sunday Night Snippets every Sunday night where I share tips and tricks you can use right away in your classroom.
Happy teaching my friends!