I am going to be honest...I had hoped to have this post up back in December...I had a bunch of winter/holiday center ideas using goodies I purchased at Target, as well as freebies I found on blogs and TpT that I wanted to share with you to help make planning easier...BUT some little things like motherhood, teaching, being a wife/running a home and life in general got in the way!
So I pulled out the things that were winter and could continue to be used to share with you!
Let's hope I can be better prepared next year!
Let's start with these snowman plates I found at Target! They were in the holiday party goods section. THEY might even be on clearance now!
I found the white pom poms in the Dollar Spot. If you can't find white pom poms, cotton balls would work just as well!
The double dice are from Lakeshore and can be found HERE. I have the Jumbo Double Dice (12 to a package) although they also sell regular size double dice where there are 70 to a package!
The tweezers are also from Lakeshore. I have used them A LOT this year...we've needed a lot of fine motor work. They work great for picking up Target Dollar Spot erasers too!
Take a look at this video if you need a 'visual':
Here's another way we used the plates as I reference in the video:
And if you don't already own this tape you want it...NOW!
We used it for interactive writing to cover up 'mistakes' but I have found it's great for making center activities when I don't want a permanent mark!
(I used them on these puzzles too!)
And if you were lucky enough to find these erasers (and I even read some teachers found them in Target Christmas clearance for 30 cents a bag!!!!!) you can use them instead of the pom poms/cotton balls.
Speaking of clearance....I am SURE these Santa plates are on clearance now!
I purchased present gift tags and simply removed the string part. We also used these candy cane erasers with the Santa plates.
The dice were great but I also wanted my kids to work on numbers to 10, so I created this spinner that we used with the plates too. You can find the spinner in the download pack at the end of this post for FREE!
The other goodie I found in the Dollar Spot were these 2-sided wooden trees. Of course we called them Christmas trees, but you could also call them 'winter' or evergreen trees!
And for my readers that need a visual...
And a few other things that popped into my head on how you could use them:
Next up is these number ordering cards. My kids L-O-V-E these because they get to use the fun links! We have been practicing these since Fall. I know this picture shows the Christmas stockings, but the winter center pack download (free at the bottom of this post) will have the snowflakes to order. We'll be using them starting next week!
I don't have a 'counting by 10's' set but they would be easy to make..go to Google images (if you don't already own snowflake images) and find a snowflake image, insert a text box and print them on cardstock. Cut & hole punch just like above.
Back to the famous Target Dollar Spot erasers...
This is one of my students' FAVORITE early finisher basket activity and I also put it out for morning stations/tubs. The directions on how to play are included in the FREE download pack. If you don't have the erasers- no big deal! You can use chips, cubes, flat glass 'marbles' (you can find them in the florist section of craft stores), pom poms/cotton balls, buttons, etc!
I just added this to my TpT Store for practicing numbers 10-20:
Think these are some things you'd like to try out this winter?!
This FREE download includes:
*snowflake number ordering cards (0-10)
*Roll & Remove instructions & game boards for 1-6 and 2-12
*Snowman spinner for 1-10
*Snowman button cards for 1-10
We also used this freebie from Life Over C's:
I printed the Christmas and Winter sets she offers back to back. We used the Christmas version and will now be moving onto the winter side. We used the glass gems to help find and count all the items and I put the recording sheets into clear sleeves so we could use dry eraser markers:
I have been pinning a lot of cute center and project ideas on my Winter Pinterest board:
I'd love to have you follow the board so you can grab some of the ideas, as well!
Well tomorrow is 'back to school'!
I hope everyone had a wonderful break and enjoyed down time with those you love!
Until next post,