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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas - Sight word stones

I'm so glad you have joined me for April's bright ideas.  I'm excited to show you how I make my sight words stones.  When I first brought these out and put them in my sight word centers, the children could not contain themselves.  Everyone wanted to use them.  So read on, they are really easy and inexpensive to make.



I start by buying a bag of large stones from the Dollar Tree.  They are very inexpensive: only $1.25. One bag did all the words I needed.  Four copies of six words.

    

I printed out my words on one sheet of paper, with enough space around each to be able to cut them out.


I sorted through the stones to make sure that I had stones in the sizes I needed.


I first laid them out on the paper to make sure that they fit and then traced around each of them.  Once I had traced them, I cut them out, making sure that I kept each cutout with the correct stone.



At the Dollar Tree, I also picked up some puzzle saver.  I had left my podge at school and this was the next best thing.  I first put the puzzle saver on the stone, then put down the word, then put more puzzle saver on top.  I used my finger to smooth everything down.


Once they were all coated, I let them dry.  They didn't take long but I let them sit overnight just to be sure.  


Once dry, they are ready to use.


I used the stones in our sandbox and printed out another copy of the original list I used for the stones.  The children had to dig them up and then mark the words off on their sheet with a bingo dabber.



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5 Notes:

Debbie said...

I love this idea with using the sand table. I'm thinking it would be fun in Easter grass too.

KinderKapers said...

I made mine into magnets....but I love the idea of hiding them in sand (and then checking them off)!

Terri Izatt
KinderKapers

The Teacher Treasury said...

Brilliant!!!

Vicki said...

LOVE this idea!! Had some leftover Podge that I was looking to use and I think this would be fun for targeting specific articulation words as well. Thanks!

Deb Thomas said...

I love this idea and with the sand or sand bottles is a great idea for my first graders as well!
Deb at Fabulously First