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Friday, October 23, 2015

Domino War

Countdown supermarkets in NZ recently had a promotion. For every $20 spent they would give you one 'free' collectible domino. So I put the word out to friends and family. I put it in my class newsletter, on Facebook, everywhere I could think... I would trade handmade goods for dominoes. Due to the generosity of my friends and family I had a surprisingly large collection of dominoes by the end of the promotion. So now I am putting together some Math resources for my classroom that use dominoes as the main material.

I am sure that I have come across the idea of Domino War somewhere in the wilds of the internet, but when I went to print it out for my classroom, do you think I could find a source? No way Jose.

Tried and tested, this game is much loved by my year 2 students at the moment. The craze of the promotion may be contributing, but they are enjoying this relatively fast paced game. The idea is quite simple. First, turn all the dominoes so that the dots are facing down...


Then each player turns over a domino and adds the numbers together, e.g. 1 +6= 7...

The player with the highest answer is the winner of that round and keeps the dominoes. Keep on playing till all the dominoes are turned over. The overall winner is the person with the most dominoes at the end.

Here are the printable instructions that I have taped onto the outside of the bag. Please download the file from my drive (rather than use this image), as it contains the credits for the clip art etc. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Budget Alphabet Stamps

Pintrest provides so much inspiration, but I sometimes struggle to find equipment in NZ that is featured in some classroom makes. It seems that the USA etc have access to some cheaper resources in many respects, and trying to replicate some things is a bit expensive.

I have been on the hunt for some affordable alphabet stamps in NZ for a while now. I have scoped auction sites, emporiums, dollar shops, but most places seem to expect more $$$ than I am willing to pay. Particularly as I predict that stamps will go missing/ get lost very quickly.

I recently found some foam letters in a local emporium for $1.50 a set. Of course I snaffled them up- I would be silly not to! So off home I went, and my husband sighed in dismay as out came the milk bottle top collection! A spot of hot glue and some milk bottle tops, and I quickly had two sets of alphabet stamps!

Some tips/ points I thought of as I made them:

  • I used red tops for the vowels and blue for the consonants. I figure that the vowels will be used the most frequently.
  • I used a permanent marker to write each letter on the inside of the milk bottle top. This will help with searching through the pile, and for positioning the letters.
  • Make sure you glue the letters on back to front. This way the stamp will come out the right way round.
  • A large, shallow tray is better than a deep container for storage. This makes it easier to find the letters you want quickly. I used the lid from a box of photocopier paper.

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