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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Keeping Things Fresh

I'm really excited this week as my Kindergarten Intervention Kiddos are making great progress on hearing similarities and differences with sounds.  When I get stuck on how to teach a skill, I turn to a spinner game because I've never met a kid who doesn't love a spinner game.

I used to buy the spinners that you could attach to a game board. However, now I'm a fan of the paperclip and a pencil.  To do this, just place the end of the paperclip in the center of the circle. Secure it in it's spot by putting a pencil point inside the edge.  Then your students can give a flick and the paperclip will rotate around the pencil like a spinner.  This is way more economical than my previous purchases.  Plus, the little organizer in me loves that the game boards store flat, which is not the case when attaching a spinner.

So let me show you what we played today.

This is my Beginning Sounds/Super Sound Spinner activity. My kinders were engaged, enthusiastic, and did really well with this activity.  (I did have to tell them what a "kettle" was because don't we all just microwave these days?)  If you would like to take a closer look at this just click below!

What format do your students love?  I'm always looking for a great new idea or format to introduce my students to in order to keep things FRESH!  Take a peek below to see the timely activities my TPT colleagues recommend and perhaps you will find a fresh new idea for your classroom.

Until Next Time,


  1. Every time I come to your blog I love the little clipart dog on the top that little bit more! Thanks for sharing such a fun post, I love the look of these spinner games and definitely think I'll have to try some with our students! Thanks for hosting a link up too :)

    Teaching Autism

    1. Ahh...thanks. The clip art makes me happy too. My colleague drew him using my dog izzy as a model. let me know what you think of the spinner games if you try them. They are truly a hit with my K-1 students.

  2. I always wanted to figure out how these "homemade" spinners work. Thank you.

    1. I was wondering if that was old news for everyone. So I'm glad someone who didn't know now knows. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.