I usually save my craft posts for my column at Prime Parent’s Club. But you people! You worm your way into my thoughts and I want to make the people happy. After posting this on Instagram, and after a request from someone there, and after having so much fun at the dinner table coming up with words, I decided to share.
dollar story baking sheet
thing magnetic sheets (save yourself the headache and get the adhesive kind)
time, patience and a love for picking glue off your fingers.
First spray paint the baking sheet (outside, ok?) Let it dry. Really.
You can spray a clear coat on there, if you want. I’m an imperfectionist, so I usually skip steps if they aren’t strictly required. Put that sucker aside to dry and await your future joy.
Now, a cricut or other die cutting machine will make this process both easier and more complicated. Easier because it cuts stuff for you. Complicated because the choices are infinite. Using my cricut, I cut out 80 2.5″ rectangles. Then, I cut three of each letter of the alphabet, except for Z. Because, really? Z?
If you don’t have a cricut, you can buy precut cardstock, or you can recycle old playing cards, business cards or even note cards. Buy enough sets of stickers to have three of each letter. Alternatively, make yourself a printout. I suggest, though, that if you’re using this to teach spelling, you use a font that is normal for schoolaged kids. Fancy fonts can confuse the younger set.
Now that I think about it, printing seems pure genius. Stickers even smarter.
Using a good paper glue, adhere the letters to the cards. Then, apply a small sticker on the back of each.
I welded a shadow of “boggle” and cut out regular letters, too, to make the header. I applied stickers to the back, so that, when I decide how I can make a math game for the baking sheet, I can change them out. I also made a little paper box in which to store the letters we weren’t using.
Adjust the rules of the game for your learners and your purpose. You can ask him to find all three letter or four letter words, you can give different time limits, etc. I plan to change the letters once or twice a week, but to leave the board available for him to add words to as he finds them.
What other ways could you use this?