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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bright and colorful home made games and puzzles for preschoolers

Did you know that you have all the supplies you need to make bright and colorful games and puzzles for your preschoolers right in your own kitchen?

Here are some ideas for you to try...


Don't throw away the panels of your cereal boxes!

Turn them into puzzles.
Laminate them before cutting apart for more durability.

Make a giant Matching Game for the floor!

Have children take turns flipping them over to find a match!

Cut the small cereal box panels to make a table top matching game.

Flip them over and find the matching cards!

Save similar sized boxes to create a class book
Just punch holes on the edge, add a little ring, and presto - there is a fun book to read!
Let the children have fun reading these in your reading center!

Have children graph the box panels

Here are a few graphing titles to consider...
Which food do you like best?
Is this a healthy snack?
Do you eat this at your home?
What kind of food do you eat at your home?

The panels make great book covers! Just lay the box panels out and let the children add paper to create their own books!

The box panels are meaningful to the child's world and can add to a literacy rich environment!

It wont take long before everything in your cabinet really just looks like preschool potential!

Have fun!


Kat said...

I love using environmental print with preschoolers. Interestingly enough, last year my littles brought in cereal and snack boxes from Whole Foods and the health food store and they aren't as easily recognizable as the brands that we see advertised more often!

Sherry and Donna said...

Deborah there are so many great ideas here! Thanks so much for planting another seed of inspiration.

Mazel 刘将军 said...

I like this! Simply create fun games from our trash.
Thanks for sharing!

Scott said...

All great ideas. I love my cereal box puzzles. (Made one with the front of an orange juice carton, too.)

(V.Kerr) School Time Adventures said...

This is a fun idea! We keep all of our recycles around for a few weeks before finally putting them in the recycle bin...just in case :) Thanks for the fun idea!


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