While walking around the local Dollar General, I found a lot of Christmas and other items that had been clearanced out for a quarter. Here's what I found...
Above is a small pocket calendar (already cut apart) that had international landmarks on it. These will be added to our continent boxes.
You really can't tell what these are, from the photo, but it's miniature garland. The stars and the faceted balls have already been cut apart, which is why they are already in baggies. I have to say that my son LOVES these, as I've been putting them out on the shelves with a pair of scissors to cut apart. I only wish that I didn't cut apart the other 2 sets, and let him do it.... what great fine motor practice -- and it's something that he's been enjoying. (On a side note, I saw some shamrocks on a necklace at the Dollar Tree that I'm contemplating buying, for additional practice.)
After they have been cut apart, I'm saving them as counters for our math activities throughout the year.... gold/silver sorting, as seen on Leptir's blog post, stars for space or 4th of July, or since there are a variety of shapes and sizes, they can also be used for sorting activities (see my California post coming out tomorrow to see how to use these for transferring).
Finally, these little gems were picked up at Walgreens -- all for $1.00 total. Okay, so 2 of them -- chocolates and the conversation hearts -- are candy, but we can still use them for math. The top right items are erasers that we'll hopefully be reading come next Valentines, so they'll go into storage until next year.
So, have you found any great educational finds this week?
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