The Dollar Tree is one of my Favorite places to purchase items for DIY Educational Games, so today I'm sharing two fun and easy Fishbowl Math activities you can make for under $3 with Dollar Tree products!
Both of these Tutorials are focused around these adorable fishbowl shaped decor sheets. I found these in the teacher supply section of my Store. You will only need 1 package to complete both of these games.
Spin and Count Game
For this Spin and Count game you will need:
1. Fishbowl Decor Sheets
2. A Spinner (That I also found at the Dollar Tree in the Teacher supply Section 2/$1),
3. White or Blue Pom Poms (I picked these up in the Craft Section of the Dollar Tree
4. Tweezers (Optional): These are optional and I already had them on hand (although you can find children's tweezers at the Dollar Tree in the teacher supply section) . These add an added level of complexity to this task, and they can be used for many Educational, Fine Motor, and Science activities (definitely a great investment!)
Step 1: Provide the child with a Fishbowl sheet and 10 pom pom "Bubbles".
Directions for Game Play:
1. Have the child take turns spinning and placing the matching number of "Bubbles" on the Fishbowl Sheet.
2. (Optional) Laminate the Fishbowl sheet for durability.
Fishbowl Number Correspondence Activity
For this Number Correspondence game you will need:
1. Fishbowl Decor Sheets (Teacher Supply Section of the Dollar Tree)
2. White or Blue Pom Poms (Craft Section of the Dollar Tree)
3. Permanent Marker: I already had this at home, but they do sell them at the Dollar Tree
(Office Supply Section).
4. Tweezers (Optional): These add an additional fine motor component to the activity.
Step 1. Take out 5 Fishbowl Sheets
Step 2 . Number the Sheets 1-5 with your Marker
Step 3. (Optional) Laminate Sheets for durability
Directions for Play
You can find a variety of these Decor Sheets to vary the activities you create! Have you made an activity from Dollar Tree Products? Please feel free to share!
I hope you enjoy some of the fun Fall ideas that have been shared in our Facebook Community.
Fall Invitations to Play
Leisha Harrelson of Gingerbread Play House created this Fabulous Fall Discovery Sensory Area in her space. Leisha says, "Our Discovery & Sensory area is filled with signs of autumn just waiting to be discovered and explored. Items are laid out to engage the 5 senses. There are edible pumpkin seeds, edible sunflower seeds, pine cones, acorns, scented fall candles, a pumpkin, golf tees to nail into the pumpkin, ceramic owls, a new scale, fall animals, a new microscope, a fun game about squirrels and acorns, black locust pods, and milkweed pods".
"There are great books about fall animals, fall leaves, fall harvest, spiders, leaves, owls, fall weather, pumpkins and more! Can't wait for the children to be able to handle and explore the items tomorrow! Science, Math, Pre-literacy, Nature and Sensory activities are all blended together for wonderful learning fun. Children can weigh and record items. They can examine items under the microscope. They can explore the pumpkin from the outside-in...they can smell delightful scents of fall while eating sunflower and pumpkin seeds."
Leisha has placed several fall books in her spaces, as well fall inspired objects such as pumpkins, and animals.
Tenika Bell of SonShine Christian Child Care created this fun Pumpkin Patch from Felt in her Dramatic Play Space!
Erica Payne of Erica's Educare Learning Center created an Apple Cafe, Orchard and Farmer's Market for some fun Fall Inspired Play.
Her orchard has apple picking, and leaf raking!
What a great assortment of fruits & veggies!
Fall themed sensory bin
Sherry Whissen First Friends Family Child Care always creates some fun learning activities for her Child Care program, these Fall inspired ideas don't disappoint!
Apple Themed Letter Matching
I thought this "Apple Picking Tree" Melissa R. shared of Play N Learn Daycare was so clever!
Megan C. of Megan's Little Sprouts created these "A is for Apple" Activities for her kiddos! So much fun!
These 3-D Trees that Renee V. made are so adorable! What a clever idea!
I think these Scrapbook paper Apple Collages Pam W.'s Kids made, turned out so cute. What a fun technique, great for scissor skills too!
These adorable Owls are from Valerie W. of Giggle's Daycare- they made from Natural Objects found in the Backyard!
Click here for some more fall fun!
When it comes to using IKEA, it doesn't surprise me why their products are so popular with Home based Childcare Provider's. Their products are reasonably priced, take up a minimal amount of space, are durable, easily modified, and they have a large variety of products to meet the needs of Home Based Providers.
Unlike other childcare furniture that is meant for large centers, IKEA's furnishings are designed for the home. This makes the scale of their furniture just the right size for Home Based Provider's (especially those with shared spaces).
In addition to Children's Furniture they also offer a wide variety of Organizational Supplies, Kitchenware, Organizing Supplies, and Toys. They have products to design all kinds of Learning Spaces in your Home (Check out my previous post on using IKEA products to create a Dramatic Play Space for your Childcare Space Here).
If you are crafty you can even use IKEA products to create Light tables, Lego Tables, and Sensory Tables for your home at a reasonable cost.
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