Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pokey Pins Galore! {Product Swap!}

The lovely Jessica from Mrs. Stanford's Class had the wonderful idea of hosting a product swap!  Genius! :)  I was so excited when I found out that I had been paired up with Krissy from Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business.  I LOVE her things!  You may remember when Krissy guest blogged for my 15 Days of K.  She introduced me to a fantastic fine motor activity for the classroom.  I was simply amazed at how something as simple as a push pin could be used to create a meaningful learning experience for our kids!  I was absolutely in love with this activity after seeing her before and after pictures:

                        Before                                             After

How cool is that?  I don't know about you but I don't know a kid in town that wouldn't want to do that!

{Revisit Krissy's post from June HERE and make sure to grab her free "We <3 K" Pokey Pin sign!}

When I realized I'd been paired up with her, I immediately knew I wanted to try out her Pokey Pin Bundle Kit.  She's created a pack that includes Pokey Pin activities for alphabet letters, alphabet words, and popcorn sight words.

Guess what?  She sent me her Pokey Pin for numbers too! :)

I love how I can use these activities in my literacy AND math stations!

Did I mention that this does not require laminating? :) These activities require practically no setup!  All you have to do is print off a page, staple it to a piece of construction paper and provide a push pin.  The kids can use the carpet to lean against while making their holes in the paper.  Krissy made the suggestion of letting the kids push against a carpet square or a mouse pad.  You can usually round up some carpet remnants for free!  I plan on putting new or used mouse pads on my class wish list this year too so that I can create a few "tubs" with all the necessary materials inside of them.
 I already have the alphabet letters, our first few weeks of sight words, and numbers zero through five printed up and ready to go.  I'm sure that this new activity will be a huge hit with the kids this year.  I can't wait to take pictures of them in action!

Krissy has given us another freebie to use for the beginning of school!  You can program this document with the first initial of each of your students' names!  I love how Krissy has given us suggestions for differentiation.  She says that those with fine motor difficulty can just focus on staying in between the lines.  Children with adequate ability can work on poking the letter and the border through.  Those with excellent fine motor skills can work on pinning the outline of their letter as well as the border.  You can click the picture to grab your copy!

If you haven't checked out Krissy's blog you should definitely stop by.  
She's on Facebook too!
Don't forget to grab your own Pokey Pin sets by clicking on the links or images above!
Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business

Anyone else a fan of Pokey Pinning?  
I'd love to know how it works for you in your classroom!

1 comment:

  1. EEEEK I've been drooling over these!!!

    ✏ Mrs. Stanford's Class ✏
    ❤ I hope you enjoyed the swap & will join for the next one!! Check out my post for the link to the form :)


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