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Friday, November 13, 2009

Preschool (First Grade) At Home: Interactive Word Family Game With Paint Chip Samples


Okay, so this is more like "First Grade At Home" than
"Preschool At Home" but both of my girls like to play with it.
The Frog Princess is getting the most benefit (as the newest reader in the house)
but the Mini-Saurus is learning her alphabet
and wants to be included in whatever her big sister is doing!


I saw this idea over at the Snail's Trail blog and it was too perfect for words!
(2013 Update: I've been informed that this post is no longer available)
You can get her great lists of phonograms,
consonants, word blends, diagraphs, and word families.

* Here is an updated resource for lists of Word Families
from the Enchanted Learning Website! Click HERE.

My lovely friends over at SCHOLASTIC also have a great
printable with word families. It's HERE.

An educational game with letters, paint samples and rainbow colors?
I'm in and so are my girls.

I used my square (CM) scrapbooking punch, my trusty sharpie,
and some lovely paint samples from Sears.
Oh...word families, how I love thee.


I may need to make one for her first grade classroom.
Do you think her teacher would like one for Christmas?

30 comments:

Kylie said...

I've seen this before somewhere and it is a great idea. I must make a start on ours.

EntertainingMom said...

that is one of the clever-est things I have seen in a long time! Brilliant!!!

The Activity Mom said...

Oh I love this! Great idea! I just did a post about Home Depot Materials. I'm going to go back in and include this so I can remember it for later. Thanks!
http://activitymom.blogspot.com/2009/11/home-depot-materials.html

Lil' Ms. P said...

I love it! I may need to make this for my niece for Christmas.

Kate @ Bliss and That said...

That is an awesome idea!! Love it! I think it's Sherwin Williams that has the large pre-cut square samples too, for those that don't have a cutter.

Gina said...

OH! MY! HEAD!
I come over all the time to see what perfect thing you have made.
I'm totally going to steal this!

Elissa Pugh-Arguello said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this!

Rebecca said...

Wow, this is a phenomenal idea that i will definitely be using when my kids are older!

Elise said...

This would have to be a perfect present to give to a first grade classroom teacher.

What a brilliant idea.

Anne said...

I just posted about something similar to this, but with short vowel words! That's funny! Now I'm going to make your version, too! Aren't paint samples awesome?

Jessica said...

Oh! I love this...how clever!

tinkmommy said...

This is a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing it ML. This would make a great gift for the teacher.

Bridgett said...

Now this is a great idea! I am so doing this very thing for my kids.

Thanks so much for the idea.

Jeanette said...

Fabulous idea! So going to make a set. Thanks for sharing!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

So many good ideas today. Wow. :)

Val

Amie Plumley said...

I love it and need to make a set for my class. Yes, perfect teacher gift!

Kurt said...

I teach first grade and this is brilliant. Her teacher would love it!

teachertam said...

What a wonderful idea!
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Anonymous said...

Is there a list of the word families that you used?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Anonymous --

Yes! I got this post idea from the SNail's Trail blog and her great post has the complete lists we used. Here's a link:
http://thesnailstrail.blogspot.com/2009/05/whats-in-workbox-handmade-word-family.html

Fondly,
MaryLea

Anonymous said...

As a First Grade teacher, I can guarantee that they would LOVE this for Christmas!

Tulip TrueAim said...

Such a great idea! Now I just need to be brave and get a bunch of paint samples. I am a new follower and I would be so grateful if you would link this up at Mom's Library! Thanks for sharing!

Julie @ The Path to an Organized Tomorrow said...

This is awesome! New follower via link from It's Overflowing.

Have a great week! :)

wowo said...

Thanks for sharing this great information.... I tried going to the Snail's Trail blog so I could get her great lists of phonograms, consonants, word blends, diagraphs, and word families - however you have to be invited to see her blog and I have no idea where to go to ask to be invited. WHere else can I go to get the lists?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

I'm sorry her blog switched over to private....I found another blogger via pinterest who also made the paint chip cards and she took a photo of the whole set so you could use it as a list...however, it appears that she also took down her blog. There are lots of photos of them on Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/source/karrie-gull.blogspot.com/

Hope this helps!

Crafty Homeschool Mama said...

What a fantastic idea! I have a habit of collecting those free paint chip cards. Have you seen how Home Depot now has those adorable leaf-shaped sample cards (along with traditional shaped) and they have the itty bitty hole at the top for a plastic ring--AND they give out the little black plastic rings too, so you can group a whole rainbow of color together?!?! We go to Lowes more often so I did not know about this awesomeness until recently. Anyway, I about died and went to heaven when I found them, and definitely took home a LOT o' COLOR samples that day, LOLOL =]

Brittany Sellers said...

I love this idea! I am a soon-to-be elementary teacher and I am making these for my classroom. I am running in to trouble with the sharpie writing on the paint strips. Did you have this problem? It is like the paint strips are drying up the ink! I have made about ten strip pairs and two of my sharpies will no longer write. Any suggestions?

Thanks so much!

Brittany Sellers said...

I LOVE this idea! I am a soon-to-be elementary teacher and I am making this for my future classroom! Unfortunately, I am running in to some sharpie issues. My sharpies have only been able to write a couple letters at a time on the strips. Then is it like the ink dries out. Did you have this problem? I have made about 10 pairs and I already have two dead sharpie markers. Any suggestions?

Thanks so much!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Hi Brittany,

I had a similar problem with mine, there must be something on the finish of the paint chips that fights with the Sharpies. I let my sharpie "rest" and was able to resume writing. I guess you could use scrapbook letter stickers instead. I'm not really sure what causes this problem but I know I've had mixed results too...Not sure if I've used different brands or colors (like blue) Might be worth a shot!

Warmly,
MaryLea

KAK Photography said...

http://freshlymessylife.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/the-hype-about-paint-chips/

I just wanted to let you know I hve linked this thread to my blog above as well as repining your post to my interest account.While thisi s still much too advanced for my 14 month old, I think it is an excellent use of paint chips, and look forward to her growing with them!

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