Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Made It.....A Blog!

Does creating a blog really count as a Monday Made It?  Here's hoping it does. And in case it doesn't I do have a little classroom "made it" to share with you. Thanks to Tara for making it possible!
 
  
Quiet Dice 

I've been admiring foam dice for a while now...too many years to admit! But just couldn't justify the price. (Crazy expensive anytime I've seen them - like 64 dice for $30.00 expensive!)  So when I found these little gems at Michaels last week in the teacher section I was beyond excited. 



 It was a case of "buy them all before someone else comes and takes them" excitement!  So that's what I did.  There were six bags left so those six little bags came home with me.  (I didn't want any of them to feel left out!)  Now what is in these little bags - 25 foam cubes and 25 foam cylinders!!! Yes, 50 foam shapes for $1.00.  So for $6.00, I got 150 foam dice and 150 foam cylinders. Then using a paint pen (only $1.49 in the discount bin...with a surprise 50% off at the cash) I created my own dice. 



Oh the possibilities these little foam gems bring to my classroom - numeral cubes, regular dot cubes, custom dot cubes (subitizing practice anyone?), larger numbers, operations signs.... 

Suddenly I realized, 150 foam cubes was not enough.  So on a visit home to my parents I stopped by another Michaels store and bought another 8 bags.  (This time the shelves were full so I did leave a few bags for other teachers.) And, I just may share a bag or two with a fellow teacher who has been admiring foam dice as well. 

All my little goodies in their own bin



I was so excited with my creation I showed my darling husband the dice. Actually, I demonstrated them, asking him to close his eyes and listen.  His response "Quiet dice, where's the fun in that?"  Not hard to tell he's never spent a day in a classroom!  

As for those mounting piles of foam cylinders....I'm thinking they'll make some super cute (and quiet) mini Power Towers! 



Thanks for reading my first post! I'll be sure to come back and link up for Monday Made It again...with my Dollar Store version of a great math game! But don't wait until next Monday to come back...I'll be posting again soon with more classroom ideas! 

Sherri
 


27 comments:

  1. You know I shouldn't read these posts, already I have a list of things to get at stores to recreate.now I add Michaels (the one store I didn't hit last week)....LOL....Thanks for sharing and welcome to the world of blogging :)

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  2. Congrats on your blog! I like your quiet dice!
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  3. YES it does! What a fabulous way to begin blogging. Congrats,
    ~Andi

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  4. I love foam dice! Congrats.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

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  5. Love this idea! Foam dice are the best. Congratulations on your new blog. It's so much fun! I am a new follower.

    Krista
    stellar-students

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  6. Love your dice! I made a version of quiet dice this week too!

    Liliris
    Fourth Grade Garden

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  7. I love these so colorful and quiet. I'm checking out Michaels today. Thanks for sharing.

    Jill
    Bubbalulu.blogspot.com

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  8. Creating a blog totally counts. It is a lot of work to get started.
    ~April
    The Idea Backpack
    ideabackpack@gmail.com

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  9. I saw those at the dollar store too! What a great idea.
    Thanks for sharing!
    I am your newest follower! I am a new blogger and love connecting with other teachers!
    Layla

    Fancy Free in Fourth

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  10. Welcome to the blogging world!! I'll be checking out Michaels the next time I go. Your dice are perfect:)

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    1. Welcome to Blogging. I am pretty new too. I love your dice; great idea.

      Janna
      Fabulous Finch Facts

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  11. Oh!! What a great idea! I was telling hubby I needed to go and have lunch with him this week. Now I will simply add a trip to Michaels on this side! Thanks for sharing!!

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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  12. Ooooh, I'm planning on going to my Michaels today. I'll have to see if they have any! Congrats on the new blog! I just started blogging this month too! :)

    Cathy :)
    cisforcookiesclasscrafts.blogspot.com

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  13. I love your quiet dice! My husband would've had the same response! Glad to find another new blogger! I'm following you!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

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  14. Thank you for sharing your great find and idea. It really makes me wonder if teachers should be running things in our world. We are so innovative and can save money. Welcome to the blogging community!

    Lorena
    Little Treasures

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  15. I love this idea!!! What a great find! I would have never thought to make my own... thanks for sharing! Im your newest follower!

    Jess
    From Blood to Books!

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  17. I love the quiet dice! What a great way to be able to customize them for your classroom. Thanks for sharing!

    I too just started a blog today! Come on over and check it out!

    Craft of Teaching

    Nichole

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  18. I love your new blog! I am your newest follower. I would love to have you come and visit my blog as well!

    www.ateacherwithoutaclass.com

    I love quiet dice!

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  19. Welcome to blogging! I'm your newest follower! The foam dice were a great find!

    I'd love for you to come check out my blog sometime, too!

    Cyndi
    Lacy's Letters

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  20. Looks great! I'm your newest follower! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Megan
    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

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  21. Hi Sherri! Welcome to blog land:) So excited that your first post was in my Monday Made It. That totally counts:)) Loving your quiet dice! Thanks for sharing and for linking up:) Good luck with your blog:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  22. I just had to comment on how cool those dice were! I definitely want to buy some! Figures.. I was JUST at Michael's. Guess I need to go back.. thanks for sharing this! :) And yea for your new blog!

    Amanda
    Reaching for the TOP!

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  23. Those are awesome! I am so glad I hopped over to your blog. I am happy to be your newest follower. If you get the chance, I would love for you to hop over and visit me. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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