Busy Bags 101--is it more "busy bags" I need to keep my little guys busy ... or maybe this Mama just needs to figure out how to get more CREATIVE in making use of the activities we already have!!! Or maybe "antsy" and "toddler boys" are just synonyms ;~)

Busy Bags 101- and Lots of Busy Bag Ideas!

Busy Bags it more "busy bags" I need to keep my little guys busy . or maybe this Mama just needs to figure out how to get more CREATIVE in making use of the activities we already have! Or maybe "antsy" and "toddler boys" are just synonyms ;

Great for a child who already can identify colors. goes one step further- recognize the word that matches the color! I would pair the spanish words as well :-)

More toddler activities

This is the best collection of busy bags I've ever seen! She links up to lots of other sites as well as some pretty awesome ideas of her own.

paint chip bilingual color match- please make at least 5 colors with 10 clothespins.

How to Kill Wax Moths in Bee Hives | Synonym #beekeepinggrants

How to Kill Wax Moths in Bee Hives | Synonym #beekeepinggrants

Free! Busy Bees synonyms and antonyms.  It is a board game activity with a bee theme.

Busy Bees Synonym and Antonym Game

This is a center activity to help students in grade practice synonyms and antonyms. It is a board game activity with a bee theme. Students will practice synonyms and antonyms by choosing a card and naming a synonym or antonym for that card.

"Shades of Vocabulary" -- I think that this is a great way for kids to understand similar meanings of words! Being able to see the different words and can associate them with the same "color" or word will help them to remember that, when it comes down to it, it all means the same thing! And you can totally make this for free which is even better! -Maggie Smith 2/1/13

AWESOME - not the paint samples necessarily, but more "core" words to use to illustrate importance of strong and specific verbs in writing! Use paint cards for teaching the Common Core Language standard about "Shades of Meaning"

I know we are all busy teachers, and I hope this freebie lightens your load a bit. To use it, I suggest you print the domino pages onto cardstock, ...

I know we are all busy teachers, and I hope this freebie lightens your load a bit. To use it, I suggest you print the domino pages onto cardstock, laminate, and cut them out. Students will find the "START" card and find the synonym that matches the other

Psychological Issues In Shawshank Redemption

Psychological Issues In Shawshank Redemption

Get busy living, or get busy dying. — Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and Red (Morgan Freeman), The Shawshank Redemption (Another great movie. The getaway scene is such an upper.

Contractions with plastic eggs ~ easy to match and then write on paper to show your work (Or, have an adult quickly check the eggs for accuracy before pulling apart and scrambling for the next center visitor.)

"Egg"citing Early Literacy Ideas

Contractions with plastic eggs ~ easy to match and then write on paper to show your work (Or, have an adult quickly check the eggs for accuracy before pulling apart and scrambling for the next center visitor.

Trick Word Sticks OR a great way for  students to practice and sort words with  different vowel teams (ea, ee, ey, ai, ay, oi, oy, au, aw, ou, ow)

Sharing Kindergarten: Chapter 3 of Guided Reading I really like how she used clear cups and index cards inside the cup. I've used cups differently, but THIS. this is an interesting way to make connections between focus words and sources.

Balloon Ping Pong..indoor recess. Kids can decorate paddles.  Review game idea.  Pairs are given a definition/synonym/fill-in-the-blank sentence of a key term and they have to bat the balloon back and forth as they spell out the word--one letter for each time the balloon hits a paddle.   How to make it a whole class activity without turning to chaos?

50 Summer Boredom Busters for kids

DIY: Balloon Ping Pong - great for rainy days or a party activity! Just glue a paper plate to a craft stick- or even a paint stirrer. And start blowing up balloons!

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