Friday, June 24, 2011

Lacing Beads

Check Out these great lacing beads from the dollar spot at Target!

My plan is to change out the string for thicker shoe laces or pipe cleaners...

The kids and  I will create an "I Can chart" similar to this one to show all the different things they can do at the Lacing Beads station.  The chart will start of with one or two things and build to more as we introduce more skills throughout the quarter...

Here's are some of the ideas for task cards that will eventually be at the station with the lacing beads...

I tried to make each set of cards deal with one number for the addition sentences...



  1. Love this idea! Hope my Target has these in their Dollar spot!! Thanks for sharing =)

  2. Headed to Target tomorrow...will see if there are any in Nebraska :)

  3. Love it! thanks for sharing!! I can imagine the employees in target wondering what in the world happened when they have all of us heading to the dollar spot and cleaning them out lol

    Primary Connections

  4. Thanks for sharing this idea. You gotta love that Dollar Spot! ;-)

  5. great idea now I need to go back and get some packs :)

  6. I'm also heading to Target tomorrow! What if you had a die with numbers and one with colors? So they could roll a 2 and red and put 2 red on, then they might roll a 4 and blue and put 4 blue on.
    F is For First Grade

  7. Melissa...that's a great idea!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. I like this! Thanks for sharing! Will you have the children use some kind of recording sheet with this??

  9. I bought some yesterday as well. Thanks for the I Can chart.

  10. You are seriously a genius!!! I saw these lacing beads and all I thought was "eh, more junk I don't need". Now I want to go buy them!!

    Miss Kindergarten

  11. What a fabulous idea! I guess it's time to hit the Targets again.

  12. Back to Target - 3rd trip this week :)

    Thanks for sharing the idea!

  13. Isn't Target addictive? I love going to other cities and stopping by...JUST the Dollar family thinks I'm crazy!
    t. ulch...I probably will use a foldable to have them record their findings eventually, but not at the beginning...I don't have a recording component in all my stations. I let the kids use white boards in many...just so they are writing the things down, but after they show their board to me, and get their "prize", it's erased :) I've also been reading Debbie Diller's book and like how she uses a shared journal concept...where everyone records their findings in a spiral :)
    Thanks for asking...made me think deeper!

  14. Hi, Heidi.

    You are making my retirement very difficult!!!

    Actually, I think I will go to the local craft's store and see about beads. I have several grandnieces who will be at mid-year vacation next week, and their grandmother (my sister) will be counting on me to "entertain" them. Last week I made bead bracelets that I used with my first graders with my niece´s first grader. Internet is a little slower here, but I am trying to keep up with the groups.

    Thanks and keep the ideas flowing.

  15. I can't wait until Target comes to Canada.

  16. I love all of your ideas. I can't wait to go to Target. On my way now!

  17. You have the best ideas! I just shared on my blog about some of my Target finds. I'm printing out your task cards right now and plan to use them with the beads in summer school this week. Thank you!!
    Keen on Kindergarten

  18. I am so glad you posted this! I am moving from 5th grade to 1st this year, having never taught anything lower than 4th! I'm feeling totally overwhelmed and underprepared, since I have absolutely NO resources whatsoever, not even math manipulatives! This is such a great idea; I'll be heading to Target today! I tend to overspend in my zeal - any suggestions as to how many packages I should pick up? I will truly buy everything they have if I don't regulate myself somehow! :)

    Thanks again!
    AM from KCMO

  19. Made my family go to Target last night:) Thanks for the idea!!
    A Place Called Kindergarten

  20. Went to my Target last night and found these! Got two bags!

  21. None of the teaching supplies are at our dollar spot yet! I keep checking... :) Thanks for the great ideas.