Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jewel of a Find!

First off I apologize for the quality of these photos. . . my camera is on it's last leg.  : (

My daughter received a bucket of jewels for her 6th birthday and she LOVED them!  It kept her busy for 2 days and at just the right time because the weather outside was windy & rainy and we were stuck inside! She made them into necklaces, bracelets, anklets, glued them to pictures, sorted them into piles, on and on for 2 days!

The mom is me was saying "YAY!" and the teacher in me was thinking "HMM...."

My coworkers and I are trying math centers for the first time this year and are thinking hard about what to put out for manipulatives.  So of course I call my sister (the genius gift giver) and find out where and how much.  Get this. . . .Hobby Lobby on sale $8.00! WHAT?!?!  I'm in manipulative <3!

Then I call my coworkers and one of them says "We'll probably have to pat the kids down after that center."  HA!  So true!  (Anyone else mysteriously lose things every year. . .ya, me too.)

So, short story long.  I go to Hobby Lobby and get 2 buckets (because 50% means buy 2, right?)  and tonight I sat down and made this:

You can click on the picture to get your FREE copy but just keep in mind we haven't done math centers yet so we are just "feeling" our way into this.  
If you have any suggestion on how to improve the freebie I am all ears!

I don't do a pirate theme but the pirate possibilities entered my mind as well. . . I might be back with more jewel freebies soon!  :)


  1. Love the jewel idea. I bet the kiddos would love it.


  2. We call these junk boxes (Math Their Way). I have about 30+ junk boxes - some of the items include, little hair bow decoration that I cut off the elastic, halloween style rings that I took the ring part off, baby shower cupcake decorations (Hobby Lobby little bottles and rattles), small counters- dinosaurs, cars, farm animals, bottle caps, keys, glass blobs (like what your put in planters) and those jewels. I have not had too much theft-they really like them!

    1. Love that term (junk boxes)! Thanks for all the other little "junk" ideas too! Love it!

  3. I would take the child's picture and glue it on the last page. (That way you keep the jewels for another time)

  4. That is a great find! It's amazing how easily we teachers are amused isn't it?! You came up with some great ideas on how to use them-thanks for sharing!


  5. Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank you so much! Awesome and engaging. My only suggestion would be to fill the top row of the ten frame card as we have a rule that the top row must be filled before you start on the botton row. Thanks again!

    1. Oops..that was just an editing error on my part. Download it again. Thanks