Thursday, October 6, 2011

Trash to Treasure Linky Party

Scipi at Go Figure! is hosting a Trash to Treasure linky party.  Head over to get some great ideas on how to reuse items around the house to make life easier in the classroom.  The idea I want to share is not my idea.  I found it on Pinterest.  (I am now hopelessly addicted!)  There are so many unique and wonderful ideas out there.  No Time for Flashcards has 2 awesome ideas in one.  Whenever you buy a hardback book, take the colorful book jacket that the kids can destroy in 2  minutes flat, and turn it into a puzzle.  She also gives the great tip of adding a magnetic sheet to the back so little ones can work the puzzle more easily.  The pieces will stick nicely to an old metal cookie sheet instead of sliding all over the place.  This is also good for students who have poor fine motor skills.  The students will love constructing a puzzle of their favorite books.  It gives you a basically free puzzle for your classroom out of something you would eventually throw away.  Check out No Time for Flashcards for all of the details and pictures of a puzzle she made.


  1. I absolute love your Trash to Treasure idea. My four year old granddaughter needs activities that will help develop her fine motor skills. I'm going to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Karla, I love your site. I taught elementary kids for many years and then was transferred to a middle school when the district changed school configurations. Throughout my experiences of working with spec. ed kids who were mainstreamed into my classes, I found such joy watching them grow academically and wished that I had pursued Spec. Ed as my main focus. Your dedication to kids is wonderful.
    I grabbed your button a month ago. Come visit my site and say hello :)

    Ruth S.

  3. Oops.. here it is! Mine is fairly new so any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!


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