If your house is anything like mine, there is always an endless stream of junk mail. Here are three great ways to put that trash to work!
Seek and Find
1. Assign a sight word, number, or letter for participants to find.
2. Provide each participant with a sharpie and a stack of junk mail.
3. Set the timer and have participants find as many examples as they can.
4. Have participants share their favorite example with a partner.
Junk mail is a fantastic place to search for patterns. Try having students find number patterns. To work on fine motor skills have students cut out and arrange the pieces to form a pattern strip.
1. Assign a pattern to have participants search for or allow them to choose their own. Skip counting by 5’s or 10’s works great.
2. Give each participant scissors, tape or glue, mounting paper, and a stack of junk mail.
3. Allow time for participants to find and assemble patterns.
4. Have participants share with a partner the pattern they found.
This is a great way to help children learn to recognize shapes in real world situations.
1. Provide each participant with a sharpie and a stack of junk mail.
2. Set a timer and have participants trace as many shapes as they can find.
3. When the timer goes off have participants share their favorite shape with a friend.
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