Teaching Tip Linky Party: Seasonal Manipulatives

It is time for a "Teaching Tip" linky party hosted by Miss Kindergarten!  Hop over to her blog and see all of the creative tips that teacher bloggers are sharing...

I am obsessed with using seasonal foam shapes and turning them into maniuplatives.  I have been using puffy paint the last couple of months to write letters, words, and numbers on foam shapes for the kids to  manipulate and play with.  For the month of November, I wrote our sight words onto foam turkeys (donated by a lovely parent in the class), as well as different CVC words for the students to build sentences.  Here is my puffy paint mess...

The students can arrange the foam pieces to build sentences.  I used the orange turkeys to write their sight words on, and I used the brow turkeys to write the CVC words.  For this activity I only wrote "at" and "an" words because those are the word families that we are studying right now.

I will be on the lookout for winter foam pieces for next month!

I also want to share with you some great seasonal products created by my dear blogger friends, for you to check out!  Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade has designed three great products that are perfect for first grade and absolutely adorable!   Click on the pictures to see her TpT Store..

Next, Jennifer from Best Practices 4 Teaching has some great packets for older students that I want to show you!  Click on the pictures to visit her TpT Store.

Last, but certainly not least I want to share two goodies from Nicole over at Teaching With Style!
She has a unit called "Turkey Talk" that contains graphic organizers for Thanksgiving themed books!

She also has an adorable unit all about Thanksgiving!

I hope you can show these ladies some love and check out their blogs! ;)


  1. I love this idea! There are so many things you can do with it! Sight words, practicing blending sounds, word building, sentence building. I might have to try it out! Thanks!
    Teaching With Style

  2. Cute!!! Thanks for a new idea!


  3. Hi there Michelle - very fun and I bet your kiddos love it. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  4. BTW my friend I just noticed your instagram button...how the heck did you do that?!? I need and want the tutorial. Swing by my blog or email me so I can do it too. =)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  5. I always see those cute foam cutouts in the dollar section at Target. Puffy paint is a great idea! Thanks for the tip.:)

    Granny Goes to School

  6. Michelle!

    I love all your foam shapes!!! Especially the sparkly ones! I wonder if those are from the Dollar Tree?? I wanna get me some! Although we only have 2 days left before Thanksgiving break, but I need to keep my eyes out for Christmas ones!!

    Lessons with Laughter

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