Wednesday, August 10, 2011

octopus math file folder game

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The interest in our home lately has been centered on sea creatures.  This idea popped into my head and I immediately knew I had to make it.  It is a little advanced for my guy to do unassisted right now, but in 6 months or so, he will probably be able to go at it alone.  But for now, I can work with him on it.  He can count a bit by himself, but we can continue developing his one-to-one correspondence (assigning one number to each item).

I didn't take any step-by-step shots because it's fairly straight forward.  AND I was totally in the zone and didn't even think of it!

Materials I used:
file folder (I painted it with blue glitter watercolor)
multicolored paper
large sequins
number stickers
hook-n-loop circles
my trusty laminator :)

octopus body made out of colored paper and glued onto file folder

sequins glued onto the tentacle strips then laminated

hook-n-loop to attach tentacles to appropriate numbers
((I usually put the fuzzy side on the removable pieces so they don't stick to the couch))

envelope laminated onto the outside to store pieces

fun times, right?? 

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kelly from said...

Such a great idea! We posted this on our site with your url.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

This is a great idea! When Rhett get's a little older I'm totally making this with him! You are such a creative mom. :)

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Thanks for linking to Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings! Loved the idea!


Denise Marie said...

Love this

Maro Oikonomou said...

Hello! I just found your blog and I really love your work! This is an excellent activity! I will definately do it with my class!

Meridith said...

I stumbled across this on Pinterest and I had to make it almost immediately! I put magnet strips on the back of everything so it has a home on the fridge. Thanks for the great idea - my 4 year old loves it! :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love this! I found it in a post that linked to your blog! Wonderful!

Vicky said...

Great idea and love how it's all self contained. Just pinned! Vicky from

Tami Rose said...

So cute!

I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

Valerie GlitteringMuffins said...

Cool idea! Nico would love that I think I'll make it this weekend!

Valerie GlitteringMuffins said...

Cute and works with the Octonauts theme! I might do one for Nico this weekend, I think he'd like it :)

Andie Jaye said...

I'm just using your standard adhesive backed hook and loop from the craft store.

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