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10 Ways to Use Mini Erasers for Learning

I may, or may not (probably not) have an obsession with mini erasers from the Target Dollar Spot. I can't stop buying them.  To the point where I was so excited to score some penguins and snowmen on clearance for $0.30 a pack even though I already have slightly different penguins and snowmen at home.  Seriously!? Who needs all these erasers? Me and any other elementary teacher or parent, that's who.

Usually I do my Target shopping alone or with my kids but there were 2 times during Christmas break where my husband was with me. As I am digging through the Dollar Spot looking for more erasers and disappointed that I can't find the newest ones that I know are out there, my husband asks what I am going to do with all the erasers in our cart. I quickly add I can probably come up with ten different ways to use them for learning right now off the top of my head. And voila, this blog post was born. Here are 10 (plus a bonus) ways to use mini erasers for learning in the classroom, home, homeschool setting, etc.

10 ways to use mini erasers for learning.  So many ideas for math, literacy, STEM and more!

Snow Sensory Bin

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Last year, my girls loved our arctic sensory bin with animals and water beads.  I wanted to do something similar this year - a winter themed sensory bin.  I started seeing other teachers/parents on Instagram trying out this "fake snow" and I knew I wanted to try it. I figured snow would make the perfect base for the bin.  Then we would add some blue water using the water beads again.  Throw in some penguins and my girls can pretend they are in a penguin habitat. 
Snow sensory bin that uses fake snow is perfect for a preschool penguin sensory activity.

Number Hide and Seek

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When I found these cute felt ice cream cones in the Target Dollar spot, I grabbed them immediately. It was a ready to go counting activity and it was super cute, too.  I decided to turn it into a counting game, but also a game of hide and seek for my girls.
A fun and simple counting activity that is perfect for kindergarten or preschool.

Posters and Projects Made Easy with Kwik Stix

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It is no secret that we love Kwik Stix around here. These tempera paint stick are so easy to use and create minimal mess.  I gladly let my 3 and 4 year old use them whenever they want to paint. It is like using a glue stick - but paint!  We explored the classic set, and then the neon set and finally our favorites, the metallic set.  While I love these paint sets, they are better for bigger pictures as you can't get much precision with something the thickness of a glue stick.  So imagine my surprise and excitement when Kwik Stix wanted me to review their new Thin Stix.   
Make eye catching anchor charts, posters, projects and more with super quick drying tempera paint.

The Strangers at the Manger - A Christmas Chapter Book

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Last year I discovered a series of chapter books that are perfect for Catholic kids to read called The Chime Travelers.  (You can find my review of the first book in the series, The Secret of the Shamrock here.) The series is about two twins that find themselves traveling back in time on missions.  They usually encounter a saint that they spend time getting to know until they've learned the lesson they were meant to learn.  Then they travel back to present day and apply that lesson to a situation going on in their lives.  I was excited about the latest book in the series, The Strangers at the Manger, because it puts the twins, Katie and Patrick, back in time to watch the Christmas story unfold.    
A great Catholic book for kids that tells the story of the birth of Jesus.  Perfect for Christmas time or any time of the year.

Snowman Sequencing Fun

After our first snowfall of the year last weekend (12 inches), we are all about all things snow right now.  My girls see snow and instantly think SNOWMAN!!!  They don't quite understand the concept of different types of snow and needing a particular type to build snowmen.  Last year, I created a build a snowman activity as part of my winter preschool unit to practice the steps for building a snowman and it was perfect to use again this year.
Cute ideas for teaching preschoolers how to build a snowman.  A great way to practice sequencing skills.

Christmas Nativity Bingo Junior

I'm so excited to show you the newest product that I've been working on!  As my mom and I were reflecting on the past few months with our first graders at church, we realized that most weeks we do a craft to match our lesson.  We wanted to mix it up for our last class before Christmas.  In past years we've played Saint bingo throughout the year, so I took that idea and made Nativity Bingo Junior.  
Christmas nativity bingo is the perfect game for children to play at parties, school and home leading up to Christmas day.  A great way to review the story of the birth of Jesus.
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