Monday, July 1, 2013

Made it Monday!

Tara from 4th Grade Frolics is offering her weekly 'Made It Monday' weekly linky party, so this week I thought I would show you a fun little treasure I recently found.
I saw these handy dandy paddles lying around an empty conference room and the teacher in me knew immediately that I needed to snag them.  They are a little larger than ping pong paddles and are made of foam coated with a thin plastic layer.  Even though my littles can’t read, I knew the writing on it would bother the OCD in me so I began to think about ways to cover the writing.  Hmmm, I thought I could possibly buy some fancy schmancy duct tape and cover the sides or buy some spray paint that adheres to plastic.  Well, duct tape and I don’t always have a friendly relationship.  I want it to go one way and it tries to go the other.  Plus, if I move it and try to smooth it sometimes it wrinkles and creases.  Yuck! So, I headed to my local hardware store and bought this…….
and turned them into this..................ahhh, now I can sleep at night.  :)
I plan on using these with a balloon to hit back and forth.  I may try to get us in a circle and the person who has the balloon hit to him or her may have to say something like his her name/age/etc. to encourage language development, plus some hand/eye coordination.  :)  Since not everyone has access to paddles I thought I would share another idea so you could make your own set.  This is what you will need:
  • paint sticks (often available for free from your local hardware store)
  • paper plates
  • stapler
and voila!  Your very own paddles....
Add a balloon
And you have an indoor game to use any way you choose!
Be sure to head over to 4th Grade Frolics and check out the other links and add your own!
Thanks for reading!  Have a nice day.  :)


  1. Super fun idea:) Thanks for linking it up:))) Way to be creative:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Oooh...I think I just found my ice breaker activity for my kindergarten class! Thanks for sharing a super cute and easy idea. I actually have all of the components on hand to make this a favorite kind of Monday Made It!!! :)

  3. That's a fun idea. Great way to encourage language development.
    Darling Little Learners

  4. Great find! I love the balloon toss idea :0 Thanks so much for sharing!!

    The Resource(ful) Room

  5. Love the ping pong idea. Thanks for sharing!

    Success in Second Grade

  6. I'm sure your kiddos will LOVE this fun game!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  7. Wow! You are so lucky to have come across those paddles! For free!? I have been wanting something like that as a formative assessment tool. I want to cover them with chalkboard paint or something like that, but they can be so expensive! Oh well, maybe I, too, will get lucky and come across some one day. ;) Cute blog, by the way...I'm your newest follower!

    1. I love that idea!!! I may have to buy some chalkboard paint to try on one side!