Sunday, July 22, 2012

DIY Foam Dice

 If you know me, you know that I l.o.v.e shopping and I l.o.v.e a good bargain! Like many of you, the Target dollar spot and The Dollar Tree are my favorite places this time of year! Look at this loot I recently picked up!
Isn't it just scrumptious?! LOL

I am hoping to share with you what I plan to do with all of these goodies!

First up, DIY Foam Dice!

When I saw these foam cubes at The Dollar Tree, I couldn't grab them fast enough! They are perfect for making your own foam dice! And at a dollar a bag, such a steal! Plus, foam is quiet. I like quiet! I also picked up the green basket because who can have enough baskets?! And my color scheme is bright pink, green and hints of black & white!

Here are the different types of dice that you can make:
Here's a little tip...I found the permanent marker rubbed off the foam before it dried to be sure to create your dice over a scrap piece of paper and not on your antique table!
 {side note: I learned on Jeopardy the other night that the opposite sides of a die add up to 7! Never knew!}
 Letters and numbers. Great for sight word graphing games like {these}
 Rolling CVC words! Use one color for the vowels and one for the consonants. Download the roll-a-word mats {here}
Use them for word families! Download the roll-a-word mats {here}

Put the foam dice into the little basket {with ribbon of course!} and you've got yourself an instant center!
{for example purposes, I threw all the dice in together, but I would not do this for my class centers. Only throw in the dice that you need for the specific center to avoid confusion! ;)}

The possibilities are endless! What else can you make with the foam dice??

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62 comments:

  1. Oh my word! I just bought several packs of these EXACT same blocks yesterday. I had NO idea what I was going to use them for and prayed that I would get someone else's great idea. Well....
    thanks for ALL your great ideas.
    Wonderful! ;)

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  2. I love foam dice. The possibilities are endless. Have you heard the the game of PIG? I need to do a post about it.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

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  3. Well this warrants another trip to Target! I saw these in the dollar section and thought about using it for math but I already have a class set of foam dice. I did not think about using them for literacy though! This would be so fun with word families and to use in guided reading! Thank you for the idea!!

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  4. I am headed shopping! Thank you for this great tip! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  5. Ughhhh! Now I have to go and get me some of those foam cubes at DT..thanks, Hadar! ;)

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  6. Writing on the foam dice is absolutely brilliant. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing the idea.

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  7. I have a pack and was wondering what I could do with them. What great ideas! Thanks for sharing!! I know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow.

    Lindsey
    Lovin’ Kindergarten

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  8. Found those dice, too. Addition/Subtraction is another good thing to do with those!! Love your colors that you are using~
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  9. Thank you soooo much for sharing this idea! I have a couple bags of those and was wondering how I could use them! You just gave me several options - love it!


    Sara
    Mrs. M's Kinders

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  10. I bought some of these last year at the Dollar Tree and forgot all about them. Thanks for the reminder and all of the great ideas!!!

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  11. Love them! I saw the same Jeopardy and I never knew about them adding to 7either. Seems like I should have known that.
    lynnetoups@gmail.com

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  12. Foam Dice!! Genius! Thanks for the cutey cute freebie!!
    What grade are you teaching next year??
    Hugs, Kerri B
    teacherbitsandbobs

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  13. Great minds must think alike, that was one of the things I was going to link up on Monday Made it tomorrow. You should link this post up too. I love the idea of roll a word. Thanks so much for the freebie, I'm pinning you right now.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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  14. I bought some last year (& more last week), I use them for math a lot! We count, add, subtract, pattern and sometimes just have fun building. I will definitely be using your ideas to add in the literacy element with the ones I just bought. Love it, thank you!

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  15. I just have to tell you that I absolutely love the new look of your blog (I know it has been this way a little while, I have been meaning to tell you)!! It is so cute! I love the dice you made, thanks for the freebies! Someone last year told me about how the dots on opposite sides of the dice equal 7 and I play a game with the kids where I hold two large dice together and I tell them that I can guess the number of dots hiding in the middle. They think I am a genius:)

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  16. Oh man...you're helping me spend the money I don't have right now! :) I need some of those foam cubes...ha ha. Yes, need. Not want. ;)

    Angi
    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

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  17. Oh this post makes me happy... cheap... DIY... I CAN DO IT! Heading to dollar tree now! Thanks for the inspiration Hadar!

    Susan
    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

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  18. Like so many others, I have some foam dice as well. Love the word work centers! I'll bet you could program one cube with letters and one with numbers and practice some simple map reading, too. See y'all at Target!

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  19. I LOVE these ideas... Guess I will be heading over to the store tomorrow to try and find these dice. I hope they still have them.
    Stephanie

    MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

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  20. I did the same things with those foam cubes last year! Aren't they awesome? I L-O-V-E your use for CVC words and word families!

    Kim
    Carried Away in Kindergarten

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  21. I bought the same cubes last summer... and they're still in the pack! I love how yours came out. I'm thinking I might use mine for a multiplication or division game.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Ashley
    I'm having a linky party!
    The Resource Room Teacher

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  22. oh so, so smart Hadar!!! I love this and your photos! You cracked me up with your last comment--don't worry, I know you're more organized than that, lol!! Thanks for this :)

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  23. Great ideas! You are always thinking of something new and fun!

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  24. You are brilliant!! I saw these at Dollar Tree the other day & this is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  25. I know where I'm going tomorrow! :) Thanks for the tip...I never thought about looking at the Dollar Tree for teacher things!

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  26. I bought these with the intent of using them for roll a word. I'm stuck though. Did you make a plan first of what letters to write? I only bought one bag. I wonder if I need more? Id love to see your preplan if you had one! :)

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    1. Hi Becky! I kind of planned it, by using letters that you would see at the end of many CVC words, but in my recording sheet I included a list of "nonsense words" just for that reason!

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    2. Thanks for writing back! Good thought on the nonsense words! I'm really just being lazy, er, trying not to reinvent the wheel! ;) thanks again!!

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  27. I just bought some of those foam cubes and hadn't decided what to do with them yet... Your centre ideas are great! Thanks for the freebies!

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

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  28. Thanks so much for this wonderful idea! I am heading to Dollar Store tomorrow! I will be sure to pick these up!

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  29. My motto is "Buy now, think later". Or wait till someone more creative blogs about it!! hee!hee!

    Kathy
    Coloring Outside The Lines

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  30. I love this idea!! I for sure will be hitting up the stores tomorrow to look for some!! :)

    Kristen
    http://adayinbcasfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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  31. Love! I'm gonna grab those at Dollar Tree asap!

    Caitlin
    The Kinder Garden

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  32. Just LOVE those dice. Great idea. :)

    Ms. M

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  33. cant believe this stuff is from the dollar tree ...love =)


    justwildaboutteaching.blogspot.com

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  34. Love the foam dice idea. Brilliant! Awesome. Thanks so much for sharing, sweet girl!

    Lyndsey


    A Year of Many Firsts

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  35. Lovin' those foam dice. Man! I was JUST at Dollar Tree!

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  36. Well I have a package of those foam pieces in my basement and I'm so grateful you shared your ideas--marvy! One thing I found at my DT was cardstock that was solid on one side and patterned on the other. Decided they'd be perfect for making cards for various games (questions on plain side and the pattern on back). Have to say that DT and Target dollar are my favorite places to shop!

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  37. Oh wow. I need to go get these NOW. I teach middle school and I am way too cheap (ok poor) to buy all the cool specialty dice for algebra and fractions and integers. Adding this to my summer to do list!! Thanks for the inspiration!
    ☼ Kate
    To The Square Inch

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  38. Hadar, you are so nice for sharing your awesome ideas!!!!!!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  39. I saw those but didn't buy them. Now I will be heading immediately to the dollar store to buy several bags! What a great idea! I have the large foam dice, but I love the smaller ones!

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  40. I just bought a pack of these too! Was totally thinking to do the letter/belend/phonogram thing - SO great! I love DIY instructions. Thanks!

    Emily
    Tangled with Teaching

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  41. This is perfect for my daughter! Can you tell me what letters you put on each of the cubes so when it rolls out it makes sense? Thanks!
    Kalene

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  42. I love foam dice!!! Brilliant! Thanks for linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  43. I need to get to dollar tree to get some of these! I hope they aren't all gone!

    Stephany
    primarypossibilities.blogspot.com

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  44. Super Cute !!! My room is black & white with pink and green too, so I'm loving the basket :) Such a great idea to use those foam blocks. Thanks! I'm your newest follower, and new to blogging, so I'm glad I found you. :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

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  45. On my list of things to grab when I head into SLC tomorrow! Yay, a Dollar Tree fix (I was getting the bends).

    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

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  46. I just wanted to share that I mentioned you in my blog post! I LOVE your ideas and had to share: http://mamagooseskindergarden.blogspot.com/2012/07/pictures-and-new-product.html

    Stephanie

    MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

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  47. I did the same thing with those foam cubes! I was so excited about them... I needed more letter tiles for my centers but at any teacher store they are 7-10 dollars. No thanks, I'll make my own.. for $1 and a little of my time! :)

    Sam
    Mrs. Kelly's Klass

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  48. I was wondering what to do with the 5 packages of these that I bought! I have loads of number dice and needed something else! This is perfect!, I'm going to share/link your post to my blog because this is a wonderful idea!,
    Www.kpoindexter.wordpress.com
    Kristen's kindergarten
    Kristen :)

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  49. I bought these a while ago and thought I would use them in math but I LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Thank you so much! This will make a fun and easy station :)
    Michelle
    Kindergarten Stars

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  52. Just seeing this post now via Pinterest! Great idea! Love the mats and I thank you for sharing them! I wonder if my Dollar Tree will still have the foam dice?
    Thanks again!
    ❤Mrs. McKown
    Little Literacy Learners

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  53. I love those dice. I just hate that the dollar store isn't consistent in putting stuff out and it is all hit and miss!

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