Collecting Shells & Building a Sandcastle {classroom management idea} - Miss Kindergarten

Collecting Shells & Building a Sandcastle {classroom management idea}

Five more weeks until summer vacation begins! If your class is anything like mine, you need to spice up the classroom management bit a little! So you can only imagine how excited I was when I walked by my cute little beach buckets I purchased for super cheap at Michaels and an *awesome* classroom management idea popped into my head!

{aren't they cute!? I am obsessed with the colors!}

And these buckets turned into this!
Collecting Shells...
and building a sandcastle!
{I used my little school is cool craft to cutesify it up a little but you def don't need her for this to work!}

Here's what you need to get started:
 *Free Collecting Shells & Building a Sandcastle download from TpT
*cute paper
*mod podge {if your magnets are not sticky}
*beach buckets

First I printed out the shells, bucket {on cute scrapbook paper of course}, and sandcastle pieces.

I decided to up-cycle this little advertisement magnet and use it to adhere to the back of my shells.
{I wonder if companies know their advertisement budget is used toward helping students all over the world ;)}
I cut the magnet up into little pieces and glued it onto the back of the shells with my handy dandy mod podge!

I am going to hang the bucket and the shells up on my whiteboard at school. I'm going to tell my students that they can collect shells by showing great classroom behavior.

When they collect 10 shells, they earn a piece of the sand castle!
I stored the extra sandcastle pieces in the beach bucket.

The goal is to build the entire sand castle to earn their prize!

This idea can definitely be modified to fit the needs of your class! You don't have to use the two ideas together, they can be used as two separate tools! You can also have a bucket or a sandcastle for each table group if you don't want this to be a whole group management tool. Whatever works best for you!

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  1. This is so cuteee! And yes with only about 5 weeks left; i definitely need a new management idea! Thanks!! :)

  2. Love this idea so close to the end of the year!!

    Mr. First Grade

  3. Great idea! I just added it to my list of things to do this week to get us to through until summer :)


    Fun in Room 4B

  4. Living near the beach and I have never thought of this! Thanks for sharing your creative thoughts!!!

    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage :-)

  5. Are you using a vent filter to mount those? What is the thing in the white frame? And it looks like in another picture you have a filter covered in paper. Is that what it is?

    Interesting ~ if it works!

  6. Oh I see it now, the pattern in the fabric looks like the filter pattern. I was hoping for an easy, cheap board. I am going to look for an old frame and some chicken wire for my new classroom, I think that will look neat.

  7. Cute ideas!! Classroom management can get crazy at the end of the year.

    Lovin’ Kindergarten

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  9. Absolutely great idea! I love it! I am a little behind but midge lodge is glue??? & you just stuck it on there with that? Is it better that e6000?

  10. Modge podge for glue? I never knew! & ive been breathing in E-6000 all these years! I love the seashells & the whole sand castle idea! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Perfect for the end of the year!!!!!!!! LOVE IT! And I love the School is Cool Girl!! :)

  12. What a great idea! You are so creative! :) I think I will do seashells in a small sand bucket from Dollar Tree- I am just so craft impaired. Thanks!

    Fun in PreK-1

  13. SO cute! Thanks for the freebie. So doing this during the week. My little ones are getting VERY ancy for summer. =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  14. What a great way to motivate good behavior at the end of the school year. Thanks!

    Here's the Hoot

  15. You're too crafty and creative. Love it!


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