-I grabbed a big handful of rubber bands, snipped them open with scissors, and placed them in a small colander. (You can use a small bowl or pot.)
-Then, I covered small wooden spheres with little pieces of brown tissue paper and Mod Podge. (You could use white glue.)
-I added small slips of paper with the sights words printed on them; 2 meatballs for each word. I coated them again with Mod Podge and let them dry overnight.
-The next day, I showed my class how to use the tongs to pick up a meatball, read the word, and try to find the matching meatball without letting too much spaghetti out of the colander. You get to keep the meatballs you can read & match in your bowl.
-Add a couple of chef hats and you have a fun center to use in your playhouse.
The winner is the one who reads the most sight words. If there is a tie, the one with the least amount of spaghetti in their bowl wins.
Also: Students can try to write their sight words with the spaghetti pieces as some are long and some are short.
Sight words, identifying spheres, letter formation, and fine motor practice all in one fun center! :)
(I saw the original idea on Pinterest made with string and flat construction paper meatballs. Being Italian, I knew this just would not do! Besides, round meatballs gives them a chance to identify spheres, one of the K math standards.)