Sunday, December 14, 2014

Do You Want To Build A SnOwMaN? And a FREEBIE Olaf Template for YOU!

We Did!!!  

You can leave these snowmen up through January!
And the kids got to "buy" his accessories! 

1st We Shopped...

Each child got the five parts shown in the FREE template.  (FREE template is found near the end of this post.)

Then, they came up to me (2 at a time) to "buy" the parts for their Olaf.  One chile shopped while the other child watched.
I cut out Fun Foam for the coal, the eyebrows, the mouth, and the carrot noses.
The rest of the stuff came from my craft supplies like pom-poms and buttons.

I set out 15 pennies and items from my craft bins which were priced at 1 cent or 2 cents each.

As the first student purchased items, he/she moved their pennies into a can (clank!) and I recorded the items purchased on the receipt.

When done, we placed all purchased items into a zipper sandwich bag along with the receipt.
Each child got their own bag with their purchases and receipt.

I sent the first child to get a new student to come and watch while I let the second child shop.  This way, the child who is watching is all ready to shop and little time is wasted making decisions. 

Then We Got To Build A Snowman...

The following day, I gave each chid their five Olaf parts and they got to put them together any way they liked.  They could even have him holding his head above his body!
They got to arrange their snowman parts first.
Then, they added the parts they bought.

Then, they used white glue to decorate their Olaf. 

I posted them on the bulletin board along with their receipt.

This bulletin board can last through January.  

The eyebrows can make such a difference!
The best part is that they got to use their math skills, but I also liked the fact that no two Olafs were alike!  Everyone got to be creative and construct their own snowman to reflect their own creativity.  
Each one looks different.  
Different eyes.
Different scarves and buttons instead of coal.

We also do this type of shopping with black cats and green monsters at Halloween time to create our "Meow Mall" and "Monster Mall" and again in February to create a "Valentine Shop".  I have more ideas and samples of receipts here:
Click the image.
You can see these projects in person on display at the PK1 Conference in Santa Clara, CA in Jan.
Click HERE or on the image for more info:
I will be presenting at their pre-conference and at their regular conference. I'll also be a blogger at the Blogger Fiesta.Click the image for more info.

And..  they will also be on display at the Southern CA Kindergarten Conference in Pasadena, CA in Feb.  Click Here or on the image for more info.
I will be presenting 2 sessions at this conference.  I'll also be a blogger at the Blogger Bash.Click the image for more info.

Both conferences are offering a Blogger Event where you can enjoy some food while meeting your favorite bloggers.  You will also receive a fun-filled goodie bag filled with items for your classroom and a free raffle ticket for some awesome prizes.  You won't want to miss these!

Here is your FREE Olaf template:

CLICK HERE or on the image below.
Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed this Tuesday Tip!

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  1. This is so cute! I love that they had to use math as well to make their purchase. A winter bulletin board that lasts through Valentine's Day is always a win in my book. ;)

  2. Thank you, Christi! I sent a few of these to the PK1 Conference in Santa Clara, CA for their art show and conference over MLK weekend in Jan. I'll be presenting there on integrating math with art. :)