Hey Ya'll! Happy Friday! I'm popping in to share with you my kids favorite game/center this year! This is a MUST HAVE for your classroom. Its called KABOOM!!! Catchy right?!? If you don't have any spare popsicle sticks on hand, your going to want to run to the store and get some right after reading this.
Catchy right?!? It is so simple and be used for so many topics/subjects. I have sets made for doubles/doubles +1 facts, math facts to 10, math facts to 20, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade sight words, and a place value set. You can click here to see how I use Kaboom for vocabulary! You could easily play this with contractions, compound words, prefixes and suffixes, etc...the possibilities are endless!
I currently have my 1st and 2nd grade sight words out right now. Here's an example.
Here is what you need:
popsicle sticks (LOTS of them!)
With a permanent marker, color the tip of the popsicle stick. This is to show the kids that this end needs to stick up out of the cup. Simply write your sight words, math facts or anything else on the sticks. Place them in a cup and your ready to go. When I make different sets, I use a different color for each one so they do not get mixed up. I add 5-10 KABOOM sticks per cup depending on the topic.
How to play:
Place all of the sticks in the cup with the colored end sticking up. Have a group of students play rock, paper, scissors to see who goes first. The first child draws a stick. If they can read the sight word then they get to keep the stick. If they miss the word they have to put it back in the cup. You can easily differentiate this by having them use the word in as sentence correctly. If they draw a KABOOM stick, they have to put all of their sticks back into the cup! This is a BIG DEAL ya'll!
Simple! Easy! Fun!
My kids always asked to play this during free time. They LOVE it and that makes me happy!
I let them play today. When I said stop, one of my kids drew the KABOOM stick and had to put all their sticks back into the cup. They would have won the game if they didn't draw that last stick. Sad times! LOL
Have a good weekend everyone!