Saturday, July 21, 2012

Puzzle Mat Word Wall



Last year I used puzzle mat pieces like this to make a word wall.  I put a letter on each piece.  I'd show you a picture, but all my walls had to be cleared for painting.  I used 27 pieces and made a 9x3 grid.  I love how it added so much color to my wall.  I put it at level for the kids to reach.  I made some word cards out of cardstock and laminated them.  They didn't hold up well because the area gets high use.  Do any of you have any ideas of what I can use for words that will hold up better?  I'm doing a dot theme this year so I thought it would be cute to have the words on dots.  Most things I've thought of are too small (poker chips) or too large (small plates).  I thought about using jar lids and spray painting them.  My friend reminded me that it will take forever to do that!  I thought about slicing pool noodles, but I don't want to have to write in a rainbow shape (plus, will sharpies write on noodles?).  I'm loving this blogging stuff -- the more I write, the more ideas I get! :)  I'm thinking more foam could be an obvious choice.  The problem I was having with the cardstock was that the corners were getting bent.  I don't think that would happen with foam.  I could use the thin fun foam.  I wonder if my Cricut baby bug would cut it?  Off to google.....looks like a crafter reported it working.  I'll let you know if it works for me. 

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  1. I bet you could find foam circles at a craft store! Just found you through the blog hop (which I'm going to have to link up with now since I just started blogging in June) and am your newest follower!

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    1. Wow! That is an amazing following for a new blog. I visited your blog and I can see why!! It looks amazing! In my super short browse, I saw lots of ideas and posts to read when I have a spare second! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to explore your blog! :) Thanks for following mine. :)

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  2. Creative Teaching Press sells circle cut outs that are maybe 6 inches in diameter. But for the letters S and T, you'd run out of room! (I used to teach first.) I always laminated my words and they were fine, but my Word Wall sounds higher up than yours.

    Grade Three is the Place for Me

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    1. That's a great idea, but I do think it would be too small. I think part of the problem I had was that the pieces were attached with velcro. You REALLY had to pull to get them off! I'm going to try magnets this year.

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  3. Thanks for the ideas! It looks like I need to go shopping! I was thinking a larger circle (dot!) for the letter title (maybe 4" or so) and smaller dots (2"?) for the words. Last year I just printed them out on cardstock and the letter was a large square and the words were just typical word cards. I forgot to mention that I add velcro to the back so the kids can take them to their seat. I'll let you know when I find something that works and I'll post pictures.

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  4. I was trying to think of a simple, cute, durable, and econmical solution for you. As I looked online (as if I had nothing else to do) I found foam cutters where you could pick your size. Buying foam sheets and cutting your own might be cheaper. I also wondered if the die cut machine would cut foam. I might know someone who would be willing to work on this project at home for you over the last little bit of summer.

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    1. I totally forgot about the die cut machine! I have never even used it!! That's a really good idea.

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