Friday, January 15, 2016

DIY Sign Posts in the Blocks Center

I knew a long time ago that I had married the right person for me. My wife is wonderful. But this week, I walked into our classroom and found these set up.

signs in blocks center (Brick by Brick)

Sign posts for our the blocks center! When we've used our logos before, we've taped them to blocks or cardboard tubes. That still works great. But Cindy wanted something else. She got plastic lids, wide craft sticks, and clothespins. She made a slit in the lid and inserted the craft stick. Using hot glue, she secured the stick and then glued the clothespin to the other end of the stick. Presto! Sign posts that can be changed as we see fit.

homemade DIY sign posts for blocks (Brick by Brick)

Our boys really enjoyed using these signs. They built and incorporated the signs in their construction. They read the signs, at least some of them. They added them to what they built. Then they built specific structures for the signs. (And sometimes they built and ignored the signs. That's okay, too!)

signs in the blocks center (Brick by Brick)

signs in the blocks center (Brick by Brick)

signs in the blocks center (Brick by Brick)

I think these sign posts could be really useful in other ways. In addition to using them for street signs or other block play, here are some ideas I had.

  • Clip on words cards for kids to read or write or spell with letter tiles.
  • Add cards with numbers and kids could count out quantities. 
  • Clip on sorting categories and kids could place items or pictures under the appropriate signs.
  • Use numerals and plus and equal symbols to create addition sentences; use manipulatives with the signs to create the totals.
  • Add statements or key words in different centers or other activities.
  • Clip on instructions for a recipe or science experiment.
  • Use name cards for place settings or other dramatic play in the home center.
I love repurpose ideas and these are a great addition to our collection of resources. Thanks, Cindy!!

3 comments:

  1. Great idea! How did she cut the caps?

    -Kelly

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    1. We used milk lids so the plastic is thin. She pressed the blade of scissors into and through the lid to make a slit. You could also use a utility knife (especially for thicker lids).

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