Ringing in the New Year with Cotton Ball Poppers

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! My wonderful friends and I over at See Mama Teach are linking up for a fun New Year's blog hop! 

We're sharing ideas and freebies to help you ease back into January (and work)! 

Welcome to stop #4! 

About two months ago, I started a TpT project- a New Year's Party Pack (kind of like my Pumpkin Party Pack and Valentine Party Pack) with all sorts of fun activities you can do with your students or your own kids to celebrate the New Year and also do some learning! 

As life and being a mama goes, I wasn't able to finish the entire project (but it *should* be done by 2017 if all goes as planned ;). Here's one fun activity from the pack you can do with your students to ring in 2016! 

***Warning!!! This is HIGHLY addicting!!!!***

This activity was adapted from Real Simple and it would be a great math early-finisher activity, a free-choice Friday activity, or a small group center! All you need to do is create a few cotton ball poppers (cups, balloons, rubber bands, and cotton balls can all be purchased at the Dollar Store!) and let the kids go at it! Here's how to create the poppers (easy cheesy!)...

Setup the targets on the floor however you'd like (there are lots of different numbers to choose from, based on what you'd like your students to practice adding!). Students aim, and launch their cotton balls at the targets. Each student gets three cotton balls per turn. Then they ADD up their point sum on their recording sheet!

If a student doesn't land on a target, it's still worth 2 points! 

I've included teacher directions, student directions, a recording sheet for students, and the targets for students to aim at- everything you need to do this with your student TOMORROW! 

Just click the photo below to download! 

Now keep on hopping through to grab some more tips & freebies, and to enter to win a Stitch Fix gift card (I heart Stitch Fix!) at See Mama Teach!  

PLUS, you could win a bunch of great teaching resources to get your New Year started off right! 

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And Happy New Year! 

1 comment

  1. Sandy! I love this idea! SO MUCH FUN! And such a cute picture of you and your little! Happy New Year, love!