It’s Monday.  We’re back from an amazing week in Vegas.  I worked in my classroom today.  My body thinks we’re still in Vegas…I’m a little tired…but super excited to be back into the blogging routine and linking up for Monday Made It!
So…you see…what had happened was…I was Dealz (It’s like a Dollar Tree but prices go up to $10…) and saw this:
So my brain kicked into over drive!    I finally drove myself to the store (I got a new Smorgie1 before we left for Vegas…before that I was stuck at home with no wheels for a month.  People…I had to go a whole month with no Sonic.  Do you know excited I was this morning when I drove myself to Sonic?!?!  HAPPY DANCE HAPPY!!!!) and grabbed one.  These fun tic tac toe games are $10.  Not too shabby…
I was EXTRA thrilled when I opened it and saw that the Xs and Os weren’t on there!   YAY for blank spaces (Cue Taylor Swift music!).  
Then I made these:
Click the picture for your freebies!
How freakin cute?!  My very sweet and talented friend Susanna at Whimsy Workshop made these!   She’s seriously amazing.  You must check her out!  
Then I got some Velcro dots and placed them on each side of the tic tac toe spinners!
Then I attached the cards to the Velcro dots!
BAM!   All done!   So…how in the world will we use this!?
Here’s my plan:
For letters/sounds….the ‘staches will gently (YES GENTLY I SAID…which we all know is reality…) toss the bean bag.  Whichever spinny thing they hit and spin, they will say that letter/sound and color the letter on the recording sheet.  
Recording sheets?!  What recording sheets? 
So If I hit the spinner with the Z and it spins around, I would read that letter.  Make sense?!  Clear as mud?!
How much fun is this!?!  
And…it’s reusable.  
CVC words…Adding and Subtracting…
Real and Nonsense words
Word Families
The uses are many.  And the Velcro allows for easy change out!!!

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  • Reply Lee Ann Rasey July 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I got a Toss Across at Goodwill to use for sight words. I like your idea to use Velcro for changing out! Thanks for the freebie letters!

  • Reply Kimberly Callahan July 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I actually attached a clear pocket like the ones used for name badges rather than Velcro. Works great and I can use any skill without spending money on the Velcro!

  • Reply Vicky Burrows July 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Really creative!- I can see so many different skills being practiced. This is something I could even make for my son!- Great Job!

  • Reply lynette July 13, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I found mine at a yard sale, love your ideas!

  • Reply Tara July 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

    How adorable and clever is that?!?!?! AND how bummed am I that we didn't meet:(((((((( Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

  • Reply Kelli July 14, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Smart! and Fun!! I have a feeling I would end up playing it more than the kids
    Tales of a Tenacious Teacher

  • Reply Melissa Franke July 14, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Thank you for sharing. I'm going to buy one of these now…

  • Reply Susen Kuchta July 14, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I had one of these that we got at a yard sale but it was a few years ago and we've since tossed it. I am now on the hunt for another one…..fantastic idea!

  • Reply Susen Kuchta July 14, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I had one of these that we got at a yard sale but it was a few years ago and we've since tossed it. I am now on the hunt for another one…..fantastic idea!

  • Reply vicky1970 July 14, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Greg this is genius! I moved up to third and now you have my wheels turning on how I can adapt this…mulitplication facts? Love it!!!
    Teaching and Much Moore

  • Reply Mr. Michelbook July 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I bought a Toss Across at The Salvation Army about 2 years ago for $5. I bought it for indoor recess. I've used it maybe twice. Thanks for the ideas to repurpose it!


  • Reply Mrs. Walsh July 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    I need to find one of these! I want a blank one like yours! 🙂 Great idea!

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