So, what is my big new project? Every year we make what we call "name shapes" for the children to sit on during gathering time, or circle time. We used to make them out of construction paper and then laminated them, we then had to make new ones in December and again around March/April--they took a beating.
A few years ago I found some great shelf paper that was colorful and sturdy. I cut shapes out of them and taped the children's names on with clear duct tape. They actually worked pretty well--if you don't count having to try to get the sticky duct tape glue off your scissors, fingers, etc. I was able to use these shapes for about 3 years. This year I needed new ones.
Before I could go to the store to look for new shelf paper I found some vinyl mats that came with our new rug we purchased a few years ago. They seem sturdy and are very colorful. With the hopes of using these mats I came up with this idea.
I took a picture of each mat. I then put them on my computer and made a print out of all the mats. I then glued the print out to some poster board. I cut them apart and ran them through the laminator--we all know how that went.
My idea is to put the mat cards in a bag. When the children come to circle time, they will pull out a card and find it's match. That will be their special sitting place during circle. Since there are 14 children in the class, we can change the sequence of mats. I thought it would be a fun matching game to start off our time. Let's keep our fingers crossed.