Something Extra

I know, I know. . . I’m not suppose to be posting until January 10.  I just have one little thing to share.  I’ve added a Something Extra page, you can find it right next to Contact on the menu bar.  This is the place I will put the things that are not lesson plan related.  Crafts I do, or little ideas like the one that follows.  I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and I can’t wait to come back full force for a year of fun and learning in 2011!!!

Card Holder

Big M unwrapped 6 games this Christmas (and no that is not an exaggeration).  He played them each once, but has returned to his all time favorite: Phase 10 Twist.  So he can be found morning, noon and night at the table with whoever will say yes.  This game requires you to hold 10 cards.   His 5 year old brain might be able to handle the 8+ game, but his fingers can not. . . I needed to create a card holder.

Creating a wood card holder is on my Hubby’s to do list, but he has been very busy.  Lego’s will have to do for now.  Can you imagine the possibilities?  Go fish, old maid. . . anything that requires your little one to hold cards.  Hooray for a simple, cheap (or free) idea!  The lego stand stays together with the games and Big M pulls it out when he needs it.  The cool thing is that he is actually learning to hold cards, because he’ll take 3 or 4 off the holder and fan them out in his hand.

what you need: legos

I used four long, flat, rectangle pieces to make the bottom.  Then I just added rectangle pieces until I had two rows.  The back row has to be taller than the front row so the cards will lean a little.  There are legs on Big M’s holder, I don’t know who added those.  It was probably Big M making the stand “his own”.

If you are game lovers like us, Phase 10 is a game you should own!  We have had Phase 10 in our house for about 15 years and it is still a game that everyone is up for playing.  You can have 2 players or 10 and it’s still fun. Plus regular old Phase 10 is only $5. (Phase 10 Twist is more expensive.)

What’s your favorite game?


About Jillian

I love to create. I have tried many different mediums; sewing, cake decorating and storytelling are some of my very favorites. I have been a stay at home mom for 5 years (with a brief part time job somewhere in there.) Before I became a Mommy, I was co owner and teacher of a home family child care. I plan to jump right back into teaching preschool as soon as my kids are in school.
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