Sunday, April 12, 2015

Learn with Your Scrap Tissue Paper

Life Over C's is hosting an awesome linky party this month to show you ways to clean up your craft supplies or use your left over supplies as learning tools! Every day through the 28th teacher bloggers will be sharing their fabulous craft stash ideas with you. Each day a different craft item will be featured from pipe cleaners, to coffee filters, to pom poms to cardboard tubes.....and today, I'm featuring.....tissue paper!!! 

Do you have all of those baggies of cut up, scrap pieces of tissue paper lying around from previous holiday projects?? I know I do! Here are some ways you can turn those scraps into LEARNING!!

Use your scrap pieces of tissue paper from previous crafts and have students sort them. These are left over from a Christmas craft my class did 2 years ago and have been crammed in a baggie sitting in the back of a cupboard. 
 I love that the color options required this student to not only sort green, but to sort different shades of green! Give your students different shades of colors to reach a higher level of thinking. This can also easily be turned into a same or different activity.

Use tissue paper to make patterns!
 These scraps were already cut and left over from a President's Day activity we did!

 Fine Motor Skills
 A water bottle and some scrap tissue paper can be an excellent way to practice fine motor skills on a budget.
 After looking at all of the bags of cut and scrap tissue paper I still had, I got to thinking about how much my students love games, and how could I create a game using tissue paper? 

So I came up with a game, which I thought was a little silly at first, but my students LOVED it! And so did I! I made it rather late and quickly, and hate the name, so I have since changed the name from what you see in the picture.
 Students spin the spinner and then cover that color on their gameboard with a piece of scrap tissue paper. The first to cover all of their colors wins the game!! 
While I thought the game was a little silly at first as I started creating it, now I LOVE it! This game targets so many skills; fine motor, colors, matching, following directions, listening skills, taking turns, waiting, and partner play. You can get this tissue paper game for free below.

Other ways you could use your scrap tissue paper for learning is by doing big/small, same/different, adding/subtracting.....basically you can use it just like you use unifix cubes. For more ideas on using tissue paper for learning in the classroom, check out my "Tissue Paper" Pinterest Board and all of the other featured tissue paper posts today at Life Over C's!

Follow each day for other ways to "Learn With Your Craft Stash!!"

Do you have a unique way to use tissue paper??

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