I had the best weekend ever.

Deirdre over at A Burst of First, organized an awesome New England meet up at The Cheesecake Factory in Boston.  I had the pleasure of meeting some awesome ladies (and one hubby)!  We had a great time.

I can’t wait to do it again!!

I spent most of today busy updating some of my work…and working on something new!

If you purchased my Valentine’s Day Count the Room packet, please go back and download the latest version. I added some new clip art and made it look a little nicer.

I also worked on my Valentine’s Day Vocabulary cards.

I also added it to my Vocabulary Bundle (view it here), if you’ve purchased that please go back for the update.

On Friday, I introduced my kiddos to one of my very favorite games, KABOOM!  It’s a simple game really…place some cards with numbers, letters or words into a bag.  Students take turn pulling and reading a card from the bag.  If they can read it, they keep it.  If not, they place it back in the bag.  Students continue to take turns pulling cards.  If someone gets a card marked KABOOM!, they must put all of their cards back into the bag.  Simple! My kids LOVE IT!  I’ve had this game for 6+ years and the cards in the bin are getting a little raggedy.  I don’t even think they are laminated.  I decided it might be a good idea to make my own! I found an old pretzel container and fancied it up a bit…

I cut out some construction paper and used spray glue and washi tape to give it that Tutu touch.

Cute right?!
Here’s the finished product.

I love it!
This game is so easy and provides a quick review for the kiddos.  If you don’t have a container like this, think about using an old gift bag, a brown paper bag, or even an old Pringles bin.  You could even have the kids just stack the cards face down on the table. EASY PEASY!  My packet even comes with a page to decorate your bag or bin.
Here are some pics of the product.

The packet features the KABOOM game which works on the following skill sets:  Numbers 1-10 (words, numerals, ten frames), Letters (capital and lowercase), Sight Words, and CVC words (features all medial vowel sounds).

To celebrate my funtastic weekend, I’d love to giveaway a copy! Please leave your name and email address in a comment below and I’ll pick a winner tomorrow evening!

If you can’t wait until then for your copy, please head over to my TpT store where it will be on sale for 50% off tonight only!! Only $2.50 for 4 games!!



  1. The Math Maniac
    January 26, 2014 / 11:40 pm

    I just found your blog from a link at Elementary Matters. Love how you use Kaboom. There are a lot of possibilities for doing this in the classroom. Can't wait to check out more of your blog.

    The Math Maniac

  2. Kim
    January 27, 2014 / 12:51 am

    I've played a game similar to this with my students in the past and they loved it! I'm sure they would love KABOOM! as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ kim.menning@k12.sd.us

  3. The Colorful Apple
    January 27, 2014 / 1:03 am

    It was great meeting you Vera! We'll have to do it again soon!

    Sara ๐Ÿ™‚
    The Colorful Apple

  4. Rae
    January 27, 2014 / 1:51 am

    So great meeting everyone yesterday! Can't wait to see you again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mindful Rambles

  5. Deirdre
    January 27, 2014 / 2:07 am

    Such a fun day Vera! Awesome to meet you too. Kaboom looks really fun!
    A Burst of First

  6. Carol
    January 27, 2014 / 2:22 am

    I would love to have a copy of your Kaboom game!! You made it so versatile!! Thanks!!! cbeier@pleasantville.k12.ia.us

  7. Bex Mawn
    February 1, 2014 / 1:19 am

    You are so creative ! What a fun game. Great to meet you last weekend!
    Reading and Writing Rehead