Projects and Activities Archives - Page 5 of 5 - Minds in Bloom
TriBonds is a fun word game that gets kids thinking creatively, critically, and laterally. You can play it as part of a center rotation, during a few spare minutes of class, or on a road trip! Check out some free examples of TriBonds in this post.

Try TriBonds

mail ~ shoe ~ lunch What do these three words have in common? TriBonds or, as it is sometimes called, the Game of Threes is yet another way to practice higher level thinking. Finding the common link that joins three words, that on first glance seem to have nothing in common, requires analysis and deductive reasoning. Just another way to help children learn to think

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This Pass It On creative writing activity will be a great exercise in flexible thinking and letting go of some of the control. Your students will be given 10-15 minutes to start a creative story, and then everyone will pass his or her paper in the same direction to the next student. Students will again be given time, this time to read the story start they've received and then to add the middle. When the time is up, they'll pass it on one more time, and the next student will write the ending. It's a fun bonding exercise your students are sure to love!

Pass It on Creative Writing

This is a great activity for flexible thinking, as kids must let go of their own ideas, to some extent, and work with their classmates’ ideas. It is also great for practicing beginning, middle, end. It is a good one to try when you are between units or when your kids are a little squirrely.   What to do:   Have each student choose a

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Are you working on symmetry in your math class? Try this fun symmetry game with your students. It will have them not only learning more about symmetry, but it will also help them learn more about spatial awareness and graphing.

Symmetry Game: Guess my Grid

Here is a fun game for practicing symmetry. The game can be played in pairs or as a whole class, and it’s based on the game Battleship. Each player uses a grid to create a symmetrical pattern. An 8×8 grid works well. You can have students make their own grids using graph paper or you can download the game here for free.   Tips for

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Pentominoes provide an excellent opportunity to teach and practice creative and flexible thinking. This post explains how you can teach a lesson about pentominoes in your classroom, which is sure to get your students working hard to figure out all of the different pentomino shapes!

Generating Pentominoes

How many unique pentominoes can you generate with five squares? Exploring that question is a great way to introduce a unit on pentominoes. Using pentominoes improves spatial skills. Generating them is also a great way to practice flexible thinking. To do this activity you will need: Five identical squares for each child (could be plastic or cut from tagboard) Graph paper Pencil Five teacher squares

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Are you looking for family-friendly games that are appropriate for all ages? These are three games that my family loves that I highly recommend. All of them require strategizing and critical thinking, but they're a lot of fun to play with the whole family!

Three Great Games

Our family loves to play games with interesting strategies. When my kids were younger, I was always looking for games that we could all enjoy together – even the adults (because, honestly, how much fun is Battleship?). Here are three of our favorites. They came into our lives when my kids were in elementary school, and we are still playing them today! All would make

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A Soma Cube is an item that allows you or your kids to practice and enhance spatial skills. There are 240 ways to solve it, so how many can you find?!

Make a Soma Cube

The Soma Cube was invented by Peit Hein in 1936. It is a 3-D puzzle made from seven irregular shapes, each made from three or four cubes. The cube itself is just one of many shapes that the seven pieces can be used to make. You can find these shapes, along with more information about the Soma Cube, on Thorleif’s SOMA page. Working with the

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Have you ever thought about using a shoe box as a journal? I bet not! Read this tutorial for how to use a shoe box as a journal--let students get creative and put real items in there, instead of just writing in a journal!

Try a Shoe Box Journal

A journal doesn’t have to be recorded in a book or on a computer. Here is a great journal project for collectors, pack rats, and reluctant journalists. Here is what you will need: A box of ziplock sandwich baggies A pack of 3×5 index cards (colors are nice) A pen or pencil A Sharpie or other permanent marker A shoe box Here is what you

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