Monday, May 28, 2012

Band-aides aren't just for boo-boos!

So, recently my Froggy Boots has been obsessed with putting band-aides on owies (her word for scrapes, cuts, boo-boos).  This only came about when she got a blister from her shoe when we went to the Toledo Zoo recently and I put a band-aide on it when we got home.  Since then she finds every reason in the book to put on a new band-aide.  She has practiced this skill so much, in fact, that she can take the band-aide out of the box, take it out of the wrapper, and put it on all by herself!  She has even searched me over for owies and put band-aides on me!

Well, this got me thinking about how much I loved using band-aides when I was a kid.  I remember putting them on my mom all the time and when we ran out of band-aides, she'd let me use tape instead - I know, brave mom to let her child put tape all over legs, arms, etc!  Then I started thinking about how to turn opening band-aides into a practical life work for school and this is what I came up with...

I used Microsoft Word's "shape" maker to make small red circles in a grid pattern on the paper.  I made several different grids for different size band-aides.  The objective is to open the band-aide box, take out a band-aide, take the wrapper off the band-aide, put the band-aide neatly over a red circle (boo-boo), and repeat until all circles (boo-boos) are covered with a band-aide.  The grid can also be cut into strips instead of using an entire sheet of paper.  I have the band-aide grid papers I made available for free download under the "Montessori Downloads" tab on the top of my blog and by clicking here for the small grids or here for the medium grid.  I will try to add large grids soon!

As long as I'm writing about band-aides, I might as well add my "How Many Band-aides Counting Book."  It is available for free download here under the "Montessori Downloads" tab at the top of my blog.  It is exactly what it sounds like - a front cover that says, "How Many Band-aides Counting Book," and pages with numbers 1 through 5.   The child simply sticks the correct number of band-aides on each page.  I have done this with my 3's class in the past and you could add more pages with higher numbers for kids who are ready for higher numbers.

Well, that's it for today!  New Blog Update:  I have my header made and am currently trying to get it to fit properly on my new blog - for some reason this has become quite a challenge...

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  1. I think my kids would love this! Great idea! I pinned it for a rainy day!

  2. What a cute idea ... and one that kids would find very appealing! Thanks so much for sharing your free printables! I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  3. Thanks so much, Deb! I love your free printable posts!