Spring Cleaning

Hope you are all having a great week! We've been so busy with our families, but its been so nice to have the week off and actually RELAX!
Our first graders just LOVE math and literacy games and storage and organization have been an ongoing issue for us, until recently. Its taken a few months, but after some spring cleaning and organizing, we FINALLY feel that we are organized and have a system that works for our game storage.

We store all of our games in labels storage boxes. Our seasonal math and literacy game packs and our other math and literacy packs can be found in our TpT store.
We found some great storage boxes that hold our games perfectly. We've organized our games by month and have them
easily accessible with our other manipulatives.
We print our games on 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock and tuck the game boards and playing cards right inside storage baggies.
The little ones pieces that came with our place value manipulatives
work perfectly for playing pieces.

Our daily lessons in our new math program pretty much follow the same format everyday. After our students finish the "on my own" pieces, they can choose a math game, math flash cards, or go to a laptop and play one of the math games (our new math program has a FANTASTIC online component with games and virtual manipulatives).

If our first graders choose to
play a math game when they are done, they grab a game
(out if the choices that we've provided) off of the table along with a bowl of cubes. Then they find a place to play their game
with 2-3 others.
They take the cubes out of the bowls
and place the playing cards inside the bowls,
then grab a card (or 2 cards depending on the game)
from the bowl.

This routine works well for us and also allows us time to meet with small groups of students for extra math practice if needed.

Our first graders play our literacy games during Daily 5 as part of word work. The games are placed with our other word work materials and our kiddos can easily access them as well.

We just love how these games fit so nicely with all of our other
tubs & totes!
These labels that we've sized and outlined
to fit these boxes can be found {HERE}
Our April math journal prompts are up in our TpT store! Just click the picture below if you'd like to check them out!

We'll be back in a few days with an April word sort freebie!
Have a great rest of your week!

Clipart courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles


  1. Hey you guys, I absolutely LOVE this idea! I'm literally checking out on Really Good Stuff now to purchase those containers! Thanks so much for sharing! Would you be willing to sell or post your labels?

    Thanks again,

  2. Storage is so frustrating!
    I think I have it the way I want it and then I see something else I think might work better....my sons say I have a storage container hoarding problem:)

    Going Nutty!


  3. Thanks for your comments :) We've added a link to the labels.

  4. Those totes on Really Good Stuff look smaller than yours. Is there a different size? Thanks!

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

  5. from Really Good Stuff: We're sorry, this item has been discontinued.

  6. So sorry ladies, we updated the link. It looks like our size that we purchased is no longer available. Click on the link and you'll be taken to the name brand site. Let us know if this works ;)

  7. Thanks for sharing the labels! I found those sterilite containers at Wal Mart this morning! Yippeee I can get started! I'll be posting how this works out soon, hopefully as great as yours!

    Mandi Moore

    MOORE Fun In Kindergarten

  8. Yeah! So glad you found them Mandi! Can't wait to see your post!

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  10. LADIES! You created a monster! haha Come check out my posts about these beautiful storage bins! I use them for math stations, manipulatives and now ALL of my unit/theme files! Ahh, kinda crazy but super organized! I love it! Thanks for the idea! I also gave you all a shout out!

    MOORE Fun In Kindergarten

  11. Those storage boxes make my heart go pitter-patter!