This is another
joint venture by TA!
for sharing your ideas!
Go to your local nail salon and ask for a donation of disposable
flip flops that they use for pedicures. These could be
decorated by the students and used for bulletin boards and all kinds
of activities including BANG!.
You can "tie" this theme into a shoe theme. Your theme could
progress throughout the year: flip flops for summery weather,
sneakers for fall, snow boots for winter, and rain boots for spring.
Shoe In To A
Booting Up For
Spring Flowers! (this would be cute with rain boots filled with
Playing in the
for 1st Grade!
We Flipped and
We Flopped and Here We Are!
and Flopping Into Kindergarten!
Kindergarten, Flip Over Learning!
We Flip For
School, Because It's Never A Flop!
Flop Down With
A Good Book And You'll Flip For Reading!
Door: Instead of a bulletin board, decorate your door to welcome
your students to the class. Program each student's name on a
flip flop and adhere it to the door. You may also want to let
them decorate them with stick on jewels, glitter, neon colored glue,
etc. and then adhering them back to the door after they're dry.
Trading: This is the place to go to find cool flip flop stuff!!
You can purchase necklaces to program with students' names, gummy
candy, notebooks, inflatables, mini erasers, flip flop shaped
playing cards, mini notepads, tableware, pencils, gift bags,
inflatable flip flops, album, magnets and even a pinata! Don't
forget to search under "thong sandal" as well.
Tree: Visit Dollar Tree for flip flop shaped notepads!
Sets: Program a number on one flip flop and the matching dots on
the other one in the pair. Students count the dots and match
to the correct number.
& Number Words: same as above
& Color Words: same as above
& Lowercase Letters: same as above
Words: same as above
same as above
Words: same as above
Flop: Create a Flip Flop game by creating cards shaped like flip
flops and storing them in a shoe box. Put sight words on some
cards and FLIP on some and FLOP on some. Make up a movement
for FLIP and FLIP. Students will blindly choose a flip flop
from the shoe box and then read the word on the card. If they
get a card with FLIP or FLOP then they get to do the movement.
Flip - flip
(change) chairs, change the direction of the game from clockwise to
Flop - flop on
the floor like a fish
Purchase a flip flop key chain and remove the flip flop. Use
E6000 glue to adhere the flip flop to an appropriate size dowel rod.
Check your local dollar stores for flip flop shaped fly swatters.
These can be used as pointers as well and are very sturdy.
Book: Use a flip flop graphic to create a pattern for a shape
book. Use it to create an emergent reader or a class book on
favorite color of flip flops, where they'd like to wear their flip
flops, or whatever your mind can dream up.
Case of the Missing Shoe (cute, cute!)
Creatures At My
- Arthur Dorros
Shoes - Ann Morris
The Elves & the
wear a pair of flip flops to school. Have extras. Take a
picture of each student's feet wearing their flip flops. Use
the pictures to create a class book using the Brown Bear format.
Ex. Jenny, Jenny, what do you see? I see John's flip
flops looking at me! John, John, what do you see? I see
Megan's flip flops looking at me! At the end you could have a
picture of everyone's flip flops with I see LOTS of flip flops,
that's what I see!
Class Book: Whose Feet Are These? As in the book
above, take pictures of each student wearing flip flops to create
the book. On each page write "Whose feet are these?" at
the top and then put the picture of the feet in the middle. At
the bottom of the page write "These are John's feet." Create a
small flap to go over the student's name in the sentence so that
they can try to guess whose feet they are before reading the text.
OR, you could put a flap over the whole bottom sentence and have
them guess the owner of the feet before reading the sentence.
Flop Coloring Book Page
& Counting By Twos: Use pairs of flip flops or flip flop
graphics to practice pairing and counting by twos.
Shoes: Collect doll shoes (scour thrift shops, garage sales,
your kids' toy box, and the dollar stores) for sorting and graphing.
Don't forget to ask for donations from the parents of your students!
Two, Buckle My Shoe: Incorporate the rhyme into the unit.
Kids love it! I have a purchased chart that we use to track as
we say it. Then you can practice working on those number
words! If you put it in the pocketchart, they can match number
cards to the words.
Station: Set up a Shoe Store! What a hoot!
While the kids all have their flip flops there, graph them by color,
size, or style (V straps or = straps).
Project: Copy a large flip flop pattern onto cardstock and send
one home with each child. Attach a note for the family to work
together to decorate the flip flop and return it to school.
Make sure they know they'll be displayed somewhere for others to
Prints: Collect lots of different kinds of shoes (come on, just
look in your closet!!!) to create different sets of prints.
Using two pieces of cardstock, paint the bottom of the left shoe and
stamp it onto the RIGHT edge of a piece of cardstock. Using
the right shoe, stamp it onto the LEFT edge of a piece of cardstock.
When the two pieces of cardstock are placed side-by-side, they
should make a complete set of prints. You can then decorate
around the edges of the cards with shoe stickers or feet prints,
then laminate. Students will match the different shoe prints
to make complete sets of prints.
Painting: Allow students to use old shoes to paint by stamping
the shoes in paint and then onto their paper. It should make
some interesting pictures if you also use different coordinating
colors of paint.
Flop Addition: This is a cute addition matching activity
that I made using the flip flop graphics. The students can use
shells for counters if they need them. Print the cards on
cardstock, laminate and cut apart. I even added a label for
the activity. ;)
Flip Flop Addition printable
Flop ABC Match: Print on colored cardstock or construction
paper. Created by Barb.
Flip Flop ABC Match printable
Flop Number Match: Count the sets and match to the correct
number. Created by Barb.
Flip Flop Number Match printable
the missing 1 & 2 flip flops :)
Go to Current Catalog online and type in "flip flops" in the search
box. You'll see 96 tiny little flip flop stickers for 99 cents!
Flop Patterning: Each student will need one pair of flip flops
(don't know that this would work for boys). They need LOTS of
small strips of cloth in two or more colors (according to the
complexity of the pattern) ripped into 1/2 to 3/4 wide strips.
Tie the strip around the strap of the flip flop and tie into a knot.
Create a pattern as you tie additional strips around the strap until
the strap is covered. When finished, it resembles a fuzzy flip flop.
Cute done in bright or coordinating colors.
Flop Day!: Declare one day flip flop day and encourage everyone
to wear theirs and flip flop around!
Michael's has painted, wooden flip flop shapes!
Lakeshore has shoe erasers. Great for sorting, patterning,
Flop Art Project: Have students trace around their shoe onto
craft foam. Cut them out and create straps using pipecleaners.
shared by Cindy
ETC has just sent me a new catalog and they have flip flop
products! They have large and mini notepads that would be cute
matching activities. They have matching Beach Nametags, Beach
Stickers (that include flip flops), and Beach Designer Paper that
would make great mats for different activities.
Pennie created this reader to download. Thanks for sharing,
Numbers: Printable calendar numbers in an AB pattern to
download. Print on cardstock and laminate. Print two
sets and use one for number sequencing cards. If you want
these, get them now. I don't know how long they'll be here!!!!
The files are large!
Flop Snack: I had this idea for an edible flip flop yesterday!
:) For some reason I'm on a roll right now with edible snacks!
Anyway, my husband's favorite cookie is a Nutter Butter. So I
just got the idea ... that would make a cute flip flop snack! :)
Frost it with your favorite color of frosting (you could take a
survey first and see what the favorite colors were of the class ..
and of course provide the students with their own survey form to
survey their peers and see if their results match yours) and then
add straps with licorice pieces. The girls could use frosting
and a decorator tip or premade candy to add a flower to theirs if
desired where the straps join. Yum! :)
Flop Book: Jude submitted an idea that she saw in an
Australian magazine for making a book out of a pair of flip flops.
They cut off the outside edge of each thong to create a straight
edge and bound it with book binding tape. They used unbound
flip flops to create a page template and then glued the bound pages
inside. She also suggested using it to discuss symmetry as
well. Thanks, Jude, for sharing!