Math and Literacy Swaps

I’ve been thinking about this idea for awhile now and wanted to share it with my readers to see if there was any interest.

I would like to do a Math Work Station Swap and a Literacy Work Station Swap.  Each swap would be separate from the other and you could sign up for one or both.

Basically, you would choose an activity from the lists I’ve been creating on Pinterest (they are all listed below)  and make a certain number of that activity (hopefully 20!).  Then you would send them all to me  and get a number (20) of them back, ready to use (including one of your own).  I don’t know an exact number yet, but I am hoping that at least 20 people might want to participate.

If you choose to sign up, you would need to send the activities to me and then I would turn around and send them back to all of you.  So, if 20 people signed up, you would have your activity, plus 19 more ready to use in your classroom.  You do not need to laminate any of the activities–the person who receives it can do that on their own, keeping the cost low.  The idea is to keep the cost to $1-$2 per activity so it is not very expensive.

****You DO NOT need to supply the manipulatives for each activity, just the workmats or cards.  For example, you would send the paint chip 5 or 10 frames but not the chips, and for the -at family word can, you do not need to send the can, just the tiles (you could make them on foam squares) and the sentence strip or index card with -at on it.  I’m going to list next to each activity what you need to send. :)*****

I’ve picked lots of activities that could be used throughout the year, but tried to focus on activities for the beginning of the year.

I was thinking that if we all enjoyed this experience and if there was enough interest, we could do this again throughout the year and keep those Math and Literacy Work Stations stocked with new activities throughout the year.

Just as an FYI, I chose these activities based off of the new Math and Literacy Common Core Standards.  I tried to pick activities that would be fun for the kids, but easy for us to put together.

If you are interested, please e-mail me at and let me know the name of the activity/activities you would like to complete. You will create the activities and send HIGH QUALITY work–(work you would use in your own classroom) to me. You will also send a sheet (I’ll provide an outline) that gives directions on how to use each activity in your classroom–how many players, additional materials needed, directions how to play game/use activity.

I’ll send information out to everyone who signs up after all the slots are filled.  Please let me know by Friday, July 13th, 2012 if you would like to participate!

****** You will send me all 20 of each your activity (or activities for those of you doing both swaps) and I will then send them out to everyone (and you’ll get one of your own back as well).  Also, if anyone wants to include a few dollars to help pay for postage, that would be appreciated as well! 🙂 ******

I will update this post with names next to activities as they get filled up!  If you are not sure about which activity is which, please let me know.

*** We are half way full!  If you’re thinking about signing up, make sure you get your name and preference to me soon, the spots are going quickly!!***


Math Work Station Swaps –click here to view these activities

1. Unifix Cube Tower sheets ( create the workmats–do not send the unifix cubes)

taken: Yvonne Rodgers

Unifix Cube Towers

2. Paint chip 5/10 frames (create the 5/10 frames, do not send the chips)

taken: Amy Yokley

Easy 5 Frames (glue/tape 2 together to make a 10 frame!!)

3. Ziploc Quilt math game (create the “quilt” and the cards, but do not send the fly swatter)

taken: Erin Bracco

Ziploc Quilt Math Game

4. Number (Human Concentration) (create the number and picture cards)

taken: Katie Libberton

Number (Human!!!) Concentration

5. Pom-Pom counting book with velcro (create the book–you do not need to bind it, and do not send the pompoms)

taken: Amanda Amiel

pompom counting book with velcro

6. Crocodile counting

taken: Kristen Poindexter

Crocodile Counting

7. Guess the hidden number (create the number cards and the envelope)

taken: Nina K/TX

Guess the Hidden Numbers

8. Counting cards with stones (create the cards, but do not send the flat marbles)

taken: Maria Chalico

Counting Cards with Stones

9. Ten frame spinner (create the spinner–you could use a paper clip for the spinner with a brad)

taken: Tina Crane

Bookish Ways in Math and Science: Ten Frame Spinners

10. Ladybug concentration

taken: Christy Phillips

Kindergarten Crayons: Search results for chapter 4 math work stations

11.Dotted Counting Cards (create the dot cards, but do not send the manipulatives)

taken: Carol Tavares

dotted counting cards math

12. Number concept puzzles

taken: Diane Stange

Number concept puzzles: print out, cut in 1/3's then children match the number to the word to the ten frame

13. Counting plates (create the plates going up to 10, do not send manipulatives)

taken: Christi Bach

fruit counting math

14. Wiggly Eye Dice (create two dice for each person= 40 dice)

Wiggly Eye Dice...How fun!!

15. Velcro shape sticks (create 20 sticks foe each person–they do not have to be colored)

taken: Kim Giddens

craft sticks and velcro, these can be arranged to make shapes and letters

16. Math Bugs (create the math bugs workmat, do not send the bugs)

taken: Shelisa


17. Domino mats (create the domino mat, but do not send the dominoes)

taken: Karen Strikwerda

Kindergarten - math activities

18. Play dough counting mats (create the mats 1-10, but do not send play dough)

taken: Carol Cobb


19. Greater than/Less than (create the mats, do not send dice)–you could use your wiggle eye dice for this one! 🙂

taken: Amy Johnston


20. Pipe Cleaner Counting

taken: Heather Krail

fine motor skills, counting 1 to 1, number ID

Literacy Work Station Swaps–click here to view these activities

1. Think Clouds (create the clouds and affix to straws)

think clouds

2. -at word family can  (create the tiles (out of foam) and send tiles and the sentence strip/index card–“at” letters if possible, no need to send the can)

taken: Erin Bracco

great ideas for literacy centers

3. Paint chip word families  (create the paint chip word families “a” through “e”)

taken: Christy Phillips

Paint chips to help with reading skills - another picture to show more chunks.

4. Phonics Choose and Clip cards (creating just the cards)

taken: Carol Tavares

Phonics choose-and-clip cards

5. Sight Word envelopes

taken: Diane Stange

Kindergarten literacy centers kindergarten balanced literacy first grade literacy centers

6. Magnetic sight word cards (create the word cards and add magnet tape to the backs, do not send letters)

taken: Amy Johnston

Kindergarten literacy centers kindergarten balanced literacy first grade literacy centers

7. Red, Yellow, Green sight word workmat

taken: Heather Krail

Kindergarten literacy centers kindergarten balanced literacy first grade literacy centers

8. Magic Spoon (create the sheet and send several magic spoons along with various consonants on them)

taken: Sybil Bolden


9. color words on a ring:

taken: Kristen Poindexter

Mrs. Kelly's Kindergarten: Another Round of Literacy Work Stations

10. Little Hands, Big Work: Letter Mats! (create mats, do not send play dough or binder)

taken: Yvonne Rodgers

Little Hands, Big Work: Letter Mats!  Great idea for literacy stations

11. Rainbow Alphabet fine motor workmat (create the rainbow mat, do not send letters)

taken: Carol Cobb

Mrs. Kelly's Kindergarten: Literacy Work Stations

12. spell a sight word (create workmat, do not send letters)

taken: Nina K/TX

Mrs. Kelly's Kindergarten: Another Round of Literacy Work Stations

13. Spin a Sight Word (create just the paper and include a top)

taken: Kari Lancy

What a good idea! You spin a word using a top and record your roll on the graph.  Continue playing until one word reaches the top of the graph.

14. alphabet matching workmat (create the workmat, do not send the letters or tweezers)

taken: Shelisa

Mrs. Kelly's Kindergarten: Literacy Work Stations

15. popcorn word magnet workmat (create the workmat, do not send the magnetic letters)

taken: Beth Stovall

Literacy stations

16. Kelly’s Kindergarten paint chip word families (create the paint chip word families–do word families that start with “f” through “z” (see #3 above for a complete listing)

taken: Tina Crane

Mrs. Kelly's Kindergarten: literacy work stations

17. Roll the word workmat (create the workmat, do not send dice)

taken: Christi Bach


18. Letter tile cards (create the workmats, do not send the letters)

taken : Kim Giddens


19. Cookie Sheet challenge workmat (create the workmat, do not send magnetic letters)

taken: Diane Decker


20. missing letter workmat (create the workmat), teachers can use magnetic letters for students to fill in with


Please let me know which activity you would like to make from one or both swaps.  I’ll send more information out once all the activities are filled. If you visit my Pinterest pages, you can click on the pictures that will take you to the websites where I found these ideas for more information on how to create them.

What a great way to start off the year with 40 new activities! 🙂  I will post completed activities here along with pictures when we are all done swapping.

Unfortunately, we can only swap within the U.S. due to shipping costs.  But for those of you out of the U.S., you can see all of the activities here once they are completed. 🙂

Let me know if you have any questions! 😉

If you are interested in doing this again in the late fall, let me know.  I thought it might be fun to do this 4 times this year (if possible) and as many new games/activities as possible.  If you have any other activities or games we could include next time, please let me know and I’ll put them on a list. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on July 7, 2012, in Literacy Work Station Swap, Math Work Station Swap. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Carol Tavares



    I’m very interested but wanted to clarify something. When creating these activities will we need to supply the manipulatives such as the magnetic letters for 20 activities as well as the graphics? Thanks for your great idea!

    Carol T.


    • Kristen Poindexter

      Hi Carol,
      No, you do not need to supply the manipulatives. Just the workmat parts. 🙂
      Hope that helps!
      Kristen 🙂


  2. I am so interested but also on summertime here and have a question (I apologize ahead of time for it being a dumb one) So we choose an activity you have here/pinterest and make 20 of them to send you? Am I understanding this or do we come up with another activity similar to the Math activity to have a variety? Please clarify – sorry – maybe I am just sunburned!


    • Kristen Poindexter

      Hi Diane,
      It’s a wonderful thing summer! 🙂 You are exactly right, you would pick an activity and make 20 of them and send 20 of them to me. You will get one you created along with 19 more back. You just choose an activity off the list I’ve created. 🙂

      Kristen 🙂


  3. Sharon Compton

    Okay, I would be willing to do the 10 frames using paint chips. Just to clarify…I make 20 of these and send them to you. Or should I make a small group set 20 times. By small group I mean (5) 10 frames for 20 teachers. I also like the crocodile counting, but would I need to make clothespins for each set. Again would I do 20 of these or would I need to do 20 small group sets. Let me know! Thanks!!


    • Kristen Poindexter

      Hi Sharon,
      You would make one of each activity, unless you think a teacher would need more to make it work in their classroom. The two activities you would like to do have already been selected by others, but there are other options open. Just check my blog for activities that do not have someone’s name next to them already. 🙂 Let me know which activities you’d like to make for the swap.
      Kristen 🙂


  4. I am in! Which activity shall I do?

    Amanda AZ


  5. Jessie Hudson

    I’m in, if you still need swappers!


  6. Hoping there is room for me!
    I can do the Spoon activity and whatever is left for math

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Please resend the invite. Something happenned and I cannot access it. I will do the think clouds activity. Will also do a math one of your choice.


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