so, thought I would go into it a little more detail about them. I got the idea for the Vocabulators and the containers from a Melissa Forney workshop I went to. Wonderful! The containers are quite large.
Like a little over 11 inches and about 4 inches wide. (sorry Molly, they don't look that big in the original pic) That's ALOT of rice!!! I bought the huge cheap bags at Walmart. I didn't fill them all the way to the top. There needs to be room so the kids can shake the words around. I've posted about how to dye the rice but also wanted to show/tell you about some other yummies I added to them. So here are some close ups of a few of them:
This vocabulator is a Florida theme.......it has words of all kinds of things you would find in Florida (because I live here of course), there are also little confetti suns, little button sunglasses, and then little animals and tourists you would see in Florida.
Michaels has tubes of plastic animals with different themes: ocean, penguins, desert........so they are great to use in the vocabulators....especially because they are so big! All the confetti I got from LTM Party store. They have confetti in almost every color and shape and it's a quick, colorful, cute addition to the vocabulators!
This vocabulator is filled with words to use other than happy (which the kiddos totally over use). Other than the words, this one has daisy and smiley face confetti. The big daisy heads were poppers that I took the bottom off of. Anything to add fun and color to them:)
This vocabulator was another themed one. Yep, you guessed it.....ocean theme....blue water(rice), little confetti fish, the words, and the little plastic animal ocean tube creatures. That tube had fish and coral, a diver, octopus.....all kinds of goodies:)
This vocabulator was words to use instead of cold. It was also filled with little snowflake buttons (there are 2 in the pic but they are upside down), penguins (Michaels tube), some fun big clear jewels from the Dollar Tree (you can't see those in the pic), and then I used some kind of florist bead filler stuff, also from Michaels. Fun to look at because it looks like little ice cubes but not nearly as cheap as the rice!! Remember, if you get the containers from Melissa Forney, which are wonderful, they are HUGE!
The last one I wanted to show you is all color words. Great descriptive words that stretch the kids instead of just the regular red, blue, yellow.............and as you can see, I filled this one with gumballs from the Dollar Tree. Kinda different, fun, and cheap!!
I hope this little blurb helps answer some questions and inspires you to make some for your classroom. This would be a fun summer project!! The planning and collecting all the things for inside each one is the fun part!!!
I'm not sure if I will post again before Easter. My girl is coming home tomorrow after her Dr. appointment. Praying that her shoulder is just irritated and not torn.........she's bringing home her quad mate who is from Trinidad and a total doll! So, if I don't post again before Easter, I hope you all have a wonderful relaxing weekend and a very blessed Easter filled with love and family!!