Freebie Blog Hop...Minute Madness

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 Crystal over at
Kreative in Kinder 
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We shared our Technology Tokens here the other day, and mentioned we were working on a use for all those poker chips in class.  
Here's what we've come up with...
Fluency always seems like the elephant in the room with some kids. Yes, they can read or solve math problems...
But, quickly? 
Many of our students come to us not reading yet. So, it is our job to help them master all their letter sounds, get them reading, and reading faster than they ever have in their short little lives?!?  
No pressure!
For some kiddos, its enough to just master the concepts themselves within a school year, but rushing them  to meet a certain fluency level might cause a lot of pressure or unneeded stress on them and us. 
We want to keep the stress level down and the fluency building fun.
The other day, this lil' guy caught our eye as we were cleaning our toy closet at home.
 Remember Perfection? 
Loved this game as kids and wanted our own kiddos to feel the rush of a plain 'ol fashioned game (We know, SOOO Old School)

We noticed the timer is 1 minute. 
Um, hello? 

Had a bunch of these collecting dust in the toy closet too. 
We cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the inner tray and taped it in place.
You could also glue, but we have a feeling our own kids at home are going to find a new love for the game now that Mommy "needs" it for school...
Hmpf...Almost Perfection!
Little do they know, this is their new summer game...
Ha! Perfection!

We printed the templates, which we're sharing with you here and taped them in place. 

 Of course it needed a basket and matching label...
Just couldn't help it...
It's our own Perfectionist Tendencies.

With a stack of poker chips, a permanent marker and something to learn, you can make your own Minute Madness game in no time! 

Here's what you need to make your own:
~ Perfection Game ~ 
~1 piece scrapbook paper~

~Minute Madness Free Printables~
~Poker Chips~
~Tape or Glue~
~Permanent Marker~ 

Click any of the pics below or here to grab your own freebies. 

We created ours for our 100 high frequency words and plan to give them some to start and then add more as the year goes on to keep the game fresh.
The sky's the limit with these poker could write math equations or vocabulary words too.
The kids could also play in groups of 2-4, each with a different color chip (one kid has red, one blue, etc.) and race at the same time. At the end, they collect their color chips and record. 

We'd love to know if you come up with your own Minute Madness idea. Leave some love below or on our Facebook Page and let us know what you come up with!

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Have fun!

Fluttering Through First Grade


  1. AWESOME idea!! Now I'll be searching yard sales and thrift stores for a perfection game, I did love it as a kid but have no idea where it's gone :) Thanks for the printables!!

  2. What a brilliant idea!! I need to find this game now!! I am pinning this so I remember it. Thanks for sharing your idea!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. I absolutely LOVE this idea! One of my goals for next year was to teach more sight words and give my students more practice! I love all different games, so fun!!!! Thanks for this! I'm your newest follower-such a great blog!

  4. So creative! Now I'll have to see if I can find that game. Hmmm....

    Teaching Little Miracles

  5. OMG I think my mom still has our game from when we (my sisters and I) were little!! This is a great idea that will sure be a lot of fun!! Thanks for the freebies and the GREAT idea!!


  6. This is such a great idea. Thank you so much for the freebie!

  7. Gosh, I hope my game is still floating around in a closet somewhere! What a great idea!
    Primary Pizzazz

  8. SUPER creative! I love it!!!!! And I love all the matchy labels, of course!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  9. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Now... where to find a perfection game!?
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten


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