That's the way things work around here.
They think they're playing. I know they're working. Win-win.
At a district meeting, another kindergarten teacher recommended a game she called "Tower Power." It entailed writing letters/words on cups, putting the cups in an empty Pringles can, and stacking them up to make a tower. I knew my kids would love it.
I tweaked the idea to meet our needs -- no can (just a basket), labels are easier than writing, and I included a recording sheet. I have found that simple recording sheets really help increase the accountability while my students are at independent workstations.
For the target skill, I used numbers over 100. All of my kids can identify numbers 100-109, but several of them were struggling with the numbers over 109 -- like 117, 125, etc. So, this was the perfect game to practice.
How to play:
1. Take a cup from the stack. Read the number/word/letter. [You can't see them, but I typed numbers 100-130 onto labels and stuck them on the cups.]
2. Add the cup to the growing tower. Be careful!
3. Write the number/word/letter on your recording sheet.
4. Repeat until the stack is gone. My kids relished in their "huge tower" using all the cups!
Click HERE or on the printable above for recording sheets (number, word, and letter version all included).