Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cricut Machine ~ Crafty Therapy Tool!

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After almost a full year of sitting on my Amazon wishlist, I broke down and bought a Cricut Expression machine!  I used to do a lot of scrapbooking.  Ironically, I stopped after my son was born.  Go figure!  I actually had more interesting pictures to add to my scrapbooks, but no time to actually work on I converted to digital.  Because of this, I didn't really think I needed a Cricut.  However, one of my friends and coworkers shared some really cool therapy materials she made with hers and on to my wishlist it went.

Over the past two days (during Matthew's nap time), I've been working on my first Cricut project.  I bought the Garden Soup Cartridge and used the beehive and bee images for this activity that targets prepositions (directional/positional concepts).  First, I made a large beehive and two small ones (this way I could also target size concepts with my little ones).  I glued them to 12x12 scrapbook paper.  I then made 12 bees.

The concept is simple - give students a bee and a direction (e.g., "Put the bee inside the big hive," "Put the bee on top of the big hive").

You can use the smaller hives to work on "between," 

or 2-step directions (e.g., Put one bee under a hive and one bee over a hive).

I had purchased some cute bee/beehive graphics from Scrappin' Doodles, so I made a printable version for those who'd like it:

Download the printable version here:

If you download, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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