Teacher Mama: Skills Practice Tube {After School Linky}

Skills Practice Tube

Boy Mama Teacher Mama  Skills Practice Tube

Don’t know about you, but I have about 12 empty salt containers sitting in my craft closet. I have a few ideas for them, but thought of this one in the middle of the night last night.  My son needs practice with his math facts and I created this in hopes giving him a fun and different way to practice.


empty salt container

colored paper

packing tape or clear contact paper



clear tape

templates (click the image below to download)

Boy Mama Teacher Mama  Salt Container Skill Practice Box

Creating Your Practice Tube

Cover your salt container with colored paper. You don’t have to do this step, but I think it looks nicer this way. Cover the container with packing tape or contact paper. This is good not only for durability, but also helps the paper slide around the container more easily.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama  Salt Container Skill Practice Tube

Cut the templates apart being sure not to cut the top off.  I add some clear tape at both ends. This allows me to remove the strips and replace them with others without tearing the paper.

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Wrap one strip around the container and tape the ends together.

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Repeat with the other strip.

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Finally, I cut out two green arrows and attached them with clear tape. This will help students know where to line up the numbers.

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The tube is now complete and ready to use! You can use this particular set of number to strips to practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts. The second set of strips in the free template is the same only has numbers 10-20 for students who are ready for higher numbers.

I have also created strips to practice the following skills:

number sense with dots and numbers

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lower case and upper case letters

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short vowel sounds

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To purchase these strips, click the following link:

Salt Container Skills Practice Tube from BMTM

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This week at After School, I noticed lots of bright colors and different kinds of paints. The colors grabbed my attention and just begged to be collected here. 🙂  I actually  think the bright colors just made me hopeful for spring….

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The Rainbow Milk Color Experiment from Creekside Learning

Sidewalk Paint from Privileged to Proclaim

Easy Homemade Paint Recipe from the Imagination Tree

Condensed Milk Painting from Boy Mama Teacher Mama

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The After School Link Up is a great place to share ideas and to find new ideas to do with your children after school or in your homeschool.  The After School Link Up goes live every Monday. So, if you are a blogger, an educator or just some one looking for some good ideas, be sure to stop by Boy Mama Teacher Mama (or the other co-hosts) on Mondays and see what others have to share.

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