Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hoosier Blog Hop!


Thank you to Mel D at  Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations for inviting me to join this creative Hoosier Blog Hop!  I love Mel and she is a constant inspiration to me.  


The Kindy 500 

Here's a way to really celebrate the Indy 500- have a grade level Indianapolis-like 500 race.  We call ours the Kindy 500.  The children make cardboard cars with the help of their families.  We turn our parking lot into a make believe race track using flags purchased from Oriental Trading.  We race walk the AUTOS four at a time and everyone gets a certificate (free below) and a ribbon.  Pepsi donated free signs.  We have gasoline alley for photos, parents bring in real race cars for picture taking, we tell them to stomp their feet when it is time to start their engines.  It is a blast!  

Click here for a free Race Certificate



I've been doing autobiographies in my classroom for a long time.  Kids love to write about themselves and this is a fun way to get it rolling.  It's the road to Writingville!



Start with a clipart automobile.  I have my complete idea at TPT.  Create pages for name, age, favorites, family, what I want to be when I grow up, etc.  Make a car for each child.  They fill it in, cut it out, and attach it to your bulletin board road.  
Take large black construction paper and cut it in half.  Use white or yellow chalk to draw dotted lines down the center for road lines.  Make street signs like...

Tell them that writing letters or words without spaces causes traffic jams in our city.  Injured letters or words must take an ambulance ride to the Helping Hospital.

Your city can include places like "Punctuation Point, Comma Curve, Capital Letter City Hall, Grammar Gardens, Letter Lake," etc.  Put up road construction signs that say, "Sentence Construction Ahead - Please Write Slowly & Carefully."  

To make the bulletin board letters, I cut black construction paper to 81/2 x 11, chose a font that was outline only, put one letter per page and ran it through my printer.  Then I added the yellow chalk lines to make it look like a "road."  

Next pit stop...Kady did doodles

Kady Did Doodles


  1. Hi Cindy! Found you through the blog hop. The
    Kindy 500 looks like it was a lot of fun! I'm a new follower!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  2. So cute! I am loving this blog hop...glad I found ya :) I'm your newest follower!
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  3. Looks like SOoo much fun! Thanks for the great freebie, too! Welcome the the blogging world!

    Primary Inspired