I am Sarah Tharpe Winchell from Teaching Resources for the Classroom. I hope you have gotten off to a good start in this new year.
We like to do some cleaning and organizing at our house before my husband and I return to school after the break. One of husband’s favorite organizational tasks is to sort the many socks we have and find their mates or friends as he calls it. He even has a song he sings, “Socks without friends…it never ends!” It seems this year we had a huge number of socks without friends. Well when the dust settled and the matches were made those little friendless socks needed a purpose. I washed them with bleach and soap to get them looking as new as possible and introduced them to their future.
I’m going to share some ideas that you can do with the friendless socks you have at your house. I’m sure you have a couple that need a new future. Save a sock!! Send them to school!
I wanted to use some of the socks to make puppets. In my K/1 class during the Daily Five I love Read to Someone. Sometimes there is not a partner available at the moment a child is ready to read so I think they will enjoy reading to a puppet until a partner is available. They are also great for working on speaking and listening standards. These are quick and easy to make!
Teachers are always looking for ways to help students succeed in the classroom. Fidgets are a simple way to help children who may need something extra to help focus their attention.
I also made some fun creations with socks. You can create any designs you like.
I hope this gives you some inspiration to recycle and reuse those socks with friends.
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All the best, Sarah