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DIY Homemade My LIttle Pony Memory Game – 4 Levels of Difficulty Built In!

My Little Pony Memory Game Free Printable

This year, it is all about homemade Christmas gifts.  Also, to make high quality presents on the cheap that are flexible and are usable across a wide age range.

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DIY Magnetic Piano Music Notes / Symbols and Grand Staff

Magnetic DIY Homemade PDF PIano Notes Symbols Grand Staff Printable DIY printable grand staff and notes. DIY cardboard box easel


Using an Ikea Magnet Board that I already had, I created this oversized grand staff and magnetic music symbols. She does not like the “workbook” approach to learning music. She is too busy trying to create her own. So, why not follow her lead!

Of course, as with anything we do, we keep it real. We utilized an old box from the garage to make a makeshift easel which is barely holding up that heavy magnetic board. I suggest buying a magnetic dry erase board or use an old rectangle sheet pan for baking. The pans are usually magnetic too!

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Color Coded Phonics ToolBox – Free Printable

DIY Color Coded Phonics ToolBox – Free Printable (Digraphs, Trigraphs, Diphthongs Hands On Manipulative)


My little one began reading at a very basic level at 4 years old. We kept the reading simple using level AA and Level A readers from ReadingA-Z.com as well as leveled readers from ThinkCentral / StoryTown.  The decodables from both of these websites are quite awesome too!  With a little time, you can acquire these materials for free. I shall let you figure that out on your own.

My biggest complaint with all the phonics maniulatives available is that the individual sounds that vowels make could not be explained from one word to  the next.

At first glance, it may seem complicated. Let me assure you, I have never been happier with a phonics manipulative.  My 5 year old went from being frustrated to reading flashlight, heart and ruler with ease. I am no longer explaining why the letter “A” said this or said nothing. It is predetermined by the color of the vowel.


We pick 2 or 3 words a day as they related to the Highlights Magazines puzzles we are working on. I prepare the word using the color coded toolbox. She reads it. Then, I ask her to check the spelling against the magazine. She is learning to read, sound out words, use phonics and spell all at the same time. The best part, it’s easy and fun.

For us, this toolbox has been an amazing tool. All my old manipulatives are completely useless next to this. Here is the Link to download the Color Coded Phonics ToolBox PDF.  I cannot find the craft case I used online to link for you.

Base 10 Blocks – Free Printable

Diy Place Value Strips and Printable Base 10 Blocks – Free download templates

Printable Base 10 Blocks Free Template

Before I made the plunge into making a real math manipulative that we would use forever more, I made these printable base 10 blocks during my pregnancy nesting phase. They work if you are on a budget. Personally, the use of cardstock base 10 blocks just did not work for us. We love our Montessori beads too much.