If your students are like mine, they need to have better fact fluency.  I'm constantly trying to think of ways to sneak in more practice.  BOOM! is a game I use in my classroom.  The kids like the novelty of the game and are able to work on basic facts even if we're short on time.

To make this game, I take a used but CLEAN Pringles can and cover it with red contact paper.  Then I cut a small hole in the lid.  I stick a small brown pipe cleaner through the hole and tape it to the bottom so it doesn't come out.  Now I have a firecracker to hold math facts.

Most of my educational games are stored in plain baggies so the kids get a kick out of something a little different.  I'm currently working on different types of container games to keep things interesting.  I have a free set of addition cards to go inside your firecrackers in my TPT store.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

For International Blog Hopping Day, I'm linking up with Crystal from Kreative in Kinder.  I'm also linking up with Erin from First with Franklin for her 100 Freebies Linky Party.  Drop by both blogs to get some really great freebies.  You can NEVER have too many!

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  1. Hello! I am your newest follower! I am also new to blogging. I will be teaching 2nd grade in the Fall. I have taught for the past 13 years (How fast time flies) in multi-age, looping and Title 1 settings. I like your blog design and the ideas you've posted so far.
    I am also following your TPT store!
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

  2. I'm so glad you stopped by! I've always thought teaching in multi-age and looping classrooms would be a neat experience but I bet it requires more planning.

    I'm now following your blog.

  3. Just found your blog! What a great idea - thanks for sharing!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  4. What a fun game and so versatile. Great idea! Thanks for linking up on my More Teaching Blogs page. I'm glad I found you and I'm sure others will follow.

    The Teaching Thief
    Fiction Friday: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

  5. This is so cute! I love the name of your blog too with that adorable owl! =)

    Heather's Heart

  6. Love it! Thanks for joining my linky party!
    First with Franklin

  7. I am a new follower and I love your blog name and design! Too cute. :)

  8. I'm a new follower, thanks for the freebie. I especially love the container idea, simple yet creative!