Saturday, January 9, 2010

Me and Marie

I can't tell you how many hours I spend preparing manipulatives and learning materials for the boys. For the most part I love to do it so I don't mind. Lately, however, I have been trying to encorporate more me time (reading books without pictures and exercising for example) so I just don't have time for everything. Today I spent at least an hour making a snowflake matching game since I decided that I needed to laminate them with contact paper (I HATE contact paper). Diego had a lot fun matching the snowflakes..... for about 3 minutes. Money is also an issue for us so I just can spend a TON of money on learning materials right now. I came across a REALLY great site that I wanted to share that might just help me out. Me and Marie is a company run by a former teacher now stay at home mom that makes Learning Packs, Pretend Play Props, and File Folder Games for preschoolers.

Here are some of my favorites:
Shop Along Cards- cards with different pictures of food on them to keep your child busy, I mean have your child help you at the grocery store.
Rainbow Sheep File Folder Game- one of MANY color matching games that I saw.
Farm Baggie Game- small baggie size games that you can take with you to use in the car or at a restaurant.

Best part is that a lot of her products are $3.00 or less. Go over and check it out at


  1. I feel your frustration about the contact paper. I "laminated" something with it today and it was not cooperating! It had bubbles and then I still missed a spot, ggrrrr! Thanks for the link, I am going to check it out :)

  2. I will be sure to check out the website. I stopped using contact paper and finally invested in a little table top laminator. It is much easier and the items stay much better. I have actually had the same laminator for over 10 years now:)But even so - the reality is, home made games and manipulatives are very time consuming.

  3. Oh, thanks for this link. I have the same problem you do with not enough time or money to do everything I want to do for school. Any help from outside sources is appreciated!

  4. Same here, it'hard to find time to do all these things especially with an new baby in the house. Thanks for the links.

  5. Wow such great ideas so glad you found me thru trudie i <3 that momma! and yay for being bilingual. i'm still struggling since im the only spanish speaking one in the house but the hubs is interested so we keep at it. following you blog now


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