Welcome to the fourth installment of my series: The Prop Report. In this series, I plan to share my favorite props and rewards that I use in my ESL classroom. The link to the product is an affiliate link, so if you choose to purchase the item through the link, I get a little bonus. For more info about this series of posts, you can read my overview and full disclaimers here.
Make a Critter Blocks
Recommended for ESL classroom?
Yes! These are perfect for Halloween, but they can actually be used for excellent extension in a number of different lessons.
Recommended for hands on learning?
Yes! I think that you could really have fun making challenges for hands-on learning with kids. The older they are, the more complicated scenarios you can encourage.
I have the “critter” blocks, but there are several other different options that I’ll include below too. These are versatile, and because there are so many different combinations, they will never get boring. I especially love:
- The bright, colorful monsters
- The ability for kids to choose monochromatic options or crazy color combinations
- The fact that the monsters have many different types of accessories and clothes, perfect for level 2 extension
They are just a little bit bulky to handle in the classroom. It takes a little bit of practice to get comfortable “rolling” the blocks or moving them to let the students choose. It is also a little bit difficult for me to hold all three (or six if we make two monsters!) But this is not a big enough con to stop me from using (and recommending) this fun reward!
It’s also a little bit more expensive than most rewards I use. (Ok, I usually use free digital rewards.) But I really enjoy using a few physical rewards mixed in, so for me, it’s totally worth it!
See it in action:
You can see my unofficial product demo here:
This reward is a definite yes!
If you would like to purchase it, here’s my affiliate link on Amazon.com:
For other issues of The Prop Report:
- The Prop Report #3 – 6 in 1 Puzzles
- The Prop Report #2 – Joyin Animal Friends Hand Puppets
- The Prop Report #1 -Wooden Mix & Match Magnetic Pan Pizza