Adapting Pre-made Resources

If you tell me you don’t love the Lakeshore Learning catalog, then you are simply a liar. Everything is obsecesnely cute (… also obscenely overpriced …) and creative. Embarrasingly, my favorite part of all of these wonderful materials FIT BACK IN THE SAME PACKAGE THEY CAME IN. Okay fine – all caps wasn’t necessary. But seriously, I have wasted way too much time trying to fit primary colored math manipulatives back into the small plastic container that they had some how previously been stored in. For some reason, I never have that problem with Lakeshore materials. They got it down.

I have been lucky enough to get tons of awesome lakeshore materials through grants from I recently go this great vocabulary center. It’s a set of vocabulary games that you can use with any vocabulary words. Perfect for my weekly vocabulary words!

The problem was that some of the games were just a little too difficult for my kiddos. So instead of reinventing the wheel I decided to just adapt these games.

These game pieces had instructions that were too lengthy and too complicated:

I printed up some modified easier instructions and taped them over the long instructions:

Then I had all new pieces that were understandable and do-able for my kids:


Excited to use these with my guys!





  1. Love, love, love Lakeshore. I paid $150 postage to get their already pricey items to Australia. They are so damn pretty, my students can’t help but love using them. I bought a lot of early phonics and rhyming activities so did not have to do any modifying. I do have a lot of school resources that get ignored and neglected due to difficult/verbose instructions so I might just try this with some. Sasha, I honestly don’t know how you find the time to teach fulltime, write a blog,make and sell resources and have a life! You are a super woman and your students are very lucky to have you!

  2. Aww Kelly your post made my day!! Have a great weekend 🙂


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