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I don’t know about you, but when playing games with my groups using the amazing materials that I print off of TpT, I catch some of them trying to peek through the cards to see what is next. Normally, my kids are really good and pick the card on top, however, we have been having a few to many instances of some friends shouting out ” You’re going to lose a turn ” or ” I can see the card, I know the answer “.  Since I cannot afford to print all my materials on card stock I had to find another way to block my students x-ray vision. Inspiration struck as I was about to do a load of laundry. I had just used our last laundry pak and was  literally in mid throw to toss the container into the recycling when I realized it would be perfect! Don’t you just love it when inspiration strikes 🙂

I am one of those craft people who believe spray paint can do anything. I happened to have a can around from a previous project. If you don’t, just make sure you get one that works on plastic.

I used a high gloss navy blue

I should note that I did not peel the label off. The people at Tide really want you to know that the container is part of their product line. I tried, but that label didn’t budge and I didn’t want to deal with trying get the label off in little pieces.  A couple thin coats later and TA-DA, my x-ray vision blocker! The lid is big enough for fifth grade hands and Kindergarten hands, just what I needed. I haven’t decorated mine yet, but I am thinking polka dots 🙂  

I hope that this has given you some inspiration to help keep your friends x-ray vision at bay if you need it 😉


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Meet Maureen

Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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5 Responses

  1. This is a great idea! My kiddos are really bad about turning the cards over before their turn more so than x-ray vision. However, I think adding mystery to any game is a great motivator.

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