Paint swatch activities


I don't know about you, but I am haunted by things that are free. Two of my biggest haunts - FedEx envelopes and paint swatches.  Paint swatches, in particularly, are like sirens calling my name at Home Depot and Lowe's.  I can barely walk by the paint section without caressing a colored swatch and dreaming how (or why?) I need a swatch collection.  Must be genetic, little O loves them, too.


Thankfully, teaching gives me an excuse.  Free swatches + gorgeously inspiring colors + students = An activity.  Here's what I've come up with so far....

Pick a color.....


Convenient way to group students (Thank you, Linda, Nathan and Jordyn)....


Choose a swatch.....


Colorful way to debrief a lesson with exit tickets.....


Pick up some of the multi-color paint swatches.....handy for mini-KWLs.....



And mini-KWLS....



Mickey friends, I bet you have a way to put these to teaching and learning use.....


Fabulous blog reader (or follower), what clever ideas do you have for paint swatches?  Are there free items that haunt you?  As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  Please use the comments section below (no password required, so comment away - Yippee!).

UPDATE:  Here's another idea how to use paint swatches.

Best,
Jen

158 comments:

  1. Sophie is also addicted to paint samples. She is now an aspiring fashion designer so she is using them to create a color book, I really like the way her mind works :) !!

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  2. Carrie - Sophie is clever! Yet another use for paint swatches - art projects and color books.

    Love that kid,
    Jen

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  3. Living across the street from McCormick Paints, I decided that this would be the best way to start my "Urban Schools Assignment" and begin posting twice weekly. I spent the past three days basically on bedrest with illness, and after burning the bread to go with my soup, had to trek to whole foods for nourishment. On the way back, I stopped into the paint store to pick out numerous paint swatches to use for KWL charts, assigning lab groups, and the myriad of other uses a 7th grade teacher can have (flash cards? timelines? equity sticks?. Unfortunately, my plan backfired majorly as I realized I was the only customer in the store, and the wall of paint swatches was essentially guarded. Therefore, with only 15 or so swatches in my hand, and 115 students on my roster, I wonder 1) are there any ways to economize on paint swatches, as I'm confident my students will love their novelty/utility and 2) any suggestions for gathering massive amounts of paint swatches without getting a lifetime ban to my local paint shop?

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    1. Have your students pick up five each in colors that they like and turn them into you.

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    2. Ask the guards if they have any that are discontinued colours, mis ordered etc. I got a whole box when I did!

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  4. Eliza- I would try a big home improvement store like Home Depot. The paint department is usually so busy they never notice how many samples you take. My daughter usually leaves with a few dozen samples :)

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  5. Eliza - I agree with Carrie (and I am laughing about your comment on being banned at your local paint store). Yes, if we all grab a nice assortment of free paint swatches, we will probably all be banned together :) Banned bliss. In the meantime, I think big stores like Home Depot and Lowe's are your best bet. Plus, many of the swatches I recycle and use over and over again (like the partner ones).

    Feel better -

    Jen

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    1. Talk to the people @ Home Depot - we walked out with 2,000+ paint swatches for free!

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    2. Sara what did you say to them?

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  6. My dad went to Lowe's for me to get the swatches, he told the employee that I was a teacher and how many could he take..she told him as long as its one entire color (Like take all the brick red) he could have as many as he wanted..so he brought me home one of each color ..over 300...

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    1. Yay for Jill's Dad! Also, what great advertising for the paint companies. Their logos and name are all over our classrooms.

      Jen

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  7. A teacher at our school used them to help students visualize writing deeper reading responses in their notebooks. The darker the color the better the response. We cut the stripes down to only 4 choices to match our rubrics. It really helped the kids.

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    1. How did the teacher get students to write deeper responses? Were there questions to guide them in going deeper than the surface responses?

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  8. Absolutely love this! What a great, free, green idea! Could you please, pretty please, link this post at my new blog "Your Green Classroom
    ?" Or at least give me permission to link it? Thank you so very much!
    FlapJack Educational Resources

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  9. I've used these for Word Choice in writers workshop. The 'better' words are in the darkest color. Ex: pretty, cute, beautiful, elegant

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    1. I plan on using them to teach 'colorful' words.

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  10. I think they'd work well in second grade for synonym practice. Put a word on the lightest color and have the children add three better words..similar to anonymous's post above. :)

    What about fact families? Four lines, four facts except for doubles. ;)

    Melly<><

    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

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  11. I'm addicted to the paint swatches as well! I've used them in many of the ways mentioned (though I will definately be using them with KWLs) I also punched a hole in the top of the 3-4 strips and tied with a ribbon to make bookmarks. My fifth graders loved them--I encourage them to write new words they have learned from the book.

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    1. love the idea of writing new words on them. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I use them for poetry!

    I have the kids pick a color (preferably one on a larger swatch) and use the name as their title. Here's an example of one called Firecracker (it's a bright red)that my bilingual kids helped come up with.

    Firecracker
    Sounds like lots of little exploding grenades
    Feels like a dangerous game
    Tastes like poprocks in my mouth
    Looks like a rainbow in the night sky
    Smells like ash and cardboard

    They LOVED it and I was absolutely amazed at the poems they produced.

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    1. Wow! Great poem! What an inspirational idea! I like the use of the five senses as a guide.

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    2. We are always looking for new poetry ideas... I love this one taking the name of the color!!

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  13. I'm going to use them to teach 6th graders paragraph structure. Topic sentence, support sentences, and concluding sentence. Thanks!

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  14. Thank you all for the fabulous comments on how you like to use paint swatches in your classroom! I can't wait to try out the ideas myself.

    Yippee!
    Jen

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  15. Those cool formica/laminate swatches might bee fun hall passes?

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    1. If you laminate them and have students write on them with dry erase markers, you could reuse them!!

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  16. I buy the large ones and cut them to fit a name badge holder. I make student name tags, place them in the holders, and apply business card magnets to the desk and back of badge holder. The holders can be used for several years and are easy to clean, remove, and hold down student papers during transitions. Won't ever tape a nametag to a desk again.

    Also, use the portion of the paint chip you cut away, put student names on them. Hole punch them and bind them with a ring binder clip. Great flip chart for grouping students or calling on everyone during a lesson.

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  17. Dear two fabulous anonymous comment leavers - Great ideas to use paint swatches! Thank you! I hope to try all the ideas myself.

    All the best,
    Jen

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  18. I've used the 64 box ofcrayons to teach word choice before...but paint swatches will work too! Grab as many names and shades for one color and use them to teach how writers have to describe. Orange isnt good enough, but tangerine paints a picture in the reader's mind.

    Love all the ideas!

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    1. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Jenny - What a cool idea to teach word choice. I used to teach English/Language Arts and my students always struggled with word choice. Crayons or swatches would have been a great strategy to use with them.

    Neat,
    Jen

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    1. I called them Thesaurus cards- most basic word on top, which they needed to replace with a better word. I also described them as salsa words- mild, medium and spicy. Kids liked choosing the spicy words.

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  20. I've often wondered.....does Lowe's or Home Depot consider it stealing if you have no intention of buying paint? I hope not!! They are irresistible!

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    1. Well, let's see. You are picking up a lot of swatches designed for customers who really want to purchase paint. Are you asking to take that many or are you finding that you are looking around to see if anyone notices? Are you designating other people to get "extras" so it does not appear that one person is taking them all? If you are worried that someone will see you take the samples, you may have answered your own question. I realize that school supplies are expensive but do you think the paint samples or countertop samples are free to make? Yes, they make extra but that is to aid in a person selecting a color to purchase. When the samples go they have to get more to the store. It costs money. How can they make up the money lost on making more? Increase prices!
      Asking and getting what you want/need is one thing. (and I am not talking about asking the cashier...ask the manager, the one responsible for the store) Just taking is another.

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    2. If you aren't comfortable "taking" paint swatches, I would introduce yourself to the manager of the paint department and explain your interest in them.

      As for the cost of producing paint swatches, I am uncertain. But, I do know all the paint companies get great exposure and advertising when their paint swatches are included in crafts, in school activities, etc. It is like Coke or Pepsi and their subliminal advertising.

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      Jen

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  21. Interesting idea and certainly colorful, but I tend to agree with Eliza up above - teaching middle school with nearly 150+ students would make using these impractical. I could see elementary teachers occasionally using them, but on the whole it seems rather wasteful.

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    1. Heather - Maybe just grab enough swatches to group up students. I use my "group up" colors over and over each semester.

      Jen

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    2. I work in a middle school and use them to make posters for my PBIS program. They look great when I cut the letters from the tri-colored ones. I also use them to group students and to decorate my boards. I use them for my word wall. The words look great on the colorful swatches. They make great book marks. There are so many uses for them and considering most people throw them out when they get home, I figure at least they are going to a good cause.

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  22. Great ideas! I also visit the kitchen section of Lowe's and Home Depot and stock up on the kitchen counter samples to use in my classroom. They are strong and durable. They usually come with a hole in them to use as name tags, etc. My kids love them.

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    1. Thanks, Anonymous - Now, I am thinking about ways to use counter samples :)

      Yay,
      Jen

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    2. I've used the counter samples for year. For some reason we had boxes of them laying around our school's workroom, so I took a bunch. I use them for recess passes, hall passes etc.(attached to a lanyard). I've also used them with letter written on them for word work. They have lasted for years!

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  23. I use the Disney ones from Home Depot and the ones from Walmart with the pictures on them (Glidden brand) to make memory games for my daycare. The children love them

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    1. What a cute way to use the Disney and pictorial ones.

      Jen

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  24. Just to let those of you that are feeling leary about "stealing" the swatches from big stores or any store for that matter. The swatches are FREE to the store. My brother works for a large Benjamin Moore dealer in NJ and when I told him that I wanted swatches for my classroom he just added 3000 to the order they were placing for their stores. Talk with a store manager if you dont want to just grab but I'm sure that once you tell them you are doing this for a school they will want to help out.

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    1. Kelly - Thanks for the insider information. That is great news!

      Jen

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  25. shhh ... little secret ... Behr and Glidden reps store their paint swatches behind those displays ... look for the hidden doors. They fill them up constantly. Also ... get to Home Depot between 9& 1 and the reps will be there sorting out their displays ... ask them for swatches and paint chips ... they will be happy to provide ... also lots of nice paint sample paper in Walmart ...

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    1. Thank you for the insider's information. I would love to meet a paint rep and confess my swatch love (and see their reaction).

      Jen

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  26. I found paint samples at Lowes that have a square cut in them. This cut out is a perfect size to show one number from the typical number chart. I decided to make it a game by gluing two samples together with the holes overlapping. Students would each get 1 strip. They could place their card on a number on the 100's chart and their opponent would have to name the number just before or just after. If you place the strips vertically they could name 10 fewer or 10 more. They just lift the strip to check the answer.

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    1. Super cute idea. I like the idea of making a math activity out of the swatches.

      Clever,
      Jen

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    2. This could be used in older grades with ordering fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, too

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  27. Two more words: Formica. Samples.
    :)
    <3

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    1. I like your thinking, Pktchr! I shall look for them.

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  28. I am also obsessed with paint swatches! I recently finished my student teaching and I incorporated paint swatches in several lessons. The single color swatches I used for BrainPop answer cards. Each student had 4 swatches, each one with an A, B, C or D written on it. Instead of the students yelling out the answers to questions on the BrainPop quizzes, they held up their card of choice. I also used the Mickey Mouse swatches to teach fact families. The ears held the two smaller numbers with the bigger number written in the middle. The student would draw a card and then write all the fact family equations on a separate piece of paper.

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    1. Kim - Clever ideas to use paint swatches. Thank you so much for taking the time to share.

      Happy summer!

      Jen

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    2. If you laminate them, you can make a set of "answer" cards for each student and have them use them every time you do an activity like that...super great idea!!!

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    3. Pinch cards are a good idea too.

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  29. I love this idea! I am so going to use this in my classroom!

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    1. Super, Ruth.

      Fun way to spice up your classroom.

      Jen

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  30. I have used paint swatches in a "shades of meaning" lesson on word choice-- run, dash, sprint, etc. I put them on the board and then you have an instant thesaurus in your writers center.

    I love the fact family ideas for the Mickey ears!

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    1. I love the shades of meaning twist.

      Smart, bright, intelligent, innovative - how'd I do?

      Ha!

      Jen

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    2. I used them for a "shades of meaning" activity in an 8th grade communications class in our unit on connotation -- had groups of students arrange synonyms from least emotional impact to most emotional impact, and discussed when and where and how using certain words would have what kind of an effect on your audience. Working through the decision of ranking the words was a concrete way to help some students realize that the words they throw around so casually aren't so casual to some other students.

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    3. I have not done this yet but I see that I will as I have all year to accumulate some paint samples... I am going to use them for classification of plants and animals. I will write the classifications on the colors and cut them apart, then they will reassemble from broadest to specific.
      I also love the before and after. I will try that with fractions and decimals, too. Thanks to all of you who gave some great ideas. I will never pass by the paint swatches again without thinking .hmmm how else can I use those?
      Peg

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    4. Lisa, would you be willing to share your "shades of meaning" word list?

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  31. If you talk to any paint store they would be glad to save or give you the sample swatches of paint that is being discontinued! Ask don't just take! It will eventually Jake us all have to pay for paint swatches!

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    1. I love this idea about asking for the discounted ones.

      Jen

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  32. I made pH folders for each lab station. Laminate and they last for years!

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    1. A great science twist.

      Thank you for sharing,

      Jen

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  33. Oh my goodness! I'm glad to know I'm not the only crazy out there that has a thing for paint swatches. Every time I paint I collect numerous ones so I can get the exact color I like. I can never throw them away and have a huge amount tucked in around the house. I also love those new Valspar sample bottles. The colors are so inspiring. Want one of every color. Wait, I already have the colors. Darn! Now I don't have an excuse to buy the samples.

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    1. I don't think I've seem the Valspar sample colors. Sounds fun for a project.

      Jen

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  34. I glue a red swatch and a green swatch back-to-back. My students have them on their desks as a quick way for me to check in with them while they are busy working - red side up means I need help, green side up means I'm good to go!

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    1. Such an easy and clever idea. I think I will model this with my college students so they can use it in their classrooms one day.

      Jen

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  35. For preschool I have used the as matching for upper and lowercase letters! Take two of the same color and write the uppercase on one and the lowercase on the other. Students match by color and name the letter.

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  36. As a preschool teacher, I also use them to teach the difference between shades of color. The kids love it. I also laminate them and use them to put sight words on - so much nicer then a sentence strip or index card. They really pop out on our word wall! (I also color code them by letter.) Paint swatches are my best friend. Along with the dollar tree.

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  37. I've used them for a color memory game either matching colors or color swatch and color word (for word recognition).

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  38. I use them for:
    -nature walks to match the various shades of colors in nature
    -color matching games
    -cut and use as bulletin board letters, numbers and banners
    -cutting practice along the lines
    -cut to make collages and mosaics
    -used them with the die cut machine at school to cut out shapes and they are just the right size to fit

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  39. I love paint swatches too! However, my husband works for Lowe's so I have a connection, but he's always giving them to teachers-just ask. I have used them for color poems and character traits. List a character trait on each square with evidence from the text to support that trait they listed. Students think it's fun because it's colorful and different. Love your ideas! Keep them coming!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  40. Laminate the paint swatches so students can write on them with dry-erase markers. This will allow you to reuse them.

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  41. The cards with multiple shades of a color are great for cutting practice. Nice sturdy paper and short enough to be done in a few snips.

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  42. i am not a teacher, but i love to use paint swatches for card making. they are perfect, and come in so many shades, i'm sure i have a paper to match!

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  43. I use red, yellow and green paint chips for my behavior chart. I picked up the large Behr(sp?)swatches. They are large enough to be cut down the middle...you won't have to pilfer so many that way.

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  44. i use the disney ones for my behavior chart. i cut out the mickey mouse and put the kids pictures on it and glue them to a popsicle stick. i also use them for my attendance chart in the same way. kids love to see their pictures with mickey mouse ears.

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  45. I used the Mickey Mouse ones for a cute color wheel, and have used paint swatches for collages, and studying tint and shade in my Jr. High Art classes. I always ask at Lowes, and Home Depot, and they do not mind when I only take a few at a time.
    I also ask for discontinued wallpaper sample books. These are wonderful for free textured, patterned and colored paper for the students to use for collages.

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  46. I also made a blog post with tons of ideas for paint chip cards. Check it out: http://melissa-wade.blogspot.com/2012/05/calling-all-paint-chip-stealers-yes-i.html

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    1. Melissa - I like your blog and pin boards :)

      Fun and useful,
      Jen

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  47. Thank you all for such great ideas! Keep 'em coming!

    Jen

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  48. My favorite use of paint swatches is to check for comprehension during reading. Chose three gradients of one color, a light, medium, and dark shade. Write "clear" on the lightest color, "unsure" on the medium shade, and "in the dark" on the darkest shade. Adjectives could be changed to be more creative of course! As the student is reading, have them point at the color they are feeling every so often. Once they are used to the system, they could show you on their own! that way, if they are feeling unclear about something, you have a good way of checking for it!

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    1. J Ho :)

      I love this idea. What an easy way to check for understanding.

      Jen

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  49. Friday Free Writes- use chips with interesting names... students have to use that color/name as inspiration... Anything goes as long as the name and/or color are reflected in their writing.

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    1. Kimberly - That would work great especially since the color names can be so creative and poetic sometimes.

      Jen

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  50. I'm glad I am not the only one obsessed!!
    I use milk caps-- I call them "Lids for Kids"
    I put zip lock bags around in over 55 complexes etc. They were excited to help. I put sight word on with markers and the kids love to play. Also good for ABC matching, color word memory games and on and on. I live about 25 miles from H.P. Hood and they gave me thousands years ago and I am just about at the bottom of the bag now.

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      You are a wealth of ideas! Thank you for sharing.

      Jen

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  51. Oddly enough, I was just having a discussion with my sister TONIGHT about paint swatches and the things I do with them! Then, browsing pinterest I came across your blog, and this entry. (I swear, I didn't type "paint swatches" in the search box!)

    I have a daycare. I use these all the time. We like to make sewing/lacing cards out of them by simply punching holes around the edges. I also cut them up into tiny squares and give the kids paper and glue sticks and let them make mosaics. When we want to have a "fancy" lunch we'll fold them and make place cards with their names.

    Glad to see I'm not the only one with weird addictions, especially after the teasing I had to endure from my sister tonight as I rambled on about paint swatches and their many uses! :)

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    1. Anonymous - We are kindred spirits! Onward with our paint swatches!

      Jen

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  52. I use them for classroom library cards. The kids pick a book and put their swatch in the basket the book came from so they know where to put the book back. I also put their reading level on the back.

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    1. Kelly - That is such a practical and useful idea.

      Love it,
      Jen

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  53. Love the matching game with the Mickey ones! I made a name banner for each of my kids with them in the shades of their favorite color one letter on each swatch and hung them on their doors. You can also use paint swatches to help color code at home I have 4 kids so each having their own color helps a lot. My next project is a ring with an emergency card for each kid. Their color and their ICE info with general description for when we go to places like a zoo or museum where getting lost is a possibility. Also on to clip to their shoe with my phone number and name in case they get lost so security knows who to contact.

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  54. This just popped into my mind (as I grabbed my collection of chips)...what about useing them to make card games...such as matching or stacking (factors in order, etc.) or memory games...write on them with Sharpies (let them dry) and then bag them according to skill...hmmm, my mind is off and running again! I might let the kiddos design a game...gotta go!!! (Important stuff to create!)

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    1. Beth again...I really should not type before finishing my first cup of coffee! Please excuse the typos (sp)...Sorry! What do I always tell the kids...Proof your work! B

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  55. I use them to put their computer login info on. Just type the info on a label (b/c my writing isn't that great) and attach to paint chip. Since it's colorful and fun, they take more care not to lose it!

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    1. What a great idea to use the colorful paint swatches for an important item like the login info.

      Very cool. I also like your idea of printing a label for the swatches.

      Jen

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  56. I LOVED the Mickey Mouse swatches and used them for YEARS. I've been to several Home Depots and can't find them anymore. Can anyone find them at their local Home Depot? When looking online, I have found that they are not going to be carrying the Mickey Mouse paint anymore. BUMMER!

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    1. Leslie - So that is why I haven't seen the Mickey Mouse paint swatches lately! I hadn't put it together nor asked.

      Thanks for the update.

      Jen

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  57. I use them for elkonin boxes when we are practicing CVC words and then later when we do CVCe words. You can either use chips to mark the sounds (I use seasonal erasers-super cheap) or you can laminate them so that the students can use dry erase markers to write the words. One sound for each shade.

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  58. I love paint swatches too! And I love all these ideas. Thank you so much for sharing. Here is one way I use my paint swatches -
    http://mrskarensclass.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-school-year-2012-13.html

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  59. As a teacher EVERYTIME I have asked for ANYTHING, nobody has ever said no. That being said, when I need paint swatches I go to the store and take what I need, not thousands at a time and nobody has said anything. And also, go to different stores each time you need them so you don't become known as the Paint Swatch robber. If you have a lot of students you may want to ask, but for me, who teaches kindegarten at a private day care, I have one class so it's really not an issue.

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  60. And, btw, my most recent use for the 3-shade ones was digraphs... wrote the digraph in the darkest shade, then words that begin with the digraph in the second space, and words that end with the digraph in the third one, then punched a hole in them and used a metal ring to put them together.

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  61. If it makes "you teachers" feel better...you aren't the only ones taking those paint swatches! As a former Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, let me say, those little swatches get turned into great craft items as well. I know hundreds of demos that use those swatches for make and takes for classes, gift items, bookmarks, etc.

    I have my own beautiful selection of paint swatches :) I even use them in my Sunday School class. I have purchased paint from Lowe's and Home Depot, so I don't feel bad about getting free swatches. Sears also has free paint swatches ;)

    Honestly, do you think those stores would tell "a teacher" no about getting these little beauties free to use in their classroom?

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    1. We are kindred spirits, then!

      Let's hear it for creative paint swatch uses!

      Hurray!

      Jen

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  62. I am a Special Ed teacher(grades 9-12) and work with students who are working more on lifeskills and the basics (letter and number identification, sight words, etc). I think I am going to try to use paint chips to level all of my curriculum. An example would be pink could be any materials at a pre-primer level, red could be primer level, orange can be 1st grade, etc. This will allow the students to get appropriate materials and T.A's or subs grab appropriate leveled material for each of my students without focusing on what level it is. Any other ideas on how I can organize my materials would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Caitlin -

      Great ideas! Thank you for taking the time to share.

      Jen

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  63. I called my local Walmart and asked them if I could come pick up some paint swatches for my future classroom. I talked to the Customer Experience Manager (CEM) and she said that I could come and take as many as I needed. I even offered to pay for them... but she said not to worry about it. I guess what I am trying to say, is just ask. You will be surprised at how generous people are.

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    1. I think you are correct. Especially for teachers, people and businesses tend to be generous.

      Thanks for the tip and suggestion.

      Jen

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  64. I use mine for bookmarks for my students. Bookmarks are expensive, and these are free, plus the kiddos love them, and get to pick their colors!

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    1. Super cute! Did you see how Lil O and I decorated our bookmarks with Sharpie pens. Just in case you and your students need more embellishment :)

      Jen

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  65. I use Paint Swatches with my Special Ed. Life Skills Students,teaching the "AT" "AN" Words.......I use file folders, and make 2 slits in folders, Write in Large Letters on File Folder AT, AN..... then put 1 letter on each color of Paint swatch such as B-AT, C-AT, F-AT...........as they learn the word they must write it down, and make a sentence using this word. Could be used on 3x5 or 4x6 Index cards also, and sent home as homework with the parent.

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    1. What a great idea and soooo colorful and engaging.

      Love it,

      Jen

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  66. School Counselor trick.. for students you see that need help communicating feelings, use a key chain ring or binder ring, punch a hole through the paint chips and attach with the ring. Associate each color with a feeling (red/anger, green/jealousy, blue/sad, yellow/happy, ____/need to talk etc...) The student can display it on their desk so the teacher can know how they are feeling and approach the student appropriately.

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  67. thank you, it's really help my thesis.
    but could you help me to send me some e-books, articles, journals or anything that related to the paint chips.
    my thesis is about the use paint chips in teaching descriptive text.
    please send to my email jiyuchan17@gmail.com
    thank you... ^^

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    1. Vivira - I'd love to read your thesis. Unfortunately, I don't have any other resources besides this blog post.

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  68. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas! I have always been a fan of paint chips and the endless FREE possibilities. :)

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    1. Heidi S -

      Free and endless are two of my favorite descriptors for things and projects.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jen

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    2. My son usually likes to get the red and yellow ones and when we watch Manchester United play soccer on tv, he imitates the referee when the players get yellow and red cards by using the paint swatches...very funny! I loved the ideas everyone shared about using them in the classroom...many good ideas I will keep in mind...thank you.

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  69. memory game write on back of minnie paint swatches

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  70. I'm a former paint rep & everytime I see this on pinterest I want to cringe. It's okay to take 5, but 25 for your class? Seriously, doesn't that kind of make you feel maybe taking from the company/store?

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    1. Hi Anonymous - As life coach Sue would say, is there another way to look at this? Kids learning. Great advertising for the paint companies (Coca-cola would die to have their stuff all over the classroom, yes?). Colorful activities that inspire and bring joy.

      :)
      Jen

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  71. Home Depot is very teacher friendly. Every time I have asked for something (this includes 25 tiles for a Mother's Day project) I was given without hesitation. I use the paint samples as word family builders. As well, I use the free paint sticks as bookmarks for my classroom library. Each student puts his/her stick where they take out a book. When reading time is over, they go to their stick, insert their book, and my library is kept organized. :)

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  72. As an art teacher...pick out 3 colors and have kids come up with a visual scene. Go to each student(if time and group allow) and repeat process, but with different colors for each kid. Great anticipatory set for talking about colors re: moods, feelings, scenes, etc. Get the kids thinking about how colors bring specific images to mind.

    Also, great for value scales. Kids can match up as they are mixing paint colors. The one's with the squares are great cause they can just hold over mixture to see if it matches.

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  73. Now, what can you do with the discontinued wallpaper sampler books I've been given "free for the asking" from stores? All you scrapbookers should be able to come up with hundreds of ideas for their use in a classroom. Pages and pages of coordinating prints and designs! Get thinkin', teachers!

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    1. Tracy - Such a great idea. I never thought about all those out-of-date wallpaper books.

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    2. I use them to organize my library baskets. One pattern for each genre.

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  74. I teach journalism and we follow "ABCD" caption writing (attention getter, basic information, complimentary information and direct quote.) The kids inevitably leave one element out. These would be perfect to make them remember there are 4 components!

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    1. Melinda - I love helpful acronyms like ABCD. Such a clever idea to use with a four part paint swatch.

      Jen

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  75. Paint Stir Sticks are another useful item to ask for in Lowe's or Home Depot. I get them every year and use them in the library for choosing books, in an Ancient Egyptian unit for hieroglyphic sticks, for First Nations talking sticks...

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    1. I love this idea. I wonder what else I could do with paint stir sticks. Hmmmm....

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  76. In the classroom setting paint swatches can also be used to leave "Color Your Classmate's World Beautiful " positive notes. This is part of the "Choose Kind" anti bullying platform for the month of October. It helps the kids visualize that all colors of the rainbow are accepted and welcome. I also use the names of the paint colors as writing prompts and challenge students to use all of the names on a paint strip in a story.

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  77. your students can use them in their writing instead of using the same "general" color names

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  78. Love this idea. Makes me adore paint swatches more.
    Jen

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  79. I am a first grade teacher, and I have used paint swatches for several things. I picked up green ones and we made Christmas tree ornaments out of them one year. I have also used them when we are learning/practicing synonyms. I especially like the ones with several shades of the same color for synonyms.

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    1. Salena - It sounds like you have lots of ways to incorporate paint swatches in your classroom. My kind of teacher :)
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  80. I saw someone use swatches for their cutlery

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  84. I got the multicolored paint samples, 3-4 colors on one, and used it to put user names for all my students and then I hole punched it and put it on a ring and I hand them out when my students need to log into something they need their passwords and usernames. It is really very convienent, way more than trying to keep track of them all or make them write them down on paper to "not loose"

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