Monday, October 8, 2012

Mystery Trash and a Freebie

Hiya Peeps

Shuna here from Pocket Full of Kinders

I am so happy to be a blogger for Kinderland!

Nancy has gotten together some fabulous bloggers who are going to share ideas, resources, amazing

products and best of all some awesome FREEBIES

By no means is this my orginal idea! I read somewhere about this idea and decided to try it and boy did it work.

Have you often thought that your classroom looks like this

And wished it looked like this

Well this little tidbit might help

This game is called Mystery Trash. You have the students stand and tell them that you have ___________ pieces of mystery trash, I usally pick 2 pieces, and that it is their job to find it. You tell the students that they must be dectectives and find the mystery trash but they can't push, talk, run or take something from some one else.

IN order to ensure that my kiddos really clean I tend to look around and pick the smallest most minute piece of trash on my floor and trash and that is the least obvious place. After I have mentally decided what items will be my mystery trash I remind the kiddos of the rules.

I set a time limit and have the kids go for it!  Prepare yourself they will be scrambling all over the floor looking for that piece of mystery trash. If I see someone breaking the rules I automatically make them go back to their seat and they can no longer play. This breaks their little hearts to see all of their friends crawling around on the floor and they can't
* What is it about kinders and crawling? I don't know about your kiddos but mine never WALK!
They run, scoot, crawl, hop, Jump, ugh but thats another story*

 Once all the trash is cleaned up I have the students to stand, throw all their trash away and I annouce who picked up my mystery trash and where it was located.
I usually give the students  who found the mystery trash a sticker or a small treat

MY kids love this game and it is a fun way for them clean up

While I was typing this I just remembered where I saw this idea! Duh, it was on Teacher Tipster but I am too lazy to scroll back to the top of this post to change it.

Here is the vid


My kiddos love love love cut and paste sheets!

I have a ton of book order forms so I thought that I would put them to use

The kiddos used a book order form and cut out words that they could read

*You can get this sheet for free along with some other magazine work printables here

After finishing all that cutting we had a big mess on our hands. There was paper and crap everywhere

Here is an example of mystery trash game in action

Note the time on the clock

 Note the time!

Sparkling Clean!

Peace Out Peeps


  1. I love that you showed the time on the clock. lol! We play that game in my room too! :)

    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

  2. Love the trash game! My kinders love to cut and paste too, and oh my the mess it makes! I will be trying that game out tomorrow! :)

    Lovin’ Kindergarten

  3. You always have good, fun idea Shuna! Perfect!!

    Kindergarten Lifestyle

  4. I'm sold! Mystery Trash being implemented STAT! Thanks for the share!
    ~ Kristen

    1. Woo Hoo! I want to see pics if you try it out!

      The kiddos love love love this game

  5. OMG, I sooooooo needed the mystery trash game today. I actually left the custodian a cutsie' excuse our mess' and thank you note after school today. How do Kinders manage to cut such tiny slivers of paper? Thanks for the book order idea, I'm definitely using that one!!
    :) Nancy

    1. I have sweepers as my classroom jobs but they do not get too excited to sweep and they miss stuff

      The ask me to play this game every time we cut

      So how is that for motivation

  6. Perfect timing. We had a ton of rubbish today from all their cutting. LOL

  7. What a great blog post! I love mystery trash. I call it "clean-up surprise." Whoever picks up, pushes in, or puts away what I have secretly chosen, gets a treasure from my treasure box. This game really helps me keep my classroom in tip-top shape all day long.

    Congrats on the new blog! The template is just adorable!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter