I thought I would share a quick idea about making problem solving a bit more interesting for your students. Sometimes new manipulatives can make it fun, but my class loves working together, especially when they can be working on the floor! I like to print out 6-7 word problems and put them in the middle of big pieces of butcher paper. Then, they get to use the teacher's smelly markers to solve the problems. They rotate around the different pieces of butcher paper when I ring my bell. Here are a few pictures for you:
What do you do to make problem solving more fun? Leave me a comment because I'd L.O.V.E. to hear about it!