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Old 07-28-2013, 07:29 AM
 
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If you have made your own teacher rekenreks, what size did you buy so that the pipe was
small enough to go through the holes of the pool noodles? Did the store cut the lengths of pipe for you? What did you use to cut the pool noodles?

Thanks for helping me with these questions. My DH always made my school tools for me. I look around my classroom this summer and see all his hard work....a bench, bookcases, movable clothesline posts....and the tears come. If your DH makes things for you please tell him how much you appreciate his contributions to your classroom. My DH passed away three months ago very unexpectedly.


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I'm no help with the rekendeks, just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. See everything he made for you will remind you of the love he had for you, but also the emptiness you are feeling. Thanks for the reminder to thank my husband for everything he does.


I was able to find this link. Ones made with PVC are on here as are a lot more and probably easier options.

http://pinterest.com/aclagrone/rekenrek/

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I'm so sorry about the loss of your husband. I'm glad that you have happy memories surrounding you!

I had to look up what a rekendek was, and I'm no help with the PVC pipe, but I have cut pool noodles many times. A box cutter or even a steak knife works well. The hardest part is cutting straight. I'd recommend using a piece of tape to mark where to cut.

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I found these directions on Pinterest for a teacher sized rekenrek. I haven't decided if I'm going to do this or just make one that's a little bit bigger than the ones I made for my students. This seems awfully big! I hope you have somewhere to put it!

http://pinterest.com/pin/490540584382777706/
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:59 AM
 
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I was going to post a link, but see its already here. So, just a tip...if the noodles do not slide easily, use a piece of sandpaper to sand the inner hole a bit.
Also, HUGS to you!


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Just last week I made 4 of these following the directions posted by myself. I bought two 2 foot lengths of 1/2inch pipe so no cutting there, but you will need to cut two 6inch pieces and two 3inch pieces..,I cut them myself with a hacksaw but they would probably do it for you at the store. I cut the foam with a steak knife...easy to cut, but hard to make each piece perfectly striaght. So sorry for your loss!
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I am so sorry for your loss!
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My husband does everything for my classroom too. I would be heartbroken to look around and know he is not here anymore. Hugs to you.
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Thanks so much....
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for the tips and information and the hugs. I went to Home Depot this afternoon and now have two teacher rekenreks. DH would have been proud.

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