Sunday, 27 July 2014

Apple Classroom Art Project


Do you need an apple themed art project idea? Well here is one idea for you! 

Here is how we did it:

1. Start by painting a sheet of newspaper green and another one red. Use thinned paint, or watercolours. I used a nice big fat sponge brush. 


2. Wait for it to dry. Then freehand sketch some apple shapes....


and some leaves, using crayons.


3. Cut out the shapes and experiment with different layering and arrangements on a black card stock background page. Once you have decided - use a glue stick to stick them down. Apply the glue right to the edge of each piece. 


4. Wait for the glue to dry, and then use crayons or oil pastel to add patterned detail to the apples and background. 


I love the effect of water-colour on newspaper and students love seeing how you can turn something old into something bright fun and new!

I have an 'Art Ideas for Kids' pinterest board, if you would like to get some more ideas for fun classroom art lessons. Find and follow my board HERE

If you need more back to school art ideas, I have just finished some 'directed drawing' worksheets. Click on the image below to find this packet in my TpT store! 



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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Double Apple Number Game Freebie


It is the final 2 days of my Christmas in July sale!

I wanted to finish with a set that I have been tinkering on for about six months! It is my latest 'Ultimate Collection' of number games. 

These games consolidate essential basic number skills - and expose students to numbers up to 30!

For the next 2 days, you can snatch up this set at 50% off! It's a teeny tiny $7.50!


Let's take a closer look!

It includes Blast Off, Addition Zoo and Apple Baskets....


Beep Beep, Crayon Order and Ocean Order....

Sum Power, Double Apple and Frog Bingo...


Cupcake Times, Frog Count, Hop to It.... 


Number Hunt, Candy, Number Detective..... 


Three by Three, Butterfly, Wiggle Worm and Add Loop!


These games will (in total), help your students to:

- Order numbers up to 30 from least to greatest (random selections)
- complete 2 digit addition
- multiply numbers 1-6
- determine greater/less than in numbers 1-30 
- identify number combinations that make 30 (3 numbers)
- subtract 5 from numbers 21-30
- identify and order numbers 1-30 (random starting positions)
- double numbers 8-15
- subtract numbers from 30
- double digit addition
- multiply by 3
- recall addition facts to 25
- model division by sharing into equal groups
- order number
- identity before/after
- identify odd and even numbers
- multiply numbers up to 6 (up to 36)

One of my favourites is Wiggle Worm. Students work toward collecting sections of the worm to make a forward-counting- number-sequence!



Double Apple can be played by 2 or more players. Students will spin a number from 8-15 and double it. 


A worksheet version is also provided, for students to complete as a follow-up or independent game alternative. 



I would love you to try it for FREE! 


It is in Google Drive, and you can download it HERE

To find more fabulous sales, head over to Blog Hoppin' to see who linked up!


Thanks so much for visiting my blog today - I will see you very soon!


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Alphabet Find It Trace It Worksheets + A Freebie!



Day 10! How time flies when you are having fun!

We are celebrating Christmas in July at Blog Hoppin' and giving you the opportunity to purchase some fun teaching resources at reduced prices! 

Today, my 'Alphabet Find it and Trace it" worksheets are on sale! Does a Kindergarten teacher love anything more than alphabet resources!? I have a blog post planned for next week to show you how I store my enormous collection of alphabet work, which I have spent nearly 18 years collecting! The crazy thing is, I never feel like I have enough! 


Here is one of the pages from this file. Each worksheet features a different picture of something that has the beginning single sound made by the focus letter of the alphabet (except x - I have included a fox).

Students look over the picture and identify all the letters and trace them when they find them. I have made this worksheet as clear and uncluttered as possible so that students can focus on the letter shapes.

This is a similar to a 'find and color' except your students will actually be getting some letter formation practice as well as letter identification- which is essential!

After tracing, students can also shade or paint (with watercolours) the picture. Use crayons for the painting, and it would make a nice wax-resist. 



You can find this complete file in my TpT store HERE

If you would like to try a sample, download this mouse page, by clicking on the image below:


I am having a few giveaways and announcements on Facebook this week, so be sure to follow me there!



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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Scrappy Pirates


It is Day 8 of my Christmas in July sale and today - it is for the clipart fans!

You can snatch up my new "Scrappy Pirates" for just $3 (will be $5.95 normally).


Thanks so much for stopping by! Sorry its a short post, I have some sleep to catch up on!

Head over to Blog Hoppin' to find more sales!

Thanks for stopping by friends!


Monday, 21 July 2014

Little Printable Readers




A few weeks ago, I revised one of my earliest products - "My Little Readers". It has a a big place in my heart, as making readers was one of the main reason I started making my own teaching resources. The first few years of my teaching career, resources were very scarce. Almost non existent. I made a TON of my own readers. I might have the courage to show you a few one day, they are nothing fancy, but my students loved them! 

I have called this one 'Set 1' as I have a few more to revise and quite a few more on my to-do list.....that never ending list that has been hanging around for about 10 years!

This packet is on sale for one day only and is 50% off! When I revised it, I uploaded the revisions into my original file listing, so if you purchased the original, you will get this update for free!

There are 5 readers in the packet. Each contains a printable reader, a set of flashcards, a worksheet, a 'class book' and a teacher information page. 

Your students can build the text from the book with the cards:


Each book is 8 pages and is copied onto ONE PIECE of paper. It is a '2 fold, one cut' book! So simple to prepare! 


I have included as many realistic early-reading features as possible. Predictable position of text, repeated phrases, left to right text alignment, pictures that match text.....



Students can read the book, and then complete a follow-up worksheet!


Put an 'enlarged' class sized copy in your classroom library - your students will love reading the book like the teacher did!


The 5 texts included are perfect for the beginning of the school year:


- Animals (sight words: This, is, a). Integrates well with Brown Bear Brown Bear story

- School (sight words: Here, is, a, an)

- Apples (sight words: Look, at, the)

- My Teacher (sight words: I, like, my)

- Go to School (sight words: I, go, to, in, a)


Find more super savings in the 'Christmas in July' Mega Sale HERE



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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Rainbow Writing the Letters of the Alphabet


I love getting Kindergarten students to 'rainbow write'. It is such a fun activity! It is also perfect for those early days of letter-learning and learning to write! Why?! Because big-shape writing is a very good way for them to get the feel of the shape of the letter - especially using bigger hand movements than between tiny lines on paper. 

They make the strokes over and over and over again, getting their fill of the repeated formation practice needed to remember how to write each letter - without getting bored!

Rainbow Writing within a big fat shape, where students have to track rather than trace, also builds confidence. They won't have to waste unnecessary focus trying to stay ON a dotted line - instead they have a very wide space to draw a line in. This builds confidence and feelings of success. 

I have made a set of upper and lower case pages to make your prep of Rainbow Writing simple and fuss free!

I have loaded a sample in Google drive for you to try:


Download the sample 'a' pages HERE

And the full set is on sale in my TpT store, as part of my Christmas in July sale! 

Just click on this image to find it:



Please head over to Blog Hoppin to find more Christmas in July sales!



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Saturday, 19 July 2014

No Prep Addition Game



Hi friends!

I am linking up with the fabulous Shelley Gray for another Bright Ideas Blog Hop


When I think of 'Bright Idea' I think of quality teaching methods, simple and practical preparation and teaching content that hits a skill right smack bang in the middle of the concept. 

I want to share with you a bright idea for addition. It will help with students learning to move from the concrete building and merging of two groups, to more abstract visualisation and 'counting-on'.

Students play in pairs. Each has a plastic divided plate. A regular plastic or disposable plate can be used, just draw lines to divide it into three. 

The plate will be used as a write'n'wipe board.

The pair will also need a marker each and a standard six sided die (use different dice to differentiate the game).


The first student rolls and records the number.


Followed by the second student....


Both students roll again, add another number to their plate and find the total. 

The student with the largest number wins, and may take a token. The first player to collect 5 tokens is the winner (adjust the number of tokens to suit your time allowance).



Students simply wipe the plates clean with a tissue to play a new round. 


And there you have it! Simple to prep and explain to students, but best yet, your students will be learning essential skills without any fuss. This is perfect math center, small-group activity, or for those little pockets of time that you need to fill!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please find more great Bright Ideas, but looking through the link-ups below!