Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun When You're Done

I started "Fun When You're Done" a long time ago.  It was a quick, quiet way for my class to find something to do right after they finished their work.  I usually had a tub with fun worksheets, old worksheets, or coloring sheets.  Yes, they loved redoing worksheets we had already done.
I wanted to share with you a "fun" sheet that you could use in your tub.
Here are some fun mazes from Education.com.  They come in different themes and get your kiddos thinking.

I have a fun Ocean themed maze to share with you!  Click HERE to access this fun FREE worksheet!
Become a deep sea diver as you make your way through this ocean themed maze! This printable from Education.com is just one of many educational resources for Kindergartners.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tub Time

I was all set to jump on the "Morning Tubs" bandwagon, but then the school year started and I went back to morning work.  My only reason is breakfast.  At my school every student receives breakfast for free and I am afraid if I put out Morning Tubs they will skip breakfast to play instead.
However, I have managed to put these tubs out at a different time during the day.  A first grade teacher called her tubs "Tub Time", so I stole that name.  Now I don't have to put them out in the morning, if I end up changing my mind on the morning.

Right now, after my kiddos finish their handwriting, I let them pick a tub to play with until most of the class is finished.  I LOVE it!  It gives my kiddos free time and if that scares you, most of the "toys" I have out are fun STEM activities or building type activities.
Check them out!

Like I said, a lot of the things I put out are building activities.  These connecting shapes were a huge hit this last week!

These cool connectors are as cool as their name.  My kiddos loved building towers.

These pipe connectors comes with a big board to use.  I usually have 3 kiddos per tub, but for this one I have two.

This last one reminds me of tinker toys!  This wheel building kit comes with 30 wheels and 36 sticks, so I would get two sets!  And the price will allow you to get two!


* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Classroom Storage

Every teacher knows storage is key!  And let's be honest CUTE storage is also key!  You're in luck because I am about to show you both :)
I love the bright colors and have used those colors in my room for a long time.

These bright colored baskets I have used to hold books.
They are the perfect size and hold all books!  My leveled readers will fit perfect :)

I put a question in my Instgram story a couple weeks ago asking everyone what they did in the morning when the kids were coming in.  I was always a morning work kind of girl, but I had a lot of responses about doing Morning Tubs.  

These colored buckets are big enough to put in manipulatives, toys, etc!

Another bucket that is cute and BIG!  I put different kind of blocks in these.

They also can house reading buddies in your literacy centers!

One last basket that I wanted to show you are these small, square baskets.  They can fit different school supplies you need for projects.  Or different pieces you are using for projects in your classroom.  There are enough that you can pass one basket out to a table with supplies inside.  For our orientation day, I will put pens in each basket for each table.


* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own

Thursday, July 20, 2017

FREE Math Games

If you are like me, computer is one of your activities during your math centers.  I have a fun computer game you can use with your kiddos.  They will add, subtract, count and more with Education.com's library of math games! In this game, kids practice addition to 10 by making a staircase.

How fun are all these games?!  Hope "find math computer games" is checked off that long to do list :)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Back to School Student Gifts

I posted about these CUTE Smiley Face Stress balls here.  I have created a gift tag FREEBIE that you can attach to each one :)

These stress balls come in a pack of 24 and are the perfect size for little hands!


You can find the small bags by clicking on the image!


(Affiliate link)

And you can grab the gift tag HERE!


Enjoy! :)



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Back to School Storage, Gifts, and MORE

You know it is coming!  It is almost Back to School time! School supplies are already creeping up on the shelves!  I wanted to show you some fun back to school items from Oriental Trading that you may want to add to your list of things to have before going back to school.


HELLO Neon Storage Baskets!  These caught my eye because...neon!  The colors are so bright and they will be perfect for storing my leveled reading books!

These baskets are also great for holding building toys.  Those first couple days of school includes lots free exploration.  I put out fun manipulatives like these cool connectors


I've seen birthday stickers, crowns, and pencils, but I have not seen birthday medals.  These will be a huge hit with the kiddos are their birthday!


I usually come up with some fun back to school gift for my kiddos.  Nothing big, but something fun for them to take home.  These smiley face stress balls will be a fun addition to the first day of school.  These could even be handed out at Open House, Orientation Night, or Meet the Teacher Night (whatever your school calls it).  

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rock the Alphabet Activity




What does the alphabet have to do with rocks? Collect 26 rocks and paint each one with a letter of the alphabet for your very own alphabet rock collection. This activity offers an educational double whammy: As your kid paints each letter on a rock, he'll practice letter formation and work his fine motor skills, and once they're done and dry he'll practice learning the letters and their sounds as you turn the rocks into a letter learning game. Any excuse to get outside and enjoy a little active, energetic playtime with your child is thumbs up in our book!


What You Need:

  • 26 rocks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes (small and medium)
  • Water and a container for washing rocks


What You Do:

  1. Start by going on a rock hunt. While you supervise, invite your child to search the yard, neighborhood, local park, nearby creek or stream for rocks of a manageable size that he can easily lift and move around.
  2. Wash any dirt particles clinging to the rocks by soaking them in water and rinsing them. Let the rocks dry.
  3. Now for the painting! Help him paint one letter of the alphabet on each rock so he has one rock for each letter by the time he's done. Encourage him to use a wide variety of different colors to make a vibrant collection. If he's unsure of how to paint any of the letters, have him practice on a scrap sheet of paper before painting on the rocks.
  4. As he paints each letter, have him say its name and the sound(s) it makes. Can he think of a word that starts with that letter?
  5. Once all the rocks are painted, place them aside to dry.
  6. When the rocks are dry, use them to “label” objects in and around the house. For example, take an apple from the fruit basket and set the “A” rock beside it to show him that “A” is for “apple.” Repeat for the other letters; once he gets the hang of the activity, encourage him to find objects on his own.
  7. Use your cool new collection again and again until your young learner has mastered the alphabet and letter sounds. Mix up the rocks and then challenge him to put them back in order, or work with the rocks to spell simple sight words.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Oriental Trading Learn365

Did you hear?!  Oriental Trading has a site dedicated to all things teaching!  This is a one stop shop for everything you would need in the classroom.  They have lots curriculum activities, school supplies, and teacher resources!
I am always looking for more math activities for the whole year!  Luckily, under the "Curriculum Activities" tab you can find all the math activities Oriental Trading has to offer!
Check out some of the things I got!


I found this Early Math Activity Center Set!  It comes with 10 activity cards and these cute shark pieces.  They include sorting, counting, adding, and patterning activities.  I thought these would be perfect year round in a math center.

Another math activity I got were Dry Erase Number Lines!  We started Number Talks at our school this past year and we talk a lot about number lines and figuring out math problems using number lines.  These are great for whole group or small group!  There are 36 in a pack so everyone can use them at once.

I also got these CUTE Paw Print Counters!  These are perfect for sorting, patterning, or counting to solve math problems.  They come in 6 different colors too!

These Math Connecting Blocks are the best!  They can be used in so many different ways.  You can make math equations or use them to put numbers in order.  Connect some together and make a number cube!

One more math center before I move on to another subject!  The Monkey Math Linking Game!  These cute monkeys each have a number, tally mark, dice, or number word on their bellies.  Your kiddos link all the same number ways together using the links.  This is great for showing numbers in many different ways.

Learn365 doesn't just have math activities, but literacy activities too!  I got this great Rhyming Match Game. Rhyming is a huge topic in our class, so this will be a great addition in the beginning of the year to practice those skills.  I like to throw in a reading game in my "Read to Someone" center for my kiddos to do before or after they read and this game will be perfect!

I should also mention they have great social study activities too!  We do a big unit on resources/wants and needs also.  I found this great Wants vs. Needs Sorting Game.  This game has your kiddos sorting pictures of things they need and want into small bags.4

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 29, 2017

End of the Year/Summer Product Round up

Maybe you have a couple days or weeks left of school OR maybe you're already done and preparing to teach summer school!? Here are a couple FREEBIES to help you get through those days!
The first one is a red, white, and blue themed rhyming match game!  This fits great around Memorial Day or 4th of July!


The next one is a fun math center!  Sunny Sums has your kiddos adding and recording with fun sun shines on each card to get everyone ready for some summer sun fun!
The next one is a print and go pack filled with a variety of math and literacy centers.  These Ice Cream Treat themed sheets are perfect for the end of the year, ice cream day, or summer!

Enjoy! :)



Sunday, May 21, 2017

End of the Year with Oriental Trading

I can't believe we only have a few weeks left of school.  This year has flown by!  I am gearing up for the end of the year with some fun end of the year gifts!  My gifts usually consist of some chalk and I call it good but thanks to Oriental Trading they have so many fun little gifts to give to your kiddos.
Check out everything I'm giving out below!
I started with finding these bright colored tote bags.  They are a pretty big size and I am putting all their goodies inside.
These are the cutest mini beach balls.  They came in a pack of 25!  They are 20% off right now too!  These would also be perfect for Beach Day or Hawaiian day at your school! 
These would be perfect for Beach Day too!  These are kid sized sunglasses with cute fish printed on them.  I am thinking about giving these to my kiddos early to wear on our trip to the zoo!
No end of the year gift is complete without some tropical bubbles.  These are the perfect size and come in these four bottle colors!
I bought this bracelet making kit also.  I plan on having each kiddos in my room pick a friend and make a bracelet for them.  This way each little one has a present from a friend to remind them about their fun year in kindergarten!

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Oriental Trading- Mother's Day Edition

Mother's Day is right around the corner (May 14th) and if you are like me you may wait until the last minute and search for something on Pinterest.  Well, STOP!  I have what you need right here and you can even get FREE shipping plus some other great coupons.
Oriental Trading has so many Mother's Day crafts and activities for your class to do.  I want to show you the treats I got that my class will be making for their moms!
Nothing says Mother's Day like a cute picture and picture frame.  Oriental Trading has many different kinds from foam stickers to wood!  My kiddos will be making these cute Happy Mother's Day frames.

These frames are my favorite because they do not require glue.  They are all stickers :)
Along with the frames, my kiddos will be decorating flower pots.
To decorate our pots I got this 10 pack of paints!  The colors are so vibrant and the quality is great!
I also got these adhesive colored jewels that my kiddos can stick all over their pots.  I know every mom loves some jewels :)

I hope you found some things you can use with your kiddos this Mother's Day!

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

FREE Candy Heart Graphing Sheet

Valentine's Day is right around the corner!  A fun math activity we do is graphing candy hearts.

I bought a big bag of mini candy hearts at the greatest store ever (TARGET) and took a look at my current graphing sheet then realized I needed some new colors!


I was came up with THIS and wanted to share it with you :)


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Oriental Trading- Valentine's Day

Oriental Trading has sent me some more goodies to make your Valentine's Day party even better!
Make sure to check out all the Valentine's goodies they have to offer by clicking HERE!
Now, check out some of the things they have sent me.  A big part of our V-Day activities is our card exchange.  Which means we need to make some cute Valentine bags.
I got these great white craft bags.  They are the perfect size for all those cards.

I am going to use these heart shaped doilies to write each kiddos' name on then we are going to decorate using some other great crafting materials!

I got some self-adhesive foam pieces to decorate the bags.

I also got some Valentine stampers too!  There are about 50 in a pack, so I plan on letting my kiddos take one home after we finish decorating!


Oriental Trading has a lot of cute V-Day cards too!  I grabbed these cute superhero cards that come with a bracelet!

A fun V-Day craft idea is to take these cute heart shaped pony beads and stringing them on a pipe cleaner to make a bracelet.  Challenge your kiddos to make a pattern out of it.

The day after Valentine's Day is our 100th Day!  Yes, this will be a crazy but fun week!

Oriental Trading has some fun 100th Day supplies!  I found these great certificates and pencils to hand out on our 100th Day!

I hope you found some goodies to use in your classroom this Valentine's Day! :)
Before you go-if you're looking for a some good deals-check out the COUPON page on Oriental Trading! 

* Note: I was given these items from Oriental Trading in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.