Friday, February 19, 2016

Five for Friday~ Giveaway and Freebie

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 highlights from my week. 

The Pencil Grip is allowing me to give away a 12 pack of Kwik Stix. 
I blogged about the giveaway earlier in the week.  If you would like to enter, just click here to fill out the Rafflecopter.

This week, I created my first set of digital papers, and they are FREE.
Each week, I have been participating with Kelly and Kim for Markdown Monday.  You can find one item in my shop for 50% off from Monday thru Friday.  If there is something you would like to see marked down half price for next week, leave me a comment and I will be sure to mark it down for you. :)
This week was also my first attempt at making Page Borders.  They are only $1.

Lastly, I know Groundhog Day is over for this year, but I added this Groundhog Day Crown that can be used for next year.  Students celebrate Groundhog Day while reviewing the "gr" blend.  Students color the pictures, then cut and paste them.  They also practice writing the "gr" blend several times.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Kwik Stix Review and GIVEAWAY

For the last few years, I have taught Sunday School to children from the ages of 2 to 5.  Each Sunday, I usually have 8 kids.  With this Sunday being Valentine's, I wanted the kids to be able to make something for their parents.  We only have around 30 minutes each week.  During that short amount of time, I take attendance, give the kids a snack, and have a lesson and craft time.

The Pencil Grip sent me a set of their Kwik Stix a couple weeks ago to try out and review.  Kwik Stix are tempera paint sticks that dry in 90 seconds.  I saved the sticks for this Sunday so that my class would have a special treat for Valentine's.

My class loves to paint, so I bought wooden picture frames from Wal-Mart.  The frames were $1 each.  My class was very excited when I told them we were going to paint, especially since we were using Kwik Stix... something they had never tried before.  The Kwik Stix come in 12 different colors, but we used red, pink and purple to make frames for Valentine's Day.

This is a picture of one of my 3 year olds when she first started painting her picture frame.

Some of the girls wanted to mix the colors.

 Here they are sharing the sticks.

This is one of the frames after it had been painted.  As you can see, the paint covered the frames well. 

Here are some of the frames after they were painted and stickers added:

My class really enjoyed using the Kwik Stix and I plan to use the sticks for future crafts.  They make craft time fun and clean-up easy.  When using the sticks, I didn't have to worry about washing out paint brushes... which is really nice since my class does not have a sink.  I also noticed that the kids did not get paint all over the table like they would have if they were painting with a brush.

The Pencil Grip is allowing me to give away a 12 pack of Kwik Stix for you to try in your classroom or with your own kids. 

There are several ways to enter the giveaway.  The more times you enter, the better your chances of winning!

a Rafflecopter giveaway If you would like to go ahead and purchase these, click here.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day Hats

Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day will be here before we know it, so I created these hats that will be fun for students to wear for the holidays or during the class party.  Not only are they fun, they incorporate learning at the same time! 

There are 3 different hats for each holiday.  Students can choose which style of hat he or she would like.  After choosing a hat, students color the hat and then answer the graph.  The graph is the same, no matter what style of hat is chosen.  For instance, there are 6 owls on each Valentine's Day hat.

Here are the 3 different styles:

The hats come with extenders that you can print, or you can staple them to sentence strips.

This is a look at the graph that comes with the hats.  Students color how many of each picture, and then write the total at the end.

To see more of the Valentine's Day hats click here.
For more of the St. Patrick's Day hats click here.