Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kwik Stix Review and Giveaway!

If you are a teacher, then you have probably heard of Kwik Stix...
tempera paint sticks that dry within 90 seconds.  These Stix are no mess!  You won't need aprons, paintbrushes or paint cups.  Kwik Stix are perfect for craft time!

I follow Kwik Stix on Pinterest.  They are always adding great craft ideas.  One of my favorite crafts that was recently added to the board is an idea from Maria Manore Gavin.
The Pencil Grip sent me a set of Kwik Stix Neons to try.  The bright colors are perfect for spring creations.

After trying the Kwik Stix during Art time, I noticed that the kids were very engaged, even some of the more reluctant boys!  I thought since the Kwik Stix helped to get the boys engaged that I would test the Stix to see if they would hold up for some of my printable activities.

Since Kwik Stix are made up of solid tempera paint, I was worried that they would bleed through regular printer paper.  I was also concerned that the paint would coat over top of the printer ink so that you couldn't see what was underneath.  I printed some pages from my Nocturnal Animals~ Print and Go Unit and gave the Kwik Stix a test.

Here are the results:

As you can see, the Kwik Stix work wonderfully on regular paper as well.  Since the Stix have such a quick dry time, by the time the student finishes answering the questions, his/her paper has dried.  I was worried about the paint bleeding through regular paper, but I am happy to say that it didn't.  I was also worried about not being able to read the print underneath, but as you can see the Kwik Stix do not cover up the ink.  The darkest color out of the Kwik Stix Neons, was the purple.  It may be a little more difficult to read through the paint than the other colors, but you can still do it.
Just in case you are wondering, I wanted to explain how I manage incorrect answers, since you cannot erase with the Kwik Stix.  When checking work, if a student answers incorrectly, I simply put a slash with my marker or pen, through the incorrect answer(s).  Then, the student goes back and rethinks the answer(s).  Even though the student may end up with a few slashes on his/her work, you can save these printables to show concerns during a Parent/Teacher conference.  If you are sending the work home, you can add a little note at the top to parents, such as "Everett is having trouble with subtraction within 5.  You may want to practice some at home."  I know some of my parents really like to know when a child is struggling with certain skills so they can review more at home.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about how I use Kwik Stix!  The Pencil Grip is being kind enough to give one of my readers a 6 Pack of Neons and a 6 Pack of Primary Colors.  Enter the giveaway below.  If you would like to go ahead and purchase a set, click here to be taken to Amazon.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Five for Friday~ Freebie included

Happy Friday!  This week has went by so fast for me, so this will be a quick post.  I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 new clipart sets that I made this week.
Lastly, these Square Frames are free!
Hope you all have a great week!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Five for Friday~ Freebies Included

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 highlights from my week. 
 Last weekend, Everett went to his first egg hunt.
And here he is on Easter:
I added these Frog Shape Posters to my store.  These would be perfect for a Pond or Frog Themed Classroom.  There are 2 sets of posters: one with a green background, the other with a blue background.  You can mix and match the two backgrounds if you prefer.
Puzzle pieces are also included.  Just print, laminate, cut and place in a Math Station or Center.  Students practice matching the shape frog to the corresponding lily pad.

I try to make learning as fun and interactive as possible.  I created these Teen Number Necklaces to practice those tricky teen numbers.  Students practice counting, coloring, tracing and writing numbers 11-20.

I have added some new clipart. 
The Sun Tens Frames are only $1.

These clip cards are Free.  Just insert them into your document and they are ready to have text/images layered on top.

If you enjoy my Free Clip Cards, be sure to check out my Colored Clip Cards.  They are perfect for adding a pop of color to your Clip Card Creations.

Lastly, I added these Number Word Puzzles to my store as a freebie.  Students practice matching the puzzles and then recording the number word onto the sheet.  Click on the picture to download the freebie.
Happy Friday!