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!


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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.