Sunday, September 25, 2016

Oriental Trading Fall/Halloween Party

I'm here to share with you some fun Fall/Halloween party ideas with you from Oriental Trading!  I was excited when Oriental Trading contacted me because last year my "Spooky Centers" was a flop.  As my kiddos were packing up, one asked when we were going to do our Spooky Centers...
This year, I stocked up with some fun activities and games that can be used during your party.  The best part is it can be educational!
Here are some fun games that I got from Oriental Trading:
Candy Corn Bowling- Have your kiddos record how many they started with and subtract how many they knocked over!  Great subtraction practice and how cute are those little plastic candy corn pins!?
Jack O Lantern Bean Bag Toss- This one is fun because you can have your kiddos add up their points (older kiddos) OR change the numbers so you kiddos can practice adding smaller numbers.
After playing some games, you will need some PRIZES!  Check out the prizes I picked up!
I also picked up some Monster pencils!
Check out these fun crafts and activity items!  
I like these Pumpkin Patch sticker scenes because they can be used for your Halloween/Fall party centers or you can throw them in after you finish up a lesson!

I love paint dotters and these are perfect to use with those!  These Fall Dot Marker Activity Sheets have many different scenes and you get 50 in one pack!

I recently blogged about these foam leaf stickers!  These can be used for counting, patterns, or sorting activities!
I received these community helper vests a couple months ago.  I found these Community Helper Masks to go with them!

I found these Community Helper Masks to go with them! 

 Perfect for your dramatic play area or during your community helper unit!
I hope you found some fun things to include in your classroom this Fall :)

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

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall Freebie

Fall is here which means cooler temps and changing leaves!
I got some foam leaf stickers from the Oriental Trading Company.  I did similar word problem activity a few years ago!

Here is what we did with them!  Each kiddo got their own tree to color.
Once they had their tree all colored I gave them a random amount of leaves.  
They stuck the leaves wherever they wanted on or around their tree.
When they were done they traced the bottom sentence and filled in the blank with the number of leaves they were given.

They LOVED this project and it was great counting practice!  If you want a copy of this page click HERE!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oriental Trading Wish List!

I know you all know about how great Oriental Trading is.  They have everything you need to plan the perfect party AND they have lots of teacher supplies.  They contacted me about their new wish list feature on their website.  I jumped right in creating my OWN wish list.  I was able to add anything from treasure box toys to paints.  The great thing about this feature is you are able to share the link with families on your class website and they can shop your wish list!  I know I sometimes struggle thinking of things to add to our donation list (I know-crazy), but with this feature I can see everything and easily add a product with one click.

Once you find a product you would like to add to your wish list, just click the button below the
"Add to Cart" button.
Once you have your wish list complete, you can click on the <3 Wish List and grab your personal link to share with your families.

Oriental Trading sent me some of the products off my wish list and I want to share with you some of the things I received.  All opinions are my own.

I received this ballot box and glitter American flag stickers.  Since the presidential election is this year, I thought it would be more fun to put our votes in a box and receive a fun sticker after!  This will make it more hands on and close to the real experience their parent's will go through!

We do an All About Me type unit every year.  These multicultural crayons will be perfect for their self portraits.  Oriental Trading has lots of Crayola products too!

 They also sell some room decor and they have partnered with Schoolgirl Style to give you more decorating ideas!  I usually track homework on a chart like this.  It has been on my long wish list for this school year, so I am glad I can check that off my list!

 We also do a Community Helpers unit and these vests will be perfect for that unit.  I plan on adding them to our playtime centers too.  I got a mail carrier, fire fighter, doctor/vet/dentist, construction worker, and a police officer.
Our school doesn't start until after Labor Day, so this cutie helped model the vests! :)

 My classroom does not have a rug.  Some days I don't mind it and some days I wish I had SOMETHING to mark everyone's spots.  I found these Centertime Seat Markers.  They are rubbery, so they will be easy to clean.  I can lay them out on the carpet during our carpet time or my kiddos can take a marker during center time.  I think this will be a great a reminder on where they need to sit and will help them remember to stay seated and work :)
 The final thing I got were some tweezer/tongs.  I am planning on using them for some fine motor activities.  I will have my students pick up pom poms or beads with them.  These would also be great for science!

You can check out my wish list here!  What would you put on your wish list!?  
Don't forget to start your own!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Back to School Freebies

I had all intentions of writing the last couple weeks, but nap time only lasts so long ;)
It is back to school and I want to make it easier for you with some easy prep freebies for the beginning of the year.  I like to use easy simple activities the first few weeks to help get everyone in a routine (aka- "Now it is our math time-let's trace our numbers!")
Click the picture or HERE
Arrival time-kids coming in, attendance, talking to parents, etc.  It can be a crazy time of the day.  This freebie includes EASY worksheets that your kiddos can come in and complete after they do their morning routine!
Click the picture or HERE
Here is a number activity that you can use during morning meeting or during math.  This includes number cards 1-20 and two different recording sheets.  One sheet your kiddos just trace and the other sheet the students write in the number.

Click on the picture or HERE

At the end of the day, these sheets will come in handy.  Your kiddos will trace and draw how they are getting home from school.  For bus riders, have them write their bus number on their bus too.  Even if they don't remember at dismissal, it will help reinforce where they go.  The goal is they would remember making dismissal easier!

Hopefully you can use these in your classroom this upcoming year!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Five for Friday

You're probably think "YOU'RE ALIVE!" or maybe you haven't even noticed the blogging break I have taken.  Trust me it has been a long time since I wrote a post that didn't involve a giveaway.  I figured why not dust off the old blog by linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching!
Check out what I have been up to!

I have one BIG reason for my blogging break and that has to do with this guy right here!  Beau was born on January 10th!  He keeps us busy and by the time I put him to bed at night I just want to sit and do nothing (and think about how cute he is!)

I have spent many nap times checking out the Pinterest and I am officially obsessed with mason jars.  So obsessed that I made my own mason jar vases.  The hubby actually likes them but reminds me he hates fake flowers (should I know this?)

Summer break means preparing for the upcoming school year!  Which means spending money on cute things we see all summer long- Sorry, Hubby!
I found this puzzle on Zulily for like $4!  

Creative Teaching Press is doing a Back to School Giveaway right now!  Check out the stuff I just ordered from there!  My sticker collection has been slowly dwindling so I figured it was time to stock up!

Ok-one more picture-He's just SO cute!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

And the Winner is...

Congrats Debbie!  Debbie won all the products I blogged about here!
Before you go I want to show you a sneak peek of some new products at Creative Teaching Press!
 Three different mini cutout designs!
These would be great for labels or decorating your bulletin boards!

Check out some more new products for 2016 here!

Thursday, April 21, 2016


I am so excited to share with you a new collection from Creative Teaching Press!  It's called 'Upcycle Style'!
I am in LOVE the way the colors and textures POP!
I want to show you how you can use this in your classroom, but pairing each piece with borders and signs!
Here are the Upcycle Style library pockets (extra large and standard size) and the Rustic Triangle border!  The pocket fronts come with different sized rectangles for labeling.  There are so many things you can do with these pockets!  One way I would use them is to put a classroom job on the front and put a craft stick with a student's name to display who has what classroom job for the week!

The calendar in this collection is ADORABLE!  The background looks like wood and each piece looks like it is screwed into the wood.  The pocket border would look great around the calendar display.  
Every birthday display needs cupcakes!  Each cupcake has a fun design on the bottom and a topping that matches that month.  Just write the names of each of your kiddos on the flags and put it in the matching birthday cupcake.  
There are also cute birthday certificates that match the birthday display!  There is even a spot for how old your kiddo is turning!  I love that!
 Check out these cute labels!  I just LOVE the painted wood and screws!
These letters come in lots of fun colors and still have the wooden background with the screws.
Want to WIN everything in this blog post!?  Just enter below! :)

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Check out Jenny's post on different Content Bulletin Board Sets!