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9h ago
New Game: Tiger and Bee – Addition, Subtraction, and Place Value Fun! If you’ve been following along with my newsletter, you already have the Tiger Play Mat ready to go, but now it's time to bring it to life with a brand-new math game: Tiger and Bee!  This playful activity helps students review basic addition and subtraction facts while deepening their understanding of place value and trading.How to Play: Start with 20: Give each student or group 2 ten blocks to place on the tiger's play mat. Flip a Bee Card: Use the Bee Fact Cards from the Math Kit (featuring addition and subtracti ..read more
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9h ago
Math Brain Break: Day or Night Activity Stretch! Teaching time can be so much fun, especially when it’s interactive! If your students are becoming more aware of time—particularly day and night—this quick math warm-up or brain break is the perfect way to review these essential concepts while getting them moving. How to Play: In this action-packed game, the teacher calls out different activities, and students respond by thinking about whether the activity happens during the day or at night. Day Activity: Students stand up and stretch their hands up high, like the sun shining in the sky. ☀️ N ..read more
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9h ago
Bring Math to Life with Interactive Math Wall Posters!A math wall is a fantastic option for kindergarten classrooms, helping students visualize and engage with key math concepts. But what if your math wall could do more than just display numbers? With my Cute Dice Friends Math Wall Posters, the possibilities for interactive learning are endless! These cute dice character posters feature standard dot patterns for numbers 1-10 and come in two styles: Shaped Characters: Perfect for using as puppets in games and role-play! Standard Page-Sized Posters: Featuring a lovely soft rainbow pastel b ..read more
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9h ago
Small Group Math Game: Learning Addition with Colors! ?✏️This fun, hands-on math activity is perfect for addition in kindergarten or first grade. After plenty of play where students combine 2 groups of objects (and describe the action of joining 2 groups) they will be ready to begin to use a more formal addition number sentence.  These balance cards from the Math Kit bundle are practical and can be used in a huge range of activities.  Here is just one quick warm up idea for using the cards.  Count Up in Colors - Math Warm Up How to Play: Pick a Number Card: Each student ..read more
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3d ago
Tiger Turnaround Facts: Building Confidence in Addition for First GradersAddition facts can be tricky for young learners, but once they get the hang of it, it opens up a world of flexibility and number sense. One of the most essential skills to work on with first graders is understanding turnaround facts—the idea that when adding two numbers, it doesn't matter what order you add them in. For example, 5 + 4 is the same as 4 + 5. This skill helps children not only compute faster but also think more creatively about numbers, eventually using this flexibility to solve more complex math problems ..read more
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5d ago
Puppy Chases the Butterfly: A Fun Math Warm-Up for Counting and Ordering Numbers! What happens when a puppy chases a butterfly? A fun math adventure that helps students count and order numbers, of course! Try this playful Puppy Chases the Butterfly activity, which brings a touch of imagination and movement to your math lesson. In this warm-up, we use  number cards from the Math Kit and  a butterfly wand (a pencil with a butterfly topper) to help students order and count numerals in a small group setting.  How to Play Puppy Chases the Butterfly: Set Up the Numbers:  ..read more
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5d ago
Spider Web Counting: A Fun Math Activity for KindergartenHere’s a simple and fun small-group math game that your kindergarteners will love! All you need are some small plastic bowls, counters, and animal home pictures - spider webs, beehives, or flowers (they're in the Math Kit bundle). This activity helps your students recognize and remember numbers by counting objects and identifying where they saw them. Spider Counting Game Setup: Upturn small bowls and place counters (1-6) under each one. Attach different animal home pictures (spider webs, beehives, flowers) to the bowls for easy iden ..read more
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5d ago
Create and Explore with Our Australian Bush Lark Craft!Looking for a simple yet engaging activity for Friday? Our Australian Bush Lark Craft is the perfect choice for developing fine motor skills and sparking creativity in young learners. This easy, one-page printable is designed to encourage coloring, painting, and scissor skills—all essential skills for early kindergarten.Crafting the Bush Lark: A Creative Learning ExperienceAfter printing the page, children can choose between a pre-drawn Bush Lark with detailed features or a blank version where they can draw their own. This is a wonderful o ..read more
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6d ago
Brighten Up Your Classroom with Autumn-Themed Positive Posters!As we begin to welcome the vibrant colors of a new season, it’s the perfect time to refresh your classroom environment with some positive and happy cheer. One of my favorite ways to keep the classroom lively and inspiring is by rotating fun, engaging posters with positive messages. Not only do these posters add a splash of color to the walls, but they also provide daily doses of encouragement and positivity for our little learners. I’m excited to remind you of a delightful collection of Autumn-themed posters that are sure to bri ..read more
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1w ago
Engaging Kindergarten Students in Math Through Collections and SortingAs we welcome our young learners into the world of numbers and counting, it's crucial to lay a strong foundation for their mathematical thinking. One exciting and effective way to introduce them to these concepts is through sorting and classifying activities. These foundational skills will pave the way for understanding comparisons, ordering, and more complex mathematical ideas. Here’s a fun and interactive math activity perfect for kindergarten students in the early weeks of school. Math Play: Exploring Collections and Sort ..read more

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