Roll & Color Freebie

Thursday, November 30, 2017 No comments
Howdy, ya'll! I realized December starts tomorrow and my kids are still playing math games with acorns... So, I whipped up a fun little winter roll and color! My kinders were ready for a bigger challenge than just recognizing dot patterns to 6, so for this game, students roll 2 dice and add the total. Color your answer, and if the number is already covered, you lose your turn!
You can click the picture to download this freebie, or find it (along with some other fun games) on my freebie tab. Enjoy!

-Andrew

TPT Animated Quote Box

Sunday, November 19, 2017 No comments
Hey hey hey! I've been dying to create one of those animated GIF quote boxes that all the cool TPT sellers have, so I decided to give it a whirl! I found some tutorials online that were really complicated, so I thought I'd simplify it for you if you're looking to add one to your store, too!
What you'll need:
-Powerpoint
-Creativitiy
-gifmaker.me (free online)

Seriously. That's all.

STEP 1:
Change your slide size. TPT will resize it to fit in the end, so I set mine to 30"x10" so I had more room to work. On my Mac, I did this under File - Page Setup. On a PC, you can do it on the design tab. You might also want to set your slide background to the same color as the TPT quote box, like I did. Totally up to you... Red: 241 Green: 241 Blue: 241... OR hex color #F1F1F1.

STEP 2:
Create one slide for every part of the GIF you want to make. For mine, I kept the text on the side the same on every slide (I just hit duplicate slide so they would all be the same). Mine is 6 slides, and you can see how I kept the same format for all of them...

STEP 3:
Save your presentation as a PNG. Make sure you save the whole presentation (every slide). They'll get saved into one folder.

Step 4:
Upload your images to gifmaker.me online. I chose these settings for mine, but play around with it if you want your images to cycle faster or slower. I left mine sized at 100%, because remember that TPT will automatically size the final image down for their site. I tried making my image smaller on gifmaker, but then it ended up blurry in the end.
When you're happy with the speed and transition, click "Create GIF Animation" then "Download the GIF" when it's done.

STEP 5:
Time to upload to TPT! Go to My Account - Store Profile - Edit... Under personal quote, pick Image/Link from the dropdown menu. Upload your new GIF, and change the URL to the product that you're featuring. 

It's seriously not hard at all. Comment or shoot me an email if you have any questions... Have fun, and good luck!!

-Andrew

Counting Freebie!

Thursday, November 2, 2017 No comments
Hi, ya'll! I wanted to share a fun little activity we did in math today! We're still drilling the numbers up to 10, and our hallway is looking a little bare, so I made this fun little finger paint freebie! We used red, yellow, and orange to make some fall leaves for the trees, but you could do so many different things! Apples, green leaves, etc... Snag it on my freebie tab!
I've also been saving those little styrofoam trays from the grocery store because they make great paint trays! They're super easy to wash off and use over and over.
My school laptop recently crashed so I lost all the KG fonts I had saved... I know, I'm still getting over it. SO, I made a fun version with better fonts and a border that you can steal from my freebie tab! Enjoy!!

-Andrew

Alphabet Sensory Tub FREEBIE!

Saturday, October 21, 2017 No comments
So when I made the move to kindergarten, my teammate was getting rid of her sensory table and looking for something smaller. Since I had literally no furniture and was starting from scratch, I snagged it! I immediately knew I wanted to fill it with sand for a letter activity. Ran to the local hardware store, snagged 3 bags of sand, and rushed back to school.

Cue problem... the bags of sand I bought had been sitting outside, so the sand was wet. There was a little puddle in my car, but I didn't think much of it. Got to school, plopped them on a dolly, and started pushing them down to my room.... when I noticed the giant trail of sandy water following behind the dolly. Those dang bags were leaking EVERYWHERE!! I got them to the room, begged the custodian for forgiveness, and emptied the sand into the table, hoping that with a little ceiling fan action, the sand would dry out in a few days.

Well, it didn't. A week went by and that sand was still soaked.

Cue Plan B.

I called Home Depot, asked if they had play sand, AND where it is stored. It was kept inside, so I knew it would work. I dragged the sensory table down the hallway, and pitched all the wet sand.

*Sidenote*
Sand is really heavy. Especially when it's wet. This was quite an exhausting process.

Once I put the new sand in, however... voila!
I used magnetic letters from the Target Dollar Spot. One set of uppercase, and one set of lowercase letters. The shovels, buckets, and toys are from the local grocery store... snagged them at the end of the summer, so they were 50% off. Whipped up a cute little recording sheet, which you can find on my FREEBIE TAB.
Do you have a sensory table in your room? I'm thinking I'll leave this set up for a few more weeks, and I'm looking for some fun ideas for what to do next!

-Andrew