Egg Time Wallpaper


I made this pretty Egg Time design because let's face it - eggs are everywhere! 

Adding some pretty style to my screens, banner display and binder covers each week helps me stay inspired and creative. 




I'd love to share these screensavers with you too. Simply download the images from google drive from the links below. Store them on your camera roll and choose them for your screen saver and/or wallpaper!


Find the Computer Screensaver HERE

and the Phone Screensaver HERE

I've also added the design, in print quality to the 'Banner and Paper' pack. This pack allows you to coordinate your home office or classroom elements with printable papers, folder covers and banner pennants.



{These are for your personal use only and cannot be redistributed or shared}

Find more posts and goodies for your 'teacher space' HERE

Find more screen wallpapers HERE

I am off to enjoy Saturday with my family - I wish you a very peaceful and happy Easter too.

Have a great day lovely friends.

- Mel x


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Spring Addition with Play Dough

Perfect for spring, these flower play dough mats make an engaging early math activity!



As well as using play dough, you could also use dry erase markers or tokens/chips to play with these game boards!

Students roll play dough balls to make petals for each flower. They can say the simple rhyme as they make them. 

They then add the petals to model an addition problem and find a card that matches the total to display on their board.



They can then record their actions on the worksheet provided. 

This activity is encouraging many dough skills that will help your students fine motor strength - rolling, pinching, flattening and moulding. 

This packet includes 52 mats and all addition problems total 20 or less (addition within 20



I have a flower coloring page that will complement this resource too - find it in google drive HERE


Thanks so much for stopping by our blog to find out more about printable learning activities!


Bunny Screen Wallpaper


I made this fun and bright 'Bunnies' design for my screen wallpapers this week. I just love having a new design each week - it helps me refocus and feel inspired for the week ahead. I love that this one will help us get excited for Easter too.






I'd love to share these screensavers with you. Simply download the images from google drive from the links below. Store them on your camera roll and choose them for your screen saver and/or wallpaper!


Find the Computer Screensaver HERE

and the Phone Screensaver HERE

I've also added the design, in print quality to the 'Banner and Paper' pack. This pack allows you to coordinate your home office or classroom elements with printable papers, folder covers and banner pennants.



{These are for your personal use only and cannot be redistributed or shared}

Find more posts and goodies for your 'teacher space' HERE

Find more screen wallpapers HERE

I am off to spend the last few hours of Saturday with my family.

Have a great day lovely friends.

- Mel x

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Free Bunny Rabbit Coloring Page


You may have caught me on Instagram stories sketching this bunny who loves carrots. When the doodle bug takes hold you just gotta run with it.

I made it into a coloring page for you and also used the carrots in it as inspiration for this week's screen wallpaper. 



Find the coloring page in Google Drive HERE

And if you would like to add some fresh carrot fun to your screens this week, be sure to download them from the links below. These are all for your non-commercial personal and classroom use only.





Find the computer wallpaper HERE

and the phone wallpaper HERE

This design has also been added to The Ultimate Banners and Paper Pack!




Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have had a terrific weekend and are recharged ready for the week ahead. You are very appreciated my lovelies.

- Mel x

Early Number Fun

Making math fun with engaging games that you are proud to give your students to play and they are excited to get their hands on, were two of the main reasons we started From the Pond

Here are a few of our current golden oldie favorites! And when we say 'golden oldie' lets not forget that we are constantly updating our resources so you always get fresh fabulous pages to print!


Your little ones will have fun subitizing with these Tricky Ten Frame activity cards. Easy to prep, highly engaging and skills focussed, you can play loads of games with these cards.

We have included instructions to play 3 different 'partner' games, but clever teachers could adapt them for many other learning opportunities..

The games can be adjusted easily to play with a small group or the whole class.

27 ten frames are provided, that show numbers 1-9 in non-standard arrangements. 

Students will get practice in learning to recognise numbers on the ten frame instantly. 



Do you have cute little plastic teddy bear counters in your math equipment collection? Use them or other counting manipulatives for fun practice on the big red bus!

Number Bus makes a fun, engaging and easy-to-prep activity for beginning addition and counting. 
Children will delight in moving  bears up and down on the double-decker bus to work out simple addition and subtraction problems. 

Perfect for students who understand that addition means combining two groups, but require more practice with hand-on materials






The hungry bunnies will help your little learners learn to count, recognize numbers and counting - with fun math center activity games.

This pack includes 4 game variations to learn and practice counting and numbers 1-10.

Help the bunnies find enough carrots - they are very hungry! Perfect for Easter and spring programs coming up soon.


Speaking of carrots - this free addition game will team up perfectly with the hungry bunnies.


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and learning a little more about our printable learning resources. 

Lion One Page Craft Freebie

We just added a brand new packet to our 'one page craft packs, so to celebrate I have a lion craft free download for you!

One Page Crafts are perfect for when you need an engaging practical craft activity that takes just minutes to prep. 

You will simply copy one page per student to complete the crafts. 

Students color or paint their page before cutting and assembling their craft. For the lion use a scribble pattern on the mane. 

As an extension use one of the coordinating 'writing papers' to complete a written project to display with the craft. There are no words on each writing paper, which will allow you to create your own myriad of writing lessons!










Find it in google drive HERE


The new collection, One Page Craft Animals includes an animal craft for each letter of the alphabet. It includes the following projects:

1. aardvark
2. beetle
3. cow
4. dragonfly
5. eagle 
6. fly
7. giraffe
8. hen
9. ibis
10. jaguar
11. kitten
12. lobster
13. monkey
14. numbat
15. ostrich
16. peacock
17. quokka 
18. rat
19. sheep
20. tortoise
21. unicorn
22. vole
23. wombat
24. ox
25. Yorkshire Terrier
26. zebu


It is on sale today in my TpT store HERE

And if you are keen to see more of our One Page Craft packets in my collection, find them  HERE


Thanks so much for stopping by to learn more about our printable learning resources.

Happy Flower Screen Wallpaper


How can you be sad with flowers around? Add this week's screen wallpaper image to your computer and phone and be smiling right through the week!

March is always a busy month for me and I apologise for missing last week, but hopefully you had a favourite as a standby.






Simply download the images from google drive from the links below. Store them on your camera roll and choose them for your screen saver and/or wallpaper!


Find the Computer Screensaver HERE

and the Phone Screensaver HERE


{These are for your personal use only and cannot be redistributed or shared}

Find more posts and goodies for your 'teacher space' HERE

Find more screen wallpapers HERE

If you love to have printable pennant banners and binder covers to match these weekly wallpapers, please take a peek at our Ultimate Banner and Paper Pack. This design has now been added!



I am off to get afternoon cup of tea - have a great day lovely friends and I will chat again soon.

- Mel x
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Fun Printable Activities for Addition

I love finding new ways to make content that requires a lot of repetition - like addition - fun and engaging. Hands on games and activities are perfect! Your little learners will be having fun AND learning - win, win!

Here are a couple of our favourites. 



This is a printable math center activity or small group game to play with a small group to learn the addition strategy of 'counting on'. 

Your student/s will learn to 'count on' from the big number to find the total on each cone. 

The visual support offers students help as they make the transition from using concrete materials to solve addition to completing them with a formal written maths sentence. Each card features two cards, one with a numeral, and the other a dot pattern arrangement.




Have your studemts play shoe match to practice subitizing 1-9 and addition 10-20. They will add two dot pattern arrangements and match it to a numeral card to show the pair of shoes that match!

Students will get practice in matching numerals to dot pattern arrangements of numbers in the range 1-20


This activity will help your students create and solve 2 addition and 2 subtraction problems from a family of 3 numbers. 

Use the cards as 'Write and Wipe Cards' or Task Cards. A recording worksheet is provided.

You will need to laminate these cards before use with a dry-erase marker.

This packet also includes a blackline printable worksheet - students can record the findings from each of their cards. 

All of my 'print and play' math games include detailed printable instruction, a 'cover page' to help you sort and organize your resources. and a worksheets for students to record or extend their learning.



We also have a good selection of free activities for addition - find them HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by to learn more about our printable learning activities that will make your class program come to life!

Sounding Out Words for Writing





Use our Sounding Out Train and Stretch It Out Like Bubblegum concept to help your little ones learn to hear the sounds needed to read and write words (phoneme segmentation).

The word train will help them focus on the beginning, middle and end of words. It is great for both encoding and decoding and helps give some structure to your early word work lessons. You can read more about the sounding-out train on a blog post from 2011












When you first introduce it, take a packet of bubblegum to class and show them how stretchy it is (just in case some students have not had some). Pretend to take a piece and tell your students that the piece of bubblegum is a word. Pretend you can't spell the word (e.g snail). Tell them you will chew it up and stretch it out to help write the word.

Pretend to stretch the bubblegum right out of your mouth in a long string (which you may want to remind them, is very poor manners) saying the sounds clearly and slowly 'ssssssnnnnnnnaaaaaiiiiiiiilllllllllllll'




Repeat this a few time, review the sounds you can 'hear', pretend you can't hear a few, and repeat until all are heard. Next, model how to write them down in order as you stretch them out again.

Once introduced, ask your students help  'stretch' words out and listen for the sounds every day for practice. They really enjoy it. 




They then apply this strategy when they are doing their independent writing and all I have to say is 'stretch it out like bubblegum' and they know what to do!

Click on the images below to see these packs on TpT



Thanks so much for stopping by the blog to find out more about our prinatbles. Have a wonderful day!



Near Double Neighbors - An Addition Strategy

Friends, be sure to pop over to my TpT store to download a fun new math center that is FREE for today!


Students will learn about the concept of addition using the 'near doubles' strategy. Students will use known double facts (e.g. 2+2) to solve near doubles (e.g 2+3).

Students can play in a small group. There is no winner, just lots of practice and fun! 

Students take a card and identify the known double then write the answer in the house next door to show the 'near double'. Add additions have totals less than 20.




This can be recorded on their worksheet as well, if desired.

These activity can be used in a structured game rotation program, as math centers or in guided math. Once taught, it also makes a fantastic 'fast-finisher' activities for revision of key concepts


Wishing you a wonderful and happy day - thank you so much for stopping by.