## Cute Piggy Art Project

This little piggy.....

We had so much fun drawing and painting some cute little pigs in our creative space recently and would just love to share the steps with you so you can draw one too!

Here is how ours finished up after giving them a quick slick of watercolor. We wanted the color to be bright, fresh and applied with fast fresh spring-like strokes!

#### Steps to draw a cute little piggy

1. Draw the head - a big circle.

2. Draw the ears - wide at the base and  pointy at the top. At 11 and 1 o clock.

3. Draw a rounded rectangular snout.

4. Draw 2 big oval nostrils!

5. Draw eyes and a smile.

6. Draw a body - 2 lines down to the base then across to join up.

7. Draw legs and arms.

8. Draw lines across arms and legs to create trotters.

9. And of course, a curly swirly tail!

We do hope you get a chance to do some cute little piggy drawings too.

If you are a Pond VIP, take a peek in the 'exclusive' section of the library for printable pages to match this project.

Drawings are a fantastic way to start writing. It can begin the creative thought process and be a stimulus for writing. We have a huge range of directed drawing packets over in our TpT store. Find them HERE

We are so thrilled to release our 37th Math Pack! You can use our Math Packs as stand-alone units and do not need to use all of them or in any particular order. The order is sequenced and progresses steadily.

The bridging strategy in addition is a powerful strategy that can be used flexibly across a range of areas in maths and can be applied in many ways. This pack will help your students begin to understand the concept of bridging to ten. We start with a review of the combinations that make ten.

These 5 activities will help
• review combinations that make ten
• learn to look for numbers that easily 'make a ten'
• bridge to ten
• remember bridge to ten strategy facts
Each of the 5 small-group activities has:

• detailed instructions
• playing cards/boards/templates
• a worksheet (either a recording worksheet or a fun-follow-up)

The activities included in this bundle are:

#### Making Ten

We've included 3 fun ways for students to review the combinations that make ten - 5 and 5, 6 and 4, 3 and 7, 8 and 2, 9 and 1. These need to be very familiar for the 'bridge to ten' strategy to develop.

All aboard! There are 3 carriages on the train and students need to determine which 2 numbers would be best side-by-side to make an easy-ten (or twenty). They will also write the number problem and answer.

#### Fill a Ten

To find the total of 2 numbers, students will fill a ten frame before adding the rest. They will naturally see how some numbers are so near to ten that the bridging strategy makes sense!

#### Domino Dots

Students will visualise sliding dots on a domino to make a ten before finding the total. This is a good way to transition from concrete to abstract and encourage the visualisation of math. A set of cards with the 'ten' featured in pink is included as a standard blackline version.

#### Fact Cards

The pack culminates with an activity that encourages students to remember all the addition facts they have learnt through the other 4 activities and become super-fluent with them. Students will memorize the addition facts that relate to 'bridge to ten' strategy and become.

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

We have other Math Packs that teach more basic concepts for addition:

## Pig Cutie Screen Wallpaper

I'd love to share a new screen wallpaper with you today, to brighten up your home and classroom electronic boards, iPads, computers and phones. This one is cute piggy design - big, bright and deliciously pink.

I do hope you love the design as much as we do and that it brings some fun to your week. 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}

We've also added a pig coloring page to the club so your little ones can get in on all the fun.

If you're looking for more pig themed goodies (think tote bags, mugs, phone cases, notebooks and even dresses and T shirts) hop over to our Red Bubble store to see our cute pink friend on a range of lovely items!

#### Coordinating Printables

We've also added our wallpaper 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.

Thank you so much for visiting us here on the blog. Have a beautiful week!

## Paper Plate Bird Craft

My children do lots of craft here at home and we are currently re-sorting and organizing our crafting space. They also have a very crafty grandma who loves having projects ready for them when they visit. Here is one simple one they did with her recently that you might like to try.

#### How to make a spotty rocking paper plate bird

1. Dot paint (Sam just used his finger tip) the back of a paper plate. Use 2 colors of your choice.

2. When dry, fold the paper plate in half.

3. Using white craft glue, attach a feather as a tail, a googly eye and a triangle of orange paper for the beak. Note, we just added the eye and beak to one side.

Tap him gently and watch him rock!

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## Clip It Kids

Keeping math fun and engaging is a challenge. But that is where we come in! It is our absooooolute sweet spot and we love it!

It is kinda how this whole thing started. We are so passionate about making anything you prepare worthwhile. If you are going to go to all that time to print, laminate and hand it over to your sweeties it absolutely better be hitting the concepts. Head on!

We try our absolute best to squeeze the engagement right into the learning target.

Clip It Kids will make it fun to
• learn to count to 20,
• develop 1:1 correspondence and
• match quantities to numerals
Clip It Kids first made an appearance way back in Math Pack 2! You wanted more, so here they are - all the way to 20. No doubt if they can count beyond 20, they have mastered 1:1.

Ideal for small group math rotations or center work, students will clip each card with an appropriate quantity of paper clips or clothespins (pegs).

The file features

• a teaching tips page
• a detailed instruction sheet
• game cards for number 1 to 20
• a recording worksheet, and
• cover page.

The cover page can be printed and used to help organize your game/activity tubs/pouches/packets or folders.

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## Chirpy Chick Craft

Sam had to give a talk to his class a few weeks ago and include an interesting source of sound. We went through the toy cupboard - musical instruments, wind up toys, musical books. Nothing seemed right. We had a little look through some rainy-day type books and found a fun science based creative activity.

Now I am not going to give you the science, but I'll give you the cute. For now.

Our paper cup was yellow, so we were able to quickly turn it into a chick with the quick addition of
• a feather,
• a triangle scrap of felt and
• 2 googly eyes.

#### How to make your chirpy chick

1. Poke a hole in the base of the cup with a skewer.
2. Thread a long piece of wool through the hole and secure at the top with a paper clip.
3. Let the wool hang down through the middle of the cup.
4. Using a small piece of wet sponge, tug lightly on the wool and you will hear a cute little chirpy chick sound!

If you are doing some writing with your class our Top Your Writing series has a super cute and easy chick craft topper for a bright happy classroom display! Find it HERE

Have a wonderful day friends, we hope you love making a chirpy chick as much as Sam did.

## Skip Counting Fun

Learning to confidently skip count goes hand in hand with recognizing multiplication as repeated addition. Our Math Pack 35 will help with both!
We put a lot of thought and prep into our printable activities so they are visually engaging. Most  importantly though, we aim to make that visual engagement an integral component, or scaffold of learning. So many people have told us that our activities engage their learners like no other, and help build the essential skills in math. Thank you for your confidence in us!

These games will help facilitate skip counting by 2, 3 5 and 10. They are fast to prep and will help students learning to:

• count equal groups to skip count
• determine the number of repeated counts to make a total (division)
• recall numbers that come next in a skip count
• use knowledge of a skip count to place numbers in position in a sequence
Each of the 5 small-group activities has:
• detailed instructions
• playing cards/boards/templates
• a worksheet (either a recording worksheet or a fun-follow-up)
The activities included in this bundle are:

#### Frogs in Twos

Students will count by 2s to find a total. Students will discover how many repeated counts of 2 will make a total.

#### Beehive Five

Students will count by 5s to find a total. Students will discover how many repeated counts of 5 will make a total.

#### Apple Tens

Students will count by 10s to find a total. Students will discover how many repeated counts of 10 will make a total.

#### Fleas in Threes

Students will count by 3s to find a total. Students will discover how many repeated counts of 3 will make a total.

#### Skip Strips

Students will skip count by 2, 3, 5 and/or 10 and start at different places in the sequence.

#### Skip Count Snail

Students will skip count by 2, 3, 5 and/or 10, start at different places in the sequence and use their knowledge of skip counting to position numbers in the sequence

These activities can be used in a structured game rotation program, as math centers or in guided math. Once taught, they also make fantastic 'fast-finisher' activities for revision of key concepts. Hop over to our TpT store if you'd like these fun and engaging activities for your learning program!