Five for Friday (April 10)


Hi all, I’m joining in another week of Five for Friday, hosted by the lovely Doodlebugs Teaching!


Well, it’s the end of the last week of the holidays for me, but I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some quality time with this little cutie! Benny has had quite the busy last two weeks, making new friends (or, at least, learning how to), lots of travelling over Easter, and lots of cuddles. And yes, that black shadow of a thing lying against one of my best friends is Benny. He’s awfully difficult to take photos of sometimes, but it was kind of cute he had his teddy with him!


I’ve started a new online course on Hand Lettering over at Studio Calico, and so far I’m loving it. These were a few practise samples I did the other night!


I finally found (a tiny amount) of creative energy for my TpT store, and came up with this simple little activity to practise common nouns with early years students. Check it out in my store (both images link to the product).



How cute is that polka dot desk mat?! I’ve been eying it off for a few weeks and finally bit the bullet and bought it the other day. It’s so bright and colourful and it makes me happy!



I’ve had a few craft ideas on my to-do list these holidays and I’ve been slowly ticking them off, but this is one that I had a go at today (inspired by the Marbled Clay Ring Dish DIY from A Beautiful Mess). I really love how my little dish came out. Also, being one to loathe wasting scraps of FIMO clay, I use the excess trim from the bowl to make a matching bead necklace! I love that EVERY bead is completely different, despite being made from exactly the same materials!



Happy Friday, my friends! I hope you have an excellent weekend!




Sunday Showcase – New TPT Packs!


Okay… so technically it’s Monday here, but I didn’t get a chance to do this yesterday!

I’m trying to catch up some blogging, and TPT making and crafting in general, but it’s taking a bit of creative organising on my part.

I did, however, make 2 new products fro my TpT store this weekend, inspired by what my class has been exploring over the last few weeks. We’re 7 weeks into the new school year, and my lovely Foundation class has been working on Letter vs. Word identification, as well as beginning to explore sight words in preparation for the start of our reading program.

Both these products are currently 20% off in my store, as well, for the next 24 hours.




Help your little learners to identify letters and words with this simple sort, with a fun St. Patrick’s theme. Use a pocket chart to display the cards, or have students group them on the table. If you require students to record their learning, a recording sheet has been provided!

Simply click on any of the images above to view this pack my TpT store.



IMG_2756Practise sight words with this fun game, with an Easter Bunny theme. Simply select the sight word cards you would like your students to practise (there are 124 to choose from, but I would definitely recommend selecting between 24-36 of them for small groups). Include the Egg CRASH cards and put them all in a container and you have a fun reading game.

Click on any of the images to view this game in my store.


I hope everyone’s had a wonderful weekend! I hope to get back into a regular blogging schedule very soon!


Number Fluency Games

Hello again, my friends.

My sincerest apologies for posting twice in a  day, but I didn’t get a chance to post about my BRAND NEW math game over the weekend (even though I was able to upload it!).

I’m very excited about this pack, because I think it’s great number practise for all our early learners and it has a really fun food theme, too!



(Click on any of the images to view this product on TpT!)

This activity is similar to SERVING UP NUMBERS with a fun coffee & donut theme that gives you the opportunity to practise the same skills but with a fresh face! (So to speak!)

Also, as someone who has students involved in Developmental Play/Investigations activities, this would be a really fun addition to that time, particularly if you have a Cafe or Bakery dramatic play area set-up because it would be very complimentary!


In this pack you get colour cards for numbers 0-20 featuring words, numerals, tens-frames, tens blocks, popsticks and visual representations for each number.

Depending on the level or needs of your students you can add or remove different representations to practise the skills you are currently working on!

There are 6 ‘tables’ to place the donuts on (although they’re not necessary if you’re just working on matching different representations).

I’ve also included a numbers book where students record the different ways of representing each number.

It’s very easy to print sections of this pack as required (0-10, 11-20 or 0-20) and build the number booklet up as required!


First, lay out the cards you want students to use.

Students select a coffee cup with a number name and find the matching visual representations and place them on the table.

(Alternative: have students roll a die to decide which number to start with!)


Have students record their numbers on the matching page! (Turn into a booklet, or paste into Math Journals.)

I have quite a few students still struggling with number fluency and this pack is going to come in super-handy. (It also helps that they seem to be obsessed with donuts!)

If you’re interested, this pack will remain on SALE for another 24 hours only before going back to it’s full price!


Have a lovely day, my friends!


Two for Tuesday (50% Off) Linky

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I love Tuesday’s linky! I love finding fun new products at 50% off! (Bargain hunting time, people!)

Here are the two products I’ve marked down for this week. Just click on the covers to see them on TPT at their discounted price.

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Blends Bingo Bundle Pack
Was $8.00 NOW $4.00

(This is a total STEAL for 3 game packs!)

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Put Your Ducks In Order: an ORDINAL NUMBERS pack
Was $7.50 NOW $3.75

Don’t forget to stop by the linky and check out the other amazing deals happening in other people’s stores, too!


Put Your Ducks In Order!

Oh, my – another long absence from my lovely blog!

I blame the fast-approaching, end-of-year craziness that seems to sweep in mid-October every year!

Today I’m popping in to bring you a sneak peak at my newest pack. It’s been a loooong time in the making and I finally got it finished over the weekend.

Click here to view on TPT (on sale for the next 24 hours!)

 My kiddos recently completed a unit on ordinal numbers, inspired by the fabulous Eric Carle story Ten Little Rubber Ducks (if you haven’t read it, please DO. Quickly!).

This pack contains a lot of resources – both for classroom display and for student use (both materials that can be laminated for multiple use and also print and go materials). There’s also a class book that adds some reading, writing and craft to an others math-based pack.

Now, for a peak…

If you’re after some fun and engaging activities to practise reading, writing and ordering ordinal numbers to 20th, I’d love you to take a look! Plus, it’s on sale for the next 24 hours!

Click here to view Put Your Ducks In Order!

Back to School Alphabet Activities

It’s been really interesting reading all the Back to School posts from those of you in the Northern Hemisphere.

We’re already half-way through our third term here in Australia (and my oh my, what a busy third term it’s been!). I’ve been a little lax in posting due to extra jobs I’ve had to do in relation to our school concert which is next week. Costumes, sets, choreography (of which, I did very little – my Grade 1s came up with a fabulous dance!).

And now I’m home sick, trying to get over this ridiculous cold that I’ve had for over a week.

But, it means I can catch up on posts, and also share some new alphabet packs that I’ve been working on that would be perfect for back to school!

Click on the cover images to see them in my TpT store.

All these packs feature the awesome Alphabet Clipart by Graphics from the Pond!

You can also find all of these packs in my TeachersNotebook Store.

Serving Up Numbers game

Here in Australia we’ve just finished our Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Funny, it didn’t feel like a long weekend. At all! Oh well… our school holidays are getting closer and closer. Three more weeks!

I did, however, manage to roll out another new product on TpT and TN. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the awesome graphics of the ever-talented Mel from Graphics at the Pond! Her awesome new pack, Plate It Up, made this all possible!

Join in a celebration of all things From the Pond on Mrs Poultney’s Place!

And now… let me introduce Serving Up Numbers:

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Find on TN

Essentially it is a really fun way for students to show all the different ways to make a given number from 1-20 – using numbers, names, subitising patterns, base ten and popsticks, as well as physically counting out counters/food images to represent their number.

Bonus skill = practising their place-setting skills! (My mum would be so proud – lol!)

The best thing about this particular activity is that while you can print all the pieces out in colour, I’ve also provided the blacklines of every piece to help you save on printing costs, should you choose!

This is a great visual for students, and will really demonstrate their knowledge.

As a teacher, this pack is easy to differentiate – simply choose the numbers you wish students to work with (1-10, 11-20, all, etc).

This pack is on SALE for the next 24-ish hours!

I’d love to know what you all think!

Enjoy the start to your week!

Peas on a Plate – Counting to 10

I confess to being quite behind in blog posts, but I blame reports, a week-long head cold and inability to sleep to my lethargic approach to my online presence.

But I’m here to share something fun that I’ve made and uploaded on TpT (and soon TN).

It’s a resource that I actually made in 2010 when I first started teaching and have remade into something a little prettier. It does involve some laminating and printing, but it works beautifully!

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Peas on a Plate is a fun little resource to practise number recognition from 0 to 10. (Yay, subitising!)

I’ve used this little activity for the last 4 years with my kiddos to build and reinforce instant number recognition and I’m so happy to be able to share it with all of you!

Here’s what my cards used to look like… (Ok… shhh! I still have them and use them because the kids enjoy them, so we mix it up!):

Now I have a set that look like this:

All cards come in a full-page format, I simply print multiple pages per sheet (2 per page), laminate and cut them out.

Each number (except for 0) has four pea combinations in different patterns, from dice patterns to less common groupings.

Ideas for use:

– whole class/small group focus: display cards for a few seconds and ask students to identify the number displayed,

– whole class game: divide the class into 2 and line them up so that there are 2 teams, flash a Peas on a Plate card and have the two leaders compete for points, and,

– small group games: play Memory or Snap with students matching different representations of the same number.

Hope that some of you may find it useful!

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Teacher Appreciation!

It’s that wonderful time of year when we get to recognise the amazing work done by teachers – all over the world.

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, TpT is having a tiny sale, that I’m sure you’re all well-advised of!

My entire store will be up to 28% off when you use the code TAD13 at checkout.

I’ve recently added 3 new items to the store that you should check out:

What’s in your cart? (Inquiring minds want to know!) 

Five for Friday

Oh boy… it’s Friday already? One week of holidays down, one more to go…

It’s been a busy week, primarily with me catching up on movies and TV shows. So far the count is: Skyfall (dvd), A Good Day to Die Hard (cinemas), GI Joe: Retaliation (Gold Class cinema), The Following (all 11 episodes so far – OMG, new favourite show!), Leverage (season 5, last season – insert tear!), and now I’m catching up on Lost Girl. Ah… my media indulgence.

I won’t even get started on my upcoming movie loves – ’tis the year for comic book and action movies and I am in serious movie heaven!

I’m joining up with Doodlebugs Teaching for my regular Five for Friday post!


You may notice that I have started labelling some of these containers. This week, despite being on holidays, I’ve been into my classroom twice to label and catalogue EVERY book, label all their containers and attempt to make sense of my book collection. It’s going well. I’ll spend another day finishing off my non-fiction tubs for the kids next week and then organise the essentials for the first week back. On this shelf: Australian books and authors on the top shelf, chapter books on the next 2 shelves (Rainbow Magic Fairy, Billie B Brown, Geronimo Stilton, Zac Power, Leigh Hobbs and Hey Jack!), and the last shelf containers my Eric Carle, Dr Seuss, Star Wars (love!), LEGO readers, Movie/TV books and books on feelings. I’ll take a picture of the other shelf/trolley next week!


If you haven’t already picked up on it, I’m a massive comic book fan (love me some X-Men, Avengers or Batman comics) and I grew up watching action movies – love stories and dramas put me to sleep, but if something blows up it usually makes my top movies list! Anyway, I may have/deliberately/on purpose indoctrinated one of my best friends into the Avengers movies and all that fit into that universe and so she’s now obsessed with Thor (or, more specifically, Chris Hemsworth as Thor). I saw this the other day and thought of her – a Thor USB drive. I was THIS close to buying it.


I went out today to buy an engagement gift and found these adorable Easter decorations that were 50% (hello to my retail heart!) – butterfly and dragonfly clips and tiny little bunny finger puppets. These are all going to my classroom. I have a fab fake free in the classroom that I like to clip things onto, so the butterflies and dragonflies will be finding a brand new home next week!


Today I made my first batch of coloured rice! Next week I’ll be making more colours. 🙂


Finally, after shopping and dying rice, I provided to laminate up a storm.

Now I need to cut it all out. I think I’ll do that while watching Skyfall again tonight.

It’s good to be on holidays…!

And, on a TpT-ish note, this morning I uploaded a brand new math activity: Print and Go – Numbers All ‘Round

Click on the image above to see it in my TpT store!

Really simple activity using the very familiar +1, +10/-10, -1 squares. BLMs, no fancy clipart – it’s designed to be printer-friendly, black and white and ready to use quickly. There are miniature recording sheets for students (4 per page) to save on paper. Alternatively, laminate or stick them in a plastic pocket and use whiteboard markers.

My Grade 1s will be hitting number patterns, place value and basic operations in a BIG way this term, so this was made in anticipation.

 That’s all from me tonight, folks! Tomorrow you’ll see a post about my participation in the Pass the Torch linky, which I’m very excited about!

Can’t wait to see what you’ve all been up to this week in your Five for Friday posts!