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I love camping!  It is one of our favorite things to do on the weekends.  While we are camping a campfire and roasting marshmallows is a must!  These Campfire CVC Mats are a fun way to have your students sort words by short vowel sounds.  They are sure to be "Happy Campers" while doing this fun sort!

To prepare this activity, I first printed the short vowel campfire mats and the marshmallow picture cards.  There are five campfire sorting mats and 6 marshmallow picture cards for each mat.  I printed everything on white cardstock.  I recommend laminating for extra durability.  I then used my paper cutter to cut the marshmallow picture cards out.  We were then ready for some Campfire CVC fun!

For this activity students spread out the 5 short vowel mats.  They made a pile of the marshmallow picture cards and placed them face down.  They turned over a marshmallow card and said the picture on the card aloud.  Then they sorted the card onto the correct short vowel mat to match the middle sound in the word.

Picture cards for the short a mat: bat, cat, hat, sad, bag, map

Picture cards for the short e mat: net, vet, leg, web, bed, pen

Picture cards for the short i mat: pig, pin, bib, six, sit, fin

Picture cards for the short o mat: pot, cob, dog, cop, fox, mop

Picture cards for the short u mat: hug, sun, tub, gum, cup, bus

This is a fun activity for small groups or a reading station.  

I'm so excited because my blogging friends and I have teamed up to share some FREE camping themed activities with you.  Check out the links below!

Camping Counting Mats // Fairy Poppins
Campfire CVC Mats // Recipe for Teaching
Camping Alphabet Posters // Literacy with the Littles
Camping Puzzles // Teach Me Mommy

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After some Campfire CVC Mat fun, be sure to grab this Marshmallow Coverall game!  Just click the image below to grab it!

You also might be interested in this Camping Math pack.  Click the image below to check it out!

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One to one counting is such an important skill for young math learners.  This Ladybug Counting activity practices counting up to 10.  Your kids will love counting the ladybugs on the leaf and recording the number.  After they count the ladybugs on the cards, they can create their own ladybug leaf.
To prepare this activity, I first printed the ladybug counting cards on white cardstock.  I used my paper trimmer to cut the cards.  I recommend laminating the cards so that students can record the number to match how many ladybugs are on the leaf and erase when finished.

I also printed the ladybug recording sheet printable for students to glue their own ladybugs on.  

We grabbed some crayons, scissors, glue, dry erase marker and crayon, and we were ready for some ladybug counting fun!

To begin, students first picked one of the ladybug counting cards.  There are cards for numbers 1-10.

Students picked cards one at a time.  This was the first cards picked.

The student pointed to each ladybug and began counting..."1, 2, 3."  They recorded the number 3 in the circle on the card.  

Students continued counting ladybugs until they had recorded for all 10 cards.  

Then students were ready for the ladybug recording sheet printable.  

For the recording sheet students were able to choose how many ladybugs to glue on their leaf.  In the example below, 4 ladybugs were cut and glued on the leaf.

There are lots of possibilities for using these counting cards.  They are great for small groups, a math station, sensory bins...lots of possibilities!  

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I love mini erasers from Target!  Do you have the butterfly mini erasers?!  This Butterfly Number Bond is perfect to use with the butterfly mini erasers.  It's fun for spring and helps your young math learners work on decomposing numbers.  

To prepare this activity I printed the Butterfly Number Bond mat (free download found below) on white cardstock.  I would recommend laminating the mat for durability.  

I also grabbed my collection of butterfly mini erasers to use for the manipulatives. 

I grabbed a pencil and clip for the spinner.  We were ready for some Butterfly Number Bond fun!
To start, students first spun the 6-10 spinner.  The number the spinner landed on told the students how many butterfly erasers to count out on the number bond.  In the example below the spinner landed on the number 7.  The students counted 7 butterfly erasers into the top circle of the number bond.   

Then students were ready to decompose 7 into two groups.  I always remind my students that decompose means to break apart.  

In the example below, the student decomposed 7 into 4 and 3.  They put 4 butterflies in one circle and 3 butterflies in the other circle.  

The student decomposed 7 into 6 and 1 in the example below by putting 6 butterflies in one circle and 1 butterfly in the other circle.  

In this example the student decomposed 7 by putting 5 butterflies in one circle and 2 butterflies in the other circle.   

The students continued spinning and decomposing using the butterfly mini erasers.  This activity is great for small group work, independent work, or partner work.  It's a great addition to a math station.  

Looking for more butterfly themed resources?!  My blogging friends and I are sharing some FREE butterfly themed resources with you!  Just click the links below to check them out!


Butterfly Writing Craftivity // Literacy with the Littles

Butterfly Color by Code // The STEM Laboratory

Butterfly Number Bond // Recipe for Teaching

Magic E Puzzles // Playdough to Plato

Roll-a-Butterfly Playdough Mat // Teach Me Mommy

Butterfly Life Cycle Sequencing // The Primary Post

Butterfly Count and Cover Mats // Fun Learning for Kids

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Teen numbers can be a tricky concept for young learners.  These Teen Number Rainbow Clip Cards will help your students see the group of ten and the extra ones.  It's a fun, hands-on way to practice with teen numbers.

To prepare this activity, I first printed the clip cards on cardstock for durability.  I also recommend running the cards through the laminator.

Then I used my paper trimmer to cut out the clip cards.  There are ten clip cards altogether to practice with numbers 11-20.  

I grabbed some rainbow clips that I picked up at Walmart and a small container for holding the clips.  

We were ready for some Teen Number Rainbow Clip Card fun!

To begin, my students first picked a clip card.  This student picked a clip card with a group of ten on one cloud and two extra ones on the other cloud.  The student recognized that 10 and 2 more is 12.

The student took a clip and clipped the number 12 on the card.  

The student then picked another card.  The student recognized that this card has a group of ten on one cloud and eight extra ones on the other cloud.  

The student used a clip to clip the number 18 on the card.  

Students repeated this same process until all cards had been clipped. 

This is a great activity to do with a small group of students who may need some extra support with teen numbers.  It is also a great addition to a math station so that students can practice with teen numbers.  

My blogging friends and I have teamed up to share some FREE rainbow themed resources with you!  Check out the links below for some fun rainbow themed resources to use with your students.


Rainbow Color Words Playdough Mats // Literacy with the Littles

Teen Number Rainbow Clip Cards // Recipe for Teaching

Rainbow Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection

Rainbow Money Match // The Simplified Classroom

Rainbow ABC Sensory Bottle with Printable // The Letters of Literacy

Compound Words Matching Activity // Sara J. Creations

Editable Rainbow Secret Code Word Cards // Fun Learning for Kids

CVC Words Rainbow Match Up // The Primary Post

Roll a Rainbow // Teach Me Mommy

Rainbow Bear Sorting Mats // Fairy Poppins

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We love Valentine's Day in Kindergarten!  I'm always looking for a fun way to have my students decorate their Valentine's Day bags, but also I also like integrating an academic piece into the decorating.  This year I put together something for my students to glue on their bags, count, and write about.  They LOVED it and their bags turned out so cute!  

To begin, students first were able to label their bag with their name.  I found the bags at Michaels. 

Then they cut out how many of each picture they wanted on their bag.  They glued the pictures on their bag and colored them.  

Students then used a chart with the images to help them write about how many of each picture they had on their bag.

They were able to use sight words to help them write how many of each picture they had on their bag.  I love integrating a math and writing activity together. 

My students really enjoyed this and it was an academic way to decorate Valentine bags!  You could also have students compare their pictures.  For example, they could say, "I have a greater number of hearts than cupcakes."  or "I have less roses than bears."  They could also compare their pictures with a friend's bag.  Lots of fun math ideas for these bags!

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