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Name Practice with Kwik Stix Paint Sticks

Painting has never been more fun! Ruby, my almost 2 year old, loves to paint. And it typically involves paint ending up on her hands, feet, clothes...basically anywhere but the paper ;) I love to let her learn and explore, but sometimes I want to give her time to paint WITHOUT a huge mess afterwards!

Enter Kwik Stix paint sticks! We were so excited when The Pencil Grip, Inc sent us a pack of fast-drying, mess-free paint sticks to try.

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Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun! They are the perfect size for tiny hands, easy to grip, and twist up when they need more paint. I found the caps are slightly difficult for kids to take off on their own, so either set them out without the lids on or make sure that they aren't snapped on all the way.

I printed out some shapes for Ruby to paint so she had some structure with the paint sticks, but she also loves creating pictures with just a blank piece of paper!

Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allow them to dry in 90 seconds! That means you can stack the papers on top of each other when the kids finish painting. No more hanging pictures up in random places around the room waiting for them to dry, or fearing pages sticking together ;) And no need for cups, smocks, water, or brushes...also a plus! Set up and clean up is quick and easy!

Ruby loved choosing from the vibrant colors to paint her shapes. I loved that I could just hand her a color and let her be creative!

She made sure to put the lid back on the paint sticks after she used them which is great fine motor practice as well.

I also printed out a sheet with Ruby's name in bold letters so she could practice the letters in her name while painting! She loved this one! As you can see, she choose pink again...her favorite color ;)

This would be a great center to set out at the start of the school year! You can customize a name page for all the students in your class and have them use their Kwik Stix paint sticks to decorate their names.

Want to make some name sheets for your students? I created mine in PowerPoint. Simply enter a text box and type in your student's name. The font I used is called KG Sorry Not Sorry Chub and can be found free here. I changed the font color to white and added a black outline to the text.

Ruby LOVES painting with Kwik Stix and I love giving her an opportunity to be creative without the stress of a huge mess ;)

PRODUCTS USED IN THIS POST {affiliate links}
You can find Kwik Stix Paint Sticks at the following places:
Michaels, in store & online
Target online

Summer Math & Literacy Centers for Kindergarten

I love switching out our themed centers each month! I wanted to share a look at our summer themed centers which are perfect for the last few weeks of school or even if you're teaching summer school!

Math Centers:
Watermelon Addition
The kiddos will choose 2 watermelon cards, write the number of seeds on each watermelon, then add the numbers together. 

Skip Counting Puzzles
Complete the puzzles by counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Sunny Subtraction
What's more fun than sunglasses?! The kiddos will write a subtraction problem for each set of sunglasses and then write the difference on their recording sheet.

Flip Flop Fun
We have a version of this game almost every month. My students always love it! To play, you roll 2 dice, add the numbers together, and cover the number you on the game board. 

Sunny Teen Numbers
This is my FAVORITE center! Give each sun their sunglasses by decomposing the teen numbers using base ten blocks.

Beach Ball Ten Frames
The kiddos will use the ten frames to help them make a ten. Eventually, they will be able to solve the equations quickly and without counting the boxes!

Literacy Centers:
Scooping CVC words
Match the picture on the ice cream scoop with the correct CVC word on the cone.

Sight Word Sundaes
Your kiddos will read the sight words on the bowl and build the word using the ice cream scoops. On the recording sheet, they will unscramble the letters to make each word they built.

Searching for Shells
This center includes a word sort for both short and long vowel word families. They will sort the shells under the correct word family buckets.

Sentence Scrambles
This is a fun pocket chart center. Your kiddos will unscramble the word cards to build 4 sentences. It's a great way to practice sentence structure and comprehending sentences.

Barbecue Blends
Sorting the hamburger and hot dog cards by their ending blends.

You can find all these centers in my TpT shop!

You can also find these centers in my Centers for the Year MEGA BUNDLE! It includes centers for every month of the year! Anytime I add or update the centers, you get free access to the updates! Woohoo!