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DIY Plantable Felt Garden Box. Hey, guys! It's Katie here. I recently made one of my most favorite toys for my kiddos and I just had to share! I have to admit, when this idea popped into my head I may have gotten a little overly excited. You see, one of our very favorite things to do as a family is tend to the garden, but since we live in the Midwest there has been none of that for many months now.

Soon the weather will be warm and we will be growing goodies in the garden again, but until then this toy garden box will help tide the girls over. Supplies: -A color variety of felt (purple, orange, green, and red were necessities for me)-Green pipe cleaners-Velcro-Brown paint & paint brush-Brown jersey cotton-Needle & thread/scissors Now, let's start with the garden box. Step One: Cover the entire box in brown paint.

Step Two: In between coats of paint, you can start on your "dirt. " Step Three: Flip right side out and cinch one end closed with a running stitch pulled tight and tied off. To make the beets: Hey, guys! Make Your Own Kinetic Sand (10 lbs for 50 cents!) Make Your Own Kinetic Sand (10 lbs for 50 cents!) My daughter wanted Kinetic Sand for Christmas this year, but the prices are so high! Even moon sand is expensive, and the glow sand is even more! UPDATE: We added a video showing how to make kinetic sand! (scroll down) And, we also blogged another post showing how to make COLORED Kinetic Sand! Don’t miss it! We found a way to make it easy and cheap. You can make a little or a lot. Like it? DON’T MISS all the great FREE STUFF!

If you happen to have a sandbox (or a beach nearby!) Price Breakdown: For example, 2.2 pounds of Kinetic Sand on Amazon costs about $17. In our “Make a little…” recipe below, we’re making 10 pounds – nearly 5 times as much as the package in store. So, you can see why I’m excited! Grab REAL Free Stuff! Don’t miss our feature on how to make this kinetic sand COLORFUL!! Make a little… Because play sand is an outdoor thing (it’s sand, after all), you might consider adding the tea tree oil to clean it up a little.

Make a lot… Play Recipe: Giant Reusable Bubbles. Last updated Friday, May 23, 2014 Sometimes an activity has no other purpose than to be awesome. This one definitely falls into that category- it was an accidental discovery that was so much fun that our whole family spent an entire afternoon getting gooey together- no screens in sight. So if your family is in need of some together time, whip up a batch of these reusable bubbles- I guarantee there will be lots of “oohs” and “aahs” and plenty of giggles, too! *This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Yesterday I posted about our super stretchy galaxy slime that I whipped up for our night sky theme.

And Elmer’s Clear School Glue . The first batch of slime I made had this rubbery consistency, so I set it aside and made some more, which is what ended up in our galaxy photo shoot. You can make small bubbles. You can make medium-sized bubbles. OR you can make GIANT bubbles!! Fun, right? Make Some Gak! Ok, first you’ll need to make your own gak. If your substance does this, you’ve got slime.

Night Sky Activities for Preschool: Galaxy Slime - Twodaloo. Last updated Sunday, June 22, 2014 We are really digging this night sky theme! My kiddos and their classmates are really into sensory exploration right now, and the starry night sky lends itself to so many amazing sensory activities. Today we delved into the world of slime and gak for the first time, and I’m SO glad we did- the kids played with this for hours, and Daddy even joined in the fun!

I can’t wait to take this to school with us to see how the kids’ classmates react- I’m betting they’ll love it just as much as we do! Since we’ve been studying the night sky at our cooperative preschool, the twins have been talking about it quite a bit at home. *This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Making the slime was pretty easy after I figured out the nuances. ANYWAY, to make our cosmic slime we built upon the tried and true recipe of equal parts Sta-Flo Liquid Starch and Elmer’s Clear School Glue . So here’s the skinny on slime-making…you gotta take it slow. Developmental Skills. Halloween Hot Cocoa. Perfect for warming up your trick~or~treaters! Most Halloween nights around here are cold and wet. {Brrrrrrr} This Halloween Hot Cocoa will be the perfect drink to warm up your kiddos after a long night of trick or treating. All you are going to need is a food coloring marker, marshmallows and some hot cocoa to create this spooky drink.

Either surprise the kiddos with this fun treat, or have them help out creating the marshmallow ghosts. Simply draw small ghost faces on a some of the marshmallows, place on top of your favorite hot cocoa, and BOOM….you have an instant Halloween favorite! Need some more fun Halloween fun food ideas? Here is what the trick or treaters will be seeing at our house this year! Happy Halloween! Do you love Family Fresh Meals? Halloween Hot Cocoa Ingredients small marshmallows food color marker hot cocoa Instructions Start by coloring small ghost faces on marshmallows using a food coloring marker. Here is what I used to make this Halloween Hot Cocoa! 5 Steps To Put The Brakes on Back Talk.

As a parent, the words “No, I won’t,” or “You do it,” from our kids is enough to make us cringe. In fact, back talk is the number one parenting complaint from all the parents I’ve worked with—and it can be so hard to get kids to respond to our requests without whining, eye-rolling, or simply ignoring us that many of us can’t help but snip back, “You’ll do it because I said so,” or “Don’t you dare talk to me that way!” Back talk might be annoying and, at times, infuriating, but it’s a common side-effect of growing up and gaining independence. At all ages, kids need a strong sense of personal power on an emotional level. When they can’t get it because we’re ordering them around or doing everything for them, they lash out with words.

It’s a typical “fight or flight” response: since they can’t exactly move into their own apartment (flight), they’ll fight back by testing limits and trying to get a reaction. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Tired of daily back talk? Comments comments View Comments » Comments. 20+ April Fools Day Pranks. 10 Best Tools for Teachers and Students to Use in 2014.

All teachers have a goal to establish clear, friendly, but authoritative communication with students and their parents. Parent meetings are not the most relaxed environment for the teachers to share their expectations and plans, which is why many educators have started using online tools to make this process easier. As a teacher, I have been using many web-based tools to bring some fun into the classes and make the communication with my students and their parents more effective. I’ve chosen some of the most useful tools to present in this list, which will hopefully be implemented in the teaching techniques of an increased number of educators during the upcoming year. 1. TutorsClass is an online solution for distance tutoring. 2. This website gives you a free opportunity to create colorful flyers. 3.

If you have a website, this tool will be a nice addition to your arsenal by allowing you to record messages and share them for free. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 10 Best Tools for Teachers and Students to Use in 2014. Free Summarizer, an online automatic tool to summarize any text or article. Anki Flashcards - powerful, intelligent flashcards. Spreeder: Free online speed reading software | Spreeder.com. Instapaper. The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress. (You might also be interested in The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress) I know “The Best…” list has a very awkward title, but I couldn’t think of a better one.

In our Family Literacy Project we provide home computers and Internet access to immigrant families. Eighty percent of household members spend at least one hour each day (many spend considerably more time) on our website. Three of these seven hours each week need to be spent on one of several websites that act as sort of “virtual classrooms” — students and their family members enter them with a password and we can check online to see how much time they have spent on them. I thought readers might find it useful to see which ones we’ve determined to be the best for kind of program. I don’t think there’s much need to use them in school with so many other options available, but they are excellent for homework.

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