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DIY Plantable Felt Garden Box. Hey, guys!

DIY Plantable Felt Garden Box

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!)

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! Play Recipe: Giant Reusable Bubbles. Last updated Friday, May 23, 2014 Sometimes an activity has no other purpose than to be awesome.

Play Recipe: Giant Reusable Bubbles

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. Night Sky Activities for Preschool: Galaxy Slime - Twodaloo.

Last updated Sunday, June 22, 2014.

Night Sky Activities for Preschool: Galaxy Slime - Twodaloo

Halloween Hot Cocoa. Perfect for warming up your trick~or~treaters!

Halloween Hot Cocoa

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! 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.

5 Steps To Put The Brakes on Back Talk

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. 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.

10 Best Tools for Teachers and Students to Use in 2014

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. 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. 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.

The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress

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. Grammar. Shakespeare for Kids. Children's Homework Help.