Sensory Play DIY Recipe – Water Bead Sensory Play

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Kids LOVE playing with water beads. It’s a great sensory activity.

Follow this simple recipe for creating your own water beads!

Sensory Play DIY Recipe – Water Bead Sensory Play

Ingredients:

  • Colorful water beads
  • Warm water
  • Airtight container with lid (shallow rectangular containers work better than bowls or small deep containers)
  • Old measuring cups, plastic spoons, plastic eggs, seashells, or toy creepy crawly bugs.

Optional: a few drops of eucalyptus, tea tree, or lemon essential oil.

Directions:

Pour ½ of mixed color water beads in large shallow container.

Add 4-6 cups of water. Let sit overnight.

If beads have not expanded all the way add another 2 cups of water.

Add fun objects for sensory play: measuring cups, seashells, plastic spoons, toy snakes and bugs, abc letters or beads, dinosaurs, ramekins, old jars, etc.

When done playing put the lid on so the water beads don’t dry out.

As needed, add water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil to kill pathogens.

Picture-8-300x168This Sensory Play recipe was provided by Katie Vega.

Katie Vega is a mom of 5 in Columbus, Ohio. She is an internet marketer, marketing/branding consultant, and e-book author. She began her career in the Network Marketing industry in 1999, and over the years has totally transformed  her business to use her passions and talents. In early 2013 she left her job to build her business at home part time so she could homeschool her children.

 

One of her passions and goals  is to show moms with ADHD or behaviorally challenged kids how they can manage the chaos at home and run a profitable business without losing their mind!

 

Visit KatieVega.com to learn more.

 

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Low-Cost Educational Craft Ideas for Homeschoolers

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Incorporating crafts into your homeschool lesson plans make learning fun and helps to break up the monotony of worksheets and text books.

Why not make learning fun with crafts? Studies have shown over and over that hands-on activities help children learn and retain information. Here are few ideas using things you probably already have around the house to get you started.

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Fraction Fun with Paper Plates

Introduce or review fractions with this fun activity.

Materials:

  • At least 3 white paper plates
  • Crayons and/or markers
  • Scissors
  • An assortment of “friends,” such as stuffed animals, dolls, action figures, and so forth

Directions:

Using the crayons and markers, let your child decorate the paper plates as pizzas or cookies. Then, cut one plate in half, one in thirds, one in fourths, etc. Have your child decide which pizza/cookie is appropriate for the number of toy guests. Make up a story for the guests to decrease or increase in number in order to increase interest.

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Learning About Valentine’s Day

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Are you looking for some awesome crafts and activities for your children for Valentine’s Day? Check out these Educational Resources and Activities for Valentine’s Day. They are great for Homeschooling Parents, as well as classrooms at school. They are also great ideas for your children to continue their learning at home.

Valentine’s Day Songs

Valentine’s Day is a great day to celebrate with kids. Here are lots of sweet Valentine’s Day songs and rhymes in this series of free songs and rhymes.

Conversation Heart Printable

There are so many learning activities you can do with those little candy hearts that you see everywhere this time of year. Here are some free printables specifically for use with these conversation hearts.

Heart Box Alphabet Matching

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and aren’t you excited to receive heart-shaped boxes of chocolate from a friend or loved one? Get these free printable alphabet and shape matching activity for preschoolers and toddlers!

Heart Patterning

For a Valentine’s Day math activity, we suggest using candy conversation hearts to make patterns.

I Love Trucks Valentine’s Day Pack

Is Valentine’s Day also for little boys? Perhaps you have a little guy who would prefer trucks and helicopters filled with hearts, too? This one’s for you! 😉

Pre-K Letter V

Welcome to the Letter V, where we’ll be having fun with Valentines!

Sweetheart ABC Matching Game

These Sweetheart ABC Letter Matching Game will help your Kindergarten aged children work on letter recognition and matching upper case and lower case letters. These pre-reading skills are necessary to help your child become a really prolific reader!

Valentine’s Day Math Printable

Here are some of the Valentine’s math sheets and games that are readily available for download for your kids for free.

Valentine’s Day Addition Pages

Valentins’e Day and math? Why not!

Valentine’s Day Word Pack

There are several different elements in this pack ranging from spelling practice; to hands on word recognition; as well as some vocabulary and grammar practice.

February Tracing Lines

This February Tracing Lines motor skills exercises are perfect to help develop your child’s motor skills and come with cute exercises that are a fun addition to your lessons through the month’s images.

February Writing Paper

These writing papers should be fun for children of all ages, but the February themed images are a great way to tie the monthly theme to your lessons.

Toddler-Pre-K Valentine’s Day Learning Pack

This printable pack is designed for toddlers and preschoolers to practice early learning skills such as alphabet and number recognition, counting, letter sounds, letter cases, size, shapes, patterns, visual discrimination, prewriting, scissor skills, puzzles and more!

Valentine’s Q Tip Painting

Painting with q-tips is a different and fun way of painting, and it’s great for fine motor skills!

Valentine Fine Motor Glue Activity

Here are some fine motor activities with a fun Valentine’s Day twist!

Valentine Syllable Activity

This fun syllable game is always big hit with preschoolers and kindergarteners alike around Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Sight Word Printable

Here’s a simple freebie that you can use to help your student practice sight words — a Valentine’s Day sight word activity.

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Mardi Gras Crafts, Activities and More For Kids

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Mardi Gras is right around the corner. It is my favorite Holiday by far. Check out these awesome Mardi Gras Crafts and More! Enjoy your Holiday by making desserts, crafts, printables, and more. Your children can really work their fine motor skills with all of these awesome ideas.

Printable Mardi Gras Mask craft

Get ready to party with your own DIY Printable Mardi Gras Mask Craft. The kids can color and customize their own mask for Mardi Gras with this free printable activity.

Mardi Gras Candy Necklaces

Let your kids create their own bead necklace from purple, yellow and green Twizzlers. They are definitely not just fun and beautiful, but tasty too!

King Cake Pancakes

These pancakes taste just like traditional King Cake, but in a totally different form! They’re sweet, tart, easy to make – the perfect way to celebrate Carnival.

Mardi Gras Preschool Printable and Sensory Bin

Everything in this Mardi Gras sensory bin may be found at Walmart, Party City or the Dollar Tree. And of course, everything is in purple, green and gold.

Mardi Gras Coloring Pages

What is Mardi Gras all about? Masks, beads and noisy carnival fun – and we’ve got just the colouring pages you will need! Find Mardi Gras coloring pages for all ages here!

Mardi Gras Word Search

Have a go at this fun word search for Pancake Day, and see if you and your kids can find all the words. They can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal, but definitely not backwards.

Mini Beignets

Beignets are like a square doughnut that is covered in powdered sugar.  Did you ever see Disney’s Princess and the Frog?  That’s the dessert they eat in the beginning of the movie!

Hand Print Mardi Gras Mask Craft

Handprint crafts are simply cute. You can easily create this Handprint Mardi Gras Mask for your kids to play with.

Craft Sand Sensory

Colored craft sand is easy to find in craft stores and small bags are inexpensive and simple to store and reuse! And purple, yellow and green would be a pretty combination for Spring! So get ready for this craft sand sensory bin!

10 Ways to use Left Over beads

Do you have an interesting way to use or display leftover Mardi Gras beads? We have 10 ways to do it here!

Mardi Gras Cake Recipe

Do you know why they hide a baby in the king cake during Mardi Gras celebrations? Find out here!

Mardi Gras Printable

In honor of the festivities coming up this February, get these great Mardi Gras party decorations and printables.

8 Mardi Gras Printables

This Mardi Gras printable pack comes with everything you need to celebrate this fun holiday! It’s perfect for preschool classrooms, homeschooling, or as additional activities!

Painting Mardi Gras Beads

Painting activities are always a hit with kids. Do some painting with Mardi Gras beads!

Mardi Gras Activities for Kids

If you’re ready to celebrate Mardi Gras but are looking for some activities that are fun for kids too, here’s a few using cereal.

Mardi Gras Cup Shakers

Want to produce a satisfyingly loud noise for your Mardi Gras parade? Make these Mardi Gras cup shakers!

Paper Jester Hat

This three-dimensional jester hat can be made with some colorful construction paper. Simply download the free printable template and you’re all ready to get started.

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Ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?

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Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th! Want to celebrate in your homeschool? Check out these easy & creative ideas to get in the spirit!
 
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Pirate Treasure Hunt – This is a great activity for pirate fun at home over the weekend! Make your own map, hide pirate treasure, and watch your little ones follow directions to search for the Pirates’ Gold!

Island Adventures Reading Program – Join Pete Pirate and his crew with instruction and practice in advanced phonics skills, sight words, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension! 75 lessons teach fundamental reading skills for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. Recommended ages 6 to 9.

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Treasure Map Pizza – Decorate your homemade pizza with olives, peppers, and a tiny red pepper for the pirate ship!

Meet the McKaws – This is such a fun pirate-themed book for Kindergarteners! Captain Stan and Tiny McKaw are rough-and-tumble pirates. Whether it’s searching for treasure or battling on the high seas, this adventurous duo is up for anything.

Pirates’ Treasure & Crafts

Pirate Math and Literacy Activities – The pirate literacy activities include wall words, syllable sort, picture bingo, and more! The pirate math activities include four math activities that would deb a great addition to any pirate-themed unit.

Pirate Crafts and Treasure Chest – Make a pirate hat, homemade pirate hook, spyglass, treasure chest, gold coins and more!

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Paper Plate Pirate Craft – Use household items to craft a happy pirate face! This is an easy activity for kids and parents to complete together at home.

Exploding Treasure Chests Pirate Science – Dive into some pirate science with Exploding Treasure Chests!! It’s a great sensory experience as the solid, freezing cold chests turn to mush and expose treasures hidden within.

Pirate Theme Classroom Mega Bundle – Want to set your classroom in a pirate theme? This package includes pirate-themed word wall cards, calendars, customizable name tags, classroom jobs poster, time telling posters set, and more!

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Autumn Necklace: Easy Kids’ Craft for Fall

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This is one of my favorite crafts because it is inexpensive, easy to do and not messy at all! It is a great way to bring the family together when you need a low stress activity that will please everyone or a group activity for a classroom or party.

 

Depending on the ages and capabilities of the children doing the activity, you may want to let them cut the straws and punch the holes in the leaves, or you may want to have these steps already completed so they just do the designing and stringing.

 

Supplies: 

 

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  • Paper Straws in Assorted Fall Colors and Patterns
  • String, cord or twine
  • Scissors
  • Paper Hole Punch
  • Silk Fall leaves

Steps: 

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1. Cut the straws into pieces of varying lengths.

 

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2. Take each silk fall leaf and punch two holes (as shown) so that it can be threaded onto a string.

 

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3. Measure the string to the size that you want your necklaces to hang adding approximately 4 inches to allow for tying a bow or knot.

 

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4. String the straws and leaves onto the cord in your own design.

 

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5. Tie the ends together and have fun!
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Easy Curriculum: Green Kid Crafts Subscription Deal

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If you’re looking for a fun, casual way to incorporate learning this summer (or any time of year, for that matter), you may  want to check out this deal on a 3-month subscription to Green Kid Crafts at LivingSocial.com.

Each month, you’ll receive a box with 4-6 STEM activities surrounding a particular theme like “oceans” or “outer space,” along with additional activity suggestions you can do at home, reading lists, games, puzzles and more.  This sounds like a great start to a theme unit to me!

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There’s only a few subscriptions left at the really low price of $37 (total, for the 3 months!), so hurry on over to LivingSocial.com and get yours!

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Fun Easter Crafts for Kids

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Have fun with your kids this Easter with this collection of easy Easter craft ideas. 🙂

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Salt Dough Eggs

 

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Paper Eggs

 

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Easter Egg Minions

 

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Fingerprint Easter Eggs

 

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Easter Egg Sun Catcher

 

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Carrot Footprints

 

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Bunny Candy Holder

 

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Fingerprint Carrot

 

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Easter Bunny Chicks

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10 Easy Flower Crafts Kids Can Make Using Simple Materials

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What can be more beautiful than a flower made by little hands – but sometimes, with a little help from moms too!

Cupcake Paper Flowers

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Create beautiful cupcake flowers using a few humble cupcake liners.  

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7 Fun & Easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft for Kids

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7 Fun & Easy St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids - Featured

Everyone’s excited for St Patrick’s Day on March 17th – especially the kids! And we’ve rounded up 7 fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day craft kids can make.

More Irish Blessings

“May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets always hold a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.”

“May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields, and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Pot of Gold Paper Art

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Who wants to have this pot of gold?

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