Spiderman

Wikipedia: Spiderman
Wikipedia: Spiderman - Information about Marvel's fictional superhero, Spiderman: Creator info, publication info, biography, powers and more. Also, information about Stan Lee.


Marvel: Spiderman - Biographical information about Spiderman.

DLTK: Spiderman Coloring Pages - Printable!

Coloring WS: Spiderman Coloring Pages - Offers 9 printable pages.

Coloring Book: Spiderman Coloring Pages - Site offers 72 printable coloring sheets.


JigSawPlanet: Spiderman Puzzles - Site offers hundreds of Spiderman related jigsaw puzzles that can be done online.

Puzzles Puzzles: Spiderman Puzzles - Offers about 30 Spiderman related puzzles to do online.

MarvelKids: Spiderman - Printable activities that include:
Mazes, word searches, and coloring pages. Plus a profile of
Web-Warriors.

The Word Search: Spider-Man Villains - Play online or print it out!

Every Day Is Special: Spiderman Day - Talks about how Spiderman Day may have come to be.


Spiderman poster:

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Where Did The Crayon Come From?

Who invented the first crayon?

Crayola: Who Invented The Crayon?

America Comes Alive The Inventors of Crayons: Binney & Smith

Kids Discover: How Colored Crayons for Kids Were Invented

Idea Finder: Crayon - Information about the history of crayons.

Wikipedia: Crayon - History of, list of American crayon makers, and artists.


How are crayons made?

Science Channel: How Crayons Are Made - Short video.

YouTube: Crayon Playlist - Watch videos about how crayons are made.

How can you make your own?

Instructables: DIY Beeswax Candles

Nourishing JoyHow To Make Crayons - Uses carnauba wax.

MommypotamusHow To Make Crayons With Food Grade Ingredients - Offers recipes that use natural ingredients such as sage, cocoa powder, annatto, and turmeric to color the wax mixture.

Daily MomHomemade Natural Wax Crayon - This recipes calls for soap, soy wax flakes, and beeswax in its base.

HGTV: Kids' Craft: How to Make Recycled Crayons - A quick and easy way to revitalize old, broken crayons.

Fran's World of Discovery: Solar Experiments - Scroll down to learn how to refresh crayons with the help of the sun! This method does not let off a smell the way other cooking methods do.


Fun things to do with crayons!


Hands-on As We Grow: What To Do With Crayons: 35 Uses for Crayons - Some of the ideas include: Crayon Etching, pointillism art, rubbings, sandpaper art and others.

A Mom With A Lesson Plan: 14 Super Cool Things to do with Crayons - Crayon stained glass, canvas art, DIY glue-stick crayons, and more.

Make and Takes: 27 New Uses for Old Broken Crayons - Crayon carvings, lip balm, candles, sun catchers, and more.


YouTube: Crayon Playlist - How crayons are made and some activity ideas.


Coloring Pages

Crayola: Printable Coloring Pages.

Coloringl.WS: Coloring Pages for Kids.

HelloKids: Coloring Pages

DLTK: Free Printable Coloring Pages

 Fran's World of Discovery:  Geometric Designs - Make your own unique coloring pages!

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Mother's Day Resources

Dltk: Mom - Poems, crafts, printables and more.

Enchanted Learning: Mother's Day - Cards, crafts, picture frames, and puzzles.

Danielles Place: Mother's Day - Mother's Day craft ideas.

Better Homes and Garden: Mother's Day Crafts - Crafts kids can make.

Country Living: 55 Easy Mother's Day Crafts That She'll Treasure - Craft ideas all ages can make for Mom.

Activity Village: Mother's Day - Coloring pages, craft ideas, colouring cards, bookmarks, mats, paper and more.

Canva: Mother's Day Card Templates - Send Mom, or that special lady in your life, a personalized e-card! Sign-up is required for this site.


Craft Videos

Please check out my YouTube Playlist for Mother's Day Crafts. This list contains craft projects for very young children and adults.
Here's one of the great videos you'll find in the list... 



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Ukulele


UkuTabs.com - 99 Most Popular UkuTabs of All Time - Find the chords
and tabs for your favorite songs. Free!

UkuTuner.com - Tune your ukulele with the help of this site. Free of charge.

Wikipedia: Ukulele - History, construction, types & sizes, tuning and more.

YouTube: Ukulele Playlist - You will find a collection of videos about the ukulele, its history, how to play one, how they are made, how to make one yourself, how to purchase one, and string them. Plus there are some sample videos of some very talented Ukulele players and tutorials. Here's one of the video you can learn from...




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Gardening With Recycled Materials

There are quite few containers that can be used as inexpensive gardening tools such as seedling starters, planters, and tools.
Here are a few of the things you can save:

Food grade plastic containers in all sizes: Yogurt and sour cream containers, soda/water bottles, fruit cups, milk/water/juice/vinegar jugs, salad, cake/cupcake, and plastic take-out containers, 5 gallon water jugs, buckets, nut/candy containers, parmesan cheese containers, juice bottles, litter and other large food grade containers, coffee containers (K-cups and large containers), vitamin bottles, and others.

Other Things To SaveStyrofoam: Cups, take-out containers, and egg cartons - cans - glass jars - cardboard egg cartons - milk/juice cartons, newspaper, cardboard tubes, and whatever else you find useful!


Ideas For Use

Plastic cups can be used to plant seedlings. Larger ones can hold a flowering plant and most herbs to full growth. They can be decorated with paint and stickers and given as gifts too. Pop holes in the bottom with a drill or use a candle, nail, and pliers to make holes. (Adult supervision suggested.)

Plastic containers with lids, water bottles, and vitamin bottles are great for storing seeds. Soda bottles can be turned into self-watering planters, or used as a planter.

Milk cartons can be turned into planters that can easily grow a basil/herb plant, a flower, or lettuce. Paint the carton with acrylic paint and decorate with foam stickers or paint a picture. Milk cartons can be cut down and used as temporary plant markers for seedlings.


5 Gallon containers can be turned into a self-watering container garden.

Egg cartons can be used to sort seeds before planting or to start seedlings. 

Milk/water jugs make great watering containers. Simply pop a few holes in the lid with a nail or drill. Use plastic jugs to make plant markers too.

Salad containers can be used to store harvested veggies in the fridge.

Cardboard Tubes can be cut down and used to start seedlings.

Take out containers are great for watering seedlings and to put under plants.

Plasticware - Save your better quality plastic-ware to spoon soil to containers, rake soil to add flower seeds, or to smooth soil over seeds with a knife.


More Information

Inspiration Laboratories: Recycled Container Gardening With Kids - Upcycle various containers and household items to use in the garden.

iCreativeIdeas: 40+ Creative DIY Garden Containers and Planters from Recycled Materials - Almost anything can be used as a gardening container! Check out the suggestions on this site!

Note: Make sure all containers are clean before use and are food grade. Containers that are not food grade, or once used for chemicals, should never be reused.
Videos

Please visit my Gardening With Recycled Items playlist located on YouTube. 


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Contact Juggling

Contact Juggler
HowStuffWorks: Entertainment: How Contact Juggling Works - Different
from traditional juggling, learn how contact juggling works.

WikiHow To Start Contact Juggling - Learn about 'Shereplay' and how it works. Tips offered as well.

Wikipedia: Contact Juggling - History, types, controversy and more. Site offers information, pictures and a short video example.


Juggling Tutorials for Beginners - Includes information about contact juggling.


Videos

Please check out my YouTube Playlist for Contact Juggling video tutorials and to watch amazingly talented contact jugglers! 
Here's one of the great videos you can find there.


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Earth Day Activities!

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Save your take out containers, cereal boxes, small containers, old shirts, milk/water jugs and cartons, straws, soda/water bottles, bottle caps and lids, wire hangers, and egg shells for the following fun and Earth friendly activities!


Make Your Own Nature Backpack - Before you go out to explore the world, build a nature backpack to take along with you!

Net Bag - Use an old wire hanger to make a net bag that closes.

Crafts From Repurposed Items - Used a variety of recycled items to make useful things.

Make Your Own Bubble Solution - Make homemade bubble solution than bubble making objects from recycled items. Make scented bubbles too!

Solar Cooking - Make a solar cooker from a take out container then cook your lunch outside!

Bird Watching Activities - Bird watching activities from repurposed items, bird treat ideas, and links to bird-related activities and information.

Bottle Toss Game - Make a simple game with hula hoops and soda bottles.

Mini Marble Run Instructions to make a mini marble run with straws, a cereal box, and a marble.

Make Your Own Bottle Cap StampsMake your own stamps from recycled caps and lids, then create a fun game to play with them.

Rock & Mineral Resources - Rock & Mineral Resources include: Types of rocks and minerals, rock symbols and mythology, experiments and more.

Geodes - Learn about geodes, how they are formed, how they form, interesting facts and do a crystal making activity with recycled egg shells.



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Easter Activities

Information

Wikipedia: Easter - Info about the Christian Feast.

History Channel: Easter - The origins of Easter.

Huffington Post: Easter Eggs: History, Origin, Symbolism And Traditions - Learn about Easter eggs and look through a picture gallery of beautifully decorated eggs.


Crafts

Mother Earth News: Natural Egg Dye - Learn how to make your own egg dye from beets, blueberries and onion skins.

DLTK: Easter Crafts and activities.

About.com Family Crafts: Easter - Lots of Easter ideas! Coloring pages, craft ideas and curriculum planning just to name a few of the many things this site has to offer!

Pam's Place: Easter Craft ideas for all ages!

Enchanted Learning: Easter Crafts - Bunny crafts, flower crafts and much more!

Fran's World of Discovery: Spark of the Day: Make an Easter Egg with a Surprise Inside - An open ended egg craft that allows the creator to use their imagination and language skills. Also, Eggshell Art - Save your colored eggshells to make fun scenes such as rainbows and flowers.


Across The Curriculum

Lesson Plans Page: Easter - Lesson's that reach across the curriculum

Dltk: Holidays-Easter - Easter puzzles, games, craft ideas, about Easter (history), dying eggs



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Rainbows


What is a Rainbow and how does it work?

Ethemes: Rainbows - Learn about rainbows across the curriculum.


How Stuff Works: What Causes a Rainbow? - Answers the question. Also, How Rainbows Work.

Wikipedia: Rainbows - Learn about rainbows.

About: Rainbows - For older kids interested in how a rainbow is made and some of the mathematics behind it.


Fun Rainbow Activities

First School: Rainbows - Activities for preschool aged children.

Enchanted Learning: Rainbows - A variety of rainbow crafts.

DLTK: Rainbow Activities - DLTK has fun rainbow activities for kids that include, coloring pages, crafts, puzzles, recipes and more.

Coloring.ws: Rainbow Coloring Pages - Offers a variety of rainbow coloring pages.

Universal Preschool: Fun With Rainbows -  Rainbow activities and book suggestions for you and your young child.

Activity Village: Rainbow Crafts - Offers a variety of rainbow crafts.


Rainbow Videos

Please check out my YouTube Playlist for rainbow related information and experiments! Here's one of the great videos you can find there.


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Celebrate The Season of Spring!

What is Spring?

Wikipedia: Spring (Season) - Information about the season of spring and natural and cultural events celebrated by different countries.

Living Science: Spring: Season of New BeginningsInformation about the spring equinox and how it works in each hemisphere.

Fun Spring Activities

eThemes: Spring -  Information is geared toward grades 1-5


Universal Preschool: Dandelion Fun & Springtime Learning  - Fun learning activities for preschool aged children.


First School: Spring - For preschool aged children.

About.com Spring - Spring Learning Activities for Kids and Families

A to Z Teacherstuff Themes: Spring Printables, crafts, and projects

Activity Village: Spring - Colouring Pages, crafts, puzzles, worksheets, and more!

ABCteach: Spring - Ideas for studying spring across the curriculum.

Real Simple: Fun Spring Activities Checklist - Site offers about 50 great activity ideas you can do during in springtime.

Today's Parent: 50 fun, free spring activities - Use the arrows to scroll through the pictures to see the suggestions.

DLTK: Spring Crafts and Children's Activities - Bulletin board ideas, crafts, coloring pages, games and puzzles, spring poems, recipes, and more.
Spring Related Videos

Please visit the YouTube playlist that I've created for spring related information.


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