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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St Patrick's Day Activities

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Crafts

Enchanted Learning: St. Patrick's Day - Activities and crafts for children to make and do.

DLTK: St Patrick's Day - Crafts and Activities for all ages. Check out the other St. Patrick's Day links area located on the bottom of the page.

First School: St. Patrick's Day Activities - Activities and crafts for children 2-5

About.com: How Do You Catch A Leprechaun? - About.com's Sherri Osborn has a fun way to celebrate St. Patty's Day.... Build a leprechaun trap! Scroll down for more St. Patrick's Day links.

Fran's World Of Discovery: Fun PuttyHow to make fun putty and fun things to do with it.
Across The Curriculum


Lesson Plans Page: St. Patrick's Day - Lessons that reach across the curriculum


Ethemes: St. Patrick's Day - Theme Unit for grades 1-6


Universal Preschool: St. Patrick's Day - Fun activities you can do with your preschooler, written by: Diane Flynn Keith


Homefires: St. Patty's Day Activities: Rainbows, Shamrocks and Leprechauns - For young children up to grade 3. Theme related article.

eThemes: Holiday: St. Patrick's Day - From the site: These sites about St. Patrick’s Day include games, crafts, poems, e-cards, and clip art. Learn about the history of this holiday. Tune into a Webcam on March 17 to spy on a leprechaun. Play online games or print out word searches and coloring pages. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on Ireland.

Fran's World Of Discovery: Ireland - Resources include: Links to Geographical, historical, and cultural information. Videos have been included as well.

Fran's World of Discovery: Cabbage - Cabbage experiment suggestions, recipe for homemade coleslaw, links to cabbage information.

Videos
I hope you'll take the time to check out my St. Patrick's Day playlist on YouTube. It offers videos about the history of St. Patrick's Day and craft ideas related to the holiday!



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Celebrate Pi Day

Wikipedia: Pi - This site offers a lot of information about PI, including:
Fundamentals, History, Modern quest for more digits, Uses and more. This site has information about Pi Day too.

WikiHow: How to Celebrate Pi Day - Offers 4 ways: Enjoy Pi-Themed Foods, Pi-Themed Ambiance, Throw a Pi-Themed Celebration, and Celebrate the Real Meaning of Pi Day.

Time & Date: Fun Holiday - Pi Day - This site offers information about Pi Day and other Pi related days.

Teach Pi: This site is dedicated to Pi Day and offers videos, book suggestions, news, and more.

Exploratorium: Pi Day: One of the 5 activities offered on this page, Cutting Pi, requires a circular object, string, scissors, and tape. The other activities listed require easy to find items as well.

Fran's World of Discovery: The Circle - The circle is a fascinating and versatile shape. The activity in this post encourages fraction use.

Scientific American: Let's Use Tau - It's Easier Then Pi - Article


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Manatees

*Manatee Family - Photo By Fran W.
*Personal note about the photo: The larger manatee in the photo above is nursing her newborn calf. The larger of the young manatees, to the right of the mother, is learning how to care for the younger manatees. She travels with the mother and helps her care for the younger manatees. It is a truly beautiful site.

General Information

Defenders of Wildlife: Florida Manatee - Fact Sheet

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission: FWC's Manatee Program - Find out about a program designed to help manatees.

Wikipedia: Manatee - General information about manatee, including: Taxonomy, description, behavior, ecology and more. 

National Geographic: Manatees - Aquatic life, populations, parenting & diet, threats to survival, photo gallery, videos and more.

National Geographic for Kids: West Indian Manatee - Offers very brief information.

Activities To Do

Manatee Curriculum - A curriculum written by Maia McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd filled with information and activities.

Super Coloring Pages: Manatees

Save The Manatees: Printable Coloring Pages - PDF format

Crazy For Jigsaw Puzzles: Manatee - Play online

About: Homeschooling: Manatee: Word Search, crossword puzzle and other manatee related activities.

Cams & Videos


EarthCam: Manatee Cam

Below, you will find a few of the many videos that can be found in the manatee playlist that has been created for this topic. Enjoy!

Baby Manatee Feeding


Meet Snooty the Manatee


Ocean Stories 2 - Manatees and Molas


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Magic Square Puzzles

Magic Square Puzzle
The Magic Square Blog - This blog is dedicated to informing people about Magic Square puzzles.

Math Is Fun: Magic Square Game - Play a game of Magic Square on line.

Wolfram MathWorld: Magic Square - Site explains how Magic Square Puzzles work, mathematically.

SoftSchools: Magic Square - Solve puzzles with 3x3, 4x4, & 5x5 grid puzzles.

Transum: Magic Square Puzzle - Solve a 3x3 Magic Square Puzzles and other puzzles.

Learn With Math Games: Magic Square Puzzle - Learn how to solve puzzles and print them out.

Magic Square Tutorial


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