AirHead Candy Gram for Test Taking- Free printable From Skip to my Lou
Another "calming jar" idea: your kids shake the bottle and then have to watch it till the glitter settles to the bottom. This one has the advantage of being in non-breakable plastic bottles. Also, you can superglue the lids on, so the kids don't open the bottles and drink the glitter glue while they're "calming down."
relax bottle/time out timer with the REAL Link
Give kids a "Secret Service" mission. Tell them for 1 week, they have to do something for someone else without "blowing their cover." A fun, interactive way to get kids serving others.
Really great advice - 10 Habits to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Child
30 Day Mom Challenge...focus on the idea with the number that corresponds to today's date. And the rest will come with practice :)
List of tasks children can master, by age, to gradually gain independence.
This may actually help get things picked up without asking!