The first day of school is as exciting for parents as it is for kids, and if you're a mom who takes pictures each year of your child's first day of school, you're probably looking for a way to make it extra special. This easy back to school photo prop can be done in only 5 steps, and is a perfect summer craft to do with your kids. DIY here:


DIY Back to School Photo Prop | eHow

Painting the snow in the water table ( a warm way to play & explore)

The Very Hungry Preschoolers

Sensory painting with spaghetti brushes. The kids have the choice to get messy or not. So fun to paint the unconventional way.

Art Activities for kids: Paint with spaghetti brooms

Silky soft play dough for kids using 2 ingredients1 cup conditioner (cheaper the better) 2 cups cornflour/cornstarch Glitter (optional)

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sensory activity. love this idea.

Spaghetti sensory play

Kids who hit: Parenting tips from growing a jeweled rose. Think I might need this in the near future!

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DIY Quiet Blocks - cut up a pool noodle. Brilliant!

I Can Teach My Child!

DIY Quiet Blocks - I Can Teach My Child!

Training Pants - Potty Training Tips | Pull-Ups®

Great Thanksgiving kids craft for toddlers, preschoolers, or elementary aged kids using cereal and a latex glove to make a turkey.

Kids Craft: How to Make Colorful Glove Turkey

Great for behavior/classroom management-Buy a role of tickets (available at Office Max); during instruction or anytime in class pass out tickets to students who are quiet, following rules, etc. Students write their name on the back of the ticket and place in a basket for an end of day or mid day drawing. Students' names who are picked can pick from a small treasure basket.

Madison | Wisconsin Public Radio

Pandora in the Classroom

Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!: Pandora in the Classroom

*The blog post that the link goes to has a few good classroom ideas. But I love the attention getters in the picture!

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Banana Hot Dogs

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BEST management technique EVER to get kindergarten students attention immediately! attention grabber!

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sponge ice pack!

15 Hacks That Will Make Your Life A Whole Lot Easier - Ned Hardy

Cool Kids Room Designs Ideas For Small Spaces: Small Space Kids Room Photo 2: Children’s Study

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Home Interior, How to Create Study Room for Your Children: Color For Study Room

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Ideas for organizing study stations for your children and even your own classroom!

Better Homes & Gardens
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Could get dark curtains (so one can sleep and one can study)

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3 children’s workstations were built-in near the kitchen table plus a couch study area. I like the "all purpose room" vibe here. But three work stations? My kids can learn to share.

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Study room for children

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Kids Room Designs and Children's Study Rooms

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That's the damn truth.

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21 creative consequences . . . all I can say is that I'm glad my Mom wasn't on Pinterest when I was a child! some of these are really clever ideas....I will definitely be trying some of these

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36 Little Hacks That Will Make Parenting So Much Easier


35 Little Hacks That Will Make Parenting So Much Easier