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a 'calm down jar' - shake the jar and the child has to watch the jar until the glitter settles. great alternative to using 'time out' as calm down time.

A Calm Down Jar. Shake the jar and the child has to watch the jar until the glitter settles. What is a mind jar? It’s a jar full or glitter glue, glitter and water. Swirl it around and relax while you watch the glitter fall to the bottom of the jar.

Make your little boy a latches board. Takes just imagination, a drill, and a trip to the hardware store. Itll keep him busy for hours.

Make your little boy a latches board. Takes just imagination, a drill, and a trip to the hardware store. Itll keep him busy for hours. NOT just for little boys! Little girls love this activity too.

Time-out bottles. Fill a bottle with 3/4 water, one bottle of glitter glue, & ultra fine glitter. Then send this bottle with your child to timeout and they can watch it settle to calm them. Once the glitter is settled their time is up! if they mess with the bottle their time out time is longer

Relaxing Time Out Timer

Calm-down & time-out bottles: Fill a bottle full of water. Add one bottle of glitter glue & ultra fine glitter. Send this bottle with your child to timeout - to watch it settle and calm him/her. Once the glitter has settled, time-out is up!

all for the boys- finally a blogger who has crafts & activities JUST for boys!! and she has a little icon that shows how many minutes of bliss different activities give you.  (i'm sure my girls will like it too)

all for the boys - crafts & activities JUST for boys! And, a little icon shows how many minutes of bliss different activities give you.

These would be good to make and keep in your purse for keeping kids busy at restaurants.

10 Heartwarming Handcrafted Father's Day Gifts That Dad Will Never Forget!

Make a Popsicle Stick Picture Puzzle as one of the most affordable homemade gifts kids can make. Homemade Christmas gifts that can also be used as homemade Father's Day gifts and Mother's Day crafts kids can make must be something special.

DIY Reading Nook or Hideout Using a Hand Quilting Hoop. How-to at Sew Liberated here. *I’ve also seen tutorials that use hula hoops.

Beautiful Reading Canopy by sewliberated: Made by sewing silk onto a circular hand quilting hoop which was suspended with hemp twine to a sling ring and then hung from a ceiling hook with fishing wire. Another square of white silk was reading canopy

Make Giant bubbles! Poke a hole in the bottom of a paper cup, or cut off the bottom of a water bottle. Dip. Blow.

Giant bubbles: Poke a hole in the bottom of a plastic cup or cut off the bottom of a water bottle. Dip in bubble solution & Blow!

Top 50 Apps for Your Kids

Top 50 iPhone Apps for Kids: 123 Color Talking Coloring Book

150+ Sensory activities!  Most can easily be modified for the classroom including lots of ideas for a classroom sensory table!

Sensory Play Ideas can be found here, and new playtimes are added weekly! So many FUN and creative ideas here! ideas-for-the-classroom

For homework station: chalkboard paint, or dry erase paint or peel and stick dry erase.  Just read study that black text on white increases comprehension and allows for skimming vs. white text on black.  Dry erase board:  http://www.proteacher.net/discussions/showthread.php?t=419559

A chalkboard homework table, instead of using scratch paper! Use chalk paint!what a cool idea! Chalkboard table, saves on scratch paper.

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