Marble Races with a cheap pool noodle (occupies the kids for hours.) Great for rainy or hot summer days! Very cool idea!

Marble Races with a cheap pool noodle (keep kids occupied for hours. Jack loves to play with marbles.I will have to get into the pool stuff and cut a noodle in half

every printable you can think of - I will be glad I pinned this one day

25 Back-to-School Storage & Organization Tips & Tricks

every printable you can think of - I will be glad I pinned this one day. This school money printable would be helpful for kids when there's a field trip.

Another Pinner said: "This kept my 2 year busy for an entire hour and my 4 year old busy for 2 hours! YAY! Drop vinegar tinted with food coloring onto a pan filled with baking soda.  Sheer minutes of colorful fizziness!!... "

Colorful Fizzy Fun: Pinner says "This kept my 2 year busy for an entire hour and my 4 year old busy for 2 hours! Drop vinegar tinted with food coloring onto a pan filled with baking soda. Sheer minutes of colorful fizzy fun!

Calming jar; also seen as a time out jar...tell child/student that they need a break and may rejoin the group when everything has settled to the bottom.

Calming jar-tell child that they need a break and may come back when everything has settled to the bottom - I think I love this idea. Better than a simple time out for temper tantrums. May even help when you juSt need to calm down.

creative writing Story bags. Fill bags with random items, have the children use them to come up with a story. How fun and using lots of imagination :)

Rainy Day Boredom Buster: DIY Story in a Bag

Could use for whole group or writing station.Story Bags - put a few random items in a paper bag, and kids can write creative stories about them! (Could have 1 kid each week be responsible for bringing in items)

Art display

"Every child is an artist." Cute vinyl for a wall of children's art. erinburrisberg "Every child is an artist." Cute vinyl for a wall of children's art. "Every child is an artist." Cute vinyl for a wall of children's art.

If you have not done this yet, you need to. Simply warm up the rocks in the oven (I did 220 for 10 minutes), then put them on a stack of newspapers (or something else you don't care if it gets crayon in it) and let the little ones go to town. Just remind them it is hot. I have done it with 2 1/2 year olds with no problem. My little lady often brings in rocks for me to "cook" so she can paint them

Crayon hot rocks: If you have not done this yet, you need to. Simply warm up the rocks in the oven (I did 220 for 10 minutes), then put them on a stack of newspapers (or something else you don't care if it gets crayon in it). Just remind them it is hot.

Goldfish Valentines card idea

Valentine, I am glad we're in the same school! So cute, fish in fish bowl Valentine's. Use goldfish crackers or Swedish Fish.

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