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5 Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day with Toddlers and Preschoolers

I grew up participating in Girl Scouts and we did a lot of community service over the years. As an adult I continued to volunteer with college groups and other organizations. When I had children, I knew it was something I wanted to continue doing with them. With Earth Day this week, I wanted to share 5 ideas of things that you can do with toddlers and preschoolers to celebrate Earth Day and any day.

Participate in a Clean Up
Litter removal projects are the easiest way to get little ones involved. You’ll have to point out to little ones what to pick up but you can make it interesting by discussing the colors or shapes of what you are picking up. They also love to hold the trash bag so that is a task they can do as well. Another nice feature is that they are walking and moving around which gets them nice and tired for nap time.
Check with your local parks and recreation, county or state parks departments, or solid waste management district for opportunities in your community. Just make sure you are able to pick a location that is a good distance away from water and traffic.

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Plant Something
Do a little research and find a little space to plant wild flowers or a butterfly garden this summer. It’s a great way to put those fine and gross motor skills to work scooping and dumping and placing seeds and flowers. You’ll also doing something good for the butterflies and insects and you’ll have a lot of garden visitors to discuss. It can also be a way to teach responsibility and an easy chore for little ones since they require some upkeep and maintenance. A lot of areas have somewhere that gives away tree seedlings this time of year.

Jack’s Garden is a children’s book with a nice overview of the process of how plants grow and the illustrations have labels insects, birds and flowers to use a guide as the season continues.

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Recycled Art
There are tons of project ideas out there for things to do with milk jugs, toilet paper rolls, and other items. You usually just need a few basic art supplies to create something useful. Check out Pintrest to get started.

Recycle Relay
Are your recyclables just sitting there waiting to be picked up? Why not play a little relay race? Depending on the age of your child, gather a variety of recyclable items and get a few boxes or containers. Label them “paper,” “metal,” and “plastic” either with words or pictures and place them a little distance away and encourage your child to sort the trash by running it over to the correct box. This can also be done with a group.

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Get Outside
Make it a point to get out and visit your local parks. Not only does it get you out of the house and away from the TV and computer, but kids love exploring leaves and sticks and climbing on things. Just being out in nature can teach your children that it is important to maintain it. Plus, lots of parks have programs, for free or cheap, to teach about a variety of topics.

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Yummi Pouches: Another Way to Green Your Life

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Earth Day is here and it makes me think of what we can do to green up our lives a little more. Thanks to Yummi Pouch, I got the chance to try out reusable food pouches. My 3 year old loves pouches as an on the go snack and I love them because they are easy and I know she is still having something healthy.

Enter reusable food pouches! I like that I can make my own mixes or use my own purees and I know exactly what my daughters are eating in a convenient way. There are a variety of sizes available for your families’ needs from Mini to Sport sized – which is great for a smoothie on the go.

The zipper closure has held securely and it has cleaned beautifully, just rinsing and in the dishwasher. Once you get the hang of it, they are pretty easy to fill. You can put them in the freezer and they thaw out in time to eat. Plus, they are BPA & Phthalate free so they are safe to use in addition to being easy to use.

The Yummi Pouch website has some great recipes and some fun other uses for the pouches, too, like using it to carry bubble solution and storing crayons.

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Interested in picking some up for yourself? April is great time to buy. This month, US shipping is free and if you purchase any 2 sets you’ll get a free pouch cover with promo code SPRING. Plus, April 21-22, 2014 is the Earth Day Flash Sale so you can score 40-65% off pouches.

I see these being used more and more as my youngest starts eating more solid foods and for those summer days at the park. I’d love to know if you have any favorite puree or applesauce recipes.

 

*I received a free sample selection of products to review. All opinions are my own.

Tea Collection Friends & Family Sale: 20% off Everything!

 

Tea Collection’s Friends & Family Sale: 20% Off Everything
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Nothing better than spreading love to friends and family, and that is just what Tea Collection is doing! For just two days only (4/22 and 4/23) you can receive 20% off everything on Tea Collection during their Friends & Family Sale. Take advantage of the sale and pick up twirly dresses, colorful Tees and sweet baby items for summer. Also check out Tea’s new sporty selection of swimsuits for your little water bug. Feel free to tell your friends and family, because there is always enough Tea Collection love to go around.

Things to do With Plastic Easter Eggs

Easter is here again. We have had a lot going on lately and I am just now getting around to thinking about Easter related activities. Sadly, I think Kelsey being in preschool is making me lazy. Aubrey doesn’t doo much so there isn’t really a lot of need to come up with too many ideas. I am not even sure we’ll be dyeing eggs at this point and we decided to get classy and go out for brunch on Easter with the Easter Bunny. However, I did spend an hour helping to stuff 650 eggs with other moms today.

The most fun the girls have been having with the plastic eggs we have around the house is just playing with them as is. Kelsey, the 3 year old, enjoys organizing and sorting them. Aubrey, the 7 month old, likes to dump the carton of them out and mouth on them when she finally catches one.

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I found someone selling a bag of plastic eggs for $2 a few months ago and made a capital and lower case matching game with some of them when I was working on letter recognition with Kelsey. I also made some with numbers on them – one half has a numeral and the other half has the corresponding number of dots, from 1 to 12.

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For Easter morning, I already have some books and hair bows for baskets but I am also planning to stuff eggs with the pieces of a puzzle since Kelsey is into puzzles right now. I have a feeling, however, she is going to wonder where the candy is.

Check out Blogging Mamas for lots of great Easter themed ideas: Click here

We are going pretty low key this year but we’ll still have a good time. It is Aubrey’s first Easter so we had to have a little fun with it. Happy Easter from our family to yours.

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Quick and Easy Bows for Spring

Between wanting to take some 6 month photos, a trip to Disney, and Easter, I have been busy making a few bows. Here are some quick and easy bows to make to match any outfit and occasion.

Basic Bow with Bottlecap Center

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Thanks to I Like Big Freebies, Kelsey is going to end up with a whole bunch of bows with some of her favorite characters (you should check out their Facebook page to see the gorgeous bows people are making). She has almost every character you can think of and a bunch of popular themes available for you to print for free and use. I found 25 flattened bottlecaps and clear stickers on eBay for about $5.00 to use these with.

Finally, I found this tutorial for a quick bow when I was making bows for all the girls in my daughters’ preschool class. It’s so easy to do, I have just kept making them. You can pick up a spool of 1.5″ width ribbon fairly inexpensively with Michael’s or JoAnn’s coupons and sales. Or, if you are just making 1 bow in a particular, look for the “by the yard” section of ribbon if you don’t want to have extra ribbon around.

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Ribbon Flower

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This is still one of the most popular posts on Domesticating Michelle. These ribbon flowers are pretty easy and quick to make and you can make them any color or color combination you can think of. They are also great for making multiple bows. You don’t have to use anything in the center but I think it gives it a finished look. A button, a rhinestone, a patch, or even a bottlecap can be used.

My instructions for covering an alligator clip are on this post, too.

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Giveaway! Sponsored by Heroes of the City Kids App

My 3 year old has been having a great time playing with the Heroes of the City Kids App. Be sure to check out my review and enter to win a Heroes of the City Prize Pack here!

 

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