The Teachable Mommy house is getting ready for Earth Day by stretching our farmer muscles! Read on to see what inspired us to hitch up our overalls (okay jeans) and get to planting!
Want an easy way to get your kids excited about Earth Day? Head over to iTunes to purchase Eco Boys and Girls! These animated books, written by Maria Snyder, are made for children around the world ages Pre K to Third Grade (my 4th grader likes them too!) as a fun, interactive way to inspire them and their families to get involved in caring for, learning more about, and protecting our world. The five characters: Ernie Earth, Lulu Love, Patsy Peace, Ray Recycle, and Sammy Sun take kids on a journey to learn more about organic farming, energy, the everglades, urban gardening, and even visit the ocean!
Eco Boys and Girls are made for iBooks. Purchase your Eco Boys and Girls books available starting April 1st. Watch the animated characters, read along with their voices and see them in action right here!
Each Eco Boys and Girls book shares lessons and ideas that inspire kids to become better citizens of the world. But this educational experience goes beyond just books. Teachers (and parents) can use the resources, lesson plans, and activities that are part of the Eco Boys and Girls Sustainability Programs to further extend the learning and nurturing of their excitement about their environment.
I wish we had books like this when I was teaching! My Kindergarten class was always excited to learn about how they could do something mighty for our planet. I like that the Eco Boys and Girls focuses on younger children who, believe me, get just as excited about the environment, protecting it, and taking care of each other as we do.
All this good work isn’t just confined to the United States. Internationally, the Eco Boys and Girls works with leading organizations such as the National Education Association, Association of Children’s Museums, Association of Science and Technology centers, and are reaching internationally through the United Nations and global peace building organizations. The more we educate the future generations the better our world can become!
We read each of the Eco Boys and Girls books aloud. I enjoyed pausing to ask the kids their answers to the questions woven throughout each book. Then I asked “okay what are you excited to do now?” Go to the beach, looking for baby sea turtles, and clean up trash! Play in the everglades, looking for different animals!
Since we couldn’t head to the beach or hop on a plane to play with gators, I asked them what do you think is something we could do here at home? After some thought and debate amongst themselves, they came up with the idea to get down and dirty and start an organic farm.
Due to living in the suburbs with a playful pooch, I got them to concede to something that would fit on our deck. A little urban gardening in the burbs. We decided to plant organic herbs. They had fun choosing which herbs we would include:
DIY Deck Organic Herb Garden
- Planter – your choice of size/shape
- Large Bag of Organic Potting Soil
- Organic Herbs – we chose Basil, Parsley, Mint, and Chives
- Ice Cream Cones* perfect planters for little hands!
This is a fun DIY for the whole family, even the pups!
Fill your planter about halfway with the organic soil.
Break up your herbs into smaller bunches.
Put about an inch of soil into the ice cream cones, then add the smaller herb bunch.
The kids can get a little overzealous with the dirt!
Plant the ice cream cone, adding more soil on top until buried.
Repeat steps 2 -4 until all your herbs are planted.
Take some time to stop and smell the mint!
Water your newly potted herbs. Then sit back and enjoy the fresh smells and tastes!
*Disclaimer: Planting ice cream cones will not grow ice cream. Sorry kids!
Encourage your little ones to become eco kids with the complete set of Eco Boys and Girls only $5.99 per book, 6 books total in the series. Go to iTunes and search “ecoboysandgirls” to find them all!
Buy them today on iTunes!
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- 9 x 12 Canvas
- New Pencils with Erasers (one for each color you intend to use)
- Large Pom Pom
- Bunny Outline
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Tape down the Bunny Outline onto the Canvas.
- Start with One Paint color, and using the pencil as your brush, go along the Bunny Outline making dots.
- Allow to dry.
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 with another color and a new pencil.
- Once dry, peel off the Bunny Outline.
- Paint Mod Podge onto the Pom Pom and press firmly onto the canvas for your bunny’s tail.
- Allow to dry and enjoy!
It is easy and adorable! Do you have a fun Easter craft to share? Link it up in the comments!
On the table:
- Valentine Tablecloth
- Pink Paper Polka Dot Straws
- Red Paper Polka Dot Straws
- Red Polka Dot Beverage Napkins
- Candy Pink Polka Dot Beverage Napkins
- Valentine’s Hearts Dinner Plates
- Valentine’s Hearts Cups
- Valentine’s Day Foam Cupcake Holder
- Valentine Foil Burst Decoration
- Heart Foil String Decoration
To make the food festive, X, O and heart cookie cutters did the trick!
I am a big fan of the no candy Valentine’s. The Brights Bouncing Balls are a great little gift everyone in the class.
You can download my cute Valentine’s Day Printable for your kiddos’ Valentine’s Day exchange.
I just love photo gifts. They are great for family and as little keepsakes for special moments. For Valentine’s my babies made a picture magnet for me. How cute is this Bear Picture Magnet Craft Kit?
*Note: The foam pieces are not stickers. I used Tacky Glue to get the pieces to stay on. They also suggest using a glue gun but those things are always so messy for me!
Find all these Valentine’s Day goodies and more at Oriental Trading. I already have my eye on their Easter products!
Do you have a favorite way to celebrate the ones you love?
*I am a blogger for Oriental Trading. I received free products for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.
Before everyone came over I asked them to download the free HP Social Media Snapshots app. This app, available in iTunes or the Google Play Store, is the best way to get the most out of the Social Media Snapshots photo paper. With the app, you can connect your social media channels to choose photos from, pick a template, add captions, and print!
The HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper is 4×5 inch and the back is completely sticky! Just peel off the film and decorate wherever you want with your favorite memories!
For our crafts, I picked up some fun scrapbooking paper for all my scrapping friends and two different types of ornaments. One was a ball that is meant for photos and the other a ceramic star. With the HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper, making a personalized photo gift has never been easier! Well after you finally decide on a photo that is.
Then you have to choose the template that is just right.
Then the printing fun can begin! We all may have gotten carried away with this part…
To make a really sparkling ornament, I bought glitter and snow to put on both sides of the sphere. The sticky-backed Social Media Snapshots paper made it easy to get the photo to stay without using messy glue!
Also making collages for your scrapbook, school project, or photo frames are a snap! No messy glue, no worrying about shifting photos, and you can add captions before you print!
Get your craft on for the holidays or anytime with the new HP Social Media Snapshots now available at Staples!
Now through November 30th, HP Social Media Snapshots are Buy One Get One Free at Staples when you use the following link and click “redeem now”: bit.ly/snapshotsbogo
That’s a great deal #justsayin *hint hint*
What will you create with the HP Social Media Snapshots?
As a HP Smart Mom Panel member, I received free products in order to host the HP #StickaPic Party. The opinions expressed here are my own.
- Photo Capable Printer
- Photo Paper in your choice of size.
- Your Favorite Photo(s) – I know this is the hard part!
- Mod Podge
- Sponge Brush
- Acrylic Paint (optional)
As a mom of little ones, I don’t have time for complicated so trust me when I say this is an easy DIY project. No chance of a Pinterest fail!
The HP Envy is my new favorite officemate. It can easily switch from printing documents to photos in a few simple steps. I confess in the past, with my last photo printer, I could never get it to work right. I’m sure it was user error but I would like to think it had it out for me. My Envy and I are best friends, working together seamlessly across all devices and operating systems.
Looking for an even simpler way to show someone you are thinking of them? The new HP Cards App is what you need. It is easy to use and your cards can be completed in minutes. Download it for free, choose one of their customizable designs, personalize, and print! You can even choose to send it via email to your family or friends. The App pulls photos from your camera role or various social media accounts.
For more project inspiration and to download HP Photo Creations visit MyPrintly.
And right now until Friday, May 15th you can enter to win one of three HP Envy Printers! Just follow @MyPrintly on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram and then complete this brief entry form: http://bit.ly/MyPrintlyGiveaway . Winners will be randomly selected and notified the following week. *open to US residents only*
What MyPrintly inspired craft will you make?
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with MyPrintly and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.