Repurpose and reuse: Recycled trash crafts of bird feeders, bird watching areas

Jan. 5 is Bird Day when bird watching fans flock to their binoculars. But you don't have to wait for January to enjoy bird watching. Just put up some bird feeders and sit back. Bird feeders are some of the easiest trash crafts to make. What are trash crafts? Trash crafts are made from recycled trash and other cast off stuff. Repurpose and reuse recycled trash as bird feeders with these easy tips. Give as holiday gifts. Bird watching is something everyone can enjoy, even the shutins and disabled elderly. Check out your recycle bin for these recycled trash materials and make bird feeders and bird watching stations the neighbors will envy! Trash crafts that repurpose and reuse recycled trash make great lessons plans, 4H lessons and merit badge activities for scout troops.  Repurpose and reuse: Recycled trash crafts of bird feeders, bird watching areas | Examiner.com

Free printable Strawberry Shortcake dolls coloring pages, vintage toys | Examiner.com

Strawberry Shortcake has been loved by children since 1979, when American Greetings featured her on a greeting card. Then Kenner toy company designed a set of dolls each with different fruity dessert names and dressed in color matched clothing. Some had a companion animal pet with a matching dessert name and the dolls smelled like their fruit. The characters lived in Berry Land and included Strawberry Shortcake (Pupcake), Blueberry Muffin, Huckleberry Pie, Apple Dumplin' (Tea Time Turtle) Apricot (with Hops-a-Lot), Lemon Meringue, Orange Blossom, Raspberry Tart, Cherry Cuddler (Gooseberry the Goose) and Lime Chiffon (Parfait the Parrot). In the 1990s Strawberry Shortcake was redesigned and updated. New dolls were added. Then Strawberry Shortcake had another reincarnation in the late 2000s.   Free printable Strawberry Shortcake dolls coloring pages, vintage toys | Examiner.com

Free printable biology science activities: Botany, flowers, plant biology | Examiner.com

Biology science activities naturally focus on living things. Teach students about botany and plant biology in spring science activities. As students watch nature awakening all around, they observe plant biology and plant structure--seeds, roots, stems, buds, leaves, flowers and fruit--first hand. Teach kids about botany for Earth Month in April. In May and June, students can explore flowers and more mature plant structure. Here are links and websites with hundreds of free printable spring science activities on botany, plants, trees, plant biology and flowers. Get free printable spring science coloring pages, worksheets, charts and diagrams.  Free printable biology science activities: Botany, flowers, plant biology | Examiner.com

Montessori learning centers: Mastery learning in exploratory science tubs

 Montessori type learning centers focus on hands-on child-led mastery learning, individual work stations and play as work activities. Activities in learning centers aim for mastery learning through exploration and task completion. Montessori science learning centers are also called sensory or sensorial learning areas. Here's a system for portable exploratory science tubs with task-oriented science experiments and activities for mastery learning.  Montessori learning centers: Mastery learning in exploratory science tubs | Examiner.com

Montessori preschool learning centers: DIY practical life cardboard playhouse

Preschool children are wonderfully imaginative. If you give them an old box and tell them to pretend it's a car, they will enjoy hours of fun in their Maserati. Kids don't need expensive playhouse to have fun. You can make a recycled cardboard playhouse easily. In fact, teachers and parents, you can create entire Montessori preschool practical life learning centers for home or school, with just a refrigerator box, available in dumpsters behind appliance stores.  Montessori preschool learning centers: DIY practical life cardboard playhouse | Examiner.com

Free printable Tale of Despereaux coloring pages, medieval crafts, ELA lessons

The Tale of Despereaux is a charming children's literature book which has been made into a movie. It's an epic medieval love story of mouse sized proportions! Despereaux Tilling is a medieval Lothario rodent of unusually large ears, who loves music, fairy tales and Princess Pea. Roscuro the rat longs to escape darkness and live in the light. These creatures meet up with Miggery Sow a simple medieval serving girl. Each embarks on quest involving castles, knights and feats of daring-do! The Tale of Despereaux was written by Kate DiCamillo who won the Newbery Medal in 2003 for it. Her other works of children's literature include "Because of Winn Dixie" and "Tiger Rising." The Tale of Despereaux was made into a full-length cartoon feature film with Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson and Dustin Hoffman.   Free printable Tale of Despereaux coloring pages, medieval crafts, ELA lessons | Examiner.com

Valentine's Day recipes, homemade decorations, heart-shaped cupcakes, cookies | Examiner.com

Arrgh! Your child did it again. She volunteered you to make three dozen cupcakes (pink, heart-shaped, with sprinkles, please) for her class Valentine's Day party--tomorrow! And when does Lil Miss Cupid spring this news? 8 p.m, in a oh-by-the-way before bed!! No time to go to the store for supplies. Well, have no fear, Mama Been-There-Done-That has super-fast, last-minute, homemade treat recipes made with on-hand ingredients. You get bonus DIY heart-shaped snacks and improvised frosting, sprinkles and decoration tips. Valentine's Day recipes, homemade decorations, heart-shaped cupcakes, cookies | Examiner.com