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April 2018

Spring Time Nature Collages

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Developmental Goal/Activity Objective: To practice creative art skills while learning about the environment.

Materials Needed:

  1. Contact paper OR clear plastic and glue
  2. Nature materials


  1. Go on a nature walk and collect some outdoor items.
  2. Put out some contact paper with the sticky side up.
  3. Use the materials from outdoors to make a collage by placing the items on the sticky contact paper.
  4. Seal them in with a second piece of contact paper stuck to the first.
  5. Display in the window for best effect.


Guidance and Safety Considerations

Contact paper is sticky, might need to be taped to the table to be easier to work with.






IQ vs EQ: Why Emotional Learning is Important

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Today we are sharing an article form “Today’s Parent” about IQ and EQ. For those that don’t know, IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient, and in this context can be understand and the traditional understanding of academic learning. EQ stands for Emotional Intelligence Quotient, and refers to a child’s emotional skillset. Emotional intelligence is important for internal things like self-regulation, understanding how you are feeling and how to deal with your own emotions, but it is also important for social skills. Throughout our educational lives, there should be a push to focus on EQ just as much, if not more than academic abilities.

Social-emotional skills are not innate, they are learned, and so it is our job as parents and teachers to help children develop their EQ’s in order to become confident, socially competent, empathetic, and emotionally healthy human beings.

For the full article on IQ and EQ go here: IQ vs EQ


Making Recycled Paper

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As many of you may know, Earth Day is coming up this month, so in the spirit of the occasion we are sharing this super cool activity for learning about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Materials Needed:

  • Mesh or sheer fabric
  • Craft sticks
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Rolling pin


  1. Note: all instructions below are taken exactly from the source site in order to preserve the directions of the task.
  2. Tear the egg carton into tiny pieces. You will want about 2-3 cups of paper pieces. Place the pieces in a blender.
  3. Boil about 2 cups of hot water.
  4. While the water is heating, assemble your craft stick frame. We used eight sticks to make a large square and glued it with hot glue. Then glue the frame to our sheer fabric and cut off the excess fabric.
  5. Once the water is boiling, pour it into the blender with the paper pieces. The hot water will start to turn the carton into pulp. Place the lid on the blender and blend the paper pieces and water until it creates a soup-like mixture.
  6. Place the frame over a large bowl. Pour the paper pulp over the frame and use the rolling pin to spread the pulp evenly across the frame. Use a second piece of fabric to keep the paper from sticking to the rolling pin. Let the water drip out of the frame. If your frame bends, place it on a glass baking pan turned upside down. This will allow the water to strain out and down the sides of the pan without allowing the paper to sit in water, which will prevent it from drying.
  7. Allow the paper to dry completely, which may take 24 or more hours. When your paper is dry, slowly peel it off the frame!