This post is from last year but I updated it and wanted to share it again! There are some great websites that can help you get into the season and also into the Easter Spirit. Some are filled with fun and light activities and the others have activities with a more educational or religious focus. No matter what you celebrate, I hope that this time of year finds you re-energized, renewed and hopeful for all that is to come.
-NEW eBook from Maker of Truth in the Tinsel
-Lenten Activities for Kids (this has a great LENT printable Calendar for kids)
-Intentionally Celebrating Lent and Easter as a Family
-Grow Your Own Easter Grass
-21 Easy Easter Crafts
-Kids Easter Crafts
Yesterday we decided to check in with the Decorah Eagle Cam to see what was brewing. Last year at this time, the first egg was laid and we did not want to miss any of the action this year. We pulled up the camera to see a live shot of a barn, not the nest. A Google search told us that the Eagles had built a default nest and that they have just started lining this new nest with grasses. Scientists believe that this means that they have chosen the new nest over the old. Unfortunately there is no way to add a second camera until the Fall when the nest is quiet. We are sad to say that there will be no Decorah Eagles this year (click here for article).
But please don’t fret. My mother’s class watched two nests last year so I knew there were other Eagle Cam’s out there. Another search on Google led us to dozens of Eagle Cams and we really liked the following sites:
The Alcoa Bald Eagle Cam
This nest in Iowa has two eggs already!! It looks like the first was laid on the 7th of February and the second on the 11th. While I was visiting yesterday Liberty (the Mama Eagle) was sitting on the eggs and making a lot of noise. I also saw Justice (the Papa) swoop by under the nest. If you want a refresher or some info on how to tell them apart, click here. We always say that Mama looks a bit ruffled and dirty.
Eagles for Kids
This nest in Wisconsin (or Minnesota?) has two Camera Views which I like. This site is run by a teacher who last year wrote grants to put up a webcam for his class to watch a local Eagle Nest. Both Lucy and Larry Eagle were in the nest when I tuned into the “Close Up” Cam and there were no eggs yet. The other camera Pans, Tilts and Zooms…this was very cool! You can watch both at the same time which is really fun. There is also a Teacher Zone with lessons and activities and a Student Zone with more games and fun.
Minnesota Bound Live Eagle Cam
This Eagle Cam does not have audio yet but there has been some activity. The eggs here are expected to be laid in early March. We have not seen any live action yet but they do have video clips that you can watch of recent events. It is a really great view of the nest. I also love that this site has a Loon Cam! Something to look forward to in April .
I have decided to follow these three nests because they have not yet laid eggs or the eggs were hatched this month. There are so many Eagle Cams out there and many in the south show nests where the eggs have already hatched! There is a website called Eagleholic and they list all of the 2013 Eagle Cams and update the status of each nest. If you are interested in checking out where to find those nests, or others that I haven’t listed click HERE.
For Christmas my mom got Eva and my niece a 3 month Subscription to Green Kid Crafts. Green Kid Crafts is an amazing Eco-Friendly Company with monthly craft projects for kids. Each month a themed box arrives in the mail with materials to do 3 unique projects. All of the supplies for the crafts are made of recycled or other eco-friendly materials. The supplies are high quality, the crafts are super fun and for $19.95 a month (free shipping) it makes for a great gift!
After one month, I was hooked and asked that they extend our subscription indefinitely and also add a sibling kit for an additional $10. Now Wally and Eva each have their own boxes and they have had so much fun with the different projects! Last month was all about Observing Nature and there were nature journals to create, a nature collection bag with a magnify glass and a bird feeder pinecone kit. This month was all about the Ocean and came with materials for fishy postcards, Pin the Tale on the Whale and a wooden sailboat to decorate. We decided to turn our Pin the Tail on the Whale into an Ocean Felt board modeled after the story, The Snail and the Whale. The kids have been playing all morning with their felt boards and their boats.
The customer service is incredible and so personal. I also love the coupons that come in the kits for organic and eco friendly products. This company has an incredible product and I would highly recommend them to anyone. And this review is not being sponsored by ANYONE….I just want to spread the word about this great company and this unique gift opportunity for kids. If you act quick, you might be able to get your own Ocean Box or wait for next month which is a Music Theme. Happy Crafting!!!
Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
Just something to ponder…..
I couldn’t wait until Friday to share this video clip. It is a bit old and some of you may have seen it as it was done in 2010. If you have 9 minutes to spare (even if you only have a few minutes…just watch the beginning), watch this High School Valedictorian give an address about the issues and problems within the public institutions that she excelled in. It is an amazing speech from this enlightened teen and it is especially fun to watch the staff members behind her become more and more uncomfortable as she speaks.
Click here to watch!
I know I usually post “Educational Links” on Friday but I could not resist sharing this cool find. World Centric has a new Compostable Toothbrush!! All but the bristles can be composted in a commercial composter (you break the bristles off at the notch). If you do not have access to a commercial composter (you need the heat that these composters provide to break down the toothbrushes), you can mail back your toothbrushes to be composted by the company! How cool is that?? The price point is a bit higher than your average toothbrush but knowing that your toothbrushes will not be going into a landfill is pretty cool 🙂 Unfortunately there are no child toothbrushes at the moment.
Shipping is free over $75, so I might have to see if anyone in the family or my friends are interested in ordering ($11.40 for three toothbrushes, featured above) 🙂 I am also looking at the straws, we have metal straws for the kids but it is always nice to have some disposable on hand, and straws that can go in the compost…even better!!
This video is HILARIOUS. It was done in honor of National Teachers Day (or week depending on the school) and I could not stop laughing. Click here to watch it 🙂