Spring Cleaning Series #2 organizing supplies

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I’m doing a Spring Cleaning series right now.  Each week I will be posting a new idea for either cleaning or organizing.

Idea #2

Recycled Vegetable Cans for organizing your supplies

Have your local school save large vegetable cans for you.  I’ve done this multiple times for various projects and they are always happy to give them away.  (Special thanks to my friend Dawn for getting my cans from the school where she teaches 🙂

Here’s what you do…

Clean and dry the cans.

Paint with chalkboard paint. (be sure you pick the kind that is for metal..I got mine at Home Depot for around $10.)

It will take two or three coats.  Be sure to let the first coat dry completely before adding the second coat. (Tip:  if you spray paint with primer, you can probably save one coat of chalkboard paint.)

Once dry, label with chalk.

Add your supplies.  I am using mine to store Craft and Art Supplies.

You may even want to purchase a plastic storage shelf to store your cans on.  They are very inexpensive.

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Spring Cleaning Series: #1 Cleaning Caddy

photo credit: HGTV

I’m beginning a new Spring Cleaning series.  Each Saturday, I will be posting a new Spring Cleaning idea!  I chose to post on Saturdays because that’s my cleaning day.  Yep, I do it all in one day.  But, then I’m done for the week, except for the regular day to day chores like loading the dishwasher.  If you haven’t checked out my Saturday Chores resource, you may be interested in it as well.

Spring Cleaning Series :  #1 Cleaning Caddy

A long time ago when we were renting a house while ours was being built (and we were doing a lot of the work).  I was too tired to clean up the rental house when we finally moved out.  I was already up to my eyeballs painting the walls of the new place.  So…I hired a lady to come and clean the rental.

I noticed she had a cleaning caddy and I’ve never forgotten it.  It looked like the one in the photo above.  It was nice and large, so that everything she needed fit in there.  No running back to get more supplies.  With it, she whipped from room to room with ease.

I found this really great list of cleaning caddy essentials from HGTV.  I haven’t used all of these products, but I think I may give some a try.  I do have one favorite that I won’t switch.  It’s my Mr. Clean Multi-Surface Cleaner that I use for mopping.  It has Febreeze in it.  It really smells nice!

Mr. Clean Febreze Freshness Meadows & Rain Multi-Surfaces Liquid - 40 oz

Photo credit:  PB&G eStore

Ocean preschool unit

It’s not too early to begin thinking about summer!  I have an Ocean unit at Currlick for just 50 cents for those of you with preschoolers.  You can plan a whole week of learning centered around the Ocean theme.

This resource includes activities for Bible Time, Letter Skills, Math/Readiness, Art/Music, Theme Learning, Story Time, Computer Time, Game Time, Snack Time and Fieldtrip Suggestions.  Also included is a Sample Daily Schedule and Weekly Lesson Plan.  In addition, there are Calendar Time printables that can be pasted inside a file folder and re-used each day.

This week-long lesson plan is an excerpt (with a few extras) from my A to Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum, which includes theme-based lesson plans for the entire school year.

Spring Break at home? Five Fun Things to do

Are you having Spring Break at home like we are this year?  If so, here are five fun ideas we’re doing this week.

1 – Human Board Game – we went outside and drew a board on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.  We added places on the board like “Go back to places” and drew a dragon and “Go forward 2 spaces” and drew a secret passageway.  We used a regular dice.  We were the game pieces…we just walked forward and stood on the space we should be on.

2 – Chalkboard Paint – get creative with chalkboard paint.  We are painting the side of a plastic storage bucket.  The one we are working on now is going to say “Recycle” and house all of those empty chip canisters, soda bottles, egg cartons, etc. so the kids can create new things.  We’ve also painted the glass in old picture frames and they turned out really neat.  We have one hanging in our kitchen where we write our weekly memory verse.

3 – Planting – we have been planting up a storm.  The kids have been planting flower seeds, tomato seeds, and cucumber seeds in little pots inside.  We even planted “egg heads” (you can use leftover Easter Eggs if you still have any in the refrigerator)  You will need an egg shell that has been cracked carefully at one end so that most of the shell remains.  Draw on a face and add soil and grass seeds.  The grass will be the “hair.”

4 – Playdough – playdough is always a fun idea!  Just put down an sheet or tablecloth so cleanup is a snap.  I save the kids’ plastic birthday party tablecloths to use for things like this.  You can simply take outside and shake clean or just fold up and throw away when you are finished with a craft project like planting, painting, or playdough.

5 – Recycled Creations – create something new from something recycled.  This is an idea that my children kind of scoff at at first, but once they get into it, they love it and come up with some pretty neat things.  Recently, they made boats and we floated them in the stream near our home to see if they were sea worthy.

I’d love for you to share more fun ideas you do to make Spring Break special for your kids.