Getting Creative With Puppets

Getting Creative With Puppets

There’s just something about a puppet show. Even though you know someone is making the puppets move and talk, it’s easy to suspend disbelief for a while and just enjoy the puppets’ antics. What you might not have realized, however, is how much fun kids can have creating a puppet show themselves. And although the children might not recognize it, they will be learning a lot in

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Making Multiplication Fun

Making Multiplication Fun

I remember a contest our school had when I was in the fourth grade. The challenge was to see which person in each grade could write out the multiplication tables by a certain date, beginning with the ones and going through the twelves. Looking back, I can see I was pretty competitive even then. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. And I

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The Flat Stanley Project

The Flat Stanley Project

Do you remember the book by Jeff Brown called Flat Stanley? It was a childhood staple when I was little, but for the past 15 years or so, the story has taken on a whole new role. Flat Stanley is not only a picture book, but it can also be a creative and fun way for learning geography, math, writing, science, cultures – the list

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Make a Stop Motion Video

Make a Stop Motion Video

A few weeks ago, our local library offered a class for 8-12 year olds. The topic: How to Make a Stop Motion Video with Legos. My son went to the class with a friend, and he’s still making movies! I didn’t know it at the time, but Lego has a free app for iPads, iPods, and iPhones. Download the app, and your child can

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All About Recycling

All About Recycling

Wanting to get your child excited about recycling? Here’s a fun activity you can do together that will help him understand how important it is. What You’ll Need: A small piece of Styrofoam A small piece of paper towel A small piece of clear plastic wrap A small piece of cardboard What To Do: Take the four items and cover them with some soil.

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The Sound Game – What Do You Hear?

The Sound Game - What Do You Hear?

This is a fun sound game you can play with just one child or with a group. It takes a little time to prepare, but it will get the kids listening! Before You Start Find a recording device, such as a tape recorder or a voice recorder on your phone. Go through your home and record familiar sounds. They might include: A squeaky door

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Helping Kids Learn About Money

Learning about Money

When I was small, my parents worked hard to try to save on expenses. My mom sewed a lot of our clothes, we ate almost every meal at home, and went on a vacation every couple of years. But when I got my first job while I was in high school, I didn’t have those more frugal tendencies. Instead, I spent almost all of

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Geometry lessons for Parents & Kids

Geometry Lessons

If your child needs a little extra help with geometry and learning shapes and angles, or if he or she just needs a quick review, this activity is a fun one to try. Here’s what you’ll need: Supplies Cardboard Shapes:  These should include whatever shapes your child is learning, such as circle, right triangle, equilateral triangle, square, rectangle, parallelogram, rhombus, octagon, pentagon, and trapezoid.

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Create a Grandparent’s Book

Create a Grandparent's Book

My niece has been working on a special project for my mother that I’m sure she’s going to love. It’s a Grandparent’s Book, but not the kind a grandparent fills full of memories. In this book, the grandchildren do. We have a rather large family with thirty grandchildren and ten (or more — I’ve lost count!) great-grandchildren. While this may seem like it would

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Create It With Sculpey!

Sometimes our days are so busy, it seems like there’s not enough time to get everything done. But then other days have a slower pace. While I welcome those kinds of days, it usually leaves my son saying, “What can I do?” Fortunately, we’ve found a creative answer to that question – modeling with Sculpey! Sculpey is a type of polymer clay that you

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