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A Wall Mural For the Birds

Create a Bird Wall Mural Want to get your child more connected with nature? Create a bird wall mural that you can add to all year long! We made a mural like this one spring, and it was so much fun. But you can make it any time of the year and keep it up as long as you like! Your “mural” can be

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Celebrating with Fall Crafts

We live near the mountains, so it’s no wonder fall is such a special time of the year. I love everything about it: bundling up in the cooler weather (but not too cold), seeing the brilliant colors on the trees, taking trips to go apple picking, drinking warm cider, and watching the vegetable stands fill up with the fall harvest. There are lots of

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Let’s Play Soccer!

My children have all been part of a soccer program at one time or another, and it was always a really good experience. My nephews have played soccer every year from early elementary all the way through high school. It’s no wonder they loved watching the World Cup games! Soccer is a great sport for almost any child, whether the child is athletically inclined or not.

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Practicing Self-Discipline with The Box

Re-gain Some Self-discipline This summer, all of my kids have been working. The older two have summer jobs; the younger two help me set up and clean up for my art classes, and I pay them each time for their efforts. Everyone has been really busy, so we’ve become quite lax in regards to cleaning the house. It was clear everyone needed to re-gain some

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How to Create an Activity Board

This summer, we have been on the go almost every day. With summer classes and activities, errands, and visiting with friends and family, each day seems so full. So when we had a rainy day and nowhere we had to go, it was a welcome change. For me, anyway. How to Create an Activity Board But my children got bored. They did a few

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Art Contests for Kids

Art Contests for Kids Do your kids love art? Did you know there are a number of art contests for kids online? Most are free to enter, and some give away really great prizes. My children have entered several online contests – and even won a few!  The prizes they received included ribbons, certificates, and gift cards. If you’re looking for some art contests

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Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids Sometimes during the school year, life gets so hectic that our meals are often quick and easy. And although I get the food ready faster, it’s usually not as tasty or nutritious as it could be. The (hopefully) slower days of summer are a good time to get back to preparing healthy meals. It’s also a great time to start cooking with kids! Not only

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Exploring Our City

Exploring Our City We live out in the country near a small town, but there is a fairly large city just thirty minutes away. I have to admit, however, that I don’t go downtown very often, even though it’s all been renovated. Part of the reason is because I get a little anxious trying to find a parking space on the city streets, but

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Drawing with Chalk

Usually, when we think about kids using chalk, we picture them drawing flowers or butterflies on a sidewalk or driveway. They might mark out a hopscotch board and play a game or two. But there are a lot more ways to have fun with chalk, especially if your child loves making crafts. Drawing with Chalk These days, you can create a chalkboard-like surface almost

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Write an Autobiographical Poem

Write an Autobiographical Poem I love writing in rhyme, but ask me to write free verse, and you’ll probably get something that sounds forced and contrived. Fortunately for me (and those reading my poems), there are a lot of non-rhyming forms of poetry that have guidelines, making them easier to figure out. One of these is the autobiographical poem. If you have a child

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