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Easy Cookie Recipe

Whenever we have an event to attend and we need to bring something sweet along, we always go for this oh-so-easy cookie recipe. It’s simple to put together, and after you’ve made them a few times with your child, he’ll be able to do it all by himself! What You’ll Need 2 eggs 1/2 cup of oil 1 box of cake mix (any kind)

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Flower Experiment

During the summer, we have a beautiful wildflower that grows along the side of our road. It’s called Queen Anne’s lace, and each “bloom” is actually made up of many tiny flowers. Queen Anne’s lace is usually white – that is, until we get a hold of it! Here’s a fun flower experiment you can do with Queen Anne’s lace to show how plants

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Ticket to Ride

One of my family’s favorite board games is Ticket to Ride. We were first introduced to the game by my niece’s husband. He’ll spend a long time strategizing on each turn, and he almost always wins. If any of us can just beat him, we feel we’ve won the game! The box says it’s for ages eight and up, though my eight-year-old got a

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Art Contests for the Fall

If your child likes to paint or draw, you might consider entering his or her work in an art contest. There are a number of art contests online that kids can’t enter throughout the year. My children have entered quite a few, and sometimes they win, and sometimes they don’t. The Benefits But these contests are beneficial to them in a number of ways.

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Movie Making – Great Home Videos

When my oldest son was small, we purchased a video camera that recorded on the little 8 mm video tapes. It was quite an investment at the time, but as with most technology these days, it became quickly outdated. Today, there are so many other ways to record, including cell phones, iPods, iPads and tablets, and digital cameras. For kids, making a movie has

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A Great Group Game – Telephone Pictionary

Telephone Pictionary is one of our favorite group games, whether it’s a rainy afternoon, a small party, or a family reunion. The more people playing, the more fun it is! And all it requires is a little bit of writing and a few stick figures. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: Small sheets of paper (about ¼ sheet of copy paper) Pencils or pens (one

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It’s in the Bag!

This is a fun activity that can be played with children of all ages. It not only introduces children to the sense of touch, but also helps them think descriptively, which is helpful when writing. Here’s what you’ll need: *Brown paper lunch bags *A variety of small objects from around the house or outside. Some possibilities are: Toiletries – a comb, a hairbrush, a

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Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

We are reading a lot of picture books this summer for our library’s summer reading program, and we’ve come up with some new ones to add to our favorite’s list. One of them is entitled Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. This fun story is about a boy who gets his kite stuck in a tree. To get the kite loose, he throws his favorite shoe

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Photo Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

This is a fun activity that can be done either indoors or out. All you need is a digital camera and some creative thinking! Here’s what you do: With your camera in hand, start searching for the letter “A” in your surroundings. Don’t look for objects that start with an “A”, but the actual letter itself. Where will you find it? Maybe you’ll see

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The Look Book

When my oldest was small, we discovered a book at our library that became a favorite: The Look Book by Tana Hoban. What made this book so fun was the way we were able to use it as a guide for making out own “look book”. The Look Book consists of a number of photos of objects or animals a child would know. Preceding

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