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Watching Sports

My son cheered and whooped along with every other adult as the football game played on the television.  Like many children, he enjoys watching sports with family.  Its one of his favorite past times. I believe as well that it’s a benefit to him. Indeed, children can learn various positive lessons from sport, such as: -rules and fair play -respect for others -cooperation -personal

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Exercising Afterschool

School provides about 30 minutes of free play time for children daily. I know that my 10 year old needs at least double that to be happy and to sleep well.  If he is able to get more than that the benefits increase significantly. By being active and exercising daily, my son develops stronger muscles and bones and is less likely to become overweight.

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Social Networks for Kids

Most of my family and friends have a social network account.  I have one as well, so it was no surprise when my son asked to get an account too. I didn’t object because it seems for the most part, these social network sites are good social training for life.  I find that it can teach empathy and to develop a sense of self,

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Archery – A New Activity To Try

On a recent camping trip, as we walked in the woods, my son found some regular white string, probably a left over tent harness from wilderness campers.  Without a lot of fan fare,he grabbed a branch from a young tree to make a bow. After he worked a notch into the middle, he cut into either end of the stick and tied on the

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Crosswords for Kids

When I was a tween, one of my favorite things to do was the newspaper crossword puzzle. I loved the challenge and the great feeling I got from completing it. I know it also gave me an edge at school. At 10, my son enjoys a lot of different kinds of puzzles and challenges, all delivered technologically. I introduced him to crossword puzzles online

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Bottle-Cap Art

The holiday season is just around the corner. In our family we try to keep to homemade gifts for the most part; to keep the spirit of giving alive, while minimizing the commercialism and to, let’s face it, not break the bank! So every November, my son and I get to work at least one day a week afterschool to make everyone a gift. 

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Fun Things To Do On Rainy Afternoons

We try not to let cold, gloomy, rainy days ruin our free time. There are so many fun and creative ways to make fun around the house.  Here are some  ways we stop the rain from dampening our spirits. Word Games are a wonderful way to connect with children. It’s also a good brain exercise but it doesn’t feel like work. -Create a fairy

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Unusual Games For Kids

My son and his friends play lots of board games and I have  looking around for some fun and economical physically active games to add to to their afternoons.  Here are three fun alternatives to to the common fare: -In London, they  hold an  annual  Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship.  Try these three official RPS gambits for strategic advantage: 1)The Avalanche – Rock, Rock, Rock

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Kite Making and Flying for Kids

Now that the cooler weather is here, our after school activities have been more varied. One of our favorite pastimes is flying kites. This season, I wanted to sneak in a little social studies, history and science into our activity. First, I shared how kites are and have been used in the world: -in the Solomon Islands, kites are used as a fishing aid.

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Being Bored- the New Good

As I write this, my nine year old son is on the big trampoline outside, laid out flat, looking up … bored. He announced he was bored before he went out there and has since done nothing but lay down on the sunny spot in the trampoline. Years ago, I would have observed this idleness with some alarm lest it be confused as laziness. 

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