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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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Make a Historical Scrapbook

My fourth grader loved learning about ancient history this year. For one of his projects, we decided to create a historical scrapbook. This is his “travel book” – showing his “adventures” through Ancient Egypt. Your child’s travel book would include his favorite destinations, too. Choose a Scrapbook To start, purchase a scrapbook or three ring binder with page protectors. I liked using a scrapbook

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Easy Paper Mache: Paint it!

By this point, the paper mache sculpture should have taken shape! If there are some rough edges where the paper wasn’t firmly pressed down, you can smooth them out with a piece of sandpaper. Even better, show your child how to do it. Just have him rub it over the sculpture until he’s satisfied with the texture. Supplies Now it’s time to paint! Here’s what

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Easy Paper Mache: Mache It!

The term “ paper mache ” refers to using paper and a mixture of glue and water to form something that hardens as it dries. For this project, you don’t need any glue – just flour and water will do! It’s is a great project for children who are tactile learners, love textures, or love getting messy! What You’ll Need Newspaper Flour Water Large

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Easy Paper Mache: Forming the Sculpture

It’s messy, it’s fun, it’s paper mache! Here’s an easy way to make paper mache projects that even younger children can do with a little help. You can even make your own paper mache sculpture! Paper Mache Process The whole process takes a while, mostly because of drying time in between putting on the layers of paper mache.  The first step, though, is forming

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