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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 It was quite an investment at the time, but as with most technology these days, it became quickly outdated.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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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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Camping with Kids

Prior to having kids, I loved camping.  Now that my kids are more independent and one is almost out of diapers, we have started taking part in my favorite pastime together.  Camping is mentally, emotionally and physically rewarding. The benefits to children are even more so.  The quality time spent with family and the one on one attention they experience on such trips is

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Point of View

Perspective-taking is a value skill right up there with morality.  Its a skill that helps kids empathize and experience what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes.  This skill develops naturally in early childhood, however needs to be maintained to be a strong asset in adulthood. There are many ways we parents can do to help our children in perspective taking. Here are

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Mandalas for Kids

A mandala is usually a circular diagram symbolizing an ideal universe. They can come in many forms. Mandalas were originated in the 4th century as part of one of the world’s great religions, Buddhism. They were used in Tibet, India, Nepal, China and Japan among other countries. Now they are created throughout the world. Making a mandala can be a very empowering experience for

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Fairy Gardens

I am always searching for activities my 10 year old son and 20 month old daughter can do together. It’s hard since their interests and skill levels are so different. Recently I found a great activity that sparked both their imaginations- creating a fairy garden. From the little bit of research I did, I found fairy gardens are like a worldwide craft phenomena. People

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