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101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home

While perusing a home furnishing store with my sister, I came upon a neat little book by David Bordon and Tom Winters: 101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home. With four children of my own, the title alone drew me to open it. What were these 101 things, and had we actually done any of them? The List Upon first inspection,

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Handprint Crafts

Children grow so fast, and having a record of their handprints is a fun and memorable way to record special times and holidays during those early years. Handprint crafts also make great gifts for grandparents and neighbors. Here are two of our favorites: Handprint Wreath Whether you have one child or a houseful, you can make beautiful handprint wreaths for any occasion. Supplies posterboard

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Illustrated Poem

  This project is easy to do and yields beautiful results. Your child might even give his or her illustrated poem as a gift to a grandparent or friend. Here’s what you’ll need: Favorite Poem printed on heavy paper, such as cardstock. Plain white paper to draw on (computer paper is fine) Pencil and Eraser Black drawing pen Soft pastels – These are the

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Make a Mailbox

Children love getting mail, even if there’s no stamp on it! With this simple but fun craft, children can make their own mailbox to hang outside their bedroom door. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: Shoe box Scissors Acrylic Craft Paint (This comes in small bottles and can be found at Wal-Mart or arts and crafts stores for about $1.00 each) Paint brushes Container for

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The Story of Ferdinand

One of our favorite books (and probably one of yours too) is The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson. In the story, a little bull in Spain loves to sit under a tree and smell the flowers while all the other young bulls fight and butt each other.  When they all are grown, the other bulls dream of fighting in

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Puddles, Science, and Math

The past month or so, we have had a lot of rain. It even rained every day all day for two whole weeks. Looking around town, one can tell – the ground is softer, the rivers are higher, and some of the roads have crumbled. We’re thankful for any piece of blue sky we see. But my kids are also thankful for the puddles.

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Making Chores Fun!

Over the years, we’ve tried all sorts of ways to get our children to do their chores. We’ve used chore charts with stickers, lists with stars, marbles and even quarters in a jar. And while these are good methods for getting into the habit of doing daily chores, I’ve found there are times we have to turn to more desperate measures. When company is

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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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