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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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Survival Training

For his birthday, my husband received a Disaster Survival book. He put it on a shelf and forgot about. I have seen my son reading it more than once, with avid interest.  When I asked him if he liked it, he responded, sagely, I think this  is the kind of information everyone should know. It makes sense as parents that we make sure to

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Storytelling

The other day, during an after-school play date, I overheard my son and two of his friends telling each other their version of the back story of the game they were constructing while sitting under a big banyan tree. Several things caught my attention. First, that they instinctively knew the back story is important.  Anyone who writes, or works in a storytelling business (theater

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Recyclables Orchestra

At a year old, my son would spend hours banging on anything he could get his hands on. A natural percussionist, his beats were rhythmic; strong. Nine years later, he is still doing it. I used to think it was mindless tapping or drumming, but it is a stress reliever of sorts for him.  When my son is upset about something, he can usually

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Start a Club!

When we moved, we lost contact with a lot of our friends. The friends who were sure company on a rainy weekend, holiday or after-school. At our new home, where the neighbors did not seem as friendly and the children were non-existent, it was hard to make new friends. Years have come and gone since then and we have new friends. We met them

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Speed Art Appreciation

Where I live, the city art museum provides free entrance on Thursday afternoons. Most large museums across the United States offer similar incentive programs in an effort to make art available and appealing to everyone, regardless of income. To find the museum in your city, just search online for free entrance days to art museums in (your city). As an art school almost-graduate, art

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What Will You Do on Pinky Dinky Doo?

When kids get onto the computer, there can be a limit to the appropriate sites they come across or are allowed to play on. There are sites for games, podcasts, arts and crafts and more. What if you could find all these items in one place? Pinky Dinky Doo is the perfect place for your kids to hang out after school. This colorful and

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Cool Off With These Summer Treats!

As the weather is getting warmer, kids want their snacks to get cooler…literally! As the summer months roll in, try these fun recipes that will cool off your kids when the sun comes up! Homemade Ice Cream: What You’ll Need: 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup milk or half & half 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 6 tablespoons rock salt 1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (e.g.,

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Chalk it Up! – Fun Sidewalk Chalk Activities

Most kids (and parents and teachers) love to mark up the sides of streets and driveways with some good sidewalk chalk. The designs and possibilities are great for engaging children and having them work towards a finished product. Here are a few ideas that you can do with your kids with some simple chalk and a little imagination. Hopscotch – This is probably one

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