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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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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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Art Contests for the Fall

If your child likes to paint or draw, you might consider entering his or her work in an art contest. There are a number of art contests online that kids can’t enter throughout the year. My children have entered quite a few, and sometimes they win, and sometimes they don’t. The Benefits But these contests are beneficial to them in a number of ways.

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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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It’s in the Bag!

This is a fun activity that can be played with children of all ages. It not only introduces children to the sense of touch, but also helps them think descriptively, which is helpful when writing. Here’s what you’ll need: *Brown paper lunch bags *A variety of small objects from around the house or outside. Some possibilities are: Toiletries – a comb, a hairbrush, a

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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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