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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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Let’s Dance!

Some of our favorite games when my children were younger involved dancing. No – it wasn’t formal dancing, and it didn’t matter that I had two left feet. It was a move and jump and twirl and fall down and laugh kind of dancing – the best kind if you just want to enjoy some time with your kids. Here are some ideas to

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Make-Your-Own Pizza Party

Whether it’s a party for just you and your child or you invite friends and families over, a make-your-own pizza party is a great way to celebrate an occasion or even create one yourself. What the children don’t know is that it’s a learning experience, too! We have a friend who hosts a pizza party every year, and it’s so much fun. Supplies are

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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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Creating Art Like Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses Anna Robertson Moses, also known as Grandma Moses, started painting in her 70s when she could no longer embroider. She sold her early pieces at the county fair and in a local drug store. Her works were displayed in the store’s window, where an art collector saw them and bought every one. He set up her first exhibition when she was 79,

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