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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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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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Painting Like Georgia O’Keeffe

A good way to introduce your child to the works of a great artist is by giving him a hands-on activity he’ll remember. For this project, your child will create a painting in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. What you’ll need: Pencil Eraser Watercolor Paper (you can find this at art and craft stores or even Wal-Mart) Watercolor Paints (found at the same stores)

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Postcard Collection

With a postcard collection, your kids can get connected with friends and family around the globe and learn geography as they do! Here’s how you do it: Make a list of friends and family members who live in a different city than your own. They may live a county away, a few states away, or on the other side of the ocean. Next, gather

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Kid Friendly Research Sites

So it’s after school and your child has a report due tomorrow. He needs to research but you have things to do, so you can’t sit and supervise the search online entirely. What to do? The web can be dangerous for kids. Parental controls don’t always work. Direct supervision has always been imperative. Nowadays though, kids researching on the web could not be simpler

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Extending Academic Learning by Skyping

My son uses the online video conferencing tool Skype when he’s gaming. It allows him to speak to friends and see them while they play.  Lately though Skype has become a wonderful tool for extending academic  learning in the after school hours.   Skype has the ability to help kids make connections with people in the community and around the world. Skype’s many communication

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Blogging For Kids

Recently my son was reading something online.  He was riveted! I usually find him watching YouTube  videos or playing  video games, so I was surprised to see him reading instead.  When I asked him what it was that was holding his interest and he said a friend’s blog. Blogs are pages within a website where people write about their lives or any topic really.

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Fun that is “Bigger than a Breadbasket.”

Do you want the opportunity to amaze your family and friends?  If the answer is yes, then log on to www.20q.net and prepare to be flabbergasted! This is an online version of the classic game that older generations can remember playing on the long car trips to their grandparents’ house.  The difference is that instead of a person asking the questions, now a super-smart

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