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101 things to do….

101 things to do…. As summer approaches, I try to start making a plan of possible activities to do with my kids and visiting nieces and nephews.  I find this list is just the thing to have on hand when the kids utter the dreaded phrase,”I’m bored!”.   Its amazing when kids say they are bored while they are surrounded by toys and gadgets

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Strike! – Bowling

Bowling is a great all year round sport that children can practice during the week and compete on weekends as part of a children’s league.  This is a classic fun game which also teaches consistency, patience and strategy. Being on a league also teaches children to be good teammates and to learn good sportsmanship. Bowling can be deceiving at first. It looks like a

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Building Blocks Great for All Ages

The quintessential image we picture in our minds when we think of a toddler learning is that of a three year old playing with building blocks. Parents know that building blocks, whether plastic, foam or wooden, aid in the development of young children through constructive open play.  I believe they are still imperative through the later years of adolescence- its an enriching afterschool activity.

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Sphinx Kids

Sphinx Kids is a part of the Sphinx Organization’s Classical Connections program, which strives to bring classical music into underserved schools in the United States.  However, your child can enjoy it too! Sphinx Kids contains interactive games and videos from the Sphinx Classical Connections CD-Rom as well as from the New York Philharmonic’s KidZone website. It is a music site that has games and

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Ways to Maintain Creativity

Everyone, including children, needs to have creative outlets in order to achieve happiness and balance. Creativity does not need to be taught, but it does need nurturing.  It needs to brew in the right conditions to prosper and grow to its full potential. This is especially true for children after hours spent learning in school.   There are many simple ways that can inspire

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Healthy Afterschoolers

After a full day of learning, my son is ravenous. Choosing healthy snack foods to have available for him is imperative. Healthy snacks can improve a person’s health by adding fiber and nutrients to the diet. For a child, a healthy snack can provide a much needed energy boost, for after school activities including homework. Top 20 healthy snack foods to have on hand

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Watching Sports

My son cheered and whooped along with every other adult as the football game played on the television.  Like many children, he enjoys watching sports with family.  Its one of his favorite past times. I believe as well that it’s a benefit to him. Indeed, children can learn various positive lessons from sport, such as: -rules and fair play -respect for others -cooperation -personal

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Fairy Gardens

I am always searching for activities my 10 year old son and 20 month old daughter can do together. It’s hard since their interests and skill levels are so different. Recently I found a great activity that sparked both their imaginations- creating a fairy garden. From the little bit of research I did, I found fairy gardens are like a worldwide craft phenomena. People

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Exercising Afterschool

School provides about 30 minutes of free play time for children daily. I know that my 10 year old needs at least double that to be happy and to sleep well.  If he is able to get more than that the benefits increase significantly. By being active and exercising daily, my son develops stronger muscles and bones and is less likely to become overweight.

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