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Social Networks for Kids

Most of my family and friends have a social network account.  I have one as well, so it was no surprise when my son asked to get an account too. I didn’t object because it seems for the most part, these social network sites are good social training for life.  I find that it can teach empathy and to develop a sense of self,

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End of the Year Memory Book

Our family plays a dinner game at the end of each year in which we each try to quickly and succinctly list the top ten things we remember from the year. It can be an event, a dream, a disappointment, a lesson, an outing…just anything that we want to never forget. This year it was my son’s idea to add to this tradition by

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Make a Rocket

After being cooped up in a classroom for hours, expected to be quiet for a lot of that time, kids need a release. If your child is anything like mine, he will really like things that explode, burn or otherwise self-destruct in some awesome and spectacular way. A great way to help kids find that release is to provide an outdoor outlet that calls

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Archery – A New Activity To Try

On a recent camping trip, as we walked in the woods, my son found some regular white string, probably a left over tent harness from wilderness campers.  Without a lot of fan fare,he grabbed a branch from a young tree to make a bow. After he worked a notch into the middle, he cut into either end of the stick and tied on the

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Astronomy and Telescopes for Kids

Star gazing and planetary observation using a telescope is a great way to expose children to the wonders of astronomy. Especially during this time of year when it gets darker earlier, it’s a great afterschool activity. Astronomy helps kids learn about planets and other celestial objects. You don’t need the most expensive telescopes to accomplish this.  A small and less expensive telescope made just

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Kids for Troops

Our local school discussed how students can help U.S. troops keep up their spirits by writing letters and sending care packages. There is a way to even adopt a platoon! The idea of supporting the men and women who are keeping us safe has been an interest of my son’s for a while because his uncle is a serviceman. Now, knowing that he is

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Krav Maga – Activities for Kids

My son has taken karate for a few years but has been bored with it.  He mentioned that he wished he could learn self-defense to deal with real life scenarios.  I had seen an ad recently for something called Krav Maga (hebrew for “contact combat”).  This is a non-competitive, multi-skill self-defense system developed in Europe that uses striking, wrestling and grappling techniques. I met

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Bottle-Cap Art

The holiday season is just around the corner. In our family we try to keep to homemade gifts for the most part; to keep the spirit of giving alive, while minimizing the commercialism and to, let’s face it, not break the bank! So every November, my son and I get to work at least one day a week afterschool to make everyone a gift. 

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Make a Movie Afterschool

Since we gave him a small digital camera, our son has been playing around with capturing videos. Lately, his frustration at the limitations of what he knows and what his equipment is capable of seems more and more evident. I worry he will lose momentum in this new interest because of obstacles and that would be a shame.  As we all know, most people

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Painting with Light

If you want to create some wonderful and unique art with your child, look no further than Light Painting.  It’s easy, inexpensive, and fast.  Mark my words though- once you get started, neither of you will not want to stop!  Painting with light is a fun art technique using a digital camera with a manual setting option, a tripod and a light source, like

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