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Homemade Halloween

We went costume shopping last week.  There was lots to choose from but it was all very expensive and not very original. This week we decided to concentrate on creating his costume. He wants to be a zombie. His only specification is that it not look homemade. I guess I have to say goodbye to the past Halloweens when he happily allowed me to

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Healthier Halloween

When I was a kid, trick or treating was done on the one night only. I remember my brother and I fretting over the weather if it was cloudy.   Would Halloween be cancelled of it rained?  Nowadays, there are 101 events leading up to Halloween night, both outside of and in school.  Each event brings with it a barrage of cavity and belly ache

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Fun Things To Do On Rainy Afternoons

We try not to let cold, gloomy, rainy days ruin our free time. There are so many fun and creative ways to make fun around the house.  Here are some  ways we stop the rain from dampening our spirits. Word Games are a wonderful way to connect with children. It’s also a good brain exercise but it doesn’t feel like work. -Create a fairy

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Unusual Games For Kids

My son and his friends play lots of board games and I have  looking around for some fun and economical physically active games to add to to their afternoons.  Here are three fun alternatives to to the common fare: -In London, they  hold an  annual  Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship.  Try these three official RPS gambits for strategic advantage: 1)The Avalanche – Rock, Rock, Rock

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Pen Pals – Building Relationships

When I was in the 6th grade, I wrote my pen pal a letter a month for years.  It is, to this day, one of my most cherished memories.  Though we lost touch when we entered our teen years, I feel that corresponding with my pen pal overseas was a wonderful learning experience for me. My only option back then was to write a

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Artist Trading Cards – A World of Creativity!

If your children like to collect, make friends and create art, they will love the idea of art in your pocket. In Europe in 1996, the concept of Artists Trading Cards was born. Essentially, ATCs are little works of art that can be traded for other little works of art. They must be original, self produced art and must not be sold; only exchanged.

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Kite Making and Flying for Kids

Now that the cooler weather is here, our after school activities have been more varied. One of our favorite pastimes is flying kites. This season, I wanted to sneak in a little social studies, history and science into our activity. First, I shared how kites are and have been used in the world: -in the Solomon Islands, kites are used as a fishing aid.

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Writing Workshops for Kids

If your child loves to write, tell stories or report on events, a writing workshop is a wonderful way for him to spend time after school. A writing workshop can help a young author emerge and provide focus, inspiration and challenge your child to aspire to publishing their writing. If your child want to tell a story, help them by providing access to expert

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Being Bored- the New Good

As I write this, my nine year old son is on the big trampoline outside, laid out flat, looking up … bored. He announced he was bored before he went out there and has since done nothing but lay down on the sunny spot in the trampoline. Years ago, I would have observed this idleness with some alarm lest it be confused as laziness. 

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Minecraft

My son loves building Lego’s and he can’t get enough of video games. Well, he has started to play a PC game called Minecraft, which combines both of these favorite activities. Minecraft is a seemingly simple game. But the possibilities of what a player can accomplish are endless, which is why this game can be so addictive and at such a great deal.  Minecraft

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