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Basic Auto Maintenance for Kids

Though my son is still a few years away from driving himself, I thought it would be good to start some basic car maintenance (http://www.nationwide.com/rss/car-maintenance-tips.jsp) now, especially since he’s interested. It’s knowledge that will be ingrained in him by the time he’s ready to get on the road if we perform those tasks together now. This will certainly make all of us less nervous

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Manual Labor After School

When most of my peers and I were young kids, it was a common thing to see kids performing manual labor for their family and community. Nowadays, kids do very little but play video games and watch tv or take part in after school activities- all centering around their enjoyment. A casual poll amongst our friends shows that at home, parents do all the

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Forts

Every year my son gets involved in building a fort indoors. Since he’s always built them with blankets, chairs, sheets, clothespins, folding chairs, boxes, cushions etc, it’s always been a safe activity he could enjoy without us hovering. This year, he announced he wanted to build his fort outdoors, with actual wood and nails. Our first instinct was to be worried, but then we

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Activities to Develop Visual Skills

Developing visual skills includes visual memory, eye and movement coordination and pattern recognition. There are a lot of ways to help this development in your child via activities and games. Here are some examples of activities to strengthen your child’s visual ability, depending on their age and ability. -Playing with manipulative toys like Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys,  Lego and stacking blocks -Hammering nails into

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Activism

There is still plenty of time this summer for our kids to learn and participate in social and environmental activism. By helping, changing a life, making a difference, kids can learn how good it feels to get involved in a meaningful way and give back. Activism is not just for adults. Children of all ages can bring about vast change in the lives of

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Kids Construction

Building projects are an awesome way to stimulate logic, expand imagination, develop spatial reasoning skills and teach kids problem solving. Experienced parents would agree that construction and building toys are absolutely necessary to unlock the imagination and encourage your child’s unique creativity. Construction toys can range from blocks, like Lego, to cardboard bricks to magnets. Children get to be in charge with these toys-

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Bug Watching

One of the most fun past times is watching bugs in their natural environments. Even the initial search is an adventure.  Play the great bug search satisfies kid’s exuberant curiosity and wonder for hours on end. All bugs are interesting but ants in particular are so busy they are endless source of entertainment and education. As your child watches the ants,  he can learn

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Camping with Kids

Prior to having kids, I loved camping.  Now that my kids are more independent and one is almost out of diapers, we have started taking part in my favorite pastime together.  Camping is mentally, emotionally and physically rewarding. The benefits to children are even more so.  The quality time spent with family and the one on one attention they experience on such trips is

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