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Getting Creative With Puppets

There’s just something about a puppet show. Even though you know someone is making the puppets move and talk, it’s easy to suspend disbelief for a while and just enjoy the puppets’ antics. What you might not have realized, however, is how much fun kids can have creating a puppet show themselves. And although the children might not recognize it, they will be learning a lot in

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The Flat Stanley Project

Do you remember the book by Jeff Brown called Flat Stanley? It was a childhood staple when I was little, but for the past 15 years or so, the story has taken on a whole new role. Flat Stanley is not only a picture book, but it can also be a creative and fun way for learning geography, math, writing, science, cultures – the list

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The Sound Game – What Do You Hear?

This is a fun sound game you can play with just one child or with a group. It takes a little time to prepare, but it will get the kids listening! Before You Start Find a recording device, such as a tape recorder or a voice recorder on your phone. Go through your home and record familiar sounds. They might include: A squeaky door

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Create a Grandparent’s Book

My niece has been working on a special project for my mother that I’m sure she’s going to love. It’s a Grandparent’s Book, but not the kind a grandparent fills full of memories. In this book, the grandchildren do. We have a rather large family with thirty grandchildren and ten (or more — I’ve lost count!) great-grandchildren. While this may seem like it would

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Exploring Our City

Exploring Our City We live out in the country near a small town, but there is a fairly large city just thirty minutes away. I have to admit, however, that I don’t go downtown very often, even though it’s all been renovated. Part of the reason is because I get a little anxious trying to find a parking space on the city streets, but

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Drawing with Chalk

Usually, when we think about kids using chalk, we picture them drawing flowers or butterflies on a sidewalk or driveway. They might mark out a hopscotch board and play a game or two. But there are a lot more ways to have fun with chalk, especially if your child loves making crafts. Drawing with Chalk These days, you can create a chalkboard-like surface almost

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Write an Autobiographical Poem

Write an Autobiographical Poem I love writing in rhyme, but ask me to write free verse, and you’ll probably get something that sounds forced and contrived. Fortunately for me (and those reading my poems), there are a lot of non-rhyming forms of poetry that have guidelines, making them easier to figure out. One of these is the autobiographical poem. If you have a child

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Make a Historical Scrapbook

My fourth grader loved learning about ancient history this year. For one of his projects, we decided to create a historical scrapbook. This is his “travel book” – showing his “adventures” through Ancient Egypt. Your child’s travel book would include his favorite destinations, too. Choose a Scrapbook To start, purchase a scrapbook or three ring binder with page protectors. I liked using a scrapbook

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Writing About a Personal Experience

Write About a Personal Experience Every once in a while when we’re cleaning things out, I’ll come across a box with some of my children’s old journals. We laugh and giggle as we read them together – and reminisce. Even if your child doesn’t keep a journal, it’s still fun to remember and write about a personal experience that had an impact on him.

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Make a Mailbox

Children love getting mail, even if there’s no stamp on it! With this simple but fun craft, children can make their own mailbox to hang outside their bedroom door. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: Shoe box Scissors Acrylic Craft Paint (This comes in small bottles and can be found at Wal-Mart or arts and crafts stores for about $1.00 each) Paint brushes Container for

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