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Paint and Play with Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

June 16, 2014 8:30 am

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Outside play with chalk is classic summer fun. Kids of all ages love to draw, make up games, and play classics like hopscotch on the sidewalk. Rather than buy more chalk that will crumble and make a mess, let’s to mix up colorful, homemade chalk paint.

Breathe New Life Into Old Crayons

June 9, 2014 8:00 am

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As much as I love school supply shopping with my kids, I cringe when the boys come home on the last day of school with a giant mess of used items. The crumbled crayons, half used notebooks, and pencils that have seen better days need a summer vacation themselves. I’m here to share how to reuse those old crayon bits for new summer coloring fun.

Seeing Circles for the New Year

December 30, 2013 9:00 am

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It’s New Year’s Eve! Break out the party hats, noise makers, and math to celebrate 365 days gone by. New Year’s Eve marks the end of the Earth’s full-circle travel around the sun, so here are some fun ideas to bring your party full circle.

Snow Time Like Now for Ice Cream

December 16, 2013 8:00 am

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I scream, you scream, let’s make snow ice cream! Yes, it may be bone chilling cold outside in, but when the snow falls we can make our own ice cream with a few simple ingredients. Who can resist?

Yarn Laser Maze and Other Fun Activities

December 11, 2013 8:00 am

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Your children have a special mission. They must successfully navigate their way through a maze of lasers and be careful not to touch it. If they fail, they risk injury. If they succeed, they will be heroes!

Slime Time

December 3, 2013 8:00 am

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Imagine an activity that keeps little hands busy for hours on end using two ingredients that you may already have in your home, school glue and liquid starch. Behold the amazing power of slime time! Kids love to get their hands dirty and they adore helping to make things they play with, so have them roll up their sleeves and start creating and exploring!

Stuffed Animal Party

November 21, 2013 11:57 pm

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My kids have way too many stuffed animals. It seems like those fuzzy critters multiply overnight. Admittedly, I have a hard time turning away new little friends as most of them come with a special memory. Sometimes I practically get misty looking at my boys’ collection, but an instant later I snap out of it and see a pile of animals just sitting there and collecting dust. Can you relate? Don’t despair, put those cuddly creatures to work with a stuffed animal party at your house.

Playing with Pumpkin Guts

October 22, 2013 8:00 am

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I can still picture the faces on my children the first time we allowed them to help us to pick out pumpkins for Halloween. They had plans for these big orange spheres and could visualize just what they wanted their jack o’ lanterns to look like. They plotted out the shapes they wanted the eyes and other parts to be carved. Then a funny thing happened, we sliced into the pumpkins and their facial expressions changed. My boys were simultaneously fascinated and a bit horrified with what they saw.

Math Fun with Fall Leaves

October 2, 2013 7:59 am

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The air is getting crisp in many areas and the leaves are quickly changing colors. Families spend a lot of time outside looking at and collecting the beautiful leaves. Why not utilize Mother Nature’s bounty for some math extensions with a creative twist?