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10 Toys You Can Make on Your Own

July 15th, 2013 · 6 Comments

When you make your own toys your child is likely to take ownership of the design, solve problems and pursue mechanical and artistic variations.

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Telling Stories to Kids: Easy Technique

April 24th, 2013 · 5 Comments

Kids love a good story. Here’s an easy storytelling technique that will help you invent stories that practically tell themselves.

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Math Puzzle – How to Get Rid of a Christmas Tree

January 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Here’s a math puzzle for kids that looks at the challenge of how to get rid of a Christmas tree without dragging it through doorways.

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Easy to Make Catapult- Coffee Cup Design

October 29th, 2012 · 35 Comments

If you’re looking for designs on how to make a catapult, here’s a powerful, simple design that’s easy to make out of household items.

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Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike Offers Ratios Lesson Plan

September 17th, 2012 · 7 Comments

In the midst of the Chicago Teachers’ Union strike for better quality education for ALL students, a ratios lesson plan has emerged.

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Miro Art Project for Kids

August 28th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Joan Miro practiced a method of art called automatic drawing that is perfectly suited for a kids’ art project. It’s fun and easy and looks great around the house.

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Metaphors for Kids

July 28th, 2012 · 9 Comments

Practicing metaphors strengthens kids’ grasp of comparative thinking. This article offers lots of fun multiple choice metaphors for kids.

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Around the House Games for Kids

May 23rd, 2012 · 8 Comments

Now and then it’s time to replenish your menu of around the house activities. New activities offer creative zeal to your household learning environment.

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Kids’ Art: The Wind

April 15th, 2012 · 8 Comments

Here’s a wind art project for kids that’s fun to do and only takes a few minutes.

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Good Will Hunting Math Trees for Kids

March 12th, 2012 · 10 Comments

Math trees are fairly simple and easy to grasp. They are also an excellent conceptual device that offers fun math games for kids of all ages.

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Easy to Make Catapult – Simple Soup Can Design

February 17th, 2012 · 19 Comments

The Soup Can Catapult is a quick and easy catapult design for kids. It offers the perfect blend of simplicity, power and ease of use.

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One Minute Activities for Kids- Part 2

January 30th, 2012 · 6 Comments

One of the keys to a wholesome learning environment is an emphasis on activities. Here’s a bundle one minute activities that are quick and easy to set up, but are also capable of engaging your child’s full focus and attention.

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5 Games with String

December 14th, 2011 · 6 Comments

These games with string use an nifty fling device you put together in minutes. The games are easy to play and lots of fun.

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Fine Motor Skills Activities

October 23rd, 2011 · 6 Comments

Improving fine motor skills with activities that are fun for kids is a super strategy. These games are easy to play and loads of fun.

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Easy to Make Catapult- Fantastic Soda Can Design

October 14th, 2011 · 65 Comments

Here’s an easy catapult for kids that uses two soda cans and a few other household items. It’s fun to make, super strong, and only takes a few minutes.

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Kids’ Art: Open Composition

September 13th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Here’s a funky cool kids’ art project that teaches the idea of open composition. It’s easy to do, looks great, and is sure to generate conversation.

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Catapult Games for Kids

August 26th, 2011 · 14 Comments

The best part about catapults for kids is all the great games you can play. Here’s some fun and easy ones to get you started.

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Mondrian Art for Kids

August 19th, 2011 · 6 Comments

Piet Mondrian’s simple, visually striking style is wonderfully suited for kids’ art. The few simple rules offer the perfect blend of free expression and structure.

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One Minute Activities for Kids

August 10th, 2011 · 13 Comments

These one minute activities for kids are an action-ready guide when you’re in a tight spot…a pickle…a pinch for new ideas.

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How to Make a Catapult for Kids

July 21st, 2011 · 37 Comments

If you’ve considered how to make a catapult for kids, you know it should be easy to make, durable, and able to hurl objects with authority. Here are numerous designs in a useful rating system.

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Easy to Make Catapult- Egg Carton Design

June 29th, 2011 · 39 Comments

If you’ve ever considered how to build a catapult for kids, an empty egg carton serves as the ideal base to start with. Now all you need are a few other simple household items.

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Word Games for Kids

May 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments

If you’re on the look out for fun activities to improve kids’ vocabulary, these word games are a superb way to spend calm, quality time with your child.

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Easy to Make Catapult: Amazing Dimple Design

April 21st, 2011 · 16 Comments

Whether you’re new to catapult designs, or an old pro, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of this model.

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Easy to Make Catapult- Super Fling Design

February 1st, 2011 · 27 Comments

There’s nothing like a home-made catapult to advance your child’s engineering prowess. It’s fun to make, fun to launch and fun tinkering with the design.

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Mini Catapult -Arc Tension Design

December 3rd, 2010 · 15 Comments

If you’ve been on the search for easy catapults for kids, here’s one that’s fun to make, fun to play with, and looks cool in science class.

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Mini Catapult- Bear Clamp Base Design

November 16th, 2010 · 10 Comments

This mini catapult uses the bear clamp base technique to harness tension. All you need to get started are a few household items.

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Easy to Make Catapult -Brawny Launcher Design

November 1st, 2010 · 31 Comments

Here’s a simple catapult design for kids that provides superior launching power. Assemble in minutes with just a few basic items from around the house.

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More Fine Motor Skills Games

October 11th, 2010 · 6 Comments

An easy way to improve fine motor skills is to play games that require fine motor movements. Using washers and marbles offers a wide variety of activities that are both fun and challenging.

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More Math Games with Dice

April 22nd, 2010 · 8 Comments

Math games with dice improve your child’s ability to calculate rapidly and with precision. The games are fun and rewarding and easy to play.

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Mayan Numbers for Kids

March 19th, 2010 · 26 Comments

One way to strengthen your child’s conceptual math skills is to explore Mayan numbers together. An extraordinary advantage to this activity is that once you catch on, there’s no end to the variety of games you can play.

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Old Fashioned Kids Games with Ramp

February 16th, 2010 · 10 Comments

Here are some old fashioned kids’ games that are easy to set up and fun to play. Best of all, there’s nothing to plug in, no batteries, no bells or buzzers–just good old fashioned ingenuity

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How to Play Marbles: Part 5

January 16th, 2010 · 10 Comments

Marble games for kids offer good old fashioned fun. Wonderfully simple in nature, the games are easy to set up and easy to play.

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Math Games with Dice

November 10th, 2009 · 12 Comments

One of the simplest ways to improve kids’ math skills is to play math games with dice. Here are some games that range from simple to advanced.

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Word Association with Kids

October 28th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Most kids are tickled by the idea of playing word association because it’s new and interesting and they receive lots of attention during play. Here’s a method for interpreting the results that may be unfamiliar to you.

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Kids’ Art: Fun with Circles

October 14th, 2009 · 10 Comments

Here’s a circle art project for kids that introduces the idea of open vs closed composition. It’s easy to do and looks great around the house.

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Fine Motor Skills Games with Spaghetti

September 30th, 2009 · 8 Comments

These fine motor skills games with spaghetti are sure to become a household favorite. Whats more–parents will love playing, too.

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Penny Games

September 13th, 2009 · 13 Comments

These old fashioned penny games are wholesome in nature and simple to play. They use an easy to make penny launcher that you assemble with your child.

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Kids’ Science: Count Stuff

August 18th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Here’s some easy activities that use everyday household items to improve kids’ counting skills. The activities are easy to set up and lots of fun.

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More Games to Play with Cotton Balls

August 5th, 2009 · 6 Comments

There are countless varieties of games to play with cotton balls. Sure you can use them in art projects, and they’re great for spoon races, but there’s a zillion other activities that capture kids’ imagination.

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More Super Fun Marble Games

August 1st, 2009 · 7 Comments

There’s nothing like old fashioned marble games. The rules are always simple, and there’s really no end to the different ways you can play.

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Easy to Make Catapult

July 21st, 2009 · 87 Comments

Eventually every parent asks- how to make a catapult for kids. This method only takes a few minutes and uses household items you already have on hand.

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Fine Motor Skills Games

July 14th, 2009 · 15 Comments

Improving your child’s fine motor skills is all fun and games with these old fashioned activities that use everyday materials from around the house.

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The Amazing One Minute Crane Your Child Will Love

June 29th, 2009 · 9 Comments

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a pulley for kids, or how to make a kids crane, here’s an easy to follow method. . .

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How to Play Table Football

June 17th, 2009 · 10 Comments

If you’ve wondered how to play table football, it’s fun and easy, and it only takes a minute to set up. Plus, it builds familiarity with simple math, counting and risk assessment.

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Kids’ Art: Fun with Watercolor and Design Making

June 3rd, 2009 · 5 Comments

Kids love doing watercolor art because it’s a robust activity. If you typically do watercolor projects on paper, now might be time to try a new surface.

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Kids’ Art: The Sun-Part 2

May 18th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Here’s a fun kids’ art project using tinfoil to make pictures of the sun. The activity reinforces the idea that artistic expression can take many forms.

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Give Your Child the Camera

April 21st, 2009 · 7 Comments

Kids learn best when they’re motivated; letting your child take and review pictures can be an excellent way to nurture creative decision making.

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Easter Egg Art Project for Kids

April 4th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Here’s a fun and easy Easter art project for kids. It uses a process called ‘crayon resist.’ Introducing your child to this unique procedure can lead to many surprising and creative results.

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Kids’ Science: Fun with Magnets- Part 2

March 24th, 2009 · 10 Comments

Magnets activities for kids are an easy way to introduce your child to the world of physical sciences. The unusual characteristics of magnets stimulate the imagination and invite countless games.

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5 Games to Play with Cotton Balls

March 10th, 2009 · 11 Comments

While simple in nature, cotton ball games offer a rich variety of learning opportunities. They require strategy, patience and skill, and offer many fun ways to play.

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How to Play Marbles: Part 3

February 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Marble games invite your child’s full participation in creating unique circumstances and outcomes. The games nurture patience, strategy and risk assessment.

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Kids’ Science: Sort Stuff

January 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Kids’ sorting activities expose your child to basic scientific procedure and stimulate analytical thinking. Best of all, your child will love the challenge of sorting and arranging household items.

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How to Play Marbles: Part 2

January 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Marble games are a great way to spend quality time with your child. They’re inexpensive, easy on the parent, and they strengthen your child’s ability to stay focused on one activity.

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How to Play Marbles: Part 1

January 6th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Marble games for kids require patience, skill and strategy. Here’s a handful of games to get you started.

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Kids’ Holiday Art Project

December 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Here’s a fun holiday art project that’s easy to do and looks great around the house. It’s also a great gift giving idea from your child to family and loved ones.

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Kids’ Science: Measure Stuff

December 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Measuring stuff around the house is an easy science activity to do with kids. It’s fun and flexible, and nurtures skills fundamental to scientific inquiry.

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Reading to Your Child: 5 Tips

November 11th, 2008 · 8 Comments

You want your child to know the magic and wonder that only reading can bring. Here’s 5 simple things you can do to improve your child’s love of books.

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Kids’ Art: The Sun

October 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The sun is a unique subject for a kids’ art project. Because nobody really looks at it, your child has more opportunity to exercise creative expression.

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Kids’ Science: What If an Elephant Sat on it?

October 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

Classifying and interpreting data go hand in hand with scientific procedure. This kids’ science activity rings with laughter in the process of analyzing household items.

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Kids’ Art: Making Halloween Spider Webs

October 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Here’s a kids’ Halloween art project that’s fun and easy and looks great around the house. Be prepared– your child will want to do this project over and over!

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The Fabulous One Minute Robot Your Child Will Love

October 7th, 2008 · 4 Comments

If you’ve ever wondered about a robot activity for kids, here’s an easy one that’s sure to become a household favorite.

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Kids’ Science: Gravity for Beginners

September 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Here’s a science activity for kids that offers basic exposure to density and the law of gravity. It also gives your child an opportunity to engage in the trial and error method of problem solving. It’s very simple and lots of fun.

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Bozo Buckets

September 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Bozo Buckets is a kids’ game you play for points and prizes. It offers enough variety that you can change the format each time you play.

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Kids’ Science: Fun with Magnets

September 15th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Magnet activities for kids are a fun way to introduce your child to the world of science. The activities are easy to set up and fun to play. Here’s some easy ones to get you started.

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Children’s Stories: Audio

August 27th, 2008 · 4 Comments

A first rate, low speed activity is to listen to children’s stories and songs on tape, CD or computer. This activity is enjoyable anytime, and is the perfect solution when you want to spend some relaxing but meaningful time with your child.

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Easy To Make Tent

August 20th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Making a tent with sheets will nurture your child’s concept of spaces and places. But to get the most out of your tent, you need great activities….

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Creative Play: Starlight Theater

August 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

In the long run, a healthy diet of imaginative play will strengthen your child’s ability to tackle difficult, non-linear problems both academically and in the real world. Imaginative play turns ordinary things into a bundle of possibilities. A newspaper becomes a telescope, a briefcase, or a log. A stick becomes a wand, a cane, a […]

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The One Minute Rocket Ship Your Child Will Absolutely Love

August 15th, 2008 · 19 Comments

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a rocket ship for kids–it’s easier than you think. This one only takes a minute to make, and it seats two comfortably.

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Wooden Blocks: What’s the Big Deal?

August 2nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

One of the extraordinary benefits of playing with blocks is that so very little is required to hold your child’s attention for so long.

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Kids’ Science: Float Stuff on Water

July 28th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Here’s a little household science for kids. It’s very simple and lots of fun. Pursue the advanced version of this activity and watch your child take charge of scientific procedures.

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Creative Play: Spaghetti Box Theater

July 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Spaghetti box theater is a great routine buster that you can do to again and again. It’s good old-fashioned family fun that nurtures imagination and offers many surprising turns.

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