Archive: Fun Activities

Back Away from the Cookies: Strategies for Self Regulation

Yes, it’s true, many kids need to work on their self regulation. But sometimes grown-ups do, too. Here are a few fun finds to help you and your kids keep working together on saying “no” and stepping away from whatever it is you have trouble turning down. Before summer starts, clear out some time to develop these skills in fun …

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How Summer Camp Makes a Difference

Some people say all they really need to know they learned in Kindergarten. But Audrey Monke argues that actually happens at summer camp. It’s easy to dismiss summertime fun as nothing more than just that, fun. But research shows that high quality, engaging camp experiences can be much, much more! For example, inquiry for a recent article in the Journal of Leisure …

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What Big Teeth You Have – Fun Science for Kids!

Ever thought you’d get to see dinosaurs roaming the groves of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park? You can! The California Academy of Sciences is presenting Dino Days now through May 5, where you can step into their East Garden—and 66 million years into the past. The dinos are life sized, they move, blink and even roar. There are lots of different …

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Eggcellent Spring Craft

Here’s a fun way to spend time with your kids learning about seeds, watching them grow and celebrating spring, whether you go outside for some sun or need to stay in because of rain! Inspired by the book Teenie Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy, this craft re-uses common household materials and gives you an opportunity to explore a seed website …

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Makers: Why does my kid keep raiding the recycling bin?

Better than LEGOs, MindCraft and even YouTube, raiding the recycling bin is my son’s favorite past-time. Starting with a supply of duct tape, and as he’s gotten older a glue-gun, batteries, LEDs, wires, wheels, a small tool kit, and a few motors re-purposed from RC cars of the past, he can occupy himself for hours. I’m sorry to admit that …

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Makers: What’s Behind All The Hype?

There’s a lot of making out there today: messy, sticky, smudgy, artistic, electronic or robotic. Every city has a Maker Faire, Make magazine is in the checkout line at the grocery store, and schools around the U.S. are asking parents to help supply their new Makerspaces. Are you wondering what’s all the hype? When did art class jump the shark …

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