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Paper Plate Watermelon Craft

This is a great craft for little ones. Crafting helps improve dexterity and motor skills. Plus it’s just plain fun. Turn an ordinary paper plate into a vibrant section of watermelon fruit. What you need: Red (or pink) and green washable paint Paper Plates Dried Black Beans Paintbrushes Glue Instructions: Set up your green and…

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Family Fun at the Pond

Do you remember feeding the ducks as a child? This activity is still a kid favorite. Take the family to a local park with a pond or lake, and feed the birds that gather there – like ducks, geese, swans, and more! Just remember not to toss bread to them anymore, as it’s not healthy…

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Discussing Internet Safety with Your Child(ren)

It is important to teach your child safe and responsible online behavior, and monitor their screen time activities. Set some family screen time rules. Teach your child to never share personal photos directly with anyone, particularly people they have not met in person. Teach them to never reveal personal information such as their full name,…

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Play Junk in the Trunk

This game is hilarious and will have everyone laughing hysterically. You will need a tissue box with the plastic removed from the opening, some string or ribbon to tape or glue to the box to make a belt, and some ping pong balls. Tie the belt around your waist, with the tissue box in back,…

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6 Benefits of Watching TV and Movies

Kids can explore places, animals, and other things they might not have access to otherwise. Kids can build analytical skills by discussing characters and plots from tv and movies. Kids can be inspired to engage in new activities they see on the screen. Kids can be motivated to read “based on” books, or books in…

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Family Chalk Art

Get out on the driveway or sidewalk and have a night of chalk art fun. There are lots of ways to approach this to accommodate all ages. Maybe you just let creativity run wild and see what happens. You may have a family art competition, or show and tell, where everyone works on an individual…

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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Kids will love this process of making their own sidewalk chalk to draw and color with, and it’s easy to do. There is something special about getting to create their own colors and combinations. It also saves money! You Will Need: Plaster of Paris Water Powdered Tempera Paint Mixing Bowls Silicone Molds (for ice, cookies,…

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Have a Family How-To Night

Spend a night learning how to do something together. There are a couple of ways to approach this. The whole family can learn something new together, or each week a different family member can take turns teaching the rest of the family something. The possibilities of subjects are endless. A favorite simple recipe, how to…

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Encourage Digital Literacy for Your Child

Encourage your child to think critically about what they see on their screens. Make sure they know that everything on the internet is not necessarily true. Teach them how to verify information. How can they tell if something is an advertisement? Show them how to go beyond the first search result to ensure they are…

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Make Kindness Rocks

Get crafty and spread kindness by making kindness rocks. Gather smooth stones and clean them. Then using non-toxic acrylic paints, paint the rocks with beautiful colors, designs, and encouraging words. Some examples of kind words might be “Smile,” “I love you,” “Just Breathe,” or “You are great.” Really, any kind, short sayings your kids can…

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Marshmallow “Tinker Toys”

This is an activity and a simple snack! Children love any excuse to play with their food, and this will keep them occupied for a bit. You Will Need: A bag of marshmallows A bag of pretzel sticks Kids can stick the pretzels in the marshmallows to create “Tinker Toys.” Encourage them to let their…

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Lego Masters

Almost every family has a bucket of legos somewhere. For young kids, stick to the bigger blocks. For older kids, the smaller more complicated block sets are great. What can you build together as a family? Maybe you break into teams like kids versus parents, or girls versus boys, etc, and see who creates a…