CLEAN UP!

The new year is a great time to teach and inherit good habits, and cleaning up is a great way to start the year fresh and without the old clutter. Here are a few tips to get kids involved in keeping the house clean while maintaining a fun atmosphere. Providing...

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Peppermint Ornaments

Photo courtesy of HelloHomebody.com It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Spread joy and a little sweetness this holiday season with DIY peppermint candy ornaments. This craft is a perfect way for parents and kids to spend time in the kitchen together, getting...

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Express Your Gratitude

The holidays are a wonderful time to express gratitude and appreciation for each other and the things we love. This month, you can make a “gratitude calendar” to count down the days until Thanksgiving (or any special day, for that matter). On each day, take turns...

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

October is a time for warm apple cider, brisk strolls in the park and a special time with friends and family. Not only does fall bring beautiful weather, it also brings wonderful produce to our gardens. The pumpkin plant provides a medium for jack-o-lanterns and fall...

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Shoebox Creations!

Did you get new shoes for the new school year? Here are some fun and creative ways to get crafty with an empty shoebox! The possibilities are limitless when it comes to craft ideas incorporating a shoebox, especially a kid-size box. From bug houses to doll beds, a...

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Twig Wind Chime

Savor the last moments of summer with this simple nature craft that is not only fun to make, but brings a twinkle of summer peace, too. What You Need 5 twigs (found on the ground) sandpaper or a sanding block craft paint (in several colors) 5 small screw eyes twine...

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Make a Fairy/Gnome House

Enjoying nature can be simple and fun! Imagining that little creatures live in the trees and leaves deepens our connections to outdoor life. Finding small objects that could create a habitat for imaginary creatures is not only easy and free, but makes wonderful...

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7 Games to Play in the Park

Celebrate the YMCA’s national initiative, Healthy Kids Day, with some fresh air and family-approved fun in your neighborhood park! Scavenger Hunt Make a list of things you want your kids to find. Give each team 
or individual a bag to collect items. The first one at...

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Building a Crane Arm

Explore how cranes work by building a simple crane arm, then testing different loads to see how much work it takes to lift them! What You Need 2-ft. piece of string Pencil Ruler Paperclip Small items to lift using the crane (such as keys or washers) What You Do Tie...

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Nature Rubbings!

  Nature rubbings are a great way to learn about the details of nature while at the same time creating beautiful art or stationary.       What You Need Pretty leaf or flat piece of nature. The more pronounced the details, the better the rubbing...

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Electromagnets!

Early in the 1800s, people discovered that a current-carrying wire created a magnetic field, and this effect was increased when the wire was shaped into a coil. Many home appliances use electromagnets; for example, household fans rely on electromagnets to spin. What...

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