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- Find a chicken or turkey feather
and cut the end off at a slant. Dip into tempra paint, thinned
with water and write!
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to involve the kids in organizing your bookshelves. Have your
children gather up all of their books. Make envelopes by folding
paper and tape into the back cover of each book. Then write the
title of each book on an index card and place it inside the envelope on
the back cover of the book. Older children can create a card
catalog system for organizing the books in alphabetical order and you
can develop a system for checking out books!
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Draw a chalk hotscotch pattern on the
pavement outside and number the boxes from 1 - 10. (If you can't
go outside you can make an indoor hopscotch pattern with masking tape on
the carpet.) The first player tosses a small object such as a
stone onto square 1. The child then hops onto each square except
square 1. At the end the child reverses the hopping direction and
while in square 2 bends down and picks up the stone that is in square
1. Then he jumps onto square one and off the board. If the
child makes it back without making a mistake then the child will toss
into square 2 and continue in the same way. The children take
turns hopping until someone makes it through the board.
|Make Greeting Cards -
Cut an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of
paper in half. Each half can make a card. Have your child
decorate the card with rubber stamps, markers, crayons, glitter,
paint...whatever craft things you have on hand.
- Take a handkerchief or a
piece of square material and let your child decorate it. Then take
4 pieces of string that are equal in length and tie one to each corner
of the material. Bring them all together with a bread twist.
(You could also use a key chain ring or similar item.) Next attach
a small toy to the end of the parachute and have fun watching it float
down to the ground.
- Keep younger children busy by
building towers with plastic cups. They aren't as difficult to
build as card houses and they will offer lots of building fun!
|Homonym 20 Questions
- Homonyms are words that
sound the same but have different meanings. Think of a pair of
homonyms. Allow your child to ask you 20 yes/no questions to
figure out the words you are thinking of. Some homonym examples
are: meat - meet, two - too, bear - bare.
- Find a large magazine picture
that you like (if you don't have any old magazines you can have your
child color their own picture). Cut out the picture and paste it
onto a piece of cardboard. Trim the cardboard so it is the same
size as the picture. Carefully cut the cardboard-backed picture
into puzzle pieces. The larger the pieces the easier the puzzle
will be to put back together. Store your puzzle pieces in a zip
- Make any type of clay statue -
animal, person, abstract. Then cover the entire form with aluminum
foil. Gently press the foil close to the clay shape and it will
cling to the outline of the statue.
- Hold a fisful of toothpicks
tightly in your hand. Put your fist on the table with the
toothpicks standing upright. Let go of the toothpicks and let them
fall wherever they fall. Children take turns picking up sticks one
toothpick at a time without moving any of the other toothpicks.
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