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Thanks for returning for some more fun budget friendly crafts that can be created using materials right in your home! (You can find part I here.)

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August 06, 2020
Lina Awshee

Activity Ideas for Connection While Social Distancing

Kids And Creativity, Creativity

Staying home with a 3.5-year-old since March has proven to be tough especially in the area of connectivity. Tessa was halfway into her second year of preschool and just coming out of her shell in terms of developing social relationships and forming friendships. While she has had plenty of toys, activities, and small adventures around the house and neighborhood, they have all been with me (her mom) and she has been itching to connect with her peers.

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September 05, 2019
Helen Spencer

5 Reasons Why Children Should Learn to Sew

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play

If you want your child to have a hobby that will have a positive impact on their character development and mental growth, consider teaching them how to sew. Apart from allowing them to sew on a button, fix their toys or make a nice and original gift for someone, sewing can provide them with educational, physical, and mental benefits in an interesting and fun way. On top of that, it can also become a valuable skill in their lives, one which will prove itself useful over and over, all the way to their adult lives and further.

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May 23, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Cool Classroom Activity: Strawberries and DNA

Creativity, Learning at Home, STEM

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is responsible for containing hereditary materials for human and almost all other organisms. Although this isn’t a groundbreaking concept in the year 2019, it was groundbreaking back in the early 1950’s. Rosalind Franklin was an X-ray crytallographer and was the first person to image the DNA molecule. Her photo gave Watson and Crick evidence for the structure of DNA. Sadly, she died before the Nobel prize was awarded. Often at this time in history, women were not recognized for their contributions to science. Fortunately, due to the perseverance of strong, smart women in many fields and a changing culture, this is changing. More and more women make contributions to STEM fields and the women of the past are coming to light and gaining recognition and credit for their accomplishments.

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April 26, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Cool Classroom Activity: Slime

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home

Calling all parents and teachers! Are you looking for a way to inspire in-depth discussions involving slime? If so, this lesson is just for you! Please enjoy these slime activities geared towards elementary school children. It is advised to wear goggles before starting this lesson and a “lab coat” or “lab apron” is also recommended. An old button-down shirt would work too. Children will love the concepts that will be introduced from this lesson. Prepare to have sticky fingers and lots of fun!

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March 21, 2019
Ray FitzGerald

Bringing History to Life Through Time Traveling Lessons

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, Learning Through Play

It's too often that students are placed at their desks and lectured for hours about topics that neither inspire or interest them. They later get tested or quizzed on these lectures and labeled with a grade to rate their engagement with the content. The only purpose this serves is to rank students and teach them that test scores are the only way to gauge learning. But what if you could connect every day lessons to the real world — or a world that existed long before any of us were around to witness it?

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February 28, 2019
Dimitra Neonakis

Creating Poetry from Science and Nonfiction Text

Kids And Creativity, Creativity, STEM Education / Play, Learning at Home, Learning Through Play, STEAM

Ever wonder how to sneak a little creativity and literacy into your science lessons without departing too far from your curriculum? Blackout poetry is a great way to use science, creative nonfiction text, and magazines to create found poetry masterpieces with your students.

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