activities that teach critical thinking

Teaching Kids Critical Thinking

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Critical Thinking: Using minds to their full potential Critical thinking plays a big role in our education and in our lives.  What critical thinking provides for children is the ability to evaluate and problem solve.  In school, teachers will give children various exercises that involve anything from word problems to solving riddles and puzzles.  Because […]

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Activities that teach colors

Color Activities That Teach

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The world of color: activities that teach kids reds, blues and greens Colors are everywhere.  From an early age, children are introduced to the basic primary colors in their everyday activities and lessons.  Because colors surround us in our homes and outdoors, it is important that children know what they are.  There are many ways […]

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Activities five to six year olds

Fun For 5 to 6 Year Olds

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Fun Stuff:  Activities for First Graders Between the ages of five and six, children will start to lose a little bit of their self-centeredness and be more interested in group activities.  Kids will want to be with others, in sports, school activities or just sharing toys.  Because kids are now surrounded with other kids their […]

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Activities for four to five year olds

Fun Things to Do for Kindergartners

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Reaching kindergarten: The best activities For most kids, this is their first year at a big school.  Big school means kindergarten.  As they start this exciting year in their lives, they will be split between spending time at school and at home.  New friends will be made and daddy and mommy’s little son or daughter […]

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Activities for three to four year olds

Having Fun with Your Preschooler

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Before Kindergarten: Keeping Your Preschooler Stimulated This is the age when kids really start to develop and enhance their motor skills.  Colors become identifiable, as well as letters and numbers. It is evident what a child’s personality is like as he or she begins to develop a true identity.  This year is so important, because […]

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activities two to three year olds

Fun For 2 to 3 year olds

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Entertaining 2-3 year olds The start of the toddler years… Every year, kids get smarter and start to pick up on things on a daily basis.  By developing their motor skills and exerting tons of energy, kids this age can benefit from so many activities.  It is noticeable that kids at this age love to […]

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Activities one to two year olds

Having Fun With Your 1 to 2 year old

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Things to do with a 1-2 year old Planning activities for a child who isn’t a baby anymore, yet isn’t quite a toddler, may seem difficult.  Although the young one is still wobbling a little and trying to master the art of speaking, there are plenty of things to do with your young child.  Think […]

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Activities to teach children money

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

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Saving and Spending: Introducing Children to Money By teaching your kids about money from an early age, they will be able to grasp its importance.  Money plays a big role in our lives.  From saving, spending and investing, the talk of money is heard everyday and everywhere.  Educating children about money can encourage them to […]

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Activities to teach conservation

Save the Earth Kids Activities

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Save the Earth’s Resources, One Activity at a Time Teaching kids how to reduce, reuse and recycle is a lesson that will last a lifetime.  By educating our youth about the importance of conservation, it is certain that they will carry on these lessons wherever they go. Recycling materials can be done on a daily […]

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Teach children history activities

Unlocking History for Kids

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Ways to Teach Kids About Historical Events and People History is a great subject for children because it gives them an idea of why the world is the way it is now.  Teaching children history from a young age provides them valuable knowledge of how to view the world around them.  With so many historical […]

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Car trip games

Preventing Boredom with Car Games

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Preventing Boredom: Car Trip Games for Kids On long road trips, sometimes the most challenging thing is keeping your kids entertained.  When traveling through remote areas, there is nothing worse than looking out at a barren landscape.  Parents should think of ways to entertain their kids so that they rarely ever get bored. There are […]

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Macaroni jewelry ideas

Macaroni Jewelry is Better than Diamonds

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Better than Diamonds: Macaroni Jewelry! Macaroni crafts are great activities for children.  On a rainy day or during “down time,” kids can work on a number of different projects.  Making jewelry out of macaroni can be a really fun activity for kids and their parents.  Although it may seem like a silly thing to do, […]

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Easy pipe cleaner crafts

Easy Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids

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Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Kids Creating things out of pipe cleaners can be a really fun activity. The possibilities are endless. Kids can make dolls or animals with the help of different embellishments. For example, a cotton ball can be used for a doll’s hair or sequins can be used for earrings. The following list […]

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Kids crafts to make with popsicle sticks

Popsicle Stick Art the Easy Way

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Five Easy Crafts to Make From Popsicle Sticks Popsicle stick crafts are fun and teach children how to be creative.  With the right amount of patience, a child and his or her parent can make many different things. Here are five ways to make Popsicle sticks into something very cool. 1. Popsicle Picture Frame This […]

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Rainy day activities

Easy Fun on Rainy Days

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Rainy Days are Fun – Inside and Outside A rainy day shouldn’t ruin a kid’s day.  Although it may seem that all plans and hopes are dashed, there need not be any worry.  There are plenty of activities a kid can do when the weather is more gray than usual.  When it rains, it seems […]

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Indoor activities for kids

Inside Fun to Cure Boredom

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Preventing Boredom: What Kids Can Do Inside the House There is little worse than having a bored child.  When it is raining outside or there just aren’t any activities planned for the day, what could a kid do that will be stimulating enough inside of the house?  Keeping a kid inside may drive him or […]

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Outdoor and nature activities for kids

6 Outdoors Activities for Kids

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Activities for Kids Who Enjoy the Outdoors With summer drawing to a close and with school being in full session, it may be more difficult to get kids outside of the house.  There is no doubt that after homework is done, kids will do nothing but flop on the couch in front of the television.  […]

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Rice bag hot water bottle

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Rice Bags for hot or cold therapy Materials: Fabric (We like flannel)1 lb Rice—(or lentils or other seed/bean you have on hand)Optional—potpourri, aromatic oil or herbs Directions: 1.  Sew sides of flannel to make a bag (about the same size as the 1# bag of rice), leave top open.  2.  Fill with rice (or the […]

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Easy Wind Sock

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Easy Wind Sock Materials: ScissorsEmbroidery hoopRibbon Directions: 1.  Cut lengths of ribbon at least 36” long (colors and widths of your choice) 2.  Place ribbon in half over inside ring of hoop, when hoop is filled, place outside ring and tighten.  If the ribbon slips you may  glue it in place. 3.  Gather 4 strands […]

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baby-knee-pads

baby knee pads

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Knee Pads for crawling baby Materials: Tube socks with stretchy top (4-6”) Yarn/crochet stringCrochet hook (size appropriate for thickness of yarn) Directions: 1.  Cut foot off socks, on raw edge poke hook through sox and do a single crochet, repeat every other rib. 2.  Add addtiional rows as desired. 3.  Repeat for the finished edge.

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Quick and Easy Ghosts

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10 minute Ghosts Materials: Something white:  sheet, pillowcase, towel, t-shirt, trash bags, store bags with the advertising cut off (‘fabric’)String or fishing line or ropeStuffing (paper towels, tissue, socks, etc) Directions: 1.  Make a round ball of stuffing material, place it in the white fabric, and tie a string around the neck. 2.  Thread a […]

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Fabric Pumpkins

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Fabric Pumpkins Materials: FabricFiberfillNeedleStringLeavesFlorist WireCinnamon Sticks Directions: 1.  Cut a circle from the fabric—use a plate or string to get the desired size. 2.  Hand stitch about ¼“ from outside edge using ½” stitches.  3.  Cinch half way closed and stuff with fiberfill, pull closed fill with more fiberfill if needed and tie closed. 4.  […]

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cans and boxes

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Creative cans and beautiful boxes Materials Clean empty cans Wallpaper, wrapping paper, fabric—your choice (heavy paper works best)Glue—white Rubber bands Scissors/ Razor KnifeStraight edge Straight Pins (for fabric) Directions for cans: 1.  Measure the can from top to bottom, and diameter (the size of the label) plus about 1/2 “ for overlap. 2.  Cut paper […]

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paper snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes

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Paper Snowflakes Materials: PaperScissors Directions: 1.  Fold a rectangular paper on the diagonal, lining up the edges, it will be square—cut off excess. 2.  Find the middle of the diagonal fold (bring the acute angles together, crease in the center) 3.  Open again, using the crease in the middle, fold in thirds, then fold in […]

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