5 Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

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Kids can become virtual campers at online summer camps. Here are five fun virtual summer camps for 2014. Camp PBS Parents Check in weekly for educational activities, crafts, and experiments for you to do at home with your kids. sample activity: Make a Cereal Box Board Game Camp PBS Parents Camp Wonderopolis FREE virtual camp where kids gain extensive science … [Read more...]

New Chapter Books for Summer Reading, Ages 6 – 18

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Are your kids whining that they don't have a good book to read yet? (Or is that just mine?) Luckily there are books aplenty - some of them hot off the presses like this list of chapter books that I highly recommend. My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara (7-10 years) Hysterical and totally believable . . . if your goldfish dies and you bring him back to life. It … [Read more...]

We Love Dads Who Read #dadsread

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Hey, dads! Good job on reading with your kids -- and showing your kids that you are a reader. Not all dads do though. To Raise a Reader, Be a Reader One of the BIGGEST gifts you can give your kids is to be a reader yourself. And let your kids see you reading. Which is why I want to celebrate how great it is that YOU are a reader. Good job! “As much as they may deny it, most … [Read more...]

Want to Plan Fun Kid Activities This Summer?

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The talented team of Holly Homer and Rachel Miller at Kids Activity Blog have published a super-fun kids craft and activities book, 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! And it's as amazing as their blog! (Which is totally amazing.) The book is a must-own summer craft and activity guide! Craft Stick Extravaganza We tried two craft stick projects … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why We’re Doing Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge #SummerReading

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This summer vacation we're going online for our summer reading program. We're doing the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Under the Stars."  Now that the girls are on break, they're reading every day and going to the Scholastic site to record their minutes and do book-related activities. Here's why we're glad we have the Scholastic Reading Challenge and think … [Read more...]

Why the Slackline is Our Favorite Backyard Activity

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Last summer I got a Slackers slackline (affiliate link) for the girls (and me) thinking core strength would be good for everyone. What I didn't plan on was it being so much FUN and being the kids' favorite backyard activity for months and months and months. (And still going strong!) The slackline stretches between two trees like a tightrope but is stretchy and bouncy. … [Read more...]