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    With summer winding to an end, and the kids bored out of their little skulls I've got a few ideas for you to get them thru till you can give them over to their teachers. Here they are:


    Take a 'penny walk'... Take a walk through your neighborhood - taking a coin along. Each time you come to a corner, flip the coin to see whether to go left (heads) or right (tails).


    Become nature detectives.


    Take a digital camera along on your walks. Keep an eye out for any unusual items. Take pics, later look up the items on the internet together.


    Trail Tote:


    Lizette Castano at the Children's Nature Institute came up with this neat idea:


    Pack a canvas bag with the following items -


    Egg Carton: Paint the bottom of each compartment a different color, then challenge kids to find natural souvenirs in a matching hue.


    Magnifying Glass: Encourage your family to take a closer look at things and discover treasures hidden in plain view, such as the silvery veins on a leaf or tiny mites on a decaying log.


    Magnets: Run a strong magnet across the soil to see if iron bits are lurking about (they'll stick to the magnet). For an even greater wow factor, bring a paper plate, top it with soil, then run a magnet underneath it to see the iron bits dance.



    Water-filled spray bottle: See how a gentle spritz can change the look of things, such as spiderwebs and color shifting rocks.


    Homemade soil slides: Cut a 1/2 inch square in a notecard cover and cover the hole with a piece of clear tape. Press the sticky side against the soil, then use a magnifying glass to discover the individual components.



    And to keep yourselves amused (tho I would have enjoyed the previous activities as any kid) - why not send a DQ VIRTUAL cake to someone - all the fun with none of the calories LOL! Just click here to send your cake!

    http://www.dq.com/cakes/

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    With summer winding to an end, and the kids bored out of their little skulls I've got a few ideas for you to get them thru till you can give them over to their teachers. Here they are:


    Take a 'penny walk'... Take a walk through your neighborhood - taking a coin along. Each time you come to a corner, flip the coin to see whether to go left (heads) or right (tails).


    Become nature detectives.


    Take a digital camera along on your walks. Keep an eye out for any unusual items. Take pics, later look up the items on the internet together.


    Trail Tote:


    Lizette Castano at the Children's Nature Institute came up with this neat idea:


    Pack a canvas bag with the following items -


    Egg Carton: Paint the bottom of each compartment a different color, then challenge kids to find natural souvenirs in a matching hue.


    Magnifying Glass: Encourage your family to take a closer look at things and discover treasures hidden in plain view, such as the silvery veins on a leaf or tiny mites on a decaying log.


    Magnets: Run a strong magnet across the soil to see if iron bits are lurking about (they'll stick to the magnet). For an even greater wow factor, bring a paper plate, top it with soil, then run a magnet underneath it to see the iron bits dance.



    Water-filled spray bottle: See how a gentle spritz can change the look of things, such as spiderwebs and color shifting rocks.


    Homemade soil slides: Cut a 1/2 inch square in a notecard cover and cover the hole with a piece of clear tape. Press the sticky side against the soil, then use a magnifying glass to discover the individual components.



    And to keep yourselves amused (tho I would have enjoyed the previous activities as any kid) - why not send a DQ VIRTUAL cake to someone - all the fun with none of the calories LOL! Just click here to send your cake!

    http://www.dq.com/cakes/

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    I needed that at the beginning of the summer Oniska. lol My grandkids have been back in school since August 1
    Lynn


 

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