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    Geography Activities
    Great Entertaining
    Great Entertaining Required: Globe or atlas Reference books What's cooking? A meal for very important visiting dignitaries from far away, and you and your child have to plan it! First, decide where the visitors hale from by spinning a globe and ...
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    Science Activities
    The Gravity of the Situation
    The Gravity of the Situation Required: Your time only Here's an activity that will help your child appreciate the importance of sticking to his or her principles—scientific principles, that is. Choose a scientific principle—say, gravity—an...
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    Summer Learning
    10 Everyday Ways to Keep Your Child Reading While Having Fun
    Reading is one of the most important skills you should try to boost outside of school. Foster your child's bookworm habits with these simple activities and tips that make reading so fun, he'll fill up his book chart in no time. ...
    Erin Dower
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    Geography Activities
    Go West, Young Kids
    Go West, Young Kids Required: Map of the United States Do you and your young 'uns have a hankering to travel west? Then we reckon you ought to get a move on and decide which trail to take. First, your kids study a map of the United States. Then ...
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    Writing Activities
    Fill in the Blanks
    Fill in the Blanks Required: Encyclopedia Where can you read all about your hometown? In your home reference library—with supplemental materials written by your child, of course. Your child first finds out whether your set of encyclopedias con...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Math Activities
    Every Number Counts
    Every Number Counts Required: One or more phone books Here's a game that answers the age-old question: What do I do with all the phone books I have lying around? Before you recycle them, ask your child to play a math game that requires their use...
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    Summer Learning
    11 Everyday Ways to Learn Math While Having Fun
    Math is everywhere, not just in the classroom, and summer is a great time to learn how math relates to the real world. It's more than just addition and subtraction worksheets— it's everywhere you look. Keep your child learning this summer with...
    Lindsay Hutton
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Do-It-Yourself "Ologies"
    Do-It-Yourself "Ologies" Required: Your time only Quick! What are the three most important laws of pizzology (the study of pizzas)? Don't worry if you don't know—in fact, it's your job to make them up. That's the whole idea behind this activit...
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    Science Activities
    Combo Inventions
    Combo Inventions Required: Magazines, junk mail, and other disposable picture sources When engineers set out to design something, they typically have a purpose (or function) in mind. What would happen if the process went backwards and the purpos...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Geography Activities
    City Guide
    City GuideRequired: Home or library reference books Paper and pen If you'd like to see your city or town like you've never seen it before, ask your child to be your guide. First, take a trip with your child to the local library. Using the librar...
  • Summer Learning
    10 Best Backyard Science Experiments to Try This Summer
    Just because school is out doesn't mean brain drain needs to set in. Transform your backyard into your very own science lab and have a blast with these awesome summer science experiments. As you conduct your experiments, ask your child what they ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Energy from the Sun
    Energy from the SunMaterials 3 used cans with the labels removed White water-based paint Black water-based paint Brushes Thermometer Directions Paint the outside of two of the cans one with white paint, one with black paint. Fill each can wit...
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    Science Activities
    Steamy Experiment
    Steamy ExperimentMaterials Teakettle Metal saucepan lid Water Directions Boil water in the teakettle, being careful that your child does not touch the kettle or the steam as it comes out. Turn the heat to low when the water boils. As the steam ...
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    Science Activities
    Evaporation Experiment
    Evaporation ExperimentMaterials 2 clear plastic cups Felt marker Clear plastic wrap Water Directions Partly fill the plastic cups with water so that they both have the same level of water. Mark the levels with the marker. Seal one of the cups ...
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    Writing Activities
    When I Grow Up
    When I Grow Up Required: Your time only What if your child could gaze into a crystal ball and tell you what other children in the family, the neighborhood, or at school are going to be doing in 15 years? True, a crystal ball is hard to come by t...
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    The Electric Show
    The Electric ShowMaterials Hair comb Small pieces of paper Balloon Directions To create a static electricity field, have your child run a comb through his hair a few times. Then experiment by picking up pieces of paper with the comb. Next, blow...