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    All-About-Me Book
    All-About-Me Book Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 45 minutes Materials: Light-colored construction or bond paper Markers Magazines Scissors White craft glue Your child can create a lasting memory. H...
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    Making Captions
    Making Captions Activity for an individual child Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: Bond paper Crayons or markers Picture book (optional) This is a fantastic way to show your child that words are talk written dow...
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    Writing to the President
    Writing to the PresidentMaterials Writing paper Pen Envelope Postage stamp Directions There are many reasons kids would like to write to the president. They might be concerned about the environment or youth crime. Your letter will be read by a ...
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    Certificate for First Time Writing Your Name
    Print out this certificate to congratulate your child for writing her name for the first time! ...
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    Wise Animals
    Wise Animals Required: Your time only Have you ever looked at a cat and just known that it was thinking: "A meow in time saves nine?" Ask your child about the words of wisdom that would roll off the tongues of your pets (or animals in your neigh...
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    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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    Brainstorming Activity
    Brainstorming ActivityAccording to Susan K. Perry in Playing Smart, the more a child uses brainstorming skills, the more creative a thinker she will be. Brainstorming is thinking up as many answers to a question as possible. Below are some ideas ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
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    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

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    Unofficial Biographer
    Unofficial Biographer Required: Reference materials Does your child have a future in reference book publishing? Here's an entry-level assignment that can serve as a preview. Your child chooses a person he or she is studying in school—a famous ...
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    Show-'Em-How Manuals
    Show-'Em-How Manuals Required: Drawing supplies Sometimes, the only way to really explain something is to draw a how-to picture, or even a series of pictures. And there's no better person to draw them than your child, the budding junior technica...
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    Household Road Signs
    Household Road SignsRequired: Drawing supplies No Left Turn. Right Turn Only. One Way. Left Lane Merges Right. These signs would make perfect sense if you saw them while driving about town in your car. But in your house!? Your kids can have a gr...
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    5 Common Handwriting Struggles and How to Solve Them
    Handwriting is a complex skill, so it isn't surprising that many children have a hard time mastering it. Poor handwriting skills can make your child stressed and anxious, cause problems with his or her schoolwork, and keep him or her from wanting...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    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...
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    Rebus-Making
    Rebus-MakingMaterials Paper Pencil Colored pens Directions You can create a letter or story using pictures and symbols instead of words. This is called a REBUS. Here are some examples: instead of "I," draw an eye instead of "can," draw a wateri...
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    Secret Letter Codes
    Secret Letter CodesMaterials Writing paper Pen Envelope Directions A secret code letter is exchanged between best friends only. You and your friend need to put your heads together and create a secret code that no one else can decipher or unders...
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    Celebrate National Poetry Month: How to Write a Haiku with Your Kids
    Happy National Poetry Month! There are so many everyday ways to celebrate poetry, including reading one poem a day with your kids, celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27, writing poems in chalk on the sidewalk for all to see, and explori...
    Cara J. Stevens
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    Writing to the President
    Writing to the PresidentMaterials Writing paper Pen Envelope Postage stamp Directions There are many reasons kids would like to write to the president. They might be concerned about the environment or youth crime. Your letter will be read by a ...