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Build a Birdhouse

Build a Birdhouse

Crafty Clues

When building birdhouses, one size definitely does NOT fit all. Know which birds are common to your area and find plans for a house that will suit the birds you wish to attract to your yard.

Crafty Clues

Paints, varnishes, and polyurethane come in various types; each leaves a different finished look. Matte finish dries somewhat dull, semi-gloss (also called a satin finish) is slightly shiny, and gloss finish is very shiny.

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For the Birds

For the Birds

Feed Mother Nature's birds by recycling trash into a bird feeder. Be sure to have your binoculars and bird identification book handy when you put up your feeder. You might want to encourage the kids to keep a diary of the birds that take advantage of your feeder.

Holiday Hassles

If you have a lot of squirrels in your backyard, you might want to invest in a squirrel-proof pole birdfeeder. I like to throw peanuts in the woods for our four-legged friends and save the bird seed for the birds.

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Build a Backyard Wetland

Build a Backyard Wetland

Brought to you by the National PTA&reg.

This Earth Week, create a backyard wetland to replace the important natural functions of wetlands that may have been lost when your community was developed. It will also temporarily store, filter, and clean runoff water from your roof and lawn. Select any level area for digging.

Tools and supplies you will need
Sheet plastic, hoes, shovels, gloves, soil, peat moss, perforated pipe, upright pipe, round stones, wetland plants (see below)

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Top 10 Arts and Craft Activities

Top 10 Arts and Craft Activities

Find creative ways to keep your kids busy with these projects.

1. Magical Butterfly Garden
Celebrate the life of the monarch butterfly by creating these fantasy gardens with your child.

2.  Shoe-print-asaurus
Trace your child's tracks to make his own species of dinosaur!

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Updated: July 7, 2021

The Best Outdoor Activities for Kids

Summer Activities

Summer break has arrived and it’s time to get the kids out of the house and into the busy outdoors. The sun, fresh air, and physical activity should make for some happy and tired kids at the end of the day. Taking a break from the screens and playing outside can ramp up the imagination, increase activity level, and get your kids some much-needed Vitamin D.

Updated: December 14, 2021

25 Fun Things to do on Father's Day

Father's Day Activities

That special Sunday in June, Father’s Day, is a wonderful opportunity for older and younger kids to show dad how much they love him. Looking for simple and meaningful Father's Day activities that will help you bond with your dad? Check out these fun father-son and father-daughter activities for children of all ages and dads with all different interests. You're sure to make lasting memories!

More: The 60 Best Dad Jokes of All Time

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Keys to Crafting Success

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Keys to Crafting Success

Once you've explored what NOT to do when it comes to crafting in 10 Things to Avoid When Starting a Craft Project, what are some things you can do to ensure a positive experience for you and your child? Here are seven to get you started, but I'll bet you can easily think of more.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Homeschooling for Multiple Intelligences

Homeschooling for Multiple Intelligences

How Can I Teach You? Let Me Count the Ways.
There are as many ways to homeschool as there are ways for children to learn. Parents usually start with the traditional classroom model, because that's what they know. A curriculum is purchased from one of the leading curriculum vendors, and it outlines everything the child will study in the coming year. Many curriculum packages contain all the textbooks, workbooks, and related materials, as well as telephone support.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Ice Candles

Ice Candles

Age: Preschool and up
Time: About 20 minutes
Type of Activity: Back yard fun

Materials needed:

  • Small plastic tub or bucket (a summer beach pail is the ideal size).
  • Tin can or small plastic cup.
A few strategically placed ice candles can turn your backyard into a winter's evening wonderland. Ice candles are easy to make, and best of all, cost next to nothing.

The trick

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Updated: October 21, 2020

Celebrate National Superhero Day With Your Own Little Superhero

National Superhero Day

Pull on your capes: April 28 is National Superhero Day!

In 1995, employees of Marvel Comics created the day and sent a team of interns out in central Pennsylvania to hear what the public thought about superheroes and what super powers they'd most want to have. Today, the day is about honoring all the superheroes in our lives -- both fictional and the real-life -- who give their all every day.

Updated: April 20, 2020

Homeschooling Parents: This is What a Teacher Needs You to Know

A teacher's advice for parents about homeschooling

One day you find yourself making breakfast, getting dressed for work, packing lunches, and sending your child off to school. The next moment you find yourself working from home (if at all) and becoming your child’s teacher for an indefinite amount of time. Talk about a shock to the system! As a teacher, please know that you can do this! While this abrupt transition has rocked everyone’s world, here are some things that teachers want parents to know about online learning.

Over-Scheduled Kids

Over-Scheduled Kids

I wish that it was make-believe, like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. But the phenomenon of parents over-scheduling their kids' lives and stealing their childhood is all too real. Many parents fill up their kids' lives with one "enrichment activity" after another, starting in the early preschool years, all in an effort to help them "get a leg up" so that they will eventually gain admittance to a top-ranked college.

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by: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Barbecue Safety

Barbecue Safety

To help you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer of cookouts and barbecues,  the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)  has released a few common-sense safety tips you should keep in mind when using gas or charcoal grills.

Gas Grill Safety Tips

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