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Even if the kids aren’t bored with the summer yet, these activities will help keep your kids learning all summer long and scare away that dreaded  summer brain drain. Her […]

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kids diverse groupEven if the kids aren’t bored with the summer yet, these activities will help keep your kids learning all summer long and scare away that dreaded  summer brain drain. Her are some suggestions from Kids.gov.

  • Games: You won’t mind your kids spending time playing games online when they’re learning about math, science, history, and more. In the this Games section, they can enjoy adventures like solving secret codes from the National Security Agency, working on word puzzles about the Earth from NASA, and experiencing the challenges of being a Peace Corps volunteer.
  • Art: Give your kids some artistic inspiration from coloring pages to a special collection of interactive painting and collage making from the National Gallery of Art’s NGAkids Art Zone.
  • Videos:  Videos section has a lot of new things for your kids to watch. They can learn about the mysteries of tornadoes with a storm chaser or find out how to handle bullies from StopBullying.gov. In the series of cool career videos produced by Kids.gov, they can learn about archaeology, meet a White House Chef, and see how money is made.
  • Outdoor activities: When your kids are ready for a break from the computer, go with them. The Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition section is full of ideas to keep your family in shape. LetsMove.gov gives suggestions for working activity into your kid’s daily routine. And check out EveryKidinaPark.gov’s collection of family-friendly ideas for exploring America’s beaches, mountains, cities, and everything in between.
  • Healthy recipes: Teach your kids healthy habits from a young age. By making healthy snacks, like frozen fruit cups, your kids learn more cooking and their nutritional needs.

Summer break may mean school is out, but that doesn’t mean your child can’t continue learning and discovering new things. If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids engaged this summer, Kids.gov has a variety of resources all in one safe spot:

 

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Four Items on Your Back to School List You’ll Never Use Again https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/school-humor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=school-humor Fri, 05 Jul 2019 04:18:00 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/2015/08/05/school-humor/ Families Online Magazine -

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kids with school backpacks too fullBy Cheryl Moeller – Parenting Humor – 

Each year anxious mothers pore over the list of school supplies they must purchase for their child. Unless their son or daughter has these in their backpack they will have no chance of graduating from 8th grade or getting into Stanford or avoiding a life of crime.

After decades of rushing out and purchasing these items in the middle of August, I’ve come to realize that many of these things never appear in life again. For example:

1.  The Steel Compass or Protractor — These shiny, sharp and potentially dangerous instruments are chief among the items you’ll likely never use again. For example, when’s the last time your husband stuck his head in the kitchen and said, “Who took my protractor? Who is using my compass? How am I supposed to pay our bills? Or change oil in the car? I might as well turn in my resignation at work tomorrow if I show up without it.”

2.  The Combination Lock — Who could even imagine showing up the first day of gym class without your steel lock with the black dial that swirled around on it? But let’s be real, how important was it to secure your locker? Like someone would really steal your smelly gym clothes and wear them the next day with the name “Webster” on the back? Today, where is that heavy duty lock? It’s in some old backpack in the garage mocking anyone who dares to try and remember the combination.

3.  The Box of Tissue Paper — From time immemorial mothers have been told to send their third-grade boys off to school in August with a box of tissue paper to be kept in their desk. From time immemorial mothers have picked up their third-grade boys the last day of school in June only to find the box unopened. Like there was ever a chance that when little Jimmy would sneeze he would raise his hand and say, “Excuse me, but I must retrieve a tissue paper so that my nose will be properly cared for and no cold germs will be spread to my fellow classmates.” What’s the point of being a third-grade boy if you can’t sneeze on the person seated in front of you and hear them squeal, “Oh, no, that is so gross…”

4.  The Pencil Case — I must go no further to prove my point that some school supplies simply never should have been invented. When’s the last time you were on the phone and said, “Excuse me while I put my cell phone down. I need to get a pencil or pen. Where did I put it? Oh, of course, it’s right here next to me inside my pencil case which is placed neatly on my desk. Would you like me to use a blue, turquoise or magenta one to write down your number?” In fact, call up your friends and offer them $500 in cash if they can deliver their pencil case to your house in the next hour.

There you have it.  These items on your school supply list that never really had any future. Nonetheless, if I were you, I’d rush out and buy them while supplies still last. If you don’t, it just might go on your permanent record.

Do you know someone who was born in 2013 heading to kindergarten?

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Usher in the Spring with Brand New Reads! https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/usher-in-the-spring-with-brand-new-reads/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=usher-in-the-spring-with-brand-new-reads Mon, 13 May 2019 07:30:00 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/2016/04/02/usher-in-the-spring-with-brand-new-reads/ Families Online Magazine -

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By Jillian Bietz – Teens

Whether you need a break from studying for finals or just feel like cracking open a new book while you bathe in the sun, here are a few new “sure to be your fave” reads of this year.

We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction by Nic Sheff –

 

 

In this follow up to his novel Tweak, Nic Sheff tells the story of his struggles to stay sober from a drug addiction. The memoir starts off with Nic’s stay at a rehab facility, and continues to chronicle his stays at various rehab facilities, painful relapses, relationships, jobs and the writing of his book. While Nic’s story is not a particularly happy one, he paints the picture of a life long battle.

 

The Raising: A Novel (P.S.) by Laura Kasischke

Beautiful, talented and well-loved college student Laura died in a car accident. Her boyfriend, Craig, was driving. Though a year has passed, Craig still can’t get past Laura’s death and it doesn’t help that Laura’s sorority sisters are adamant that Craig pay for “murdering” their friend. When a witness to the accident claims that previous reports of Nicole’s bloody corpse being found at the seen were false-the girl she saw was not bloody or dead-Craig’s roommate and a friend of Laura’s, Perry, delves into the mystery. With the help of his anthropology professor, Mira, the boys seek for the truth about what really happened to Nicole.

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

It is 1950 and seventeen-year-old Kit has run away to New York City. She gets a role as a chorus girl on Broadway, but she doesn’t have much. Then she meets her ex-boyfriend Billy’s father, Nate who offers to help Kit get settled in New York with a place to live, new clothes and a job. But of course, all the luxuries he gives Kit must mean he wants something from her. Soon Kit gets sucked into Nate’s ties with the mob. Flipping back and forth through different events throughout different years, Strings Attached is filled with history, mystery and trouble.

 

teen book reviews

 

Jillian Bietz – Teens. Jillian Bietz is a journalism student. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, creative writing, acting and cooking.

 

 

 

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Fun Foam Picture Frame

Fun Foam Picture Frame

You will need:

Fun foam (your choice of colors)Fun Foam Picture Frame

You will need:

Fun foam (your choice of colors)
Fun Foam Shapes (optional)
Glue
Scissors
Glitter (optional)
Markers (optional)
A Photograph

Cut a piece of fun foam slightly larger than the picture you are going to use.

Draw around the edge of the picture on the fun foam. Cut about 2cm inside the line.
This is your opening for the picture. You can adjust the measurements to suit your needs.

Decorate your frame with fun foam shapes, glitter, pens, buttons etc. Set aside and let the glue dry.

Attach your picture to the back of your fun foam frame using masking tape.

You can also add a magnet to the back so you can hang it on the fridge.

Springtime Crafts from Sue Sandar– See more fun kids crafts at Kids Craft Club

Spring Crafts

Fun Foam Picture Frame Craft

Fun Foam Picture Frame Craft

Large Fun Flowers Craft

Plant Pot Flower

Rain Gauge

Spring Door Hanger

 

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Springtime Crafts

 

planr in pot flower craft

 

Plant Pot and Flower

You will need:

Plant pot
Small amount of playdoh
Pipe Cleaners
Construction Paper OR
Fun Foam
Small amount of dirt

Place a ball of playdoh in the bottom of the plant pot.

Fold the pipe cleaner in half and insert the folded part into the playdoh.
*Depending on the size pipe cleaner and plant pot you use, this step will vary*

Cut out TWO flower shapes from construction paper or fun foam.

Poke one of the pipe cleaner ends through the center of each flower.

Bend the pipe cleaner to hold the flower in place.

As a finishing touch, add a small amount of dirt on top of the playdoh.

Springtime Crafts from Sue Sandar– See more fun kids crafts at

Fun Foam Picture Frame Craft

Large Fun Flowers Craft

Plant Pot Flower

Rain Gauge

Spring Door Hanger

 

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spring design door hanger

Spring Door Hanger

You will need:

Foam door hanger
Fun foam letters, numbers and shapes.
Glue
Scissors
Glitter (optional)

Arrange the fun foam letters on the door hanger to spell “Spring”. Glue in place.

Add other items of your choice that remind you of Spring and glue in place.

When the glue has fully dried, proudly hang from your door handle.

Springtime Crafts from Sue Sandar– See more fun kids crafts at Kids Craft Club

Spring Crafts

Fun Foam Picture Frame Craft

Large Fun Flowers Craft

Plant Pot Flower

Rain Gauge

Spring Door Hanger

 

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Happy Father’s Day Homemade Gifts, Poems and Quotes https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/happy-fathers-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=happy-fathers-day https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/happy-fathers-day/#comments Wed, 08 May 2019 18:35:00 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/2014/05/27/happy-fathers-day/ Families Online Magazine -

Father’s Day Crafts and Homemade Gift Kids Can Make Handprint Fathers Day Card More Fathers Day Crafts Father’s Day Card Messages – Loving and Sentimental Poems and Quotes A Father […]

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Dad and Daughter

Father’s Day Crafts and Homemade Gift Kids Can Make

Handprint Fathers Day Card

More Fathers Day Crafts

Father’s Day Card Messages – Loving and Sentimental Poems and Quotes

A Father Means…

A Father means so many things…
A understanding heart,
A source of strength and of support
Right from the very start.
A constant readiness to help
In a kind and thoughtful way.
With encouragement and forgiveness
No matter what comes your way.
A special generosity and always affection, too
A Father means so many things
When he’s a man like you…
~Author Unknown~

What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who wants to catch you
before you fall but instead picks you up,
brushes you off, and lets you try again.
A dad is someone who wants to keep you
from making mistakes but instead lets you
find your own way, even though his heart
breaks in silence when you get hurt.
A dad is someone who holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…
Dad, you’re everything a dad should be and some.
~By: Susan Ceylise ~

A Dad’s Love

A Dad is a person who is loving and kind,
And often he knows what you have on your mind.
He’s someone who listens, suggests, and defends.
A dad can be one of your very best friends!
He’s proud of your triumphs, but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient and helpful
and strong In all that you do, a dad’s love plays a part.
There’s always a place for him deep in your heart.
And each year that passes, you’re even more glad,
More grateful and proud just to call him your dad!
Thank you, Dad… for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing, but, especially,
for just being you!
Happy Father’s Day.
~ Author Unknown ~

What Makes A Dad Poem ( Perfect for Father’s Day Card)

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,
He called it … Dad
~ Author Unknown ~

Dad’s Day Breakfast in Bed Recipes –

Appreciation for Father’s Day by Patti Hermes

Easy Homemade Father’s Day Gifts

Coffee Cup Truffles

Fill a coffee mug with homemade fudge or truffle candies and wrap mug with wrap.

Homemade Truffles Recipe for Dad’s Day Gift

To make truffle candies:

finely chop 1 package (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate squares in a blender or food processor;

place in a bowl.

Heat 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream in a saucepan over medium heat, just until it comes to a boil.

Add 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder; stir until dissolved. Pour over chocolate; let stand 30 minutes to melt chocolate.

Whisk until smooth and shiny.

Stir in 2 tablespoons vanilla extract. cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Roll rounded teaspoons of chocolate mixture into balls and roll in 1 1/2 cups ground pecans.

Place candies in coffee mugs, wrap and refrigerate. Makes 2 dozen candies.

 

Give Poem attached to a jar of Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses Mixed

Hugs and Kisses Poem for Father’s Day

Hugs and Kisses are affection to share,

To show others that you care.

Hugs and Kisses are sent your way,

From someone who cares and wishes to say,

My prayer for you is to have a good day,

And remember someone while on your way.

And don’t be too busy to spend a moment or two,

Thanking the Lord for His blessings to you.

And as you remember this Hug and Kiss,

May it remind you of your friend or family.

 

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Handprint Father’s Day Card Made by Child https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/handprint-fathersday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=handprint-fathersday Wed, 08 May 2019 15:31:08 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=12715 Families Online Magazine -

To Make this handprint Fathers Day card  you will need: Construction Paper Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils Washable Tempera Paint Glue Picture of Yourself Directions: On a piece of colored […]

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To Make this handprint Fathers Day card  you will need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils
  • Washable Tempera Paint
  • Glue
  • Picture of Yourself

Directions:

On a piece of colored construction paper, write this saying at the bottom:

Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy.

Directions:

  1. Press paint-covered hands to the upper corners of the paper.
  2. Add a picture of yourself in between the handprints.
  3. You can decorate it further by mounting it on a larger sheet of colored construction paper.
  4. This can be decorated by gluing tinted pasta around the edges.

Craft by:

Sue Sandar, was born and raised in England where she lived for 11 years before moving to British Columbia, Canada where she now makes her home. Her home is a busy place which includes her husband, 3 teenagers, 3 cats and a dog. She has taught many children how to enjoy making different crafts. Besides her love for crafts, she also writes children’s books.

Survey of Dads Shows What They Want for Father’s Day

Father’s Day Breakfast Recipes

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Kids Craft Fun – Homemade Gifts –

A mom cherishes nothing more than a gift from her child especially one that they took the time to create.

There are Mother’s Day gifts and spring crafts easy enough for dad to help out too.

Mother’s Day & Spring Projects:

Basil Infused Vinegar: An extravagant gift perfect for Mother’s Day, special occasions, and as a hostess gift. Basil is placed into a White Wine Vinegar Bottle and then the bottle is decorated with ribbon and faux flowers.

Beaded Spring Cinnamon Stick: Not just for Fall, cinnamon sticks make a beautiful scented decoration all year long by using simple kid-friendly craft items: pipe cleaners, beads, and ribbon. This craft is not only a great spring decoration but makes a precious Mother’s Day gift or grandmother’s gift.

Mother’s Day Necklace: This beaded spring necklace is an easy craft for children to make for their mother or other family members. Beads and lacing cord is a great item for school age children to use to make necklaces and bracelets for themselves or as gifts.

Lollipop Spring Bouquet:  (in picture) What is not to love; candy and flowers? This is an easy craft for school age children to make and the perfect gift for a Mother or other family members to receive. Simple scrapbooking shapes, lollipops, and pipe cleaners are needed to make this craft. Give one lollipop flower or a whole bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day, spring gift, or as a teacher’s gift.

Magnet Picture Frames: A Mother’ Day gift; spring themed Magnet Picture Frames made using Popsicle sticks embellished with buttons and shells. Mom will enjoy her favorite photos taped onto the top of the scrapbooking paper.

Floral Pen Arrangement: This easy kid-friendly craft is mess-free and so elegant; perfect gift for Mother’s Day or as a teacher’s gift. Children can easily make the pens by wrapping electrical tape around a pen and a faux flower stem.

Spring Grapevine Wreath: Reuse a grapevine wreath from another holiday to make this Spring Grapevine Wreath. Wrap the wreath with strings of beads or beaded Christmas garland. Attach ribbon and spring faux flowers to the side of the wreath.

Crafting is often about reusing and recycling decorations.

More Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts and Crafts

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