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July Activities and Crafts

  With popsicle sticks and some tissue paper or ribbon, kids can make some star streamers (courtesy HappinessIsHomemade.net). Glue popsicle sticks into a star shape. Paint or decorate them with glitter, stickers, foam shapes or buttons. Then add streamers by gluing ribbon or tissue paper cut into thin strips to the star. A ribbon at…

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July Snacks and Drinks

Here are two great recipes with blueberries. First, a wonderful idea by TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com: blueberry, strawberry & jicama salsa! Eat with chips or use it to top your grilled chicken or fish on the 4th of July. Just mix together the following: 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup diced strawberries 1 cup diced jicama 1/3 cup…

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Real-World Outdoor Treasure Hunt

By Cathy Chesher / “I found it!” I yell to my husband who is pawing through a nearby bush. I reach into the hollow log, mentally crossing my fingers that there are no spiders, or worse, inside. I pull out the Tupperware-like container; open it; take note of the trinkets inside; sign the log, then…

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June Snacks

Here are some great snack ideas to keep you and the kids energized for summer vacation! FROZEN FRUIT KABOBS from 100 Days of Real Food. This is a great alternative to popsicles or fudgesicles. Ingredients: wooden Skewers grapes strawberries bananas melted chocolate Instructions: Skewer the fruit and drizzle with chocolate. Freeze on a baking sheet for 1-2…

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June Craft Ideas – Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 21st, and it is a great idea to have the kids make something special for Dad. Here are some creative ideas to try.   Sandpaper Art T-Shirt: From Alex Nguyen Portraits blog — Have the kids use crayons to color a picture on a large piece of sandpaper. Then a grown-up can…

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Ideas for Sensory Bins

By Tricia Fowler / Children learn best and retain the most when they engage their senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses, and this type of play helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, and physically. One easy way to engage a child’s…

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Popsicles in the Park: Coming Soon!

By Suzi West / Lenawee Great Start is once again hosting its annual Popsicles in the Park this summer. What is Popsicles in the Park?  Well, yes, it does include popsicles, but it is so much more than that. Popsicles in the Park not only includes a nice, cold frozen treat, but also includes fun,…

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May: Mother’s Day Cooking Fun

Little ones love to help in the kitchen, and what better way to show Mom you love her by making her a Mother’s Day breakfast treat?       This Blueberry Mug Muffin by Budget Bytes is a single-serving made in the microwave, but I am guessing you might want to make more than one! All you…

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May Crafts – Memorial Day and Parades

With all the flags out for Memorial Day, what a great opportunity to talk to kids about our country’s flag. This craft from Mama’s Nook is a nice way to allow a toddler to create their own flag. Simply start with a large rectangle of construction paper as a base. Pre-cut stripes of red and…