Labor Day (9/5)

We hope you have the day off this Labor Day! Did you know the first Labor Day parade was in New York City in 1882! Take some time to research with your kids to find out why we celebrate Labor Day. Here are some good places to start:

*The First Labor Day -- from the Library of Congress
*Labor Day: How it came about, what it means -- from USA for Kids
Labor Day for Teachers -- from Education World

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Summer Photo Calendar -- FREE!!

Wouldn't it be great if we could keep those great summer memories close by all year? Now you can! Use summer vacation photos to make a free calendar to remind you of your summer all year long. My Activity Maker is part of the My Calendar Maker family of sites. At www.MyCalendarMaker.com, you can create FREE personalized photo calendars and add your own birthdays and other special occasions! Perfect for college-bound students who might be a little homesick. They'll have something to remind them of their last summer at home!

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Hawaiian Leis


Fun, easy summertime activity. Perfect for a luau-themed party or just for feeling pretty! If you like this craft, check out our Tissue Paper Flowers.

What You'll Need:
*Hawaiian Lei template (one per child -- see attachment below)
*Colored Yarn
*Scissors
*Crayons/markers
*Hole punch or sharp pencil
*Ziti-type pasta (7 per child)

Preparation:

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Hawaiian Grass Skirt


Have a luau at home and start with these "grass" skirts!If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Hawaiian Lei Necklaces - also perfect for your luau.

What You’ll Need:
*One large brown paper bag (grocery size)
*Green crayons
*Scissors
*Hole punch
*Ribbon or yarn

Preparation:
*Cut handles, if any, off the paper bag. Cut down one long side and remove the bottom of the bag.

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Luau Snacks


Add these fun snacks to turn any afternoon into a fun luau! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Hawaiian Grass Skirt - another great luau idea.

Tropical Fruit Salad:
*11oz can of mandarin oranges (drained)
*8oz can of pineapple tidbits (drained)
*1 banana cut up
*1 cup tiny marshmallows
*1 8oz container of vanilla yogurt

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Living Room Island (8/27)

What would you do if you were deserted on a tropical island? Write a message in a bottle? Look for buried treasure? Build a Swiss Family Robinson type shelter? Talk about this adventure with your kids, then make an island in your living room by laying out pillows and then covering them with a white or tan blanket. You can even put a little treasure chest under the blanket and make a map for your kids to find it. Don't forget to write a message to put in a bottle.

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Car Games (8/28)

In our Road Trip Activities, we have a bunch of great games you can print out and play with your kids in the car. Here's two more to add:

*Look As You Go: One person decides on three objects that you might see along your trip (i.e. a brown cow, a train, a tall building). The first person to find all three objects gets to choose the next three.

*Song Game: For younger children: Give one child a word (such as "star"). They will then sing a song that has that word in it (such as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"). Or, they can make up a song using that word. Have them give you a word, too. For older children: one person picks a word. Each person in turn has to sing a song (or at least two or three lines) that includes that word. If you can't think of a song, you are out. Last person standing wins the round and chooses the next word. Do a practice round with a very generic word such as "love" to get everybody warmed up.

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Budgies (or Parakeet) Craft


With just four items you probably already have around your house, you can make these beautiful birds to perch on your window! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Painted Turtle Rocks - another super-simple animal craft.

What You’ll Need:
*Coffee filters (2 per craft)
*Markers
*Tape
*Scissors

Preparation:

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August 18 is Cupcake Day!

Did you know that cupcake recipes can be traced back as far as 1828? Although no one knows for sure who invented cupcakes or when, it's thought that they were made to use up extra batter from cake recipes. Spend some time today making cupcakes with your little ones. See our links below for some great recipes! Oh, and cupcakes freeze well and defrost easily, so you can frost only the ones you want to eat now, and save the rest for another day!

*www.CupcakeRecipes.com
*www.Cupcake-Recipes.com
*Martha Stewart's Cupcake Recipes

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Pretend Trip Abroad


Pretend you're flying to some far-off destination! If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Home Movie Theater Activity - another great way to have fun at home.

What You’ll Need:
*Construction paper
*Glue
*Scissors
*Photo of your child
*Markers
*Chairs
*Tape
*Snacks/drinks
*Luggage or boxes

Preparation:

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