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Check out these 10 volunteering ideas that allow any kind of kid to help in a hands-on way and learn to love the feeling of giving back.
Celebrate the summer weather with this collection of easy, natural crafts for kids that kick start creativity and recycle things found in nature.
We've searched high and low for new titles to entice even the most reluctant of middle school readers. Here are our list of favorites:
We've combed the shelves for new titles to spice up summer reading. Here's our list of favorites:
If the closest your child gets to the natural, wild world is watching 'Planet Earth' it's time to reconnect him with his roots. Get our tips for closing the gap between children and nature.
Practicing math facts this summer? Take some tips from the pros to make the process both fun and effective.
Here's our list of the most awesome science activities for summer.
We've cracked open hundreds of new titles to bring you this list of fail-safe favorites for first grade summer reading.
There are plenty of choices for summer camp out there, and academic camp is just one type. Sending your kid to spend a summer week with extra schoolwork sounds equally effective and punishing. Read this list of academic camp's pros and cons to decide if it's a good decision for your child.
A day spent outdoors in the garden offers a host of benefits for kids. Gardening activities boost physical fitness, strengthen family bonds and foster an understanding of plant and water cycles. You don't need a farm or big backyard to garden with your kid. Try these fun 'urban gardening' ideas to bring the benefits of gardening to even the most modest locales. You may be planting actual seeds, but you may also plant seeds of knowledge or a new passion in your little one!
Summer camp care package ideas are no longer centered around sugar and artificial flavors. Many camps have banned candy, baked good, chips and other junk food items from care packages. In fact, they have folks digging through the mail because parents sometimes try to sneak something sweet to their sons and daughters despite the new rules. Don't be that parent! A week or two without junk can be a good thing for your kid, and you can show how much you care with a different kind of care package. Check out these seven ideas for cool boxes of wholesome fun to send your camper this summer!
We've combed the shelves for new summer titles. Here are the ones that really knocked our socks off.
Summer reading motivation is an art, not a science. Get creative as you employ these five great ideas to improve your child's summer reading motivation.
Summer reading may be required by schools, but for a truly educational experience over the summer, it's all about summer writing! To prevent the summer slide, the phenomenon that leaves students starting the new school year a step back from the level they finished with in June, go for reading more engaging older brother, writing. These tips will make writing in the sunshine the new favorite summertime activity for your child.
Keep the giving spirit alive during the holidays! These five great ideas are easy for kids to do, and will help them learn that the holiday spirit is all about giving, not getting.
Teach your budding playwright the basics of playwriting, including how to compose a plot, characters, a well-structured story and format the play.
This holiday, set aside a little time to practice gratitude, empathy and thoughtfulness with your family with these 11 ways to remember what truly matters.
What do kids really gain from working and playing in the garden? Here are the skills that kindergarteners learn from all that digging.
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