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Activities

Check out Denver’s guide to activities, craft ideas, Steve Spangler Science experiments and so much more!

Stop the boredom whines

  • 01 Jul, 2010
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Summer seems to be flying by. Swimming, playing, traveling is winding down. I don’t know about you but I’m hearing a lot of, “I don’t know what to do!” As if. It makes me crazy. But, no more. I’m prepared, and now, so are you. I’ve made a little “What to do when I’m bored” […]

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A Writing Nook for Children

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Writers need to write. Artists need to create. Musicians need to play. Create a wonderful writing “center” or “nook” for your young writer(s) to write. All you need are space and materials. Try to let your child’s inner writer emerge. Don’t comment too much or expect perfection. Let them write. Give them the tools they […]

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Parent storytellers. Yes, you can.

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It’s late. You’re so tired you could sleep on the floor through an earthquake outside in a rainstorm. Or that might just be me. Then your child says, “Tell me a story.” And you can’t think of a single idea other than sleeping . . . soon. Here’s all you need to do . . […]

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Trail Mix: make, eat, and write

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Trail mix (often called Gorp) is one of my favorite snacks! It’s so filling, especially with almonds or cashews. You can make this snack as an activity with your kids, and even help your kids write up the directions. Go to the bulk aisle in the grocery store and select your ingredients . . . […]

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Easy and fun nature poetry, . . . seriously

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You don’t believe me, do you? I think the majority of us, me included, hate writing poetry. But, it’s an easy way for kids to write about nature . . . about anything for that matter. Try this and let me know if I’m a big fat liar or not!! (Pick not, pick not!) Write […]

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Read your own book

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Hate to read? Learning to read? Read a book you wrote. Yes, you’ll have to write a book – more on that in a moment. Melissa Depper, a youth services librarian at Arapaho Library District, reminded me today how helpful it is for struggling readers to read their own story. She said, “Have the child […]

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Alphabet book of nature's treasures

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Grab a box and send your kids out to collect nature’s treasures. Now, for more fun. Make your own nature alphabet books. In my Imagination Soup kid’s writing classes, I order my books from Bare Books. You can do this or make your own book by folding 14 pages and bind with staples or yarn. […]

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Play Restaurant

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You’ll need more than one person for this activity so have your child invite a friend, sister or brother to play restaurant. If you have a play kitchen, this can be played over and over, with the kids doing different jobs. If not, today’s lunch can be the restaurant with you as cook and your […]

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Bedtime fun

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You’re done with the bath, jammies, brushing teeth and bedtime stories. Now what? Tell a silly story. Play quiet games. Read in bed. (I like to pretend I’m being REALLY nice, “I gueeesss you can read.” . . when of course, I’m thinking yippee!)  The best way to see in the dark room, especially if […]

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Geometric Snacking

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Yes, you can do geometry with food. Remember your shapes? Didn’t you just hate proofs in high school math? Or was that just me. None of that here. Let’s talk shapes . . . You’ll need: * Toothpicks * Soft, squishy food like raisins, craisins, marshmallows, or fruit snacks Two-dimensional shapes are fun to make […]

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