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Read to your Kids; It’s a Good Thing

Children love snuggling with those special people in their lives to have stories read to them. They enjoy the closeness that comes from the time spent together and they learn so much about the world around them through books. Through books, children learn good communication skills, they learn the rhythm and cadence of language and they learn higher level thinking skills. 

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Make Family Hiking Fun

Whether hiking in the mountains of Colorado or through the redwoods in California, getting the whole family outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine is a wonderful way to spend time together. As adults, we appreciate the time outdoors, but kids may not see the point in walking through the woods, just for the sake of being on a walk. With a few helpful hints from some experts, you will find hiking with the kids can be an enjoyable experience for everyone. 

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Helpful Ideas for Cooking with Kids

The kitchen is the heart of the home where your family gathers for mealtimes. Inviting your kids into this space to cook with you is a fun way to get them involved in meal prep, fill time on a rainy day and it provides your kids with lifelong skills. According to a study done by the Children’s Food Trust, kids who cook are 50% more likely to cook 5 meals a week as adults. Plus, they are more likely to try new foods if they helped cook them.



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Four Ways to Have Fun with Water on the Fourth

Unlike oil and water, kids and water do mix. With the heat of summer now upon us and the 4th of July weekend coming up, it’s the perfect time to grab some buckets, toys, sponges, paintbrushes and head outside for some fun in the water. Here are some easy water activities your kids are sure to love, plus they will stay cool while doing them. 

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Fun With Science: Dancing Raisins

Science doesn’t have to be boring or complicated. This fun experiment is easy for kids of all ages to do, it teaches them about the gas carbon dioxide, and it also makes an engaging centerpiece for the table. A perfect activity for a rainy day or when you are looking for something different to do. 




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Let’s Make Oobleck like Dr. Seuss!

Inspired by the Dr. Suess book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, science and preschool teachers have been intriguing kids with a fun to play with substance that contains the properties of both a solid and a liquid. It’s easy to make and will give your children a sensory filled experience.

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Fun with Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf  is a classic orchestral piece and story, written in 1936 by Sergei Prokofiev. It is about a Russian boy who disobeys his grandfather and goes out in the woods to hunt for a wolf.  The story is told with a narrator and orchestra. Each character is represented by a different musical instrument. For decades, children all around the world have been enjoying this tale.

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Fine Motor Skills Fun

Developing your young children’s fine motor skills will allow them be more successful when they startschool. It will help them with using scissors, holding pencils, writing, artwork and tying shoes. Here are some fun activities to do with your children to help them build up these small muscles…

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