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Confession time: I’m not crafty. (Or cooky, but that’s a different blog post.) HOWEVER, I can read directions (how else would my family survive?) but I need things to be simple and well-planned out. I’m talking ABC here.

Today (Earth Day) Artterro relaunched their Eco Art Kits. And I’m happy to report that because the kits are so easy to use, my kids and (even) me got our craft on with the Artterro Bookmaking Kit.

[hand pump and whoot-whoot]

We’re loving Artterro because it gives us step-by-step lovely eco-art ideas (like bookmaking) that lead to meaningful time creating and being creative.

read more: http://imaginationsoup.net/2014/04/finally-abc-simple-way-make-eco-art/

#earthday   #earthdayactivitiesforkids   #ecofriendly   #kidscrafts   #kidsactivities  
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Make reading social by reading with your friends this spring. Host a book club where each person picks what to read– then have a BOOK WARS party. Which book will win? (dunt-dunt-dah) 

http://imaginationsoup.net/2014/03/host-a-battle-of-the-books-party/

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 Need a good book for your daughter who loves Junie B. Jones? 

http://imaginationsoup.net/2014/03/books-kids-like-junie-b-jones/

I have 17 books that are even better than Junie . . . 
:)
#reading   #kidsbooks   #books   #kidsactivities   #kbn  
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My sons loved Ivy and Bean!
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What do you know, there are Valentine’s Day ipad apps for kids.

From sweet stories to fun games, here are twelve apps your kids can enjoy.
http://imaginationsoup.net/2014/02/valentines-day-apps-kids/
#appsforkids   #apps   #valentinesday   #kidsactivities  
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After realizing that my parent behavior wasn't what I wanted, I turned to a book I now highly recommend. 
http://imaginationsoup.net/2014/02/parenting-masterclass/
It prompted some huge AH-HAs!
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Look for 3 positives (+) and one suggestion or question (?) when you give your kids feedback . . . 
http://imaginationsoup.net/2013/10/help-your-kids-with-writing-assignments-3-positives-1-suggestion/

More ideas: 
Don't focus on spelling and punctuation - but on the content of the words.
Don't correct punctuation yourself -- show what line needs the correction. 
Don't use red ink and mark up their writing. It's an imprinting color. 
#writing   #kidsactivities   #education  
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Brilliant advice +Imagination Soup  all too easy to focus on the negatives like handwriting, spelling rather than reinforcing confidence with the positives.

And YES not to use red….so demotivating to see red marks over a hard worked piece of homework or assignment.
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10 fun Pi Day activities for elementary age kids.
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Lately my sweet 8-year old’s been saying a lot of, “It’s too hard” and ”I can’t do it.” When homework gets tricky, she gets mad. She starts to cry. She wants to give up.

(Sometimes my 11-year old does this, too.)

(Sometimes I do, too.)

http://imaginationsoup.net/2014/02/empower-inventive-thinking-in-kids-with-makey-makey/

So, I thought about how could give my child empowering opportunities. Opportunities for her to be in charge, figure things out, and feel good about herself.

Introducing MaKey MaKey!

MaKey MaKey is more than an invention kit, it’s a vehicle to allow inventive thinking and build confidence. In other words, it’s a fantastic empowering activity. Just what she needed!

Read more: http://imaginationsoup.net/2014/02/empower-inventive-thinking-in-kids-with-makey-makey/

Do you know about MaKey MaKey already?
Or will this post make you give it a try if you didn't know about it?

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Get your kids excited about science & math with these new apps.

Read here: http://imaginationsoup.net/2014/02/new-science-math-apps-kids/

Pin for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/32369691046230676/

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Teaching kids to knit is fun, calming, benefits children with math & literacy, and can lead into wonderful service projects!

http://imaginationsoup.net/2012/02/the-benefits-basics-service-projects-of-knitting-for-kids/

My mother-in-law, Linda Taylor, owns a knitting store and teaches classes. I watched her teach AJ a simple rhyme for the knit stitch. Here it is – it’s super cute and it worked.

Under the fence.

Catch a sheep.

Back we come.

Off we leap!
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