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If You Have a Neurodiverse Child, Differently Wired Is a Must-Read

In a world full of parenting books for “typical” kids and books about understanding specific disorders, there aren’t many books that guide us on how to embrace and parent an atypical, neurodiverse child. Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World is a judgment-free breath of fresh air; it shows parents like me how to see, […]

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Notable Board Books Summer 2018

Check out these notable board books– there are plenty of great stories from which to choose. Any book is good, right? Keep on reading to your kids! Notable Board Books Summer 2018 Hero Vs. Villain: A Book of Opposites by T. Hat Fuller, illustrated by Alex Eben Meyer OOOH, I like this book so much. […]

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Riveting Robot Books for Kids

Robots rock, right? (See what I did there? rrr …) Get your STEM-loving kids jazzed about robots with these books all about robots! From picture books to nonfiction tomes, these books will get your kids excited about robotics. Riveting Robot Books for Kids The Robot Book by Heather Brown This robot has two eyes, two arms, […]

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The Best Ninja Picture Books for Kids

So many kids go through a loving everything ninja phase. I know my youngest daughter did. She even had a ninja-themed birthday party! These are our favorite ninja picture books. We hope you like them, too. The Best Ninja Picture Books for Kids Hello Ninja by N.D. Wilson, illustrated by Forrest Dickison Kids love this […]

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Outstanding Dinosaur Books for Kids

Many kids go through a dinosaur phase — before they can even read, often kids know complicated dinosaur names they learn from books like these. But, even kids with only a passing interest can learn to appreciate the wonder of these creatures of prehistoric times. And these children’s books are amazing — from picture books to […]

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Summer Swimming

Looking for summer drawings easy enough for kids to do? Try an underwater watercolor resist. The key is to include waving limbs and floating hair. MATERIALS Art Journal or watercolor paper Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS I gave some of my young students a 2″ circle to trace for the head, to […]

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Dandelion Painting

Paint a dandelion tutorial with bleeding tissue paper and rubber cement for masking the flower. Super fun combo of media. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Bleeding tissue paper • Paint brush and water • Ultra fine tip black Sharpie markers   DIRECTIONS Use the bottom of a jar of rubber cement to draw 3 circles […]

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Friendship Bracelet

I made a visual aid to help show how to make a friendship bracelet. It’s really just one step that is repeated, so totally doable for older elementary students. My school’s 4th graders once started the year off with a friendship theme, so I needed a visual to teach students how to make make these, […]

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Doodle Name Art in 8 Easy Steps

Doodle name art works great for any kind of heading you may want to have that hand drawn look. Here are a few simple steps to follow to make anyone’s name (or word, for that matter) look fun and creative. MATERIALS View and download my Doodle Name Art Tutorial Drawing or Marker paper, wide and […]

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Gift Card Mosaic Frame

You can recycle those old gift cards with this recycled art project for kids. Cut them up and attach to popsicle sticks for a pretty new picture frame. MATERIALS Jumbo Popsicle sticks, 8 for each frame Utility scissors Craft glue Old gift or expired credit cards, the more the better for color choices   DIRECTIONS […]

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Watercolor Cactus Painting

I’m always looking for a new way to introduce students to the “white crayon trick”. This cactus worked really well for all ages. MATERIALS Watercolor paper (I used Strathmore) Black Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Draw the pot and cactus with a pencil on watercolor paper. Trace all the lines with a black […]

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Air Dry Clay Cupcake

Thought I had to give up one of my favorite clay modeling ideas when my kiln went down. Not true, this air dry clay works just fine. MATERIALS • Air dry clay • Silicone cupcake liners • Acrylic paint DIRECTIONS Roll a small ball of clay and push into silicone rubber base to make what […]

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Handwriting Practice

Instead of handwriting practice sheets, why not use acetate and Sharpie markers (much more fun) and then frame in front of a pretty photo print? MATERIALS “Every Child is an Artist” template (Click to download) Laser printer Acetate Sheets, 8.4″ x 11″ Sharpie markers, brush type if you can afford them Tape Color sky print […]

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Cute DIY Gift Box

I love the versatility of craft sticks, and these jumbo ones are the best for making cute DIY gift boxes. With summer camps and extra craft time kicking in, these make some pretty stylish little crates, considering these cost only pennies apiece. MATERIALS Craft Stick crate tutorial, PDF download Jumbo craft sticks Junior craft sticks […]

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3D Paper Lion Craft

I made this lion craft project with Pacon Premium Tagboard, which had the color and quality I needed. I had to make sure my lion stood up when finished! MATERIALS Download Paper Lion Craft Tutorial, 4 pages Tagboard: yellow, orange, white, pink Paper cutter Sharpie marker, black Glue stick Scissors Crayons or markers for map […]

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Milk Allergy Alert – Naked Bread Hamburger Buns

United States Bakery Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In Naked Bread Hamburger Buns For Immediate Release July 2, 2018 Contact Consumers 1-503-232-2191 x4999 Media Mark Park Corporate Compliance Email 503-232-2191 x 4232 Announcement United States Bakery of Portland, Oregon is recalling Naked Bread Hamburger Buns #NothingToHide, 8 pack, affected lot codes F6 Best By […]

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Milk Allergy Alert – 3+2 Soda Crackers

May Flower International Inc. Issues a Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Allergens in “3+2 Soda Crackers” For Immediate Release June 29, 2018 Contact Consumers 1-718-366-8668> Announcement May Flower International Inc. of 5672 49th Place, Maspeth, NY, is recalling its 4.4 ounce packages of “3+2 Soda Crackers” because they may contain undeclared milk allergens. Consumers who […]

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Milk Allergy Alert – Hempler Ready-To-Eat Pepperoni Sticks

Hempler Foods Group Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pepperoni Sticks Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen Class I Recall Release: 039-2018 Health Risk: High Date:May 18, 2018 En Español Congressional and Public Affairs Felicia Thompson (202) 720-9113 [email protected] WASHINGTON, May 18, 2018 – Hempler Foods Group, a Ferndale, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,535 pounds of ready-to-eat pepperoni […]

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