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Touch The Fence

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Basically, I invented this game so I could "play" with the kids while not moving from the porch on a hot summer day.

The idea of the game is for the kids to follow your directions in the exact order you have given them. The first direction is always "Touch the Fence" hence the name of the game. After one player completes the task, the next player is given the same task(s) plus one more. You continue adding one more task on each turn. 

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Summer Break Faves Perler Bead Madness

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Its been months since your kids ripped through their treasure trove of holiday gifts and again that familiar phrase is beginning to creep back into their daily vocabulary -- "I'm bored." Well we have just the thing for you. A Perler Beads set. 

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Coin Collecting

Posted by Elisa Taub
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Otherwise known as “Go play”. Ideas to creatively redirect your kids.

Guaranteed to occupy your kids for HOURS. First you will need to decide on the type of coins your child will collect. Pennies are good for older kids (smaller date imprint) while nickels and quarters (either collect older coins by date or the newer coins by state) are good for the younger ones. Next buy the corresponding coin collecting books at your local book store and a magnifying glass. Finally, you can scrounge around the house for coins, or hit the motherload by visiting your local bank to buy a few rolls of pennies. 

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Travel Boredom Busters

Posted by Elisa Taub
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The holidays are almost here, and undoubtedly many of you will be traveling to visit loved ones. No matter what the mode of transportation, it's always good to have what I call a "Bag of Tricks" with you for when the going gets rough...or cranky, or tired or just plain bored. 

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Window Art

Posted by Elisa Taub
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The next time your kids are climbing the walls with "nothing to do" send them over to the window for a new view...one they'll create themselves. Pop up pictures of famous stained glass windows on your computer (see links below), for your kids to see and then encourage them to create their own works of art using Crayola Window Markers. 

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Chalk One Up

Posted by Elisa Taub
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You may think sidewalk chalk is simply for child's play, but did you know that the art of "Chalking" or Street Painting actually dates back to 16th century Italy? The street artists were known as Madonnari, because they would travel to festivals and holidays in each area, creating images of the Madonna on sidewalks and public squares, collecting small donations and commissions for their work. 

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Dog Days Of Summer

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As we head into the dog days of summer, why not celebrate with activities centered around the animal for which this expression is known. Below we offer books, crafts and treats that celebrate man's best friend and will help get you through these long summer days with your kids. 

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Summer Boredom Busters

Posted by Elisa Taub
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You've been to the beach, the waterpark, various local museums, the zoo and miniature golfing but still the song remains the same - "I'm bored!". Here are a few summer boredom busters designed to keep the kids occupied and give you a little break. 

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Liars Club

Posted by Elisa Taub
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"What happened at school today?" you innocently ask your kids. "Nothing."

Sound familiar? Then ask your kids to join the Liar's Club and you'll never hear "Nothing" again. It's not only a good game for waiting in restaurants, but it's been a great intergenerational conversation starter for family dinners. I have also found it to be a peacekeeper for carpool rides, as well as an icebreaker for after school playdates. I plop down a snack and then start the game at the table. Fun at slumber parties as well when you are trying to get the kids to wind down before bed (do they actually sleep at slumber parties?) 

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Card Sharks

Posted by Elisa Taub
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My family has always been big on card games. In fact, one of my fondest childhood memories is the hours I spent playing cards with my grandmothers. I also remember my parents sitting in bed playing Gin Rummy. They too were always up for a quick game. And if I didn't have anyone to play cards with?... That's right. Solitaire, in all its different forms. 

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