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Celebrate Mardi Gras with your kids with these fun activities, crafts, and food! Mardi Gras Fireworks Show Group Activity: The colors of Mardi Gras are purple (for justice), green (for faith), and gold (for power).  For younger children, have them give examples of things that are those colors.  (Ex. “A frog is green.”)  For older children, have them give examples of things that represent the color meanings. (Ex. “A king has power.) Now give each child a purple, green, or yellow scarf and have them pretend they...

My six year old daughter isn’t like most kids.  She has ADHD and has a difficult time staying focused on her homework.  An assignment that takes an average child 15 minutes to complete takes my daughter at least 30 minutes.  It’s not because she isn’t as smart as her classmates.  She is actually very bright (and no, I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother).  To put it quite simply, my daughter’s brain is wired differently.  She gets distracted by everything.  (If I am not monitoring...

In today’s society, it is expected to have your child in some sort of extracurricular activity. Whether they play a sport or a musical instrument, join a group like the Boy Scouts, or get involved in performing arts, it doesn’t really matter what it is as long as they are involved in something outside of school. That is the way it seems to be where I live anyway, which is Silicon Valley. Some parents take it to the extreme though. For example, I know a few seven year olds who are in four extracurricular activities and just the thought...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and soon, your child will be out of school for a couple of weeks. Keep their minds stimulated and their bodies exercising by doing these 12 fun and festive activities with them: #1. Reindeer [Math] Games – Sorting by Color and Size Directions: Print out this FREE Reindeer Math Game Printable (Courtesy of The Educator’s Spin On It). (Note: Make sure you print in color.) Depending on your child’s age, have either your child or yourself cut out the pictures of the...

I don’t know about your kids, but since we entered December, I have lost count as to how many times my three year old has asked me if it is Christmas yet. It’s very hard for children to comprehend time, so to help my daughter with that, we made a fun Christmas visual for her: A Star Ring Chain Craft. Here’s how it works: We hang the star ring chain in her room and make it be part of her bedtime routine, beginning on the night of December 13th. Every night, she will remove a ring from the bottom of the chain. On the...

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