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What's a fun way to repurpose household items into toys or crafts?
What can you not do with an old sheet? It's a tent (if draped over two chairs), it's a boat (if artfully arranged on the floor), it's a picnic blanket (even in the dead of winter, if you set up in the living room); it's a king's or queen's mantel or a magician's cape; it a slide or a hammock for dolls and stuffed animals. And you can always curl up under it and take a nap.
Do you know any great children's books that teach kids about being eco-friendly?
Carl Hiaasen has written many stories ("Hoot", "Scat", "Flush", etc.) about children who help wildlife in his native Florida, using their pluck and ingenuity. These books are laugh-aloud funny, and great for reading aloud and laughing together.
For older children, there are the graphic novels by Shannon and Dean Hale, with fantastic illustrations by Nathan Hale: "Rapunzel's Revenge", and "Calamity Jack". These are re-tellings of the familiar fairy tales with a serious twist, both with a strong eco-message.
What organic or healthy snacks do your kids love? Please share a link to a recipe if you have one.
Trail mix seems to be a perennial favourite in our house. I buy the ingredients in bulk and mix them together to suit the taste of the week: usually it's raw almonds and walnuts or cashews with dried fruits like cranberries, raisins or oat-floured dates, all organic. Sometimes I put in SunDrops (they look like M&Ms but have natural colouring in the shells).
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Can you recommend a great toy that costs less than $10? Please share a link to a photo.
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I wish I had written this marvellous post - the "Five Best Toys of All Time" is written by GeekDad. All five are free. I so wholeheartedly agree with him that I want to share it with you:
And I'd say Annie has a great addition with the library card: also completely free!
Can you recommend a children's book or series that's great for summer reading? Please include the ages it's appropriate for.
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Selected works by Ray Bradbury
Percy Jackson (8 and up: way up) Read the Greek myths first.
Book of a thousand days (11 and up) Starts slow; girl empowering.
Anything by Tamora Pierce (10 and up) Magic and chivalry.
yes, anything by the irrepressible Roald Dahl ! (any age)