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A Rainbow of Fun


The other day I read a blog from Preschool Book Club inspired by the book A Rainbow of My Own, by Don Freeman.  This got me to thinking about having a rainbow day at home with my daughter.  So I did some searching and came up with some activities that we can do some special day in the near future.

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Family Activity - Photo Scavenger Hunt

Lately my son has been really into photography.  He loves taking pictures of EVERYTHING – finished puzzles, toy trains, etc.  The other day we decided to turn his love of taking pictures into a family outing – a photo scavenger hunt.  Basically you go around (either on foot or by car) to take pictures on a list.  Where we live, the county has the Garfield Trail
 that lends itself really well to a photo scavenger hunt.  We drove around to the different Garfield statues and took pictures of one or more of us posing with each Garfield.  How fun!  Eventually I will get around to printing the pictures from the outing, and we will use them to make a scrapbook.

You can do it too.  Find some interesting things in your home county (or surrounding area) to use on a photo scavenger hunt.  You could also use one of the readily available   “Photo Challenges” (usually designed for a month or special season) or use one of the resources below for inspiration.

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New Year – New Challenge

So many times we get caught up in our lives and don’t take the time to be kind to each other. I want to teach my children that being kind is something we should do all the time, not just on holidays or special occasions.  So this year our family is going to work on Kindness – with each other, with our family, with our friends, and with others we don’t know. 

I remember that when my son was in preschool, he learned how to “Fill A Bucket.”  At the beginning of the school year the children read the story, How Full is Your Bucket for Kids, By Tom Rath and Donald Clifton.  Then they worked on filling buckets throughout the year.  Basically,  while at school, if someone is caught being kind to someone else, the child gets to put a cotton ball into his/her bucket.  On the other hand, if a child was not being kind, he/she had to lose a ball from the bucket – Dipping from the Bucket.  At the end of each week, the kids brought their individual buckets together and poured the cotton balls into one big bucket.  When the large bucket was full, the school would have a kindness party to celebrate.  My son still tells us if he thinks we are “Dipping from His Bucket.”

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Family Fun Friday – Chopped Family Dinner


This month I have been sharing ideas from our families activity schedule:

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