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6-year-old hunter called the 'deerslayer'

Hunter Orman seems normal enough. He plays goes to school, plays video games, and hangs out with his friends. But the first grader has been making waves in his hometown of Beebe, Arkansas recently -- as a deerslayer. The 6-year-old hunter started ...

How to make giant soap bubbles (Video)

If your kid is into making bubbles, this will change your world. Gone are the days of little plastic bottles and the puny little bubbles they produce. Now you can make enormous, "self-healing" bubbles (that won't break as often) simply by mixing up...

Homemade "match game" for toddlers

I'm constantly looking for new ways to keep my daughter entertained during the day. At just-turned-three, she's not at the age where she understands how to play most games. But, I figured I could take a game from my youth and make it simple enough th...

Keeping them busy: fun mosaic project

For the past few weeks, Ellie has been attending summer day camps - this week it is art camp. She and her best friends spend three hours each morning letting their creative juices flow. I haven't actually seen any of the art, but at the end of the we...

Keep your kids busy for $1 or less

Sometimes, turning on the television is all too easy an answer for giving kids something to do. Sure, there is good stuff on the telly, but there are plenty of better things to do. If you can't think of any, lifehacker has a list of ten of 'em for yo...

What are your kids doing this summer?

As Ellie has grown older, her idea of a fun time has evolved. Her play is less toy-centered and more imagination driven these days. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I actually purchased a store-bought toy for her. We do have a few new board g...

How to make awesome paper airplanes

When I quit my 8 to 5 to spend afternoons with my kid, my first thought was: "this is gonna be so awesome!" My second thought was: "what are we going to do?" Subsequently, I spend a considerable amount of time trying to find things that will keep my ...

Momergency Kit

I was once in a meeting with a woman who had her young (about a year old) daughter with her. The little one started getting fussy, and she ran out of distractions, so I handed over the tablet I was supposed to be taking notes with so that she could d...

The surprising things that work

Nolan has many favourite activities: among them are sliding at the playground, operating the hose nozzle, sitting on his Unky's dirt bikes, and honking the horn of the family's vehicles. While I love watching him in his gleeful splendor, I've also co...

The toddler activity page

I am trying to sneak furtive glances at the pages of the newest Oprah magazine (does this make me officially old? I am quite certain I have fully turned into my Mother now) when Nolan sidles up to me. "Ball?" he offers, and hands me a hockey stick, t...

Cornstarch "goop" is the ultimate activity

I'm always looking for quick and easy activities for my toddler to do. So, today I saw a link over at Kerflop for cornstarch "goop," I decided to give it a try. All you need is cornstarch, water and a place you don't mind getting a bit messy. You can...

Are kids really overscheduled?

Jared and Sara both take swim lessons and acrobatics/gymnastics classes. We volunteer at a nursing home once a week for a couple of hours in the evening. Jared also takes taekwondo. We want to sign them both up for tap dance lessons (it runs in the f...

Moms not allowed at library story sessions

In an effort to encourage father-child interaction and "quality time", a library in Nottingham, England has created a "dad-only" activity. Librarians noted that it was primarily Moms who attended children's storytelling sessions with their kids, and ...

Pro-golfer working in final trimester

I hated going to work when I was pregnant. With my first child, I had a "desk job" as a newspaper reporter. I spent the majority of my days either very hungry, tired or throwing up. The one thing I wanted most in the world was to be able to work at h...

Looking for free entertainment? Try the dog park!

My 2-year-old daughter loves animals, especially dogs. She loves to pet them and play with them and talk nonstop about "puppies." While I'm also a dog-lover, I'm not ready to bring a dog into the home, unless I can get one of those special "poopless"...

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