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Sweet Treat to Beat the Heat – Gummy Bear Popsicles

Gummy bears and popsicles, what’s not to love?! These popsicles are made with only two ingredients and are a refreshing summer treat. The kids will have just as much fun making these as they will eating them!

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Afternoon Angst: Top 5 Strategies for Creating Peaceful Playtimes

By Jennifer Robertson, Founder and President of Chicago Kids Yoga LLC

People may think that the time after lunch (and if you’re lucky after nap time) is a breeze. Everyone is fed and happy and the afternoon is a mix of strolling in the park and chalking faces with great big smiles. And while sometimes it does work out that way, sometimes it doesn’t.

Either the nap wasn’t in the plan, or lunchtime was a battle of carrots versus cupcakes. Whatever the case may be, even when we try our hardest, sometimes the unexpected happens and we are all out of balance. The kids are fighting. They can’t be soothed. You feel frustrated. Everyone starts to lose their tempers…you know the story.

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Fourth of July Windsock

Feeling patriotic? Start your Independence day with a bang and try this crafty project to celebrate our freedom. This makes a fantastic 4th of July decoration and is super easy to make. 

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Combat Summer Brain Drain With A Reading Chart

School’s out for the summer! While there’s plenty of time for water balloon fights and trips to the pool, don’t forget to make time for fun learning activities. Did you know that kids forget an average of two months’ worth of knowledge during the summer if they don’t engage in some sort of educational activity? Help combat “summer brain drain” with this simple and engaging reading chart.

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5 Things to Cover with Your Summer Sitter

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For many parents, summer is a time when their beloved school-year babysitter packs up her things and leaves town for three months. This seasonal “sitter shuffle” leaves many moms and dads having to secure a new caregiver that has to adjust to the families rules and routine. To make the transition easier, we have shared five important things to cover with your summer sitter.

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Fabric Spray Splattered T-Shirt Project

Let your little artist create a one of a kind t-shirt using only fabric spray paint and their imagination. This is one work of art that won’t go up on the fridge, but will be displayed all summer when the kids show off their wearable art. Inexpensive, easy, and great for several different age groups, this is a perfect summer project.

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