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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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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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Rainy Day Creations – Rain Splash Painting Activity

Make the most of rainy weather. Head outside and create original works of art using only food coloring and raindrops. The end result is a beautiful “watercolor” painting. 

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For the Budding Archeologist: Make Your Own Fossil

Help your little archeologist unlock secrets of the past with this make your own fossil activity. This simple recipe for creating rock-like relics is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages!

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Friday 5: Games & Activities Under $15 to Pack in Your Sitter Toolkit

Image: Illustrated Box of Toys

All children are on the same page about one firm truth: None of their toys are quite as exciting as something new.

It doesn’t matter if the kids have a basement full of toys that could keep a whole classroom entertained. When you show up to babysit, the last thing they want to do is play with their “boring” old toys. And you can only build so many couch forts before the kids start begging for the TV remote or iPad. Finding something to do while mom and dad are gone ends up being so much more painful than it should be.

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