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Cinnamon Spice Edible Playdough recipe.

Maker Monday: Cinnamon Playdough

This easy recipe creates a wonderfully spicy smelling playdough that will last weeks if kept in a sealed container.    Playing with playdough helps with fine motor skills, hand strength, and creativity.  You can also use it to make letters and build letter recognition. You can add toothpicks, beads, dried pasta, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and…

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Activity Center at North Suburban Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)

Families looking for virtual and screen free activities should check out NWSRA's Activity Center! The September Virtual Programming schedule has been published, and includes programs for people of all ages with disabilities and different interests, like LEGO, music, and animals. The Activity Center also includes activities you can do on your own, many of which are…

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The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity book cover

STEAM Saturday: Messy Outdoor Activities

The Artful Parent is a great resource for art activities appropriate for a wide range of ages, toddler through school age children. Check out the website or the book. Warm days are the best time to try messy hands-on activities outdoors. Three favorite messy activities from the Artful Parent are making oobleck, melting ice, and playing with cloud dough.   Oobleck 1 ½ -2 cups…

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Magnifying glass over a ladybug on a leaf. Illustration.

Get Outside with these Scavenger Hunts

Looking for a new outdoor activity to get your little one excited to get outside even on a hot day? Make some binoculars, print out a scavenger hunt, and follow your child on an adventure.    Making this binocular craft helps kids practice fine motor skills. You can also talk about the five senses and how these will help focus on…

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Family preparing food in the kitchen.

Family Friday: Cook Together

Cooking together as a family can be a learning and a bonding experience. Kids can practice following directions, the math of measuring, and the science of combining ingredients, all while learning about their family’s heritage or food from other cultures. Gather your ingredients and get ready to add your special seasoning to your favorite dish.…

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Family Friday: Go Noodle

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning! You will find: Movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos Downloadable curricular activities Recommended off-screen home activities You can also create a free account on Go Noodle to access…

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Maker Monday: Four Ways to Paint Without a Paintbrush Supplies:  something to cover the table, like newspaperpaper to paint on4 items to paint with: Q-tip, straw, popsicle stick, something to use as a stamppaper plate or bowlwashable paint Steps:         1. Use a Q-tip to dip in the paint and make dots on the paper.        2. Use an…

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Young girl jumping.

Family Friday: Move More Together

Grab the people around you to be part of a community that is moving through the tough times together. The American Heart Association is livestreaming weekday celebrations to get you and your family up and moving. Follow along on their Facebook Live for dancing, yoga, and more for all fitness levels. You can also watch…

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Activity center.

Northwest Special Recreation Association Virtual Programming

Our friends at NWSRA are excited to unveil their Virtual Programming lineup, with programs held free of charge! They have opened an online Activity Center with Live Virtual Programming for individuals with disabilities who want to stay active, social, and engaged in a variety of recreational pursuits.  In order to meet the unique interests of individuals,…

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