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A story starter jar that's easy to make, inspires creativity, and makes car trips more fun! Parents and kids might like trying one out at bedtime. Also a nice way to store conversation starters to use around the dinner table... How about, "Clarice was a girl with BIG DREAMS..." for our 2012 Summer Reading Theme?

This is what happens when you microwave a bar of Ivory soap! Then you can tear it up, color it, and mold it into shapes! It's not wet and messy, either! This is awesome!

Love this for the summer: Mom puts together lists under five different categories - Oh the Food we will Eat, Oh the Service that can be Done, Oh the Places we will Go, Oh the Crafts we will Make, and Oh the Activities we will Do; every Sunday, as a family, they plan out the week w/activities from the lists.

love this outside engineering project! uses PVC pipe and running water to captivate young builders for hours. The play is open-ended: kids experiment with various ways to put the pieces together, directing the water along different paths and adding such fun elements as funnels, tubing, and sprinkler heads.

Printable License Plate game for a road trip ---- AND a lot more road trip printables too

every possible combination of elementary math worksheets you might need - for free

Coat old toilet paper / paper towel rolls in peanut butter, roll in birdseed, and slip onto a tree branch to make easy little bird feeders

Cute DIY: Turn a 2x4 into a large ruler for the wall, and record the height of your kids as they grow. You never have to worry about moving to a new house