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May Day (May 1st) Traditions


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May 1st is “May Day”! On May Day there is a tradition of leaving baskets of flowers or goodies hanging on your neighbors’ doors anonymously. Other ways to celebrate May Day include the Maypole, building fairy houses, making/wearing a floral hat or wreath, and even a Magic Jellybean Lollipop Garden (a tradition that my family does for Easter). Below you will find a round up of May Day ideas from around the web including traditions, maypole tutorials, May Day treats, and free May Day printables.

You can find inspiration and tutorials for May Baskets on my May Day pinboard. A May Day Basket post will be coming someday. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next year. Who knows?! (I sure don’t.)

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MAY DAY TRADITIONS
*6 Ways to Celebrate May Day: @ WikiHow
Adding a Maypole to Your Backyard, Warming Up By a Bonfire, Trying Other Dancing, Enjoying May Day Food and Drink, Celebrating May Day with Flowers, Trying a Little May Magic
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*The Most Fun May Day Traditions: Magic Morning Dew, Fairy Houses and Foliage Accessories: @ BunchFamily.ca
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*Jack in the green: @ Wikipedia.org
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*Creating Summer Hats: @ Creative Connections for Kids
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*May Day Flower Headband Tutorial: @ Simple Simon and Co.
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*May Day – Magic Jelly Beans: @ Nothing But Country
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*Super Mommy Secret~May Day Tradition: @ Secrets of a Super Mommy
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*An Old-Fashioned May Day Celebration: @ Mrs. Gore’s Diary
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*Montessori Inspired May Day Activities: @ Living Montessori Now
A great collection of links to May Day Activities
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*LOCAL SPRING FESTIVALS!
Check your local community to see if they are hosting a spring or May Day festival!
Adelina from @ Home Maid Simple shared her family’s trip to the Provo Spring Festival complete with Maypole dancing!
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*Carrying on the May Day Tradition: @ Omahaha

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MAYPOLES
*Paper Towel Roll Maypole Craft: @ DLTK-Kids
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*Children’s Maypole Tutorial: @ Mommy Blessings
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*Making a Maypole: @ MarthaStewart.com
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*Maypole Dancing and DIY Maypole: @ How to Run a Home Daycare
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*May Day and DIY Maypole: @ Montessori Mischief
They used a tall floor lamp as a maypole!
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MAY DAY TREATS AND SNACKS
*DIY Mini Maypole Cakes: @ Studio DIY
Cute Maypole bundt cake made with a stripey straw and ribbons.
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*May Day Cupcakes: @ Cupcake Project
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*Maypole cupcakes: @ Martha Stewart
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*Maypole Cake: @ Fiskars
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MAY DAY PRINTABLES
*Start a May Day Tradition with these Free May Day Printables: @ Happy Money Saver
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*May Day Surprise: @ Creative Preschool Resources
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*Free Printable May Day Gift Tags: @ Skip to My Lou
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*DIY Printable May Day Basket: @ Alpha Mom
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*Printable May Day Basket Template: @ Printables4Kids.com
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*Free Printable May Day Basket (cone): @ The Neighborhood
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*May Baskets Poem and Poster / Coloring Sheet: @ DLTK
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Do you celebrate May Day? What’s your May Day tradition? Let me know in the comments!


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Minute to Win It Games Using Household Items


Here are some games you can play as a family using average household items typically used for housework and housekeeping. Play these games to celebrate No Housework” Day on April 7. Wouldn’t it be great to declare a day of fun and games with the spouse and kids rather than doing housework?!

Housework Games: Games using household items

Below you will find links to games that you can play with household items such as a broom, bucket, iron board, laundry basket, forks, spoons, plates, and cups! Way more fun than doing the laundry and washing the dishes!

Minute to Win It Games on GSN

*Broomski Ball: Roll tennis balls over a taped down broomstick and jump them into three buckets at different heights.
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You’ll Need: 3 Buckets / 1 Broomstick / Tennis balls / Foul line / Tape
1) The game begins with the broomstick and buckets affixed to the floor, and the foul line placed 9 feet back from the front of the first bucket.
2) When the clock starts, player can begin rolling tennis balls.
3) To complete the game, player must land at least one ball into each basket.

*Bucket Head: Catch 3 balls in a bucket on top of the head.
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You’ll Need: “bucket headgear” made of small bucket or water jug with top cut off / materials like a sweatband to keep it affixed to the head / container of ping-pong balls / wall with a foul line on the ground 5′ away
1) When the clock starts, player may grab 1 ball at a time and bounce it so that it hits the floor then wall before attempting to catch it in the bucket headgear.
2) Only balls caught behind the foul line may count toward total.
3) Ball must bounce directly from wall to bucket in order to score.
4) Player can’t play from a kneeling or seated position, or touch the bucket with the hands while trying to catch a ball.
5) To complete the game, player must catch and retain a total of 3 balls in the bucket atop the head within the 60-second time limit.

*Get Forked: Roll quarters from behind a foul line so that one stands between the tines of a fork from a designated distance.
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You’ll Need: Fork / Foul line
1) Create a foul line.
2) Secure the fork a designated distance away from the foul line so that it is face down and the tine openings are facing the foul line.
3) When the clock starts, player rolls quarters toward the fork.
4) To complete the game, get one quarter to stand in one of the tines within the 60-second time limit. The quarter must remain in the tine opening for 3 seconds.

*Ka-Broom: Drop a broom onto a plate, catapulting a marshmallow into the air, then catch it in a cup.
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You’ll Need: 1 cup / 1 broom / 10 paper plates / 10 large marshmallows / table
1) Set up each plate so that it hangs halfway off the table with a marshmallow centered on the portion of the plate covering the table.
2) Create a foul line 7′ from the plates.
3) When the clock starts, player places broom bristle side down, and releases the handle so it makes contact with the plate.
4) The marshmallow should catapult into the air and the player must attempt to catch it in the cup while at least 1 foot is behind the foul line.
5) If a player’s hand makes contact with a marshmallow, the attempt does not count.
6) To complete the game, player must catch 3 marshmallows so that they are in the cup concurrently within the 60-second time limit.

*Nimble Thimble: Player must bounce a marble into each of 6 thimbles.
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You’ll Need: 6 thimbles / at least 6 marbles
1) Affix each thimble to the table with the open side facing up.
2) When the clock starts, player may toss 1 marble at a time towards the thimbles.
3) A marble must bounce at least once on the table, without being redirected by the player before landing in a thimble.
4) To complete the game, a marble must be stationary in each of the 6 thimbles concurrently within the 60-second time limit.

*Spoon Frog: Bang down on a spoon to propel another spoon into a glass.
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You’ll Need: at least 6 spoons / 3 glasses
1) Set up 3 glasses in a row.
2) When the clock starts, player may begin arranging spoons and banging down on them to propel them into the glass.
3) Player must make a single motion, making contact with only 1 spoon when catapulting the spoon into the glass.
4) The spoon must land in the bottom of the glass to count.
5) To complete the game, player must land 1 spoon into each of 3 glasses and they must remain there concurrently within the 60-second time limit.

*Spoon Tune: Arrange glasses of water within 60 seconds so that they play a preselected song when tapped with a spoon.
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You’ll Need: Glasses / Water / Spoon / Table / Tuning instrument
1) Prior to game start, fill glasses with water and tune them to the notes of the preselected song. Arrange the glasses in random order in the center of the table.
2) When the clock starts, contestant may start arranging the glasses in a line and tapping them with the spoon.
3) Glasses must be positioned in a clear line within 60 seconds to count toward completion of game.
4) If contestant knocks a glass over or spills enough water to change a glass’ note, the game will result in failure.
5) To complete the game, contestant must arrange the glasses in a line in the correct order correlating to the musical notes of the preselected song and have hands off the glasses within the 60-second time limit.
6) “Jingle Bells,” “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” are just a few examples of recommended songs.

*By a Thread: Use 1 hand to run a piece of thread through the eye of 10 needles.
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You’ll Need: thread / 10 needles (each with an increasingly smaller eye)
1) All needles are placed sharp side down into a stable surface, arranged from largest eye to smallest.
2) Before starting the game, the player may hold thread with hand of choice, but may not lick or bend it.
3) When the clock starts, player may lick or bend thread as needed, but may only use 1 hand at all times.
4) To complete the game, player must get the thread through the eyes of all 10 needles within the 60-second time limit.

*Iron Board Man: Two people maneuver opposite ends of an ironing board in an attempt to land a marble in one of three designated holes.
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You’ll Need: Ironing board / Marbles
1) Prior to game start, players stand in designated start zones with their hands holding the board with a marble preloaded on the ironing board.
2) Once the clock starts, players may place their hands on the sides of the ironing board behind the designated zone and will begin rolling the marble down the board by tilting the board.
3) If a marble falls off of the board at any time, the player must re-use marble or pick up another marble and place it in the start zone before attempting the game again.
4) Only one marble may be on the board at a time.
5) To complete the game, player must get one marble from the start position to one of the 3 end positions at the middle of the ironing board as described above within the 60-second time limit.

*Magic Carpet Ride: Player must sit on a bathroom floor mat and use an inchworm technique to move around obstacles.
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You’ll Need: 1 standard bath mat / 3 obstacles (i.e. toilet brush, plunger, toilet paper roll) / smooth floor with start line
1) Set up 3 obstacles in a line in front of the start line.
2) Player begins game sitting on bathmat with fuzzy side down.
3) When the clock starts, player may begin moving across floor using the designated inchworm motion to move around the obstacles.
4) Player may slalom in any direction around the obstacles, then turn around and slalom back past the same obstacles.
5) If player touches the ground with any part of his or her body, he or she must stop moving forward until their body is correctly positioned back on the mat.
6) To complete the game, player must slalom around the obstacles to the end and back, and the bath mat must cross the start line entirely within the 60-second time limit.

*Whack Job: Use a broom to knock a pie tin off a glass, allowing the egg that is sitting on a toilet paper roll on top of the tin to fall into the glass.
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You’ll Need: glass of water / pie tin / toilet paper roll / raw egg / kitchen broom
1) Set up tower so that it has a glass of water with a pie tin on top. On top of the pie tin is an empty toilet paper roll with an egg balanced on top.
2) When the clock starts, player steps on broom bristles and releases handle so that the handle hits the pie tin with the demonstrated motion.
3) The player may not make contact with the egg tower, and the entire egg must land inside the glass to count.
4) To complete the game, player must knock the egg off the tower and completely into the glass within the 60-second time limit.

*Whippersnapper: Player must use a towel affixed to the floor to whip a ping-pong ball into a laundry basket.
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You’ll Need: 1 towel / ping-pong balls / 1 laundry basket
1) Set up laundry basket 15′ away from a towel which has 1 end affixed to the ground.
2) When the clock starts, player may put a ball on the towel and “pop” the ball into the laundry basket by holding the 2 closet corners of the towel.
3) Player may place the ping-pong ball anywhere on the towel, but may only place 1 ping-pong ball at a time.
4) To complete the game, the player must toss 1 ping-pong ball into the laundry basket within the 60-second time limit.

Link up your housework related projects with the No Housework Party April 07-12, 2014. Domestic Goddess’ and the Domestically Challenged welcome!
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50+ Ideas for Thanksgiving Kids’ Table (Links)


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During the holidays we’ve all had to sit at the kids’ table at some point in our lives. Now everyone will want to sit at the kids’ table if you use these creative ideas for making your Thanksgiving kids’ table the coolest on the block!

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*Thanksgiving Kid’s Table: @ Fiskars
Silly turkey leg place card, pie treat holder, Mayflower drinking straw, decorative turkey clips, pilgrim hat crayon holder, Native American headband, and grateful tree centerpiece.
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*The Kids’ Table: Thanksgiving Placecards, Paper Bag Turkey, Thanksgiving Quiz, Bite Sized Pumpkin Pies, Faux Pumpkin Pie Place Cards, Game Time Thanksgiving Boat Races, Thanksgiving Pumpkin Roll: @ One Charming Party
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*Thanksgiving Kids Table: @ 11 Cupcakes
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*How to Create an Amazing Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Happy Home Fairy
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*Thanksgiving Kid’s Table Ideas: @ Craftberry Bush
Black Bristol board lines the table as a placemat or table cloth on a kiddie table that works just as a chalkboard. Wrap the utensils with a yellow and green napkin to simulate corn.
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*Eat, Drink, Be Thankful Kid’s Table: by Mirabelle Creations
@ Amy Atlas: Sweet Designs and Kara’s Party Ideas
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*Embrace the idea of a kids’ table: @ Country Living
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*Thanksgiving Place Settings: @ Fiskars
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*Giving Thanks: A Thanksgiving Kid’s Table: @ Frog Prince Paperie
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*Kids’ Thanksgiving Table: We Are So Thankful!: @ Frog Prince Paperie
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*Turkey Day Table Centerpiece: @ Parents.com
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*Happy Gobble Day: @ Anders Ruff
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*A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Denna’s Ideas
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*It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Halloween/Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Denna’s Ideas
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*Fun Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ La T Dah
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*Mayflower Celebration: Sandra Lee’s Cute and Crafty Kids’ Table for Thanksgiving:
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*Thanksgiving Kids Table: @ Alesya Bags
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*Set a Special Place for Kids: Ritzy Bee @ Southern Living
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*Set a Great Kids’ Table for Thanksgiving: @ Pottery Barn Kids
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*Mini Thanksgiving Feast: @ Small Fry Blog
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*Ultimate Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Party Bluprints
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*Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Giggles Galore
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*Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Saratoga Mama
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*The Best Thanksgiving Yet: @ Rococo Report
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*Kids’ Thanksgiving Table: by Parties for Pennies
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*Whoot of Thanks Playdate: @ The Savvy Mom’s Guide
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*Thanksgiving Child Setting: @ Momtastic
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*Color Full Kids Thanksgiving Table: @ Kara’s Creative Place
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*Free Printable Paper Pilgrim Hat and Bonnet: @ MarthaStewart.com
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*Free Thanksgiving Kids Table Printables: @ Shindig Parties to Go
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*Thanksgiving Kids’ Table and Free Printable: @ Sweet Metel Moments
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*Kids’ Table Printables: @ Alpha Mom
Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece, Thanksgiving Napkin Rings, Thanksgiving Crayon Holder, Thanksgiving Coloring Page
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*Thanksgiving Kid’s Table Setting: @ Lily’s Laundry Blog
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*Printable Turkey Trivia Cards: by Skip to my Lou @ Alpha Mom
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*Free Printable Thanksgiving Placemat: @ Whatever Dee Dee Wants
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*Free Thanksgiving Fall Printable Kit: @ Paper Glitter
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*Free Printable Thanksgiving Play Set: @ Chickabug
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*Free Printable Kid’s Thanksgiving Placemats: @ Darling Doodles Design
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*Thanksgiving Table for Kids: Free Printables: @ Design Dazzle
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*Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Tips: @ How Does She
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*Mayflower Crayon Holder: @ It’s Overflowing
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*Mayflower Treat Holder!: @ My Cotton Creations
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*(Pottery Barn Inspired) DIY Thanksgiving Treat Holders: @ Sheek Shindigs
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*Kids’ Table Centerpiece: @ MarthaStewart.com
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*DIY Paper Mayflower Centerpiece: @ Martha Stewart
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*Mayflower Place Setting: @ Whatever Dee Dee Wants
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*DIY Mayflower Tutorial (Pottery Barn Inspired): @ The Pink Peony of Le Jardin
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*DIY Mayflower: @ Making Life Whimsical

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*DIY Thanksgiving Tallship: @ Let’s Go Fly a Kite…
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*Turkey Handprint Tablecloth: @ How Does She
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*Thanksgiving Party: @ Happy Hawkins
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*Pilgrim Straw Toppers: @ Daily Party Dish
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*Turkey Pencil Holder (Tutorial): @ Pottery Barn Kids
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*Pom Pom Tom Turkey Decoration: @ MarthaStewart.com
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*Thanksgiving Entertainment for Kids: @ The Idea Room
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*Thanksgiving Kids’ Table Activities: @ The Mother Huddle
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*Moccasin and Pilgrim Treat and Placecard Holder: @ Can’t Stop Making Things
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*Turkey Table Topper and Turkey Nut Holder: @ Spoonful.com
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*Thanksgiving Chalk Cloth Placemats: @ Flamingo Toes
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*Toddler to Teen Thanksgiving Table: @ The Celebration Shoppe
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*Turkey Chair Covers: @ Wild Olive
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*Turkey Chair Covers Tutorial: @ Spoonful
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*Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Ideas: @ Spoonful
Turkey Napkin Holders, Pilgrim Napkin Rings, Photo Napkin Rings, Fall Tableware Napkin Rings, Wrapped Rings, Button Indian Corn Napkin Rings, Funny Fall Napkin Rings, Turkey Napkin Rings and Holders, Indian Corn Napkin Rings
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*Thanksgiving Table for Kids: @ MarthaStewart.com
Thanksgiving Place Mats, Paper Pilgrims Thanksgiving Table, Gourd Gobblers, Cornhusk Dolls, Mayflower Centerpiece, Headdress Napkin Wrap, Paper Boat Place Cards, Finger Puppet Favors, Turkey Trivia
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What’s your favorite memory of sitting at the kids’ table?
Do you have ideas for making the kids’ table more fun?
Please share in the comments!

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How to Make Shadow Puppets (Links)


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If you’d like to learn to make shadow puppets with your hands, shadow puppets with paper, or a shadow puppet theater…try one of the many links below. Shadow puppets are a great activity for Groundhog Day or Halloween and kids love them!

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Hand Shadow Puppets*Shadow-Puppets.com
The most difficult hand puppet subject may be accomplished after only a few minutes.

*Fun with Shadows for Home Entertainers (Jan, 1930) @ Modern Mechanix
This feature explains how anyone can cast the shadows of sixteen different figures, an accomplishment which will provide many full evenings of entertainment for either children or adults.
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*How to Make Shadow Puppets @ About.com/familycrafts
Teach your kids to have fun without their toys by bringing shadows to life. See how to make a dog, swan, and bunny rabbit with nothing but your hands, light, and a little imagination.

*Shadowy Days @ Little Page Turners
I stretched a sheet between two chairs, placed a naked lamp on the ground, and voila! We had ourselves a shadow puppet stage.
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*Hand Shadows @ Apples 4 the Teacher
What a delightful way to expand on the concept of the Groundhog’s shadow – teach children how to make their own shadow characters! These can be made in front of an overhead projector or behind a hanging sheet with a light source.
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*Showy Shadow Puppets @ Disney Family.com
Animal Hand Shadow Tips: Puppy Face, Spider, Goose, Elephant Head
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Paper Shadow Puppets*Kid Craft: Make a Groundhog Shadow Puppet
by Modern Parents Messy Kids @ Momtastic
Here’s a fun kid craft that’s part art project, part puppet show
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*Shadow Puppets for Kids @ Drawing Mom
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*Winter Shadow Puppets @ Little Wonders Days
They played with making the shadows bigger, smaller, and disappear altogether by moving their flashlight or the puppet.
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*Shadow Shapes Craft @ Crayola.com
Regardless of whether the ground hog sees his shadow or not on February 2, kids can create their own Shadow Shapes—and make them all year ’round.

*Shadow Puppets @ Spoonful.com (formerly FamilyFun)
Your kids can cast a shadowy show of their own with just a few of these simplified paper puppets and a tabletop stage.
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*Shadow Puppets (Free Printable) @ MarthaStewart.com
This craft is easy and fun plus it’s a great way to entertain young children! (Free printable polar bear or muskox puppet template.)

*How to Make a Shadow Puppet (Free Printable) @ Frolic Blog
The template for an octopus, a shark, a wolf eel and a ship.
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*Halloween Shadow Makers (Free Printable) @ Mini Eco
The best thing is that they are very easy to make – all you need is some black paper, a craft knife, sticky tape and some wooden sticks.
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*Shocking Silhouettes (Free Printables) @ Martha Stewart
As day turns to night, call on candles to cast an eerie glow throughout your home. When fierce silhouettes are propped above them, spectacular shadows dance across the walls.
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*Shadow Puppets @ While Wearing Heels
The possibilities for making your own shadow puppets are endless and the cost involved is next to nothing.
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*Shadow Puppets and Their Presentation
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In shadow puppetry you are limited only by your imagination! Go make some fun puppets!

*Shadow Puppets @ Martha Stewart
More elaborate shapes require some supplementary materials, such as our templates for a shark, sea horse, angelfish, tuna, crab, and mermaid.
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*How to Make Shadow Puppet @ The Organic Lemon
They are easy to make, affordable and provide hours of entertainment for little ones!
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*Glow-in-the-Dark Star Shadow Puppets
by willowday @ The Crafty Crow
The shadow puppet can be used for: 1) a window shadow puppet 2) a flashlight shadow puppet (Something for summer nights in tents) and 3) a glow-in-the-dark toy or decoration.
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*Make a Shadow Puppet Play @ Acorn Pies (also found here)
”For the theater, you could stretch a white sheet across a doorway, glue vellum to a wooden canvas stretcher, or like me, tape one-ply white paper to an old metal frame from the attic.”
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*Shadow Puppets (Free Template) @ Education
Make the most of some ordinary household supplies to create this fun puppet craft that hails from Indonesia.
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*Shadow Puppet Cutouts @ hvanrossum.com
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*Shadow Puppets (free printable) @ National Wildlife Federation
Dolphin, fish, starfish, octopus, squirrel, rabbit, turtle, butterfly
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*Easy Shadow Puppet Show @ Rhythm of the Home
”We stretched a sheet over two chairs in our living room. We attached the sheet to the chairs using clothespins, and stretched it all tight by using the weight of the chairs themselves.”
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*Make Bedtime (even more) Theatrical with Shadow Puppets
@ Canadian Family
”We just lay down with our puppets close to the wall and shone a flashlight right on them.”
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*Make Shadow Puppets @ Squidoo
Illustrated step by step directions how you can make your own shadow puppets, set up your stage, and put on a shadow puppet play.
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*Kid Craft: Shadow Puppets @ Gardening without Skills
We got two barstools and stretched out a piece of freezer paper in between the stools and taped it in place. We put a halogen desk lamp behind the stools and turned off the lights in the room.
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*Shadow Puppets @ Nuture Store
Puppets are a wonderful way for children to work out real-life relationships and develop their language – and so much fun to make!
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Shadow Puppet Theaters
Make a Shadow Puppet Theater

*Cereal Box Shadow Theater @ Mini-Eco
This cereal box shadow theater makes a great project for an older child. It’s really simple to make, and can be made from household scraps.
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*Shadow Puppet Theater Tutorial @ Givers Log
Supplies: Freezer paper, Elmer’s Glue, Masking tape, permanent fabric paint (like textile paint or acrylic), sponge brayer for applying paint, Fabric that will let a little light through, Tulle (optional)
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*DIY Shadow Puppet Theater @ Givers Log
”Tie a piece of string between two chairs and clothespin your theatre to the string. All you need is a flashlight and a puppeteer or two and you’re ready for a performance.”
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*Little Light Theatre @ Home Adventurer
”At home we simply transformed our little entrance hall into the theatre; using a floor lamp for illumination, and a small table covered with a large sheet of baking parchment* as a screen.”
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*Table Top Shadow Puppet Theater
@ Spoonful.com (formerly FamilyFun)
Your kids can cast a shadowy show of their own with just a few of these simplified paper puppets and a tabletop stage.

*How to Build a Simple Shadow Puppet Theater
@ Inner Child Fun
Shadow puppet theater was made from an empty cardboard box with the bottom cut out, and replaced with two sheets of white tissue paper held in place with packaging tape.
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*Shadow Puppet Theater @ Make Monthly
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*DIY Shadow Puppet Theatre @ Salsa Pie
Here’s an easy way you can turn a cardboard box and some freezer paper into a shadow puppet theatre!
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*Shadow Puppets Cereal Box Theatre @ Red Ted Art
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*Shadow Puppet Theatre @ Kirsten Rickert
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*Shadow Puppet Theater @ Squidoo
Making a shadow puppet theater is an inexpensive family time activity that will build memories. All you need is a cardboard box (a cereal box works very well), scissors, tape, thin white paper or wax paper, and either straws, craft sticks, or skewers.
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Police Officer Crafts for Kids (National Police Week)



May 11-17, 2014 is National Police Week!
National Tell a Police Officer Thank You Day is in September!
Here are some great police crafts and activities you can do with the kids! These crafts are great for preschools and schools to use when learning about community heros and helpers.

Police Officer CraftsPLEASE PIN THE ORIGINAL SOURCE

*Policeman Thumbprint Character: @ Scrappin Cop

*Bank Robber Money Bag Tutorial: @ Craft Apple

POLICE BADGE CRAFTS

*Policeman Crafts: @ Squidoo
Policeman pompom craft and free sheriff badge template.

*Police Officer Badge-Making Page: @ Community Club: Teacher.scholastic.com

*Official Badge Generator: @ Says-it.com

*Community Helpers Preschool Themes: Police (Printable Police Badge): @ Early Childhood Fun
Personal Safety, Traffic Safety, Police Theme Crafts, Printable Police Badge

*Make Police Badges with Preschoolers: @ ehow
*Kids Cutout Police Badge Crafts: @ ehow
Templates, Lacing Badge, Name Badges – Name Tags, Personalized Badge, Foil Badge
*Police Badge Crafts: @ ehow
Preschool Craft, Costume Craft, Crafty Gift, Decoupage Plaque
*Police Memorial Day Crafts: @ voices.yahoo
Making a Police Badge, Coming to the Rescue: Shoe box cars, Red White and Blue Key chain

POLICE HAT CRAFTS

*Police Officers Hat and Badge Craft: @ Kids Crafts Blog

*Policeman Crafts: @ Easy Kids Crafts
Police Hat using a visor, construction paper, pencil, scissors, tape and glue. Police Notepad using construction paper, white letter paper, pipe cleaner, black marker and scissors.

*Police Visor: @ Making Friends

*Labor Day Craft: Printable Hats: @ GuildCraftInc.com

*Community Helper Felt Board Police and Fire: @ Making Learning Fun

*Policeman Hat: @ The Idea Box
*Police Officer Crafts for Kids: @ ehow.co.uk
Hat and Badge, Crime Prevention Puppets, Family Emergency List

POLICE CAR CRAFTS

*Police Car Craft: @ Making Learning Fun

*Police Car: @ Activity TV (Video)
Visit the ATV garage and learn how to make this fun toy police car.

*Police Car Coloring Page: @ The Kidz Page

*Cardboard Box Police Car: @ Red Ted Art

POLICE PAPER DOLLS

*Police Officer TP Roll: @ dltk-kids

*Poliecman Toiletpaper Tube Puppet: @ Making Learning Fun

*Paper Doll Police Uniforms and Squad Car and Paper Doll Bad Guys: @ Scrappin Cop

*Community Helper Paper Dolls: @ First Palette

*Policeman Mask: @ Edupics.com

POLICE LESSON PLANS

*Policeman Lapbook: @ Homeschool Creations

*Police Officers: PreK and Kindergarten:
@ Homeschool Creations
Counting Fingerprints, Personal Safety, Stoplight Crackers, Badge and Hat, Stoplight Craft

*Police Printables: @ Homeschool Creations

*Kindergarten Police Officer Printables:
@ Confessions of a Homeschooler
Police hats and badges, What Police Officers do, K9 Units, Police Coloring, Finger Prints, Traffic Lights, Stop/Go sign and game, Traffic Light Snack, Math: Play “Domino Parking Lot”

*Unit Study: Police: @ Lawteedah
Flashcards, My information, Color by number Traffic light, Fingerprint Numbers, Whistle Patterns, Make a Police Badge, Role Play, Police Officer Says, Songs & Fingerplay

*Community Theme: Police Officers: @ PreKinders
Scroll down for Police theme!
Police Officers: License Plate Game, Police Officers: Fingerprints, Police Officer Prop Box

*Community Helpers Preschool Themes: Police (Printable Police Badge): @ Early Childhood Fun
Personal Safety, Traffic Safety, Police Theme Crafts, Printable Police Badge

*People Who Keep Us Safe: @ 2 Teaching Mommies
Lesson Plan, Memory Verse, S is for Safety, Safety Lapbook, Fire Fighting Beginning Writing, Shape Fire Truck, Catch the Robber (Dice Game), Stranger Danger

*Policeman Theme and Police Officer Theme @ First School
Alphabet theme printable materials for Letter P Police Officer, Book recommendations, Coloring Pages, What does a police officer do?, Police Officer Headband and Badge Craft, Safety Theme: Crime Prevention

*Police Theme Ideas: @ Preschool Express
Blue art, Police Officer Puppets, Personal Safety, Officer Help Me! Game, Traffic Safety, Police Officer Dramatic Play, I’m a Police Officer Song, Police Officer Placemats

*Community Helpers Theme: @ Pre-K Pages
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*Community Helpers (Police Songs and Fingerplay): @ Hummingbird Educational Resources
Scroll down for POLICE ACTIVITIES: I Am A Policeman (Sung to: I’m A Little Teapot), Our Friend, Police Officer, The Policeman, The Policeman (Sung to Mary Had A Little Lamb), Lost Child, Two tall policemen met in a lane, Police officers are helpers wherever they may stand, Police Officers fingerplay, Police Art, Dramatic Play Police Station, Fingerprints, Police Week Line Up

*Labor Day Lesson Plans: The Police Officer:
@ Bright Hub Education

LEARNING 9-1-1

*Learning Telephone Numbers (Printable): @ Spell Outloud

*Learning to Dial 9-1-1: @ I Can Teach My Child

POLICE COLORING PAGES

*Police Car Coloring Page: @ The Kidz Page

*Police Coloring Pages: @ Coloring Book Fun

*Policeman Coloring Pages: @ coloring.ws

How does your family honor police officers throughout the year?
Let me know in the comments!


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Celebrating Leap Day (Links)


Happy LEAP DAY! Leap Year only happens every four years so make Leap Day special. Try something new, do something out of the ordinary, and have fun with it.

When coming up with a new tradition for Leap Day consider these key words that are important to the day: Leap, 4, 29, 229.
+Find something fun to do that incorporates leaping
+Set a timer and do something every 4 minutes (Change activities, switch seats at the table, leap in the air, etc)
+Invite over all of your Leaping Lizards for a sLEAPover and play Leap Frog!
+Create a time capsule to be opened on Leap Year 4 years from now.
+Since Leap Day is an extra day try doing something extra and make the day extraordinary!

When searching for Leap Day ideas the internet was unanimous…frogs. Frogs “leap” therefore they are apparently the perfect Leap Day mascot. Below you will find links to Leap Day and Frog themed games, crafts, foods, and more!

Why do we have a Leap Day?
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LeapYearDay.com and RaenellDawn.com

Feb29th.net
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LEAP YEAR PARTIES

*Kids Leap Day Birthday Party Planner: @ Leap year Day

*Leap Year Kids Party Ideas: @ Peppers and Pollywogs
Leap Year Party – Frog-themed ideas for invitations, decorations, activities, menu, and goodies.

*Leap Year Party: @ Grey Grey Designs
Featured here and here

*Frog Prince Birthday Party: @ Kara’s Party Ideas

*Frogs and Butterflies Party in the Garden: @ Bird’s Party

*Make a Leap Day Birthday Special: @ Parents.com

LEAP YEAR FOOD

*Leap Year Frog Cookies: @ The Celebration Shoppe

*Cookie Frog: @ Kraft Recipes

*Frog Cupcakes: @ Cutest Food

*Froggy Cupcakes: @ Family Fun

*Prince Naveen Frog Face Cupcakes: @ Disney Family

*Apple Frogs: @ Clean and Scentsible

*Kermit’s Green Apples Peanut Butter Dip: @ Disney Family

*Pickled Frog: @ BHG

*Froggy Friend Lunch: @ This Lunch Rox

*Princess and the Frog Lunch: @ Meet the Dubiens

*Leap Year Snack: @ JDaniel4’s Mom

*Toad-ally Fun Frog Fiesta: @ Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons

*Frogmelon: @ Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons

*Frog Bread: @ Edible Crafts
The recipe from the original source was taken down, but the comments are still there in case that’s helpful.

LEAP YEAR CRAFTS

*Frog Activities for Children: @ DLTK Kids

*Paper Frog Puppet: @ Family Fun

*Letter “F” Frog: @ Play and Learn with Dana

*Paper Plate Frog Hand Tracing Craft: @ Busy Bee Kids Crafts

*Handprint Frog Craft: @ Fun Handprint Art

*Fly Catching Frog: @ Family Fun

*Leap Year Frog: @ Times Record News

*Leap Year Frog Craft: @ Lakeshore Learning

*Frog Catch Game: @ Ziggity Zoom

*Clay Pot Frog Craft: @ FamilyCrafts.About

*Paper Bag Frog Puppet: @ DLTK Kids

*Paper Bag Puppets: @ Enchanted Learning

LEAP YEAR PRINTABLES

*Leap Year Free Printables: @ Creatividee Workshop
Download here

*Celebrate Leap Year with Free Printables: @ Creative Party Buzz

*Leap Day Printable: @ Sherri Foxman

*Frog Maze: @ Print Activities

*Pin the Crown on the Frog Free Printable: @ Tip Junkie
“Here’s a poster you can print out on 4 sheets of paper, glue on a green posterboard and laminate, or simply tape together for an easy and fun game!”

*Musical Lily Pads Free Printable: @ Tip Junkie
Print out these lily pads and tape on the floor. Play with the same rules as musical chairs.

*Frog Hunt and Leap Year Games Free Printable: @ Tip Junkie
Frog Hunt, Ribbit, Ribbit, Jump, and Pass the Toad

*Origami Jumpin Frog Printable: @ Family Fun

*Frog Party Favor Bags: @ Mr. Printables

*Five Green Frogs: Kid’s Music Printable: @ Pickle Bums

*Freebie Printable: Butterfly and Frog Mask Templates: @ Bird’s Party

*Leap Froggin Game Board Part 1 and Part 2: @ Family Fun

LEAP YEAR GAMES
AND ACTIVITIES

*Frog Beanbag Toss: @ DLTK Kids

*Leap Year Activities and Party Ideas: @ Craft Jr.
Frog Paper Plate Craft, Frog Paper Bag Craft, Froggy Catch Game, Musical Lily Pads, Leap Year Coloring Page, Frog and Fly Game, Frog Dominoes, Frog Coloring Pages, Sherbet the Frog Dessert, Frog Cupcakes, Flippin’ Frogs Game, Leap Frog Bingo

*Leaping Groundhogs Game: @ JDaniel4’s Mom

*Frog Activities for Leap Year Day: @ ehow

*29 Fun Things to do on Leap Day: @ Mother Nature Network

*Children’s Games & Activities for Leap Year: @ ehow
Leap Year Division Challenge, Leap Year Beanbag Toss, Leap Year Birthday Cake Relay, Leap Year Verse, Leap Year Frog Cakes
Frog Chorus, Frog Diner, Tadpole Watch, Ribbit, Froggy May I?

*Leap Year Activities: @ Family Corner (forums)
Talk about leaping animals, Find a Leap Frog, Leaping and Jumping, Frog Straw Game, Kangaroo Jumping Fun, Froggy Snack, Leap Year Jump, Tracing, Leap Year Song(Tune of Bingo)

 

 

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