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A Walk in the Woods: Leaf Activities for Kids

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A fall hike along a backcountry trail engages the mind and the senses, but it's also just plain fun.
Materials
  • Resealable plastic bag to carry leaves and other finds
  • Field guide for identifying species of trees in the forest
  • Homemade leaf press for bringing collected leaves home
  • Magnifying lens to inspect specimens up close
  • Colored pencils or crayons for bark rubbings and labeling leaves (don't forget a sharpener)
  • Field notebook and eraser for notes, rubbings, and sketches
  • Bag and binoculars to carry gear and spy on birds and wildlife (a bag in a bright color is less likely to be left behind)
  • Compass to make following the trail map easier
  • Blanket for laying out provisions at lunchtime
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Father's Day Coupons

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This Father's Day, give Dad a coupon booklet filled with unbelievable deals: 100 percent off a lawn mowing, car washing, delicious breakfast, and more.
Materials
  • Print the coupon template. (You can also duplicate them on a color photocopier if necessary.) Then cut them out. To decorate the cover, we used a 1 1/4-inch round craft punch to create a hole that frames the coupon picture underneath. Here are a few more presentation ideas:
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Mini Stockings

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Spooky Porches: Spiders

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Materials
  • For Giant Spider: Large plastic or paper spider (sold at party stores)
  • Black acrylic paint (tube, with brush, or spray can)
  • 2 foam-insulation balls, one slightly larger than spider head, the other slightly larger than spider body
  • Serrated knife
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Black fake fur (optional)
  • 2 red beads, for eyes
  • 3 straight pins
  • White cotton string
  • Pushpin or self-stick hanger
  • For Web: Scissors
  • Fiberglass window screening in a 100-foot roll, depending on porch size
  • Kraft paper or newspaper
  • Chalk
  • Yardstick or straightedge
  • White-paint markers
  • Pushpins or thumbtacks
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Oilcloth Apron

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Toy Boats

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Crafting and DIY, Wood
Old blocks are delightfully seaworthy. You and your deckhands can glue, paint, and decorate them, and -- splash! -- one plaything becomes another. Accessorize your vessel using household items with undiscovered nautical potential. Man made his very first boats from wood, so you are upholding ancient tradition while at the same time recycling.
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Miniature Valentine's Day Gift Bags

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Dreidel Gift-Card Holders

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