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Backyard Magic

Ages: 5 to 9
Indoor activity

Materials: pillow case, fabric, or skirt; bulldog clip or clothespin; colored paper/paperboard, fabric paints, glue, crayons or markers, cotton, foil, felt, ribbons, streamers

Your kids can have an enchanting time with some homemade magic get-up!

A pillowcase, a large piece of fabric, a scarf, or an adult-sized skirt make an excellent child's cape. Use a bulldog clip or clothespin to hold the front of the cape together.

Crowns are easy to make out of colored paper. Cut the paper into a length to fit a child's head, with several points on the top. Supply your child with plenty of crayons, markers, cotton balls, glitter, glue, used aluminum foil, felt, ribbons, and anything else that can transform a ring of paper into head gear fit for royalty.

Finally, make a wand. Cut a ten-inch square of colorful wrapping paper. Then, along one edge, cut every quarter inch or so. Tightly roll the uncut edge of the paper, and insert the rolled paper into a cardboard tube from a dry-cleaner hanger.

Encourage your child to dream up wild magic acts, complete with incantations, like turning a brick into a prince or princess, or a tree into a dinosaur. Perhaps even make the sky rain cookies. Now then, wouldn't the world be a better place if we each took a moment to believe in magic?

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August 27, 2014



Don't be afraid of fats! Healthy fats, like those found in nuts, avocado, or cheese, make great lunch additions or snacks, and will help keep your child full until the end of the school day.


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