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9 Simple Ways to Get Outdoors as a Family

  Posted by Jean Oram , 23 May 2016 · 160 views

[url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/?attachment_id=2806#main"][img]http://i2.wp.com/itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/9SimpleWaysFamilyOutdoors.png?resize=375%2C375[/img][/url]So many schools are reducing recess–outdoor play–due to budget cuts and hopes of boosting test scores. However, studies show that increased recess time results in better test scores compared to increasing time in the classroom. Yikes!
But here’s something you may not have heard about in the argument for keeping recess. Outdoor play–and specifically, recess–helps our kids eyesight. I know! Wow, right?
On the website[url="http://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/myopia-causes.htm"] All About Vision[/url], they quote several studies that found all sorts of interesting results. Here are a few quotes I found particularly interesting:[quote]
The researchers calculated a 2 percent drop in the risk of developing myopia for each additional hour children spend outdoors per week. “This is equivalent to an 18 percent reduction for every additional hour of exposure per day,” they said.
Compared with children with normal eyesight or farsightedness, children with myopia spent an average of 3.7 fewer hours per week outside.[/quote]In other words, more time outside means you’re increasing your child’s chance they WON’T need glasses. Think of all the money you’ll save!
In favour of recess:[quote]
The study authors concluded that outdoor activities during recess in elementary school have a significant protective effect on myopia risk among children that are not yet nearsighted and reduce the progression of myopia among nearsighted schoolchildren.[/quote][quote]
The 12-year-old children who spent more time outdoors had less myopia at the end of the two-year study period than others in the study.[/quote]There you have it.
Let’s get outside and play! What do we do in the Oram household? Well, first of all we got a dog. Why? Because not only does it teach our kids empathy and responsibility for others, but our dog gets us outside daily. We walk the dog, the kids ride their bikes alongside or walk too. It’s great exercise for all of us![quote]
The brain is better able to pay attention, hold things in memory, and show self-control after it has been outdoors.
–Gabrielle Principe, Your Brain on Childhood[/quote]Getting a dog isn’t your thing? It doesn’t have to be complicated or strenuous. How about these simple activities that will get you outdoors:
[b]9 Ways To Get Outside as a Family[/b]

[b]Watch the Sunrise / Sunset[/b]
Does the world seem different at this time of day? What colors do you see in the sky?
[b]Find Cloud Animals[/b]
Lie on your back and look at the clouds—whoa! Is that a giraffe?
[b]Draw on the Sidewalk with Chalk[/b]
[b]Try and Catch Your Shadow[/b]
Can you catch it?
[b]Water Fights[/b]
[b]Ring Toss[/b]
Make your own rings out of plastic container lids. Then shove a stick into the ground to toss them onto!
[b]Hopscotch[/b]
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[b]Eat Outside[/b]
Picnic, BBQ, simply taking your meal out on the deck–it’s still outdoors and you’ll still get the benefits of being out in nature. Both for your soul and your eyesight.

Thanks for playing! See you next time. And if you need more activity ideas don’t forget to check out my book, [url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/1001-boredom-busters-for-kids-book/"]1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas.[/url] It’s reasonably priced so everyone can play.

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5 Fun Travel Games That Will Make Your Kids Smarter (and Keep You Sane!)

  Posted by Jean Oram , 18 May 2016 · 53 views

<p><a href="[url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/games-for-kids/travel-and-car-games/kids_travel/#main"]http://itsallkidsplay.ca/games-for-kids/travel-and-car-games/kids_travel/#main[/url]" rel="attachment wp-att-596"><img class=" wp-image-596 alignleft" [url="src="]src="http://i0.wp.com/itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Kids_Travel.jpg?resize=377%2C445"[/url] alt="Travel Badge. Traveling with Kids" [url="srcset="]srcset="http://i0.wp.com/itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Kids_Travel.jpg?w=1490[/url] 1490w, [url="http://i0.wp.com/itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Kids_Travel.jpg?resize=254%2C300"]http://i0.wp.com/itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Kids_Travel.jpg?resize=254%2C300[/url] 254w, [url="http://i0.wp.com/itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Kids_Travel.jpg?resize=867%2C1024"]http://i0.wp.com/itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Kids_Travel.jpg?resize=867%2C1024[/url] 867w" sizes="(max-width: 377px) 100vw, 377px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a>Remember way back when we walked uphill to school both ways? In a snowstorm. In boots too big for our feet? A time when vehicles didn’t come with DVD players? When there were no hand-held devices to keep you occupied as the boring old miles rolled by? Remember when we had to learn self-control and regulation by doling out our “Are we there yet?”s wisely because on a long road trip we were only given three? (Maybe that was just me. I did like to ask a lot.)</p>
<p>Remember that?</p>
<p>Well, the bottom line is this: road trips can be <em>boring</em>. As kids, we had to adapt. We had to learn to entertain ourselves. We had to get creative. Invent and modify games. We had to learn to be in our own minds. We had to learn patience. We had to get along with our siblings or figure out how to quickly make up after a fight–because we were in it together and goodness, don’t make me suffer alone!</p>
<p>Today? We strap our kids into the vehicle and hand them a device to absorb their attention. Which is all right. It’s nice as a parent to not hear this a million times: “Are we there yet?” and “I’m bored.” And “Cynthia is touching me/kicking me/looking at me.”</p>
<p>But are we doing our kids a disservice? Are we adding to their owly impatience? Their inability to self-regulate and entertain themselves? I know my kids certainly don’t look out the window as often. (Cue study findings about the correlation between an increase in screen time and a decrease in self-control, self-discipline, increased aggression, lowered attention spans and more.)</p>
<p>So, let’s mix it up old-school! Not only will these five fun classic travel games beat the boredom blues and prevent the summer slide, but they’ll also boost your child’s development.</p>
<p>(Summer slide is the loss of academic skills over the summer because kids aren’t engaged in learning experiences. That’s not to say put your kids in summer school–playtime and family time is important too! What they are saying is to challenge your kid’s intellectual skills throughout the summer. Read, play, explore, play math games and more. Keep that brain moving!)</p>
<p>Ready? Set… Let’s play!</p>
<h3>Five Classic Travel Games for Kids</h3>
<h4>Game: Who Are They?</h4>
<p>As you pass another vehicle use your imagination to create a story about the person driving. Be creative and try to imagine what that person is like and how they came to be there. You can be silly or serious.</p>
<p>Some starter questions: What’s their name? Where are they going? What’s their favourite thing to do? What are they afraid of?</p>
<p>You can play this game alone, or with others. If playing with others, each person can take their own turn without interruption as they create a history for the other driver. Or, players can build off of each other’s stories and ideas.</p>
<p>Variation: Guess who lives in a house or works in a business you pass.</p>
<p>There are no wrong answers with this one, only hours of creative silliness. For kids who fear being wrong this is a great, fun way to let them show their silly side in a safe environment.</p>
<p>Developmental perks: patience, self-expression–this can become an emotional outlet where they express and regulate their feelings through others, verbal skills, creativity, empathy–understanding others have lives too, and more! (Those are just a few of the developmental perks for this one.)</p>
<h4>Storytelling Chain</h4>
<p>Group storytelling. Everyone makes up one line for the group story.</p>
<p>So, one person starts the story by saying one sentence, then the next player takes over, adding their own sentence to the story. On and on until you have a story!</p>
<p>Once upon a time there was a girl…</p>
<p>I love playing this one with my kids and niece and nephew–whenever it is my nephew’s turn “the girl fell on her face and died.” Why do I love it? Because it forces the next person to get creative to keep the story going. And sometimes, because they know this is going to be his answer, they set him up for his famous line. Not only do kids learn patience and taking turns, but they learn teamwork and the joys of building a hilarious, rambling story with others.</p>
<p>Developmental perks: Taking turns, teamwork, verbal skills, creativity, storybuilding skills, patience, listening skills, social skills, communication, self-expression, and more! PLUS if you have someone in your group who is very set on how a story should go, this game can help them learn to work through their frustrations of not always having it their way and learning to see something from another’s point of view. (They can learn to let it go! It may take time… be patient! Help them see the humour and intrigue in another’s viewpoint.)</p>
<h4>Car Ride I Spy Booklet</h4>
<p>Cut pictures and words out of a magazine and glue them on a piece of paper. Check things off as you find them on your trip. For example, pictures of a dog, a bus, a crosswalk sign, the word “exit,” the letter “X,” etc.</p>
<p>Developmental perks: reading, visual identification skills, fine motor skills (if your kiddo makes the book, they’re cutting, gluing AND learning categorization–what sort of things do they see riding in the car?) and more.</p>
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<h4>5 License Plate Games</h4>
<p>Ah, the BIG classic car ride game. What’s sweet about this one for preventing the summer slide? With the different variations you can not only work on literacy skills, but you’ll also work on some math skills. It’ll get your kids looking out the window, strengthening those eyes for some far-sighted seeing. As well, some of these variations boost creativity, work on some geography skills and more. Plus, they’re fun!</p>
<p><strong>License Plate Find It</strong></p>
<p>Pick a number or letter and try to find it on a license plate. Playing with a friend? See who can find it first. (Learning how to compete with others–winning with grace, losing with grace.)</p>
<p><strong>License Plate Phrases</strong></p>
<p>Make a phrase or word from the letters and numbers on a license plate. For example: license plate “RSN 542” could become Really Silver Nickels or Reason #542.</p>
<p><strong>Collect States &amp; Provinces</strong></p>
<p>Look at the license plates on the vehicles around you. See how many different places you can find. Can you find all the provinces and territories or all of the states? See who finds the most.</p>
<p><strong>License Plate Numbers</strong></p>
<p>See how high you can count by finding numbers on license plates. Start with finding 1, then watch the next plate for 2…</p>
<p><strong>Alphabet License Plate Game</strong></p>
<p>Most license plates have numbers and letters. Search for the whole alphabet in license plates. Start by looking for the letter “A.” Once you have found that, go on to letter “B.” On you go through the whole alphabet—go in order!</p>
<p><strong>Boost the challenge: </strong>Take only one letter from each license plate. In other words, you can’t take the letters “A” and “B” from the same license plate.</p>
<h4>Rest Stop Track Meet</h4>
<p>One person chooses an activity for the next rest stop (or gas station stop) whether it is to run to the nearest tree, do ten jumping jacks, or play five minutes of Frisbee or soccer. At the next rest stop, someone else chooses. Not only will this help relieve the ants-in-your-pants that builds up in small kids, but it will help keep the driver stay alert, too.</p>
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<p>Thanks for playing today. Have a fabulous road trip!</p>
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Win the Paperback!

  Posted by Jean Oram , 19 April 2016 · 104 views

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  Posted by Jean Oram , 24 February 2016 · 482 views

<h3>1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas: Free and Low Cost Crafts, Activities, Games, and Family Fun That Will Help You Raise Happy, Healthy Children</h3>
<p>By <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author &amp; mother of two, Jean Oram</p>
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<p>+ 101 tricky, goofy challenges for kids<br />+ 36 Travel games PLUS 24 more word games that can be played in the car<br />+ Arts and crafts (and holiday crafts, too)<br />+ Classic games from your childhood such as Hot Potato &amp; Red Rover<br />+ Outside play ideas<br />+ Playground games<br />+ Mad scientist safe &amp; easy experiments–including Flubber!<br />+ Birthday party games<br />+ Easy arts &amp; crafts for all ages<br />+ Improv games–Human Gumby!<br />+ Family day trip ideas<br />+ Group games<br />+ Rainy day activities–rain painting!<br />+ And more play, play, play!</p>
<p>Now includes 26 BONUS activities for a grand total of 1,027 activities to keep your kids happy, and playing.</p>
<p><i>The brain learns by playing and play is children’s work. Build smart, happy, healthy children… let’s play!</i></p>
<p><b>A Tricky Challenge to Get You Started:</b></p>
<p>Coin Catching à la Elbow!<br />Put your right hand on your right shoulder. Point your elbow out in front of you. Lay a penny on the flat part of your arm just above your elbow. Without moving your arm, turn your hand so the palm of your hand is facing up. Very quickly move your elbow down and try to catch the penny with your right hand as it falls.</p>
<p>The record for caught pennies when I was a kid was a stack of 14. How many can you catch?</p>
<p>Want more fun? Try licking your elbow. Balance a spoon on your nose. Make an edible ice-cream cone Christmas tree. There’s so much more inside! Grab <i>1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas</i> for a LOW playtime price–it won’t last forever!–and have your best sleepover, birthday party, road tip, babysitting experience, snowy day, or play time ever!</p>
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Win the Book: 1001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas

  Posted by Jean Oram , 01 January 2016 · 117 views

<p><em><strong>Let’s play!<br /></strong></em></p>
<p>Make 2016 your lucky year–and a fun-filled one as well! Beat the boredom blues and raise happy, healthy children. Less effort, happier kids, what more could you want?</p>
<p>Enter the 1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas paperback giveaway on Goodreads below (open internationally)!</p>
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<p>Missed the giveaway? You can purchase <em>1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas </em>today for only $0.99 in ebook and $11.99 in paperback. (Last day for this sale price.) These links below will redirect you to the store of your choice:</p>
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<p><em><strong>Happy new year! Play on!<br /></strong></em></p>
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It’s All Kid’s Play is Book!

  Posted by Jean Oram , 12 December 2015 · 211 views

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<h3>This website has become a book reviewers are calling “A MUST HAVE RESOURCE” and <strong><em>“A LIFESAVER FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS.”</em></strong></h3>
<p><em>1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas: Free and Low Cost Crafts, Activities, Games, and Family Fun That Will Help You Raise Happy, Healthy Children</em> has been written and published by (me) <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author &amp; mother of two, Jean Oram because I know how evil those boredom blues can be!</p>
<p>I started writing this book even before creating this website, way back when my daughter was less than two years old. Through many adventures and household moves this book came to life, time and again, before being put on the back burner for typical family-related reasons. But, finally, I put it all together and published it in both ebook and paperback form so parents can take it on the go (ebooks are great to have in your smart phone) or leave it on the coffee table as a handy resource.</p>
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<p style="text-align: left;">The book has a lot of the best content of this website, only I’ve added more–much, much more! I’ve also made the book and its activities affordable and easy so parents like me can dive in anywhere, anytime. There is everything from tricky challenges to toss out at kids as icebreakers to classic childhood games that one reviewer said made her the family favourite! (She taught her nieces and nephews how to play Red Rover using the instructions in the book. Another reviewer managed to pull her kids away from the TV by asking them to try licking their elbows and writing their names without the use of their thumbs.)</p>
<p style="text-align: left;">What are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!</p>
<p>1,001 Boredom Busting Play Ideas is affordably available in ebook for only $2.99 and $11.99 in paperback from these online retailers:<br /><a href="[url="http://amzn.to/1SX0Jxu"]http://amzn.to/1SX0Jxu[/url]">Amazon US</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://amzn.to/1cyirWv">Amazon[/url] UK</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://amzn.to/1H1DgpZ">Amazon[/url] CA</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://www.amazon.com.au/001-Boredom-Busting-Play-Ideas-ebook/dp/B00YOFLE84/">Amazon[/url] AU</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/1-001-boredom-busting-play/id1001330736?mt=11">iBooks</a><br[/url] /><a [url="href="]href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1122053342?ean=2940152201031&amp;itm=1&amp;usri=2940152201031">Barnes[/url] and Noble</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/1-001-boredom-busting-play-ideas">Kobo</a><br[/url] /><a [url="href="]href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jean_Oram_1_001_Boredom_Busting_Play_Ideas?id=w8bwCQAAQBAJ&amp;hl=en">Google</a></p>[/url]
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<p>What’s the age range for this book? It contains activities great for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged kids. Modify activities or use them as is!</p>
<p>Some of the goodies inside:</p>
<p>+ 15 Varieties of the childhood classic game Tag<br />+ 36 Travel games plus 24 more word games that can be played in the car<br />+ Arts and crafts (and holiday crafts, too)<br />+ 102 tricky challenges for kids<br />+ Classic games such as Hot Potato &amp; Red Rover<br />+ Outside play ideas<br />+ Playground games<br />+ Imagination play ideas<br />+ Birthday party games<br />+ Easy arts and crafts for all ages<br />+ Improv games<br />+ Family day trip ideas<br />+ Group games<br />+ Rainy day activities<br />+ 14 games to help your kids decide who gets to be “it”<br />+ And more play, play, play!</p>
<p>Now includes <b>26 BONUS</b> activities for a grand total of 1,027 activities to keep your kids happy, and playing.</p>
<p><i>The brain learns by playing and play is children’s work. Build smart, happy, healthy children… let’s play!</i></p>
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<p>A Tricky Challenge &amp; a Game of Tag to Get Your Play Time Started:</p>
<p><b>Coin Catching à la Elbow!</b><br />Put your right hand on your right shoulder. Point your elbow out in front of you. Lay a penny on the flat part of your arm just above your elbow. Without moving your arm, turn your hand so the palm of your hand is facing up. Very quickly move your elbow down and try to catch the penny with your right hand as it falls.</p>
<p>The record for caught pennies when I was a kid was a stack of 14. How many can you catch?</p>
<p><b>Sponge Tag</b><br />Take your water fights and tag game to an all new hot-weather level of fun!</p>
<p>The “it” player has several sponges soaked with water. To tag other players, they have to hit them with a wet sponge! You might want a lot of sponges as I see this version morphing into a free-for-all water fight!</p>
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<h4 style="text-align: center;">Save Time. Save Money. Play More.</h4>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><strong><em>Never be bored again! All of this website’s great content and MUCH, MUCH MORE!</em></strong></p>
<p style="text-align: center;">Affordably available in ebook &amp; paperback from these fine online retailers:<br /><a href="[url="http://amzn.to/1SX0Jxu"]http://amzn.to/1SX0Jxu[/url]">Amazon US</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://amzn.to/1cyirWv">Amazon[/url] UK</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://amzn.to/1H1DgpZ">Amazon[/url] CA</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://www.amazon.com.au/001-Boredom-Busting-Play-Ideas-ebook/dp/B00YOFLE84/">Amazon[/url] AU</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/1-001-boredom-busting-play/id1001330736?mt=11">iBooks</a><br[/url] /><a [url="href="]href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1122053342?ean=2940152201031&amp;itm=1&amp;usri=2940152201031">Barnes[/url] and Noble</a><br /><a [url="href="]href="https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/1-001-boredom-busting-play-ideas">Kobo</a><br[/url] /><a [url="href="]href="https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jean_Oram_1_001_Boredom_Busting_Play_Ideas?id=w8bwCQAAQBAJ&amp;hl=en">Google</a></p>[/url]

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Mad Lib Fun For Kids

  Posted by Jean Oram , 22 June 2015 · 149 views

<p>Feel free to print this mad lib or paste it into a word processor so you can fill in the blanks. I’ve also got a <a title="Mad lib 1" href="[url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Madlib1Outdoors.pdf"]http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Madlib1Outdoors.pdf[/url]" target="_blank">pdf version</a> you can download.</p>
<p>Mad libs for kids are a great way to teach them about story creation, parts of speech, all while playing and having a great time.</p>
<p>Enjoy!</p>
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<h3 style="text-align: center;">To The Moon!: An Outdoor, Mad Lib Adventure</h3>
<h4 style="text-align: center;">By Jean Oram</h4>
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<p>The other day I was playing a video game when it started to act all _________________ (ADVERB). I decided to go outside</p>
<p>where it was ___________________ (WEATHER). I put on my _________________ (PIECE OF CLOTHING) and went</p>
<p>out. To my surprise it was really ___________________ (ADJECTIVE).</p>
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<p>I wandered around, a little bit _____________________ (MOOD), before finding a ________________________</p>
<p>(NOUN) in the _____________________ (NOUN). I carried it around with me before putting it on a</p>
<p>______________________ (NOUN). I stared at it. I knew it would make something really ____________________</p>
<p>(ADJECTIVE) but I couldn’t figure out what. My friend, ____________________ (NAME)</p>
<p>__________________________ (NOUN) with my new found thing. All afternoon we worked. We used a</p>
<p>_______________________ (NOUN) a lot. But then I banged my ________________________ (BODY PART) with it</p>
<p>so we decided to use ________________________________ (NOUN PLURAL) instead. That worked and before long we</p>
<p>had a ________________________ (ADJECTIVE) ______________________ (NOUN) that looked like it had been</p>
<p>______________________ (VERB PAST TENSE) through a ____________________ (NOUN).</p>
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<p>By now we were getting really hungry and so when a ________________________ (ANIMAL) _____________________</p>
<p>(VERB PAST TENSE) by, my friend tried to eat it. He said it tasted like _________________________ (FLAVOUR) when he</p>
<p>licked it. He likes _______________________ (SAME FLAVOUR) but sometimes it gives him the</p>
<p>_________________________ (VERB PAST TENSE). That’s not as fun as it sounds.</p>
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<p>After my friend’s snack, we looked at our creation for awhile and realized if we moved the ____________________ (NOUN)</p>
<p>on our project to the __________________ (DIRECTION) it would look just like a space ship. Maybe we could go to the moon!</p>
<p>When our ship was ready, we _________________________ (VERB PAST TENSE) in and breathed in the</p>
<p>______________________ (ADJECTIVE) outdoor air. The sun was starting to go down and it looked like</p>
<p>______________________ (FOOD PLURAL). We pushed the _______________________ (ADJECTIVE) on our project</p>
<p>and rode off into the sunset like we were a couple of ________________________ (SOMETHING SILLY). We were off to the</p>
<p>moon!</p>
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<h4>Mad Lib Instructions:</h4>
<p>1. Print off this mad lib or paste it into a word processor so you can fill in the blanks.<br />2. Get one person to read out what ind of words they need (adjective, noun, etc. as shown in capital letters behind the blank) to fill in the blanks of the story (don’t read the story out loud yet.) Have the other person call out words to fill in those blanks.<br />3. Read out the story with it’s new words and try not to laugh too hard!</p>
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<h4>Reminder on parts of speech:</h4>
<p><strong>Noun:</strong> An object. Think of it as something you could pick up and put in a suitcase. Like a cloud, person, table, etc.<br /><strong>Adjective:</strong> A describing word. It describes a noun. Such as a beautiful house or a strong man.<br /><strong>Verb:</strong> A doing word. An action. I ran, walked, jumped, squealed, and swam.<br /><strong>Adverb:</strong> Describes a verb (and action). Ends in “ly.” He shouted loudly.</p>
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<p><em>This mad lib has been created by Jean Oram (copyright 2012) as part of It’s All Kids’ Play.ca. If you would like to share this mad lib with others such as your class, please go ahead with attribution (mention my site as the source). Thanks.<br /></em></p>

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Crazy Stuff Scavenger Hunt

  Posted by Jean Oram , 23 March 2013 · 222 views

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<p>Going on a car trip? Need a fun and hilarious travel game for the kids? Or maybe you just need an easy and fun game to play as you zip around town doing your errands. Either way, I’ve got a great game for your kids to play. And it’s so much fun you won’t want to be left out!</p>
<p><strong>Crazy Stuff Scavenger Hunt</strong></p>
<p>Last November my husband, brother, his girlfriend, and I created this game while enjoying the interesting city of San Francisco. Basically what you do is keep your eyes peeled for interesting or unique things you might not see every day. For example, in the photo above the person who spotted the turkey with the pumpkin head dressed in the Santa suit got points. This kind of costume is not something you see every day and is most definitely worth pointing out. </p>
<p>If you are thinking when on earth are you going to see something like that, fear not. You can point out simpler things like a man walking three dogs at once or someone wearing an interesting headband or a kid doing a little jig in the cookie aisle. Little things that might make you smile. </p>
<p><strong>Rules of the game</strong></p>
<p>Keep your eyes peeled. When you see something interesting you call it out. For example: man wearing a turkey costume with a pumpkin head wearing a Santa suit? Check! And then you act like you are checking it off your invisible scavenger hunt list.</p>
<p>We didn’t make a list because we never knew what we might find. The best part was how it tuned us into our surroundings and gave us something fun to focus on. We were big kids playing in the city. </p>
<p>We didn’t keep points as it was the spirit of the game that was the most fun for us. And when separated we’d go as far as text our findings to each other. You can declare a winner in the end for the most items found or fir the best and most memorable.</p>
<p><strong>Going on spring break or a trip to the store? Play this crazy scavenger hunt game! What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen?</strong></p>

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Caterpillar Craft: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft

  Posted by Jean Oram , 26 February 2013 · 373 views

<p>Are you studying The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and want to do a caterpillar craft? This is an easy caterpillar craft for toddlers and preschoolers that will appeal to boys and girls alike.</p>
<div id="attachment_2490" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 546px"><a href="[url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/caterpillarcraft.jpg"]http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/caterpillarcraft.jpg[/url]" rel="wp-prettyPhoto[2489]"><img class="size-full wp-image-2490" alt="Caterpillar craft" src="[url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/caterpillarcraft.jpg"]http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/caterpillarcraft.jpg[/url]" width="536" height="402" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Wanna very hungry caterpillar craft?</p></div>
<h3>The Very Hungry Caterpillar is Very Easy!</h3>
<p>In the storybook by Eric Carle, the very hungry caterpillar eats his way through many different foods over the week, and in the end morphs into a beautiful butterfly.</p>
<p>How to do you make a Very Hungry Caterpillar for your toddler?</p>
<p>Easy!</p>
<p>All you need for this craft is:</p>
<p>Pipe cleaners, scissors, googly eyes, glue, big buttons.</p>
<h3>The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft</h3>
<p>Or, you know, any old caterpillar. It doesn’t have to be hungry.</p>
<p>Bend the ‘body’ pipecleaner in half and slide one button onto the pipecleaner–slide the two pipecleaner ends through two of the holes in the button and slide the button all the way down to the end. (See photo above–you are making the face.) Keep sliding buttons onto the pipe cleaner to make the body. Again, feed the buttons through both pieces of pipecleaner ends. When you have as many buttons on that you want, twist the ends of the pipecleaner together so the buttons don’t slide off.</p>
<p>Next, glue googly eyes onto the end button.</p>
<p>If you want to make legs or antennae, snip pipecleaners into smaller pieces and twist them onto the body, bending them as you feel fit to make legs or antennae.</p>
<p>P.S. When I say, “you” I mean your kids. <img src='[url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif"]http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif[/url]' alt=':)' class='wp-smiley' /> </p>
<p>There you have it! A caterpillar your kids can play with and act out stories of their own making or others as well.</p>
<p><strong>What’s your favourite storybook? Is there one you like to make crafts for?</strong></p>
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<p>P.S. A special thanks to Mary for sharing this craft at Storytime!</p>

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Make a Bookmark: Homemade Hairpin Bookmark

  Posted by Jean Oram , 21 February 2013 · 344 views

<p>This is such an easy yet beautiful homemade craft. What is it? It’s a homemade hairpin bookmark. Make a bookmark with simple items you have around the house–great for all ages!</p>
<p><a href="[url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/hairpinbookmark.jpg"]http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/hairpinbookmark.jpg[/url]" rel="wp-prettyPhoto[2484]"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2485" alt="Make a bookmark using hairpins and ribbons." src="[url="http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/hairpinbookmark.jpg"]http://itsallkidsplay.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/hairpinbookmark.jpg[/url]" width="462" height="616" /></a></p>
<h3>How to Make a Bookmark</h3>
<p>My daughter came up with this easy craft. Here’s how:</p>
<p>Take a few thin ribbons, beads, sequins, and hairpins (bobby pins).</p>
<p>Thread the ribbon half way through the eye of the bobby pin.</p>
<p>Slide beads or sequins either onto the ribbon on the bobby pin or both.</p>
<p>Tie a knot to hold the ribbon in place on the bobby pin.</p>
<p>Slide the pin onto your page to hold your spot in your book.</p>
<p>Voila! Done!</p>
<p>This craft makes a great birthday party activity as well as a great homemade gift idea.</p>
<p><strong>Have you made a homemade bookmark? What is your favourite method?</strong></p>
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