Kiddie Pool Digest: Kid Concert

When the kids are little, the music has to come to you. So, put the music in their hands and throw the most epic backyard concert you can imagine.

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The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping

 Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming • Week 3 | Solstice • Week 4 | Camping • Week 5 | Cooking • 06 | Circus  | 07 •  Space


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Who doesn’t love a good concert? There’s just something about live music thrumming in your chest until it reverberates through the rest of you. But sometimes, when the kids are very little or threenagers, the music has to come to you. So, we’re putting the music in their hands for our last Kiddie Pool Digest to round out the summer. You might have a musical prodigy on your hands. You never know until you try (the thing all parents say before doing something really great or really terrible).
 

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Elephant in a tuxedo playing a violin.

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Fun facts

 

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Watch & Learn

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Strange Arrangements

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8 Year Old Prodigy Plays Chopin 

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Understand Music

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Music from a dry cleaner

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Ben Folds Five “DO IT ANYWAY” f. Fraggle Rock

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Amazing Young Cellist Wows the Audience

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First singing lion

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Jokes for your kids

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Jingle Bell Sweats

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As we near the end of summer and all the kid craft intentions have come and gone, for better or worse, I bring you the easiest craft of all. It also serves as a handy kid-detector if yours ever wander out of sight (or stop talking for one second, which mine never do).

Supplies
  • Bells of assorted sizes
  • Sweat bands for head, wrists, ankles which you can purchase from any sporting goods store
  • Hot glue

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Let the kids pick out their favorite sweat bands, because they will have favorites and for no obvious reason.
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Let them assemble their piles of bells and decide how many they want for each band.
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Hot glue those bells on in any pattern you like, keeping the kids well away until the glue has fully set.
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Let them don their new jangles, crank up the tunes from your favorite summer playlist (see below), and dance themselves into a solid naptime (here’s hoping).
 
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Covet & Collect

 

 

Wooden Marble Run Construction – Music Motion   ($89)  |  Rainbow Sound Blocks  ($44)  |  Melissa and Doug Learn-to-Play Piano ($53.99)  |  Design Your Own Headphones ($30) | Loog Guitars 3-String Acoustic Guitar ($79)  | Ems for Kids protective earmuffs ($23)

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Get your groove on

 

 

  1. “Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers
  2. “Broken Piano” by Ben Folds
  3. “I Love Rock and Roll” by The Black Jetts
  4. “Piano Man” by Billie Joel
  5. “Alligator Stroll” by Josh Turner
  6. “Girl Named Tennessee” by Needtobreathe
  7. “Sing (Sing a Song Out Loud)” by The Carpenters
  8. “Cows” by The Seldom Herd
  9. “Dream on” by Aerosmith
  10. “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles

 

kiddie pool summer digest for kids, booksPage Turners

 

I See a Song

by Eric Carle

This Jazz Man

by Karen Ehrhardt

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!

by Lloyd Moss

Philadelphia Chickens

by Sandra Boynton

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Lyra

LOOK UP THE STARS

Let’s add a harp to our concert this week with the Lyra constellation. You can find this one by looking for its largest star, Vega, which is brightest in mid-summer. As the story goes, the god Apollo gave Orpheus a harp which played the most beautiful music in the world. When he died, Apollo placed the harp in the sky for all too see. Not too shabby for a mere mortal. 

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star walk

GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE

Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


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Go Pool hopping!

Click a tile below to check out a past digest


Kiddie Pool summer digest, save the bees world environment day

01 | Have a BEE – autiful World Environment Day!


Kiddie Pool summer digest, swimming pool

02 | Swimming! Into the Deep End


kiddie pool solstice

03 | Celebrate Solstice


kiddie pool digest camping

04 | Camping


05 | Kids in the Kitchen


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06 | Circus


Kiddie Pool Digest space

07 | Space


 

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Kiddie Pool Digest: Space Race

Facts, fun, and internet goodies for your future astronaut.

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The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping

 Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming • Week 3 | Solstice • Week 4 | Camping • Week 5 | Cooking • 06 | Circus


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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20th, 1969 and then spent two and a half hours making footprints on a surface no foot had ever touched. Not a bad way to spend a summer afternoon. So, on this July 20th, let’s celebrate the innovation and curiosity of the men and women who’ve given us a close up to space, that mysteriously cool world beyond our own.
 

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Saturn Planet In Space Drawing

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Fun facts

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Watch & Learn

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What’s inside a black hole?

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The Solar System Song

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Full Moom Silhouettes

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Space Rocks

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The sandwich that nearly destroyed a space capsule

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Appollo Missions

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Please pass the space food

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The planets

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Johnny Express, The best delivery in space

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Jokes for your kids

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Free Nasa “Space Tourism” Posters

Download Hi-Res Files of these posters here

Free Nasa Posters

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Phases of the Moon – Oreo-style

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Supplies
  • Eight Oreos (plus some for munching, because no kid is going to let an Oreo go without a fight)
  • Plastic knife or butter knife
  • White construction paper
  • Glue
  • Marker

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Using this diagram  carefully scrape the cream center of each Oreo with plastic knife or butter knife to look like the eight phases of the moon: First Quarter, Waxing Crescent, New Moon, Waning Crescent, Third Quarter, Waning Gibbous, Full Moon, Waxing Gibbous
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Glue down and label each phase.
 
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Optional: Draw an earth to go in the center for your Oreo moons to orbit!
 
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Covet & Collect

 

Astronaut Ice Cream ($10.59)  •  Rocket Space Tent ($29.99)  •  Space Rocket Backpack ($24.95)  •  Lunar Phases Wall-Mounted Light ($19.99)  •  Space Rocket Poster ($7.26)  •  Astronaut Bedding ($169)  •  Draw 500 Things in Space | 20 Ways to Draw A Star ($10.79 | $11.19)  •  This Book is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions ($25.64, Pre-order)  •  Water Rocket Kit ($14.12)

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Get your groove on

  1. Star Trek Theme Song
  2. I Don’t Want to Live on the moon – Sesame Street (featuring Ernie)
  3. Space Oddity – David Bowie
  4. Man on the Moon – R.E.M.
  5. Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
  6. Galaxy Song – Monty Python
  7. There’s a Moon in the Sky – B-52s
  8. Space Invader – The Pretenders
  9. Looking for Astronauts – The National
  10. Walking on the Moon – The Police
  11. 2,000 Light Years from Home – Rolling Stones

 

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National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space

Moustronaut

by Mark Kelly

I Love You to the Moon and Back

by Amelia Hepworth

Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky

by Michael Driscoll 

This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary
Pop-Up Contraptions

 By Kelli Anderson

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Perseus

LOOK UP THE STARS


Really, we could “moon” over any constellation this week, but let’s celebrate the heroes of space with Perseus, the mythical Greek hero who defeated Medusa with his trusty sword. The Perseid Meteor shower is one of the biggest and brightest and can be seen in the northern hemisphere between mid-July to the end of August.

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star walk

GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE

Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


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Go Pool hopping!

Click a tile below to check out a past digest


Kiddie Pool summer digest, save the bees world environment day

01 | Have a BEE – autiful World Environment Day!


Kiddie Pool summer digest, swimming pool

02 | Swimming! Into the Deep End


kiddie pool solstice

03 | Celebrate Solstice


kiddie pool digest camping

04 | Camping


05 | Kids in the Kitchen


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06 | Circus


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Kiddie Pool Digest: Kid Circus

This week’s Kiddie Pool has everything you need to celebrate the wonder of the circus and a little magic to inspire kids to lead their own.

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The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping: Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming • Week 3 | Solstice • Week 4 | Camping • Week 5 | Cooking


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Now that Barnum & Bailey have hung up their hats and all the elephants have gone on to live happier lives doing…whatever elephants do when they’re not balancing on balls and flinging batons, life under the big tent is going to have to come to you. Because everybody needs some popcorn and cotton candy and a ring toss or two in their lives, here’s how to keep the magic of the circus alive and kicking.
 

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Strongman Lifting Weights

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Watch & Learn

 
 
 
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Nighty Night Circus

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Baby Elephants by National Geographic

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The City Exposed: More than Clowns

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Welcome to the Circus

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Amazing Kid Acrobats

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Clowns on Parade

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Supplies
  • Clown costumes of your choosing. Can be anything really, but you might want to invest in a few red noses.
  • All your kid’s favorite stuffed animals
  • Wagons for pulling
  • Bags of treats: popcorn, Animal Crackers, Cracker Jacks, etc
  • Your circus music soundtrack and a something to play it on (preferably with a loud speaker)

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Load up all their favorite stuffed animals in wagons (lions and tigers and bear, oh my).
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Prepare treats by either divvying them up into small gift bags (think party favor bags) or buy individualized boxes. Animal crackers are great for this one.
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Get your playlist going and head outside.
 
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Let the kids show off their crowd appeal and enjoy watching the least scary clowns in the world make everyone smile for a day.
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Covet & Collect

 

 

Stacrobats

$49.00

 

circus toy

Story Box Circus

$21.39

 
 

Beginner’s Slackline

$29.97

 
 
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Circus Tent

$21.98

 
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Circus Puzzle

$14.95

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Get your groove on

 

  1. The Show Must Go On – Three Dog Night
  2. Life is a Carnival – The Band
  3. One Long Fairytale (from Coraline) – David Greenspan
  4. Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  5. Virgo Clowns – Van Morrison
  6. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! – The Beatles
  7. Trapeze – Patty Griffin
  8. Theatre is Fun (from Coraline) – Francis Jue, January LaVoy
  9. Carousel – Michael Jackson
  10. The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
  11. Circus on the Moon – Bruce Hornsby

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 Page Turners

 

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

by National Geographic Learning

The Circus Ship

by Chris Van Dusen

Olivia Saves the Circus

by Ian Falconer

Extraordinary Jane

by Hannah E. Harrison

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Leo

LOOK UP THE STARS

 

Let’s let Leo, the Lion, lead the charge as the constellation this week. He was one of the earliest constellations to be recognized, with sightings going all the way back to the Mesopotamians and one of the easiest to find in the night sky.

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star walk

GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE

Star Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


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Go pool hopping!

Click a tile below to check out a past digest


Kiddie Pool summer digest, save the bees world environment day


01 | Have a BEE – autiful World Environment Day!


Kiddie Pool summer digest, swimming pool


02 | Swimming! Into the Deep End


kiddie pool solstice


03 | Celebrate Solstice


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04 | Camping



05 | Kids in the Kitchen


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Kiddie Pool Digest: Kids in the Kitchen

Don’t hand over the grill tongs just yet, but this week’s Kiddie Pool has all you need to get the kids cooking.

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The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping: Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming • Week 3 | Solstice • Week 4 | Camping


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“Happy birthday to us. Happy birthday to us. Happy birthday, America. Happy birthday to us.” This is the holiday that gave us the freedom of speech and a good fighting spirit. Any kid in the world can appreciate the desire to reign sovereign over themselves. So, let freedom ring a little louder for them on this Fourth of July with some hands-on time in the kitchen. You should probably still man the grill, but we’ll put them in charge of dessert.
 

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Statue Of Liberty

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Fun facts

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Brunch Bread Bake – Kid Made Recipe

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Super Rainbow Breakfast – Kid Made Recipes

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I Tried out for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

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Fireman Sam-Safety Fireworks

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Jokes for your kids
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Free (printable) Patriotic Party Decorations

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*Source: Uncommon Goods

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TAKE A DEEP DIVE

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

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Photo: Belle of the kitchen

Supplies
  1. Ingredients for homemade ice cream or store-bought flavor of choice.
  2. Ingredients for homemade cookies or refrigerated cookie dough.
  3. Red, white, and blue sprinkles.
  4. Aluminum foil.

Optional: Ice Cream Ball for making ice cream at home.
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Have them flatten the cookie sandwiches slightly and then roll edges in sprinkles.
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Let set for at least an hour.
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Covet & Collect

 

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Yaylabs Softshell Ice Cream Ball

$31.99

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Burlap Cotton Kids Apron 

$12.39

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Opinel Le Petit Chef Set Guard, Knife and Peeler

$38.61

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Sushi Bazooka sarter package

$14.96

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Cute Bento Decoration Box Fruit Fork

$1.99

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president block set

President Block Set

$89.00

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Get your groove on

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  1. Kids in America by Kim Wilde
  2. R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. by John Mellencamp
  3. Firework by Katy Perry
  4. Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  5. Saturday in the Park by Chicago
  6. Shake it Out by Florence and the Machine
  7. I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash
  8. Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
  9. Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John
  10. Living in America by James Brown
  11. American Pie by Don McLean
  12. What a Wonderful World by Sam Cook

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 Page Turners

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Scrambled states of America

The Scrambled States of America

by Deborah J Short

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apple pie fourth of july book for kids

Apple Pie Fourth of July

by Janet S. Wong

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Firefly July

by Paul B. Janeczko

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ABC USA

ABC USA

by Martin Jarrie

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LOOK UP THE STARS

Aquila

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Who better to lead us into a celebration of America’s independence than the constellation for our national bird, Aquila, the Eagle? Did you know that we launched the spacecraft, Pioneer 11, in 1973 and it’s heading for one of Aquila’s stars? We’ve got a while to wait though. It will take the Pioneer about 400 million years to do its flyby.

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star walk

GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE

Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


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Go Pool hopping!

Click a tile below to check out a past digest


Kiddie Pool summer digest, save the bees world environment day


01 | Have a BEE – autiful World Environment Day!


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02 | Swimming! Into the Deep End


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03 | Celebrate Solstice


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04 | Camping


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Kiddie Pool Digest: Camping for Geeks

Whether you’re a camper or a glamper, this week’s geek campout series is for you.

kiddie pool, parent co summer camp digest

The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping: Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming • Week 3 | Solstice


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When in comes to the great outdoors there are two types of people: those who rough it and those who glamp it. But what is summer without a good campout? Nature resets something in all of us that needs slowing. It’s a handy serving size of meditative contemplation and it reminds us what the world looks like on the other side of the window. Every kid needs to sleep in a tent, count the stars, and roast some marshmallows at least once. So, whether you’re a camper or a glamper, this week’s geek campout series is for you.

 

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Fun facts

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Watch & Learn

 
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Stella and Sam-Camping Out Music Video

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7 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

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The Beauty of Mathematics

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The Towns that Embrace the Darkness to See Starlight

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Jokes for your kids
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TAKE A DEEP DIVE

Glow Paint Campfire for the Great Out (or In) Doors

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Supplies
  1. Red, orange, and blue glow-in-the-dark paint
  2. Mason jars with lids in various sizes.
  3. Water and liquid dish soap and bubble wands.
  4. Black light (optional)

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Add 1 tsp of dish soap and one squirt of paint per cup of water to each jar. Use the blue paint in the smaller jars that will be in the center of your fire to mimic the hottest part of the flame. Use red and orange paint for the larger jars which will be the base of your fire.[/su_column] [/su_row]
 
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Stir gently and replace lids. Now circle up your jars, stacking the smallest jars on top and in the middle to resemble a fire.
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Turn the lights off if you’re inside and flip on that black light if you’ve got one. If you’re outside, enjoy the chemical ambiance. Sit back and relax.
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[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″][/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Bonus! When the kids get bored (which of course they will because…kids), unscrew the lids, grab the bubble wands and let them blow some glow in the dark bubbles in the great outdoors.
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Covet & Collect

 

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Glow Paint

$12.99

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Family Fun S’Mores Maker

$22.48

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pop up camping tent for indoor camping
 

Pop Up Camping Tent

$31.59

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Fishing Poke Campfire Roaster


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Get your groove on

kiddie pool summer digest for kids, music playlist

  1. “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver
  2. “Frog Trouble” by Dwight Yoakam
  3. “Be the Lake” by Brad Paisley
  4. “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
  5. “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin
  6. “The Time of Your Life” by Randy Newman (from A Bug’s Life)
  7. Down in the Valley” by The Head and the Heart
  8. “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty
  9. “The Travelling Kind” by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
  10. “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay

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 Page Turners

 
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Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

by Melanie Watt

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A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee

by Chris Van Dusen

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Goodnight, Campsite

by Loretta Sponsler

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LOOK UP THE STARS

Virgo

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kiddie pool constellation virgo

Virgo is the second largest constellation and appropriate for all the geeks out there as it makes up the most common astrological sign for the world’s top billionaires according to Forbes. Virgos are known for their intelligence, hard work and practicality.

Find Virgo yourself!

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star walk

GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE

Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


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Go Pool hopping!

Click a tile below to check out a past digest

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Celebrate Solstice


Kiddie Pool summer digest, save the bees world environment day


Have a BEE – autiful World Environment Day!


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Swimming! Into the Deep End


Kiddie Pool Digest: Celebrate the Summer Solstice

The summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Celebrate the rebirth of the sun and the end of winter hibernation with this week’s Kiddie Pool Digest.

kiddie pool, parent co summer camp digest

The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping: Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming


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Remember Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Eve” and all the crazy hijinks the sprites and fairies and humans got in to on that one crazy night? That’s the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It’s a day to celebrate the rebirth of the sun and the end of our winter hibernation. So, on June 20th, the day before summer officially begins, get outside, loosen the reigns on bedtime, eat every meal al fresco, and embrace this whimsy of the day.

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Facts about the sun

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Watch & Learn

 
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How Small are we in the scale of the universe?

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Sun Salutation for Kids

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They Might Be Giants-Why Does the Sun Shine?

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Playing With Light

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How Do We Know How Old The Sun Is?

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Lunette, The Wolf That Travels With The Moon

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Jokes and questions for your kids
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TAKE A DEEP DIVE

Make a Nature Mandala

 
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The mandala is a circular symbol that represents the universe. Its concentric circles represent the way the universe and nature and humans interact. It’s a great way to teach kids that we have to take care of the earth as much as it takes care of us.

Supplies
  1. Sidewalk chalk
  2. Flower petals (from your Bee Garden!)

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[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″] [/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Draw circles in alternating colors within the first circle so that it resembles a bull’s eye. You can also draw circles out from the center so that it looks like a large flower.[/su_column] [/su_row]
 
[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″][/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Line each colored circle with matching flower petals. For example, in your yellow circle place sunflowers or lilies or dandelions. In your purple circle place iris or violets. You could also make a brown circle and cover it with bark or dirt. There are no rules except that you use material from the earth![/su_column] [/su_row]
 
[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″][/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Step back and take a look at the kaleidoscope of colors nature has given you to make your mandala. And snap a picture because like nature, it has its season and it will pass. [/su_column] [/su_row]

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Covet & Collect

 
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Solar Powered Sun Tea Jar

$18.45 

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Solar Mason Jar Lights (4 pack)

$19.99

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SunPrint Paper Kit

$12.71


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Get your groove on

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  1. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves
  2. Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti and Spearhead
  3. Island in the Sun by Weezer
  4. Sun Giant by Fleet Foxes
  5. Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas
  6. Brighter than Sunshine by Aqualung
  7. Hot in the City by Billy Idol
  8. Up on the Roof by The Drifters
  9. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Elton John
  10. What Light by Wilco

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 Page Turners

 
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Sun Bread 

by Elisa Kleven

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The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice 

by Wendy Pfeffer

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Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun 

by Deb Vanasse

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LOOK UP THE STARS

Scorpius

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kiddie pool constellation

The Scorpion constellation is at its brightest in June and therefore perfect for your star-gazing on the longest day of the year. That is, if your kids (okay, you) can stay awake long enough to see it.

Find Scorpius yourself!

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star walk

GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE

Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


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Go Pool hopping!

Click a tile below to check out a past digest

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Have a BEE – autiful World Environment Day!


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Swimming! Into the Deep End


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Kiddie Pool Digest: Into The Deep End

Dig out the floaties and flip flops and hit the water running. It’s time to kick swim season into high gear with this week’s edition of Kiddie Pool Digest!

kiddie pool, parent co summer camp digest

The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go Pool hopping: Week 1 | Bees


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Summer begins when the pools open and the sprinklers turn to life and the hoses shoot arcs over hot sidewalks. Summer and water go together like crackerjacks and baseball. They are compatriots, meant to mingle. The smell of sunscreen, hours in the water, falling asleep warm and tired in a beach towel—this is the stuff kids dream of when they stare out the window at school. And now’s the time. So, dig out the floaties and flip flops and hit the water running. It’s time to kick swim season into high gear.

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Facts about swimming

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Watch & Learn

 
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Nickelodean and Nationwide- Make Safe Happen

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Why Do We Have to Wear Sunscreen?

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Paralympian Swimmer: Nikita Howarth

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The Pool

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Free diver conquers 600 ft sinkhole

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Pool hacks for families

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TAKE A DEEP DIVE

“Swim-In” Movie Night

 
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The ingredients for a great “swim-in” movie night are simple: 1) water, 2) snacks, 3) floats, 4) film. Optional add-ons include a projector and canvas for the upgraded experience.
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You don’t need a backyard with a fancy infinity pool for this one. Any body of water will do. For those without a pool or a yard, fear not. We’ve done this with a kiddie pool in the living room. Helpful sanity-saving tip (put down a tarp first).[/su_column] [/su_row]
[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″] [/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Make sure you’ve got all the good movie snacks: popcorn, Twizzlers, Milk Duds…whatever makes you feel the movie night vibe and fill a cooler with popsicles and drinks to keep poolside.[/su_column] [/su_row]
 
[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″][/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Find fun floats like foam noodles, rafts, or pool chairs.[/su_column] [/su_row]
 
[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″][/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Buy or rent a projector and make sure to have access to Wifi or DVD player. You can project the film on a canvas, large sheet, or a blank wall. Or, as long as you synchronize play, you can set up several laptops around the pool area so kids can swim and watch from all angles.[/su_column] [/su_row]


Fun extra

Do a theme-based back-to-back feature like all the good drive-ins. Might we suggest “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory”?


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Cover & Collect

 
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Noodle Sling – Floating Chair

$9.91


Portable Projector for Outdoor Indoor Movie Night

$84.99

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Pizza Float

$30.87

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Gliding Shark Throwing Underwater Torpedo 

$7.85

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Get your groove on

kiddie pool summer digest for kids, music playlist

 

  1. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
  2. Surfin’ Safari-Beach Boys
  3. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem-Kenny Chesney
  4. Nightswimming- R.E.M.
  5. Wona-Mumford and Sons and Baaba Maal
  6. Under the Boardwalk-The Drifters
  7. You and Your Heart-Jack Johnson
  8. Knee Deep-Zach Brown Band and Jimmy Buffet
  9. How Far I’ll Go (from Moana)-Mark Mancina
  10. Jamming-Bob Marley

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 Page Turners

 
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kiddie pool Pool

by Jihyeon Lee

kiddie pool summer digest, sufer of the century bookSurfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku

by Ellie Crowe

kiddie pool summer digest swimmySwimmy

by Leo Lionni

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LOOK UP THE STARS

Aquarius

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kiddie pool constellation

Who better to celebrate a day at the pool with than Aquarius, the water-bearer? Here’s how to find it!

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star walk

GET SOME STAR-GAZING ASSISTANCE

Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


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Go Pool hopping!

Click a tile below to check out a past digest

Kiddie pool summer digest for kids, bees and the environment


Have a BEE – autiful World Environment Day!


Kiddie Pool Digest: The Buzz About Bees

Come back each week for a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages!

kiddie pool, parent co summer camp digest

The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web  for curious kids of all ages.
(Curated by Jamie Sumner)

Summer is here. Ready or not. What better way to kick off the season than to celebrate with the rest of the planet on World Environment Day? This year, we’re giving a round of applause and some love to the little guy, the bee.

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Fun Facts About Bees

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Check out all 13 fun facts about bees
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Watch & Learn

Videos about bees and our planet

 
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The Honey Bee

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Can plants talk to each other?

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Stephen Colbert and Viggo Mortensen: Save the Bees

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Forms in Nature

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The color blue is rare in nature

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But Why?

A podcast for curious kids from Vermont Public Radio

How Do Butterflies Fly?

How do butterflies fly? Why are butterflies called butterflies? How do airplanes fly? If gravity pulls everything down, how do planes and rockets get up in the air? Why do planes have engines and how do they make them? We’re visiting ECHO, the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for answers.

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Take A Deep Dive

Help to save the bees – create a bee garden!

 
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Unless you are allergic to bees, bees are harmless when left to themselves. They prefer to do their thing while you do yours, putting dinner on the table for us all. To help keep the little workers employed, let your kids create a pollinator-friendly flower garden. From backyard to balcony, these flowers can grow anywhere—a plus for those of us without naturally green thumbs.
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[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″][/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Clear a patch of earth by digging up grass or clearing weeds. Spread a thin layer of potting soil over the area. Alternately, fill window boxes or free-standing pots.[/su_column] [/su_row]
 
[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″][/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Gently shake the seeds over the soil and gently press the seeds into the soil (some flowers won’t germinate if they’re covered with soil).[/su_column] [/su_row]
 
[su_row][su_column size=”1/4″][/su_column] [su_column size=”3/4″]Water immediately and then follow the directions on the packet for watering frequency.[/su_column] [/su_row]
 
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Parent Co. partnered with American Meadows  because they’re committed to keeping the bees happy, healthy, and buzzing about.


Get 10% off all wildflower seeds with the code:

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Covet & Collect

Bee artistic

 
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Beeswax Crayons

$22.99

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Bee Garden: Colouring Book

$4.99

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Get your groove on

Buzzworthy jams

 
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  1. “Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies
  2. “Mother Nature’s Son” – Beatles
  3. “Down to Earth” (from WALL-E) – Peter Gabriel
  4. “Beautiful Day” –U2
  5. “Bein’ Green” –Kermit
  6. “Big Yellow Taxi”—Counting Crows Version
  7. “The 3 R’s” –Jack Johnson
  8. “Circle of Life” (from Lion King)
  9. “Society”—Eddie Vedder
  10. “Clear Blue Skies” –Crosby, Stills & Nash

 

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 Page Turners

Sweet reads

 
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book about bees for kids "bee and me"

Bee and Me by Alison Jay

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Show Me the Honey, A Cat-in-the-Hat Reader

 

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Look up the stars

Libra

 
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libra constallation

What more appropriate constellation to celebrate the environment than Libra, the scales? After all, nature is all about balance. We’ve got to give a little with every bit we take.

“This week, you’ll find Libra almost due south between 10 p.m. and midnight local daylight time. It’s really only important because it’s part of the zodiac. But Libra could just as well have served as part of the two larger constellations that flank it: the Scorpion to its left, or the Virgin to its right.” Read more about Libra

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star walk

Get some star-gazing assistance

Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


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Night Sky Family

Some reading for you

The Wonder of Exploring the Night Sky With My Young Son

Read 

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Parent Co. partnered with American Meadows  because they’re committed to keeping the bees happy, healthy, and buzzing about.


Get 10% off all wildflower seeds with the code:

[su_highlight background=”#fef4b1″]FEEDTHEBEES[/su_highlight]