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Get set for returning to school
Many children are about to head back to school or have already started a new academic year. The return to school can bring up lots of different feelings and challenges, so we have some suggestions for preparing for the year ahead.
Decorate notebooks with tape
A rice paper-based crafting material is perfect for covering notebooks in fun shapes and decorations. We describe how to make stripes, flowers, dogs, and burger designs.
Bake breakfast frittatas
There's nothing like starting the day with a hearty egg breakfast. Baking frittatas in muffin tins makes individual portions that are easy to eat—even on the go.
Try being a disc jockey
A disc jockey (DJ) chooses what songs to play on the radio or at events, such as parties and dances. This fun hobby is a way to share favorite songs and artists with others. We have tips for getting started.
Make blotting art with watercolors
Liquid watercolor paint or food dye can be used to decorate paper towels with bright, bold designs. A muffin tray makes it easy to dip the towels in lots of different colors.
Go on a scavenger hunt
In this friendly game, players compete to find items on a list in a backyard, park, or other place before time is up. Here’s how to plan one.
Bake up berry hand pies
Fun-shaped cookie cutters and sparkling sugar add a stylish flair to these scrumptious baked snacks. Using refrigerated pie crust makes the process a breeze.
Host a used book sale
Families that like reading might have books at home that they no longer need. Holding a book sale can ensure that these books will continue to be enjoyed by others, while benefiting a cause with the money raised.
Make watermelon panzanella
Cubed bread soaks up all the flavors from fresh fruits and vegetables, feta cheese, and a white balsamic dressing in this colorful, chunky salad. Fresh basil garnishes the top.
Go camping outdoors
Camping is a great way to take an affordable vacation, appreciate nature, and spend time with family and friends. Here are some suggestions for getting started.
Make a painted paper bookmark
These custom bookmarks will make summer reading even more fun. They are also an excellent gift for people who like to read.
Start a kids' book club
Reading can be even more fun and entertaining when it's done with a book club, a group of people who get together to discuss what they thought of a book. Here’s how to get started.
Blend up a sweet slushie
There's no need for a gas-station slushie when these frosty refreshers are on the menu. Fresh fruit is the star, blended with ice and just enough sugar to make it a treat.
Have fun with Ping-Pong
More than 16 million people in the US play table tennis, a sport that is enjoyable to play and easy to learn. Here are some tips for getting started.
Make berry ricotta toast
This sweet toast is so delicious, it's hard to believe it's made up of healthy ingredients like fresh berries, sliced almonds, and whole-wheat bread. Other fruits can be substituted for the berries.
There are many ways to be an artist, and photography is one that allows people to express their creativity with a camera. Here are the basics on how to get started, along with instructions for entering our photo contest..
Pick your own fruit
Biting into a fresh, juicy peach or a sweet strawberry is a refreshing treat, especially when these fruits are in season. Here are some tips for going fruit picking at a local farm.
Make old sunglasses new
With just a little imagination, an old pair of sunglasses can turn into a fun, stylish accessory. We have instructions for creating color-splashed, painted, or bedazzled shades.
Train to run in a race
Running and jogging are great ways to be active and enjoy the outdoors, and a competition can add a goal to aim for. Here's how to get started.
Make a fun marble maze
This craft turns a recycled pizza box or shipping box into an amusing, customizable maze game. An online maze generator can help inspire the design.
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