365 Smart Afterschool Activities: TV-free Fun Anytime for Kids Ages 7-12

365 Smart Afterschool Activities: TV-free Fun Anytime for Kids Ages 7-12

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by Sheila Ellison
     
 

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From making a monster mask to going on a bike photo safari, 365 Smart Afterschool Activities will let kids' imaginations soar with terrifically fun things to do during those valuable afterschool hours and beyond.

365 Smart Afterschool Activities is perfect for parents, teachers, grandparents, babysitters and youth leaders. Illustrated by children, a terrific

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From making a monster mask to going on a bike photo safari, 365 Smart Afterschool Activities will let kids' imaginations soar with terrifically fun things to do during those valuable afterschool hours and beyond.

365 Smart Afterschool Activities is perfect for parents, teachers, grandparents, babysitters and youth leaders. Illustrated by children, a terrific variety of adventures await you, including activities for:
—Crafts
—Dance and movement
—Drama
—Games
—Hobbies
—Nature
—Self-Esteem
—Writing

"Engaging and fun-filled activities that are sure to keep kids playing, imagining and creating all year long!"-Brenda Pilson, Creative Classroom magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402205842
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Series:
365 Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
976,861
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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Pizza Map
Ingredients:
Pizza crust: 1/4 ounce package dry yeast; 1 1/3 cups warm water; 2 tablespoons oil; 1 teaspoon salt; 4 cups flour; 1 tablespoon sugar or honey.
Pizza topping: 8 ounces pizza or tomato sauce; 1/2 pound grated mozzarella cheese; sliced vegetables; sliced sausage or pepperoni; any other desired toppings

Directions:
First make crust. In a mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water, add oil and honey. Mix well and let stand for 5 minutes. Add flour one cup at a time and mix until dough is elastic, but not sticky. Put dough on a floured board and fold and press the dough for a few minutes. Take a teaspoon of vegetable oil and rub it around the inside of a bowl. Place the dough in bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. Put dough on greased cookie sheet and shape the dough to look like a favorite country. Cover with tomato sauce and other toppings. Use the toppings to mark lakes, mountain ranges, rivers, state capitals or favorite vacation spots. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). The pizza is done when the cheese melts and the crust is brown.

Winter ReadingLog
Materials:
Small notebook; pen or pencil

Directions:
There is nothing better to do on a cold winter day than curl up somewhere warm with a good book. At the first day of winter, start your Winter Reading Log.... List all the books you read during the winter months. Allow a few lines below each title to include the author's name, how you felt about the book, whether you'd recommend it to your friends and if you own it or borrowed it. You might like to include the titles of other books by the same author. Keep your Winter Reading Log updated year after year.
Note: Winter Solstice is officially the first day of winter. It falls on about December 22 in the Northern Hemisphere and on about June 22 in the Southern Hemisphere.

Egg Drop
Ingredients:
Raw egg (and a few extra); packing materials; string or tape

Directions:
The object of this activity is to wrap up an egg so that it won't break when dropped from a height. The recommended height is 12-15 feet. Design a container which will protect the egg from breaking. It should be lightweight and sturdy. Most of all, it should withstand sudden impact with the ground.
Note: The Egg Drop is one of the events in the Science Olympics in which many schools participate. This could be your entry.

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Meet the Author

Sheila Ellison has a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, and is the creator and author of the very popular and successful "365" series of parenting books, including 365 Foods Kids Love to Eat and 365 Days of Creative Play. These books have grown out of Sheila's lifelong involvement with children, her many volunteer efforts on their behalf and her founding of community youth groups and mentoring programs. The mother of four children, she has recently completed national media tours presenting her ideas on successful parenting along with new products that make life with children easier.

Dr. Judith Gray is internationally known as an author, teacher, leader in dance research and speaker on future trends in education and dance. A former executive director of the Girl's Club of Tucson, Dr. Gray has been an educator at both the high school and university level. A mother of four, she is currently helping to develop a state-of-the-art high school in the Everett School District, Washington, and is on the Antioch University teaching faculty. Dr. Gray is also coauthor of 365 Food Kids Love to Eat and 365 Days of Creative Play.

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