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Magnetic Pennies: Will They Stick?

  Do you have a jar full of pennies? Ever wondered if they are magnetic? Magnetic pennies? Wait a second… pennies are made of copper which is not magnetic. Why are we talking about magnetic pennies? Because some of them… wait for it… are! Yes, some pennies are magnetic. Which Pennies are Magnetic? Some years

How to Play Shadow Tag

How to Play Shadow Tag The game of tag is a classic childhood favourite game and chances are you’ve played a TON of tag variations. This one is called Shadow Tag. To play Shadow Tag you need two or more players (lots is good!) and enough sun outside to cast a shadow. If you have

Three-Way Thumb War

How the Three-Way Thumb War Came to Be Leave it to kids. They want to have a thumb war, but there are three who want to play this two player game. Nobody wants to be left out. What to do? An adult would say: Tough luck. OR:Someone will be left out. OR: You can’t. OR:

Destination Imagination: A Team Leader Interview

It’s Back to School and Extracurricular Time! The other day I met someone whose role embodies free play, independence fostering, and all sorts of wonderful things we never really take time to think about but are instrumental in developing the skills we value in our future leaders. Her name is Christine Berman and she is

Lenore Skenazy is Not Crazy

[divider] You may have heard about Lenore Skenazy’s (Author of Free Range Kids) latest Free Range Parenting Ploy: Pay Me to Ignore Your Kids. And a lot of people are calling her crazy. But before we get into that, let me share exactly what her program will offer as a benefit to your kids. The

Cleaning Pennies: An Experiment for Kids

If you are in Canada you may be crying gently into your cookies and milk over the END of the penny. That’s right, the last minted Canadian penny rolled off the thingamagig months ago. How old do you feel now, right? You are a generation that USED pennies. Dear Lord. Anyway, if your kids are

How Playgrounds Create Healthier Kids

How Fit Are Your Kids? With back to school in full swing across the continent some of us may be realizing that our kids are returning not quite as tanned and fit as we thought they might. In fact, the average North American kid seems to have a stronger knowledge of the summer’s most popular