Archive | August, 2013

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Summer of Funner Film Festival 2013: Dystopian and Urban Films

Last year, we had quite a formal Summer Film festival. We made tickets and produced a “Film Review” worksheet for the kids.  This year, our Film Festival was fairly casual, but we still managed to produce quite a dialogue about each movie. There was a nice mix between new, popular releases and older classics. Many […]

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Summer of Funner Introduces FACE Painting

“Face” Painting

On Friday, the kids had a friend over, and, already outfitted for the water,  we did a little “face” painting before we hit the splash pad. What’s “face” painting? Painting with your hands at your sides…using your nose, cheeks, forehead, what have you. Here are the artists at work: The kids were surprisingly tidy with […]

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Mapping Gulliver's Travels

Summer Books: Mapping Gulliver’s Travels

This week, we read portions of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, and we watched two film versions: a somewhat-faithful 3-hour television movie from 1996 starring Ted Danson; and the first non-Disney animated movie from the late 1930s.  The kids had certain favourite moments from the tale. They absolutely loved the final two sections of the travels, particularly […]

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Pickle Day 2013 Make it Spicy

Pickle Day 2013: Make It Spicy!

The first man I saw… had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers. He told me, he did not doubt, that, in eight years more, he should be able to […]

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Have a Backyard Campout Weekend with In-Tent Movies S'mores Ghost Stories and a Percy Jackson (Reading) Marathon

Backyard Campout Weekend!

What began as a desire to have a backyard campout became a Backyard Campout Weekend!! In the hopes of finding a sleeping bag for Bea’s school camping trip in the early fall, the kids and I ran over to Canadian Tire on Friday morning to do a little back-to-school research. We came home with a sleeping […]

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Ping Pong and Paper Airplanes Simple Outdoor Fun for Kids

“Ping Pong” and Paper Airplanes

Some days you just need to take it easy! Just the other day, we set the kids loose in the backyard, and they ended up knocking two items off of our Summer of Funner Bucket List in one fell swoop. First off, they used chalk to make “targets,” and I taught them how to make […]

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