Made at Home Father’s Day Gifts

To my husband, don’t read this post! Ok, since I know you, I know you will continue to read this post. So act surprised when you receive one (or all) of these as your gift.

Here’s a few quick Father’s Day Gifts that the kids can put together at home.

 From www.triedandtrueblog here’s a FREE printable, simply enough for the little’s in your family and enough detail for the older kids to get into this.

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This Fathers Day Mug from www.iheartartsncrafts.com  is another craft that would work for just about any age group.

 

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 From designdininganddiapers.com here’s a simply and cost effective gift with free printables.

 

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Now as for Breakfast, I love this simply Breakfast Eggs and Bacon Pizza from heatherchristo.com. Because I’ll be serving a few people, I’ll  be making two of these along with with a big bowl of fruit and juice. I’ve made breakfast pizza a couple times and they all loved it.

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The Electric Company Summer Learning Program

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I love PBSKids for my girls, they have some great resources. I previously blogged about their SciGirls program. Today, as part of my Summer Educational Series , my focus is on  The Electric Company Summer Learning Program (I will highlight some of the other online programs soon). This is a six-week multimedia program which has a total of 24 sessions, with four 90-minute sessions per week. This program will help me feed my daughters thirst for learning during the summer. 

PBSKids has created a curriculum based off The Electric Company. Each session uses the show to develop children’s vocabulary and core math concepts like: addition, subtraction, pattern recognition, representing and analyzing data, telling time, reading and writing numbers, and measurement. The children watch the same episode twice, so that they are exposed to the same words and concepts two sessions in a row. This enhances the depth of the each learning experience.

Every lesson is written out for you. Just follow their guidelines and your set. You can set this up with another Mom and take turns hosting a session or do this one on one with you child. However you decide to do this, be sure to encourage discussions about what they learned. Also, playing some of their online games helps reinforce their lessons or have them draw a picture to express what they’ve learned. Families are also given a bi-weekly newsletters to update parents on what children have been learning.

 

These are the Features on their program

Key features include:

  • 36 hours of summer learning content
  • YouTube links to over 3 hours of content packaged into 15-minute narratives
  • Online Gaming: 12 levels of The Adventures of Prankster Planet
  • 12 interactive group activities
  • 24 skill-building activity sheets
  • TEC SLP Orientation Training:
    – 90-minute orientation training for staff implementing SLP
    – PowerPoint presentation detailing TEC approach and SLP curriculum specifics
    – Training script to accompany PowerPoint for staff to administer training

 

Here’s the links for the program:

 

Take a look and let me know what you think.

 

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Art Program from the OC Zoo & Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

For my Summer Educational Series, I’m adding an upcoming art/educational program for kids at the O.C. Zoo. Even if you have to drive a bit to get here, it’s completely worth it. You can plan a full day here.

A new Art Program is being offered at the OC Zoo. The OC Zoo has teamed up with Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. On June 27 and August 6 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am., kids ages 9-16 years old will learn to draw an animal with a Chuck Jones Center artist. They’ll also get to meet a zoo animal up close!

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The cost is $10.00 per child (parent observer pays $2.00 zoo admission fee)  and a $3.00 parking fee.  A Chuck Jones center artist will also be inside the zoo after the art program from 12:30pm-2:30pm so general admission zoo visitors have a chance to see the artist drawing and ask questions

Space is limited, class takes place at the OC Zoo which is located inside Irvine Regional Park in Orange. Registration is REQUIRED by calling (714) 973-6846l

Be sure to bring a lunch and spend the day at Irvine Regional Park. You can visit the Nature center, rent a bike, a paddle boat, take a train ride or take a walk along with the lake.

Orange County Zoo

(located inside Irvine Regional Park)

1 Irvine Park Road

Orange, CA 92862

(714) 973-6846
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About Chuck Jones Center for Creativity:

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a non-profit organization founded by the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones. The Center’s vision is to inspire the creative genius within each person that leads to a more joyous and harmonious life and world. The programs of the center provide children with nurturing guidance from the Chuck Jones teaching artists to help discover their own innate creativity.
To learn more about the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Warner Bros. animation contact them at www.chuckjonescenter.org.
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S’mores Cups Recipe

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picture and recipe from http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/

Although I try to keep our foods healthy sometimes you just gotta give in. I’m also in total Girl Scout mode today, so these Fluffy No Bake S’mores Cups from In Katrina’s Kitchen got my attention.

This dessert not only looks scrumptious (or is it just me and my love for S’mores?) but it’s a great prep ahead dessert. Perfect for dinner parties.

Just whip the ingredients together, assemble, let it sit in the fridge 3 hours or overnight and serve. If you have kids with Peanut allergies dessert will work out great. You use Biscoff spread in place of peanut butter (Biscoff spread is made from Biscoff cookies and gives that graham cracker taste). It can be found near the peanut butter in most grocery stores.

S’mores Cups Recipe

YIELD: 8 mini dessert cups

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 3 hours, or overnight

Fluffy S’mores no-bake mousse cups

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
4 oz package of chocolate pudding (powder)
2 Cups powdered sugar
1/2 Cup Biscoff spread or Peanut Butter
8 oz tub of Cool Whip
2-3 Tablespoons milk
marshmallows and graham crackers for garnish and layers

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, pudding powder, milk, and Biscoff spread.
  2. Fold in Cool Whip
  3. Pipe into cups of any size and garnish with graham crackers and marshmallows. Place halved marshmallows in between layers if desired.
  4. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight (will become a firmer consistency)

NOTES:

  • You can also make this in a 9×13 dish layered between graham crackers.
  • Biscoff spread provides a hint of graham cracker taste in the dish. You can substitute peanut butter if you do not have Biscoff.

For complete details visit : Smores Cups Recipe | In Katrina’s Kitchen.

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7th annual National Get Outdoors Day -June 14, 2014

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The 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day is on June 14, 2014. This event encourages healthy, active outdoor lives and embraces our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Participating partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.

Get Outside Day event actives will offer a mix of information centers, “active fun” areas, places where guests (especially kids) can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition.

The sites will also provide photo opportunities with characters like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.

In addition to the days events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.

Find event locations here: National Get Outdoors Day.

Can’t find an even in your area? Don’t let that stop you, here’s a link for Trails.com, enter the name of your City and it’ll locate hiking trails near you. 
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Operation Splash

Summer is here, time to play and have fun in the pool! We need to remember that part of having fun in the pool is staying safe by learning how to swim. This is why I am including Kaiser Permanente’s “Operation Splash” as part of my Summer Educational Series.

Kaiser is partnering with cities throughout Southern California to offer “Operation Splash”, a program designed to encourage exercise and provide free swim lessons for low-income youth and adults, They also offer free junior lifeguard training.

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The following cities/counties have been offered grants: City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation, City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, Desert Recreation District, Coachella Valley Recreation and Park District, Indio,  North of the River Recreation and Park District, Bakersfield, City of Ventura, Community Services Department, Ventura, Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation and city of Los Angeles.

For Riverside:  

Visit www.riversideca.gov or call 951-826-2000. Registration is on site at participating locations. 

Arlington Park Pool, 3860 Van Buren Blvd.

Hunt Park Pool, 4015 Jackson St.

Islander Pool, 3794 Mount Vernon Ave.

Reid Park Pool, 701 N. Orange St.

Shamel Park Pool, 3650 Arlington Ave.

Sippy Woodhead Pool, 2060 University Ave.

Villegas Park Pool, 3091 Esperanza St.

 

Click here for Operation Splash Locations in Los Angeles

 

For San Bernardino:

 

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Doodle 4 -US winner on Google today

For 7 years now Google  has held a a competition. They invite kids, grades K-12 to draw an invention that would make the world a better place. This year they had more than 100,000 submissions.

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This years winner is  11-year old Audrey Zhang of New York. She is a third time finalist in this competition. Not only is Audrey’s animated drawing headlining the Google page today but she also won a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school and on top of that Google.org donated $20,000 in her name to charity: Water toward providing clean water to schools in Bangladesh.

“To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life.”
– Audrey Zhang, 11

The Google doodlers team spent a day with Audrey to turn her illustration into a moving animation which is what you see today on the Google page. Google Doodle 4 – 2014 winners

In all there where 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and 5 national age group winners. Click here to take a look at the outstanding national grade group winners.

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Pictures from  https://www.google.com/doodles/doodle-4-google-2014-us-winner

Outstanding job Audrey!!!

 

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Celebrate World Oceans Day

On or around June 8th people around the world celebrate and honor our world’s oceans.  This years theme is“Together we have the power to protect the ocean.”  Join in this weekend with people in communities world wide. This day raises awareness of things that put our oceans in danger like  Ocean acidification, plastics pollution and overfishing.

Hundreds of events are planned to help our oceans by supporting clean energy choices, trash-free coasts and beaches, sustainable seafood, and more.

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Take a selfie for the sea

Take a photo of yourself doing something for the ocean, or making a promise

Help the ocean. We can all do something to protect our ocean! Get out in your community, or make a promise to change something in your life

Take a photo. Show the world how you’re helping your community; with a promise, at your favorite nature spot, or whatever you want!
Share it with the world!Post to Twitter, Facebook, or other social media platform and tag it #WorldOceansDay.

You can make a sign with your promise, or just take a photo of yourself somewhere special! Just mention your promise in the text of your post.

If you’d like help sharing your photo, send an email and we’ll do the rest.

 

Not sure what to promise?

Here’s what other people are doing:

  • I promise to use reusable bags at the grocery store
  • I promise to use a reusable water bottle
  • I promise to not eat meat on Mondays
  • I promise to take shorter showers
  • I promise to take public transportation to school/work once a week
  • I promise to only eat sustainably caught or farmed seafood
  • I promise to shop a thrift store first instead of buying new
  • I promise to unplug my electronic chargers when not using them
  • I promise to turn off all the lights and the heat or A/C when I leave my house
  • I promise to bike instead of drive for at least one errand a week
  • I promise to participate in a litter cleanup
  • I promise to not use toxic pesticides on my garden or lawn

 

The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate World Ocean Day with an array of activities ranging from an ocean-themed performance by the Long Beach Chorale in the evening to the Pacific Islander Festival during the day that features special presentations, films, and other educational programming highlighting our blue planet. All of this is in celebration of the largest body of water on the planet, covering 70 percent of Earth and remaining 95 percent unexplored.

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Festival time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Festival cost: General Admission–$28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.

Long Beach Chorale World Ocean Day Concert
Concert time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Concert cost: $30 per adult, $18 for students with ID and children ages 3 to 11. $25 for Aquarium members, $15 for member students and children. Includes Aquarium admission.

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3 Week Summer Camp by Girls Make Games

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I just read about this summer camp program. I’m thrilled to share this you as part of the Summer Educational Series. This is an awesome 3 week summer camp for girls enrolled in grades 6-10. Although this program is not free it is well worth the investment in your child’s future. I’m going to start saving for my girls now.

This camp is developed by LearnDistrict, an indie studio based in San Jose, CA. Girls Make Games Summer Camp is an International Summer Camp program which features workshops that encourage girls to to explore the the world of video games. Although 47% of gamers are women only 12% of the game industry are women. These odds are just not right for the future of our girls.

Camp begins June 16th but you must enroll by today, June 8th.  Here is an example of what is covered:

Academics

  • Gameplay models, mechanics, and terminology
  • Students learn to create characters and backgrounds in photoshop
  • The basic fundamentals and logic of programming.

Exposure

  • Career discussions and presentations with game industry professionals
  • Field trips to
    • i. Stanford University Dept. of Comp Sci
    • ii. Microsoft and Google HQ
  • Play Day hosted at Double Fine Studios – One of the top indie game companies

Demo Day

  • Teams pitch their final projects to panel of judges from Google Play, USC and Double Fine Studios.
  • Top 3 teams win sponsored prizes; First place winner has their game developed by LearnDistrict.

They offer a 5:1 Student to Counselor ratio and College students enrolled in game programs offer on-going mentor-ship after camp ends.

This camp is offered in six locations through out the United States

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Boston, MA
  • Washington DC
  • Seattle, WA
  • Denver, CO
  • Austin, TX

Click here for Girls Make Games Camp Info

 

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FREE Microsoft Summer Camps

 

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As part of my Summer Educational Series, Microsoft is offering a FREE summer camp series. I am very excited about this particular series of classes and have registered my daughter for the Smart Game Coding Class. Space is limited so sign up quickly. Here are the classes being offered:

  • Smart Game Coding: Ages 8-10-Go behind the scenes and learn how to code, program, and play in your own gaming world. You’ll use kid-friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own.
  • Smart Game Designing: Ages 11-13-Learn how to build, publish, and bring mobile games to life. Make your own virtual world and bring it to life so you can create games, movies, and unique digital experiences.
  • Smart Movie Making: ages 8-10 & 11-13-Unleash your imagination and go from script to screen – and all the moving steps in between. We’ll teach you how to produce, direct, design and animate your own flicks using Windows Phone and Surface Pro.
  • Smart Photo Taking: Ages 11-13-Make photos pop and learn new tricks for capturing, editing and sharing great photos from your phone. We’ll help you build interactive worlds in Photosynth, turn yourself into art with Photo Fuse, and more.

 

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In addition to the classes listed above some of the stores are also offering a “Code It”class . These are drop in classes, so I would suggest arriving early. The “Code It” class is described as follows:

  • Want to play a game that doesn’t exist yet? You could simply make it yourself during our open coding hours. Go behind the screens with TouchDevelop to learn how to build and publish amazing mobile games and receive prizes for each level you unlock. Complete all levels and receive a Microsoft backpack, perfect for going back to school.

View available summer camps at your store and sign up today

Microsoft Day Camp Classes

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