100 Things You Can Buy From the Dollar Tree and Use in Play

Happy Sunday everyone! This list comes from the blog ‘www.growingajeweledrose.com’ and I just had to share it!

This blogger-Mom realized she was using many, many items from the Dollar Tree to help her daughter explore fun activities. She made a list of all the items she has bought from the dollar store, and several examples of what she did with each item. This list is very long, but there are some AMAZING ideas in here! ENJOY!

dollar store buys inexpensive fun play ideas


I have broken the list down by aisle, and given several examples of ways to use many of the items for play.
The Food Aisle
1.  Food coloring- we use it almost everyday.  We use it for sensory baths, arts and crafts, in play dough,
     and during sensory play, just to name a few.  You will find it in a four pack including the primary colors.
    Color it and use it for sorting and math activities.
Painting with pasta
3.  Jello- we use Jello for sensory play often.  It has such a fun texture.  We used it to make glowing jello
     and a jello ocean small world.  Use the powder form of jello along with a brush and water for some

a simple sensory paint.

jello activities for kids
4.  Kool-aid- make Kool-aid Play-Doh or try sensory painting with Kool-aid.  Both are super fast recipes
that would be great for the busy classroom. 
5.  Rice- makes a fantastic sensory experience.  Great in a sensory bin like this one from Happy Hooligans
6.  Beans- another great sensory material.  We used beans as the base for our Valentine’s Day sensory bin
Pumpkin Cloud Dough Bakery!
Pumpkin scented cloud dough
8.  Pudding-  makes a fantastic edible finger paint
9.  Corn starch-  make goop or edible finger paint.  You can even make corn starch dance.  Talk about
     fun Science! Making goop in the classroom would be lots of fun Here are 25 different ways to play with
 goop!
10.  Baking soda- one fabulously fun way to use this is volcano eruptions.  We have done erupting
Glowing eruptions
11.  Tea- use it for sensory painting, or for some fantastic pretend play
12.  Spices- great for spice paintingmaking pumpkin bubbles or pretend play cooking using real ingredients.
You can also add spices to paint to make scented art and bath paint
13.  Coffee filters- make coffee filter butterflies or coffee filter flowers.  Here is a list of coffee filter crafts
       for kids.

The Health and Beauty Aisle
14.  Shaving cream- Here is a list of 20 ways to play with shaving cream.  Shaving cream sliding fun is our

       personal favorite.  In the classroom– put some on the children’s desks and let them practice
tracing their letters in the shaving cream.  It acts as a cleaning agent, wipes right off, and is tons of fun.
We also had  lots of fun with our bubble wrap sensory slide

15.  Bubble bath- I buy our bubble bath at The Dollar Tree.  It is tear free, and creates lots of bubbles.  It is

       what we use to get mountains of bubbles when we paint our bubbles at bath.
Bubble bath painting
Also use bubble bath to make rainbow bubbles and pumpkin bubbles!

16.  Bath poofs- these make a great painting tool.  Get four mini bath poofs for just $1
17.  Lotion- My daughter loves lotion.  We use it for sensory play often.  We have even made a sensory bin
       with lotion as the base.
18.  Paper plates- use them to make all sorts of paper plate crafts!  Lots of simple craft ideas for the
classroom!
19.  Shower curtains-  paint a beautiful shower curtain mural.  I love this idea from Come Together Kids!

 

20.  Band-aids- peeling the backs off of band-aids is great for hand-eye coordination ,and fine motor skills.
       They are just like stickers- toddlers love band-aids.  Give them a box when you need to occupy them
       for a bit.  They are also great for pretend play ,and even crafts.  This band-aid man is one example
21.  Rubbing alcohol- use it to make beautiful colored pasta for crafts, color sorting, math activities,  and
pasta necklaces.
22.  Cotton swabs-  there are a ton of fun ways to use cotton swabs.  Here is a list of Q-tip crafts for kids.
      You can also use Q-tips as a teaching tool in the classroom
23.   Hair gel-  use it to make fun squishy sensory bags.  We have made lots of different types of sensory
        bags from Halloween themed to glowing!  In the classroom, make them together.  Super inexpensive
and the children will have fun with them at home.
24.  Bath fragrances-  I use these to create our sensory baths.  These could also be used to fragrance
       sensory bins or to make perfume concoctions

The Kitchen Gadget Aisle

25.  Aluminum foil- use it as a canvas to paint or to make a robot.  Here is a whole list of foil crafts for kids
26.  Highlighters- use these to make glow water.  Just be sure to check that the highlighters you are using are
       non-toxic.  Glow water can make all sorts of things glow.  This glowing bath is one example.  Check out
      our glowing playtimes  for lots more ideas!

 

glowing bath water Outer Space bath
27.  Pie pans- for making mud pies, , fun bubble concoctions or in pretend cooking
28.  Muffin tins- there are so many ways to utilize a muffin tin other than it’s intended use.  Use it to hold
29.   Ice cube trays- freeze colored ice cubes for bath or to put into your child’s Summer beverage.  Freeze
       paint and enjoy some fun outdoor painting in the Summer.
30.  Storage containers-  all the storage containers used to create our child guided play space were
       purchased at The Dollar Tree.  Teachers and parents can never have enough storage containers!
We also use these storage containers to make small scale sensory bins
        The containers used four our Make Your own Elmo party favors were also purchased here.

 

31.  Tongs- great for manipulating all sorts of materials
32.  Measuring cups- great for mixing, pouring, using for pretend cooking and at bath
33.  Pasta strainer- use it to make rain in the bath tub, or for pipe cleaner threading
34.  Sponges-  make sponge bombs sponge towers, or use them to paint.
35.  Table cloths- make a great drop cloth for messy play.  They can also be used to make fun slip-N-slides
       like this one

 

**This whole aisle can pretty much be utilized in some way.  Children prefer real gadgets to pretend ones,   and if you purchase then at The Dollar Tree, they are actually cheaper than the imitations.  Win/win**

The Art/Craft/ Office Aisle

36.  Poster board- these are two for $1and come in an array of colors.  We used postal board to create a
       removable wall mural so that each child could take a piece of the art work home with them after one
      of our messy play dates.
37.  Construction paper
38.  Postal paper- great for large arthomemade gift wrap, and to lay down before a messy project
39.  Bubble wrap- what kid doesn’t love bubble wrap?  Paint it, pop it, giggle!  Or make a fun
40.  Scissors- they have a variety, even ones for beginners just learning to cut
41.  Bingo markers-  These make a great addition to any art supply collection.   These faux Spring flowers
from Mom to Posh Lil Divas  are a great example of why.

 
They are great for little hands, and create minimal mess.

 

42.  Masking tape- every toddler loves tape.  Give them a roll to play with, and they will have a blast.  It can
       also be used for endless projects, of course.
43.  Glue sticks
44.  School glue- besides all the normal uses, you can use glue to make glow in the dark glueslime, and for

 

45.  Envelopes-  make envelope puppets or set up a pretend play mail center or playtime
46.  Tissue paper-  make a kaleidoscope,  tissue heart collages or simple Spring flowers .  Or create
Stained glass window art
47.  White wrapping paper- use for large art, or to make your own gift wrap.  It also works as a great drop
       cloth during messy activities.  Simply throw it away after the play time.
48.  Party favors- these make a great paint brush.  The Iowa Farmer’s Wife illustrates just how well here

 

49.  Popsicle sticks- make creative magnets or popsicle sight word games.  There are endless crafts using
Popsicle sticks AKA craft sticks.   This horse ,  truck, and  alligator are just a few examples
50.  Stickers- my toddler loves stickers.  When I need to get dinner started, I often give her stickers and
       paper.  Keeps her occupied for a bit.  Stickers are also a great prize for teachers to have on hand.  You
could also try sticker resist art
51.  Foam sheets- these can be used in all sorts of ways.  Besides all the general crafting, they magically stick
to the bath walls when wet.   Bath pumpkin art  and a Boo bath are two fun ways we have used them.

You could do something similar in the classroom using the windows

52.  Felt sheets- great for arts and crafts.  We create things for our felt board out of these sheets. Here
       is a whole list of fun felt crafts for kids
53.  Pipe cleaners-make 3D art, create pipe cleaner and googly eye creatures or make pipe cleaner crafts
       just to name a few
54.  Googly eyes- besides all the obvious arts and crafts, you can also use these to make a fun sensory bag
       or with play dough.  We used googly eyes as part of our Make Your Own Elmo party favors.
55.  Glass jars- the glass jars at The Dollar Tree are not exactly like mason jars but they are similar and there
       are hundreds of crafts you can make using these jars.  These glowing pumpkin jars are one example.
Glowing jars

56.  coloring books- not just for coloring.  Cover the coloring page in pulsesmake a place mat, or
57.  Window markers- Rosie loves decorating the windows, and once she is done, the window markers
       wash right off.  These would be fun for the classroom!
58.  Markers- besides all the obvious things, you can also use these in the classroom for fun sight word 
activities or at home to set up a creative art bath station

 

All the mess washes right down the drain!
59.  Sun catcher kits- comes with a sun catcher, paint, and a brush
60.  Wooden toys that you can  paint yourself.  They have a bunch of different ones.  Rosie is always so
       proud of her painted toys too.
61.  Glitter- glitter makes just about everything more fun.  Rosie loves glitter.  We use it almost everyday!
62.  Glitter glue- a child favorite!
63.  Floral wire- Here is a whole list of fun crafts for kids using wire
64.  Yarn- paint with it, create beautiful products like this yarn wrapped vase, or make yarn eggs.
       Make yarn hearts or beautiful patio decorations like these from The Chocolate Muffin Tree

65.  Rocks, pebbles, stones- great in sensory bins and for sorting.  Start a pet rock collection.  Make a
       magical fairy world or go diving for treasure.   Rocks are also fun to paint or for creating rock art
The Home Improvement Aisle
66.  Duct tape- use it to make a giant squishy sensory bag. Make a duct tape purse or a cardboard train.
You can even make a boat out of duct tape.  Also great in an array of arts and crafts.  There really are
so many things you can do with duct tape!
67.  Tap lights- great for teaching the concept of on/off.  We used them in one of our water bead stations
 and to make this simple hand held light box.

68.  Painters drop cloths- great to lay down before messy play.  They can also be used to make
69.  LED candles- they come in a three pack, and can be used to make luminaries
70.  String
71.  Clothes Pins- make a clothes pin dinosaur or a clothes pin wreath.  Make an airplane or a
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72.  Flash lights- play flash light tag, or make shadow puppets
73.  Mini paint rollers- these make great painting tools.
74.  Utility rope- We used it to create a space to hang our children’s art. click here for an example.
The Toy Aisle
 had a lot of fun playing with them in the bath.

Glow sticks at bath
76.  Play dough- if you don’t feel like making your own, they have it!
77.  Creatures- I have gotten packets of dinosaurs, bugs, and sea life.  I use these creatures for sensory
       play all the time.  Here is a collection of over 100 sensory play ideas!  There are several other ways to
       use them too.  Rosie loves them in her bath
78.  Bath capsules- these capsules turn into fun shaped sponges when placed in warm water
79.  Water beads- The package has them labeled as gel balls, but are the same thing as water beads.  To be
        more precise, the package says, Grow Your Own Gel Balls.  We LOVE them!  We painted
with them here.
water bead painting
  There are endless ways to explore these gems. The Chocolate Muffin Tree compiled a list of 32 ways to play with water beads
80.  Fake snow-  this stuff is so cool.  It is right next to the gel balls in the toy aisle. Not familiar with fake
       snow?  Click here to learn more.  It was also used in this sensory bin from  Carrots are Orange

 

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81.  Grow your own Crystals- It is a kit also right near the water beads.  Fun Science whether at home or in
the classroom.
82.  Magnifying glass- great for exploring objects, and in sensory play.  We use our magnifying glasses ALL
       the time!
83.  Princess crowns- Great for imaginative play.  We also use ours for Princess sensory baths

 

84.  Toy cars and trucks- we got the cars and trucks for our construction site sensory bin  from The Dollar
        Tree.  We have also used these cars to paint with.
85.  Pool noodles- there are a ton of things you can do with pool noodles. Make rainbow arches.  Create
Pool noodle critters
86.  Bubbles- so many fun ways to use bubbles besides traditional bubble blowing.  Try bubble painting
       or have fun making bubble concoctions
87.  Balloons- There are endless ways to use balloons. Make stress ball balloons  .  Fill your child’s room as
                                     a special surprise, or create a fun bath time party celebration

 

Make bath time party time
88.  Water balloons- Besides the loved water balloon battles,  they are really fun to play with at bath.  You
        could also try water balloon painting
89.  Books-  I am quite impressed by the selection of books you can find at The Dollar Tree.  Since they are
       generally smaller sized books, they are great for carrying in your diaper bag
90.  Kites
91.  Hula hoops- not just for hulaing.  There are so many ways to use a hula hoop.  Click here for a list of
       eight fun ways.  You can also make a children’s play tent using a hula hoop.
92. Textured balls- Great in a sensory bin like this one or for  textured ball painting.
Textured ball painting
This list really could go on and on.  Have you explored the toy section of The Dollar Tree lately?  It is pretty amazing what you can get for a dollar!
The Seasonal Section
93.  Seeds- not just for planting.  Make seed mosaicsseeded play dough, or use them for sorting, patterns
       and simple math activities
94.  Flower pots- we make an activity out of ours, and paint them.  You can also use them for pour painting
95.  Imitation flowers- These are great for imaginary play.  We used then in a gardening sensory bin, and
often use them during  sensory baths
96.  Soil- great for planting flowers, making mud for mud pies, in sensory bins like our digging for bugs
       sensory station. We also used this soil to have a mud party play date!

 

For even more ideas, check out our International Mud Day Round Up!
97.  Shovels, spades, gardening gloves-  they have all of these things in children and adult sizes
98.  Giant fly swatters- these make perfect painting tools.  Rosie loves painting with our giant fly swatters.

 

You can also use them as bubble wands.

 

99.    Large pieces of bamboo- makes a great hiking stick (your child can decorate it them self) Also makes
         great outdoor wind chimes like the ones created by Child Central Station
100.    Lots of pool toys- rafts, beach balls, arm floaties. Sand toys, buckets, shovels, and so much more!!!

 

Also don’t forget to check out The Holiday Section!!!
 Whenever you go to The Dollar Tree, be sure and walk through the holiday section.  You can find so many great materials.  I get the bulk of the items I use to create our holiday sensory bins from there.  Check out my Valentines Day sensory bin  and my St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin bin for examples.
This list really could go on too.  I am already thinking of things I forgot like cotton balls and manila folders for folder games.  Then there’s cookie sheets.  You can do so many things with those and…….on and on.   I bet if you take a walk aroundThe Dollar Tree, you will find things to add to this list as well.  I am amazed by how many fun activities we are able to do with the items bought here.
So there you have it!


 100 items you can and should purchase from The Dollar Tree to use in play and in the classroom!
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99 Signs You Might Be Cool Enough to Be a Nanny

Nanny 101

  • You’re extremely flexible. You are always prepared if your employer asks you to do something at the last minute regarding the child.
  • You don’t mind working holidays. There may be times where you are needed on Christmas or Thanksgiving. Especially, if your employer is throwing a holiday party, and needs you to watch the children.
  • You can think on the spot. A little spontaneous thinking can go a long way. This can help during an emergency situation with the child.
  • You already have childcare training. Courses in childcare are always a plus when it comes to applying for nanny positions. The more education, the better.
  • You already have experience as a nanny. You have already been a nanny for many years, so jumping into a new nanny position will be a smooth transition.
  • You have the ability to see things through a child’s eye. You can remember when you were a kid, and you can empathize with a child and how they are feeling.
  • You feel comfortable around a nanny cam. More and more employers are installing nanny cams in their homes to monitor their workers.
  • You already know first aid and CPR. This is a necessity in case of an emergency.
  • You are willing to network and meet other nannies. It is good to network and get to know other nannies because you can find out different tips and helpful suggestions.
  • You love to travel. There may be times where your employer will want you to come along on a family vacation to help with the children.
  • You really love kids. This is a must if you really want to become a nanny.

Characteristics

  • You are known to be very organized. Organization helps when it comes to keeping the playroom in order.
  • You can handle stress well. There will be stress free days and days when nothing goes as plan. Maintaining your cool will help bring positive outcomes.
  • You are focused and attentive. You will have to be on your toes and pay attention at all times, especially when you are a nanny to multiple children.
  • You know how to discipline responsibly. You know when to use time outs, as well as talk with the children to let them know when they have done something wrong.
  • You have patience. Patience will always be needed when it comes to being a nanny.
  • You are trustworthy. The parents trust you with their most precious thing, their children.
  • You are a self-starter. You know how to initiate things and don’t always need someone looking over your shoulder to get things done.
  • You have always been outgoing. An outgoing personality will definitely keep the children entertained and keep the parents happy.
  • You consider yourself a good role model. The children that you nanny should look up to you, and you should promote positive actions.
  • You’re a great communicator. You have a great relationship with the parents and the children, and the lines of communication are always open to discuss issues.

Getting Things Done and Making Things Come Together

  • You don’t mind housework. You keep the house tidy and make sure everything is in its appropriate place.
  • You can come up with nutritious meals. You are great at making meals that the kids will enjoy and that are good for them.
  • You’ve got lots of energy. When you are the nanny of toddlers and preschoolers, you will get tons of exercise running after them all day.
  • You are good at lesson plans. A lesson plan goes a long way when it comes to keeping the day organized and the activities in order.
  • You would be a Super Nanny. You understand child psychology and are able to diffuse just about any situation.
  • You know the art of multitasking. You have the ability to juggle many things at the same time, and get them all done with ease.
  • You are good with kids in the grocery store. This can be one of the most complicated errands, because kids like to run up and down the aisles and take things off of shelves. If you can keep the kids under control, then that is pure talent.
  • You know how to say no. This will definitely help on those grocery shopping trips, when everyone wants everything.
  • You are resourceful. You know how to make a lot out of a little.
  • You can create an emergency plan. You will have a complete emergency plan in force in case of fires, break-ins, and natural disasters.
  • You are a good problem solver. Sometimes situations will arise when the parents are not home, and you have to make quick decisions on the spot.

Fun and Creativity

  • You are a good storyteller. You can create stories off the top of your head to enlighten the children.
  • You can make creative snacks. From ants on a log to heart shaped sandwiches, you have a list of creative snacks that the kids will enjoy eating.
  • You enjoy baking. You have fun with baking by making different kinds of cupcakes and pastries.
  • You like to make healthy smoothies. When done right, the children will think that they are drinking a milkshake.
  • You are good at making up games. Sometimes the best games are the clapping games and games where you identify parts of the body. Preschoolers and toddlers will definitely learn from these types of games.
  • You like to read books out loud. With an animated voice and a fun whimsical book, you can keep children entertained for a nice period of time.
  • You know a good selection of children’s movies. This is an activity that children will be happy to participate in several times a week.
  • You are a musical person. Children love sing-a-longs, and you can incorporate this easily into the day.
  • You love cartoons. You will laugh along with the kids and will actually be enjoying yourself while watching.
  • You know how to use your imagination. This is great for those impromptu tea parties with the stuffed animals.
  • You like picnics. Throwing a surprise picnic with nutritious food will keep the children happy and healthy.
  • You love video games. The children will be impressed that their nanny can go one on one with them on Xbox.
  • You encourage friendly competition. Having a track and field day and running races is great competition and exercise.
  • You love to hug. Children love to be shown a little love now and then.
  • You have a great sense of humor. You can joke and laugh, and not take things to seriously.
  • You like animals. A lot of households have pets, so it definitely helps if you get along with animals.
  • You appreciate culture. You can expose the children to art exhibits and museums that can be educational and fun.
  • You don’t mind playing dress-up. If you are the nanny of little girls, sometimes you may have to put on some outlandish clothes and just use your imagination.
  • You are the queen of Karaoke. If there is a karaoke machine handy, it would be a lot of fun to sing silly songs with the children.
  • You love arts and crafts. You have a box full of glitter, glue, child-friendly scissors, markers and construction paper for spur of the moment arts and crafts fun.
  • You enjoy nature. On walks to the park or around the neighborhood, you can educate the children on different tree and plant species.
  • You like to draw. You can sit and draw with the kids, or you can create coloring books for the kids to color in themselves.
  • You know fun and easy recipes. Children love to be able to be a part of the cooking process, and love to eat what they have created.
  • You know how to make forts. You know how to create the best forts for the kids with chairs, pillows, and sheets.
  • You think making home movies are fun. You break out the camcorder and let the kids be silly in front of the camera. This is something that they can cherish for years to come.
  • You like old board games. Since most kids like playing video games these days, it will be nice to let them play a board game of yesteryears, like Monopoly or Sorry.
  • You love bicycling. This can be an alternative to walking. Have a bike outing, with safety helmets and kneepads included.
  • You know how to make homemade ice cream. This can be a summertime treat for good behavior that the kids will love.
  • You can make a great snowman. If there is enough snow on the ground during the winter, the children will enjoy making a snowman, with various objects to make the face.
  • You know of a place to watch planes take off from the airport. Kids will think this is cool, especially if it is during a clear and sunny day.
  • You can think of clever scavenger hunts. Scavenger hunts are not just for Easter. You creatively make hunts for various things like small toys or treats.
  • You like miniature golfing. Miniature golf is a fun experience and something different for the kids to do on a warm day.
  • You know how to make picture collages. The kids will have fun putting pictures of their family and friends together in a beautiful arrangement.
  • You can make a great bowl of popcorn. You turn regular popcorn into fabulous popcorn for the kids, by adding different seasonings and sweet coatings.
  • You know how to ice skate. Teaching the kids to ice skate is a great wintertime activity and is also great exercise.
  • You love rollerblading. Rollerblading is a fun activity to do with the kids around a lake or even in the neighborhood.
  • You like to fish. Using rubber bait, you can teach the kids how to fish as a sport. Afterwards you can release the fish back into the water.
  • You like sledding. Sledding is another way for the kids to play in the snow, as long as it is done safely.
  • You’re good at bowling. Using the children’s bowling balls at the bowling alley, the kids can learn to bowl and also how to keep bowling scores.
  • You can perform a great puppet show. You can make the puppets from scratch, as well as the stage for the puppet show.
  • You like to catch fireflies. You and the kids can have lots of fun catching fireflies in a clear jar and then letting them go.
  • You know how to make holiday decorations. During the holidays, you and the children can make great holiday decorations and put them up in the windows and around the house.
  • You still love hide and seek. This game has spanned many generations and is still a favorite with the children.
  • You think of cool ways to have campouts. Whether indoors or outdoors, you will have lots of treats and stories to tell. The children can help put up the tent.
  • You like simple walks. Taking the kids on simple walks, are excellent ways to stay active and get some sunshine.
  • You know how to fly a kite. This is a great activity to do in the park or at the beach with the kids.
  • You love scrapbooking. You can teach the kids how to make their own scrapbooks with their favorite photos and scrapbook accessories.
  • You know where some great apple orchards are located. Taking the kids to pick apples is a fun afternoon activity. Not only can the children eat the apples as snacks later, but you can teach them how to make pies with the apples as well.
  • You love going to pumpkin patches. Have the kids pick out a pumpkin that they like, and then have a pumpkin carving party afterwards.
  • You like raking leaves. The kids can help rake leaves in the backyard, and then they can have fun running and jumping into them.
  • You can make great sand castles. Going to the beach with the kids and making sand castles can make wonderful Kodak moments.
  • You can think of cool indoor exercises. This will help when it is rainy outside and you can’t go on walks or to the park.
  • You think toasting marshmallows is fun. Toasting marshmallows is not just for campfires, but it makes a tasty afternoon treat.
  • You don’t mind the kids chalking up the sidewalk. You and the kids can go out and make wonderful chalk creations on the sidewalk.

Learning

  • You can think of fun ways to learn. You can make your own flashcards and tutorial programs that make learning fun for the kids.
  • You are able to care for children with disabilities. This will help if you apply with a family who has disabled children.
  • You have mastered the art of potty training. Maybe you have helped with potty training before, or have kids of your own, so you know what it takes to get the children to go.
  • You can create your own rewards program. You can come up with creative ways to give rewards to the children for their accomplishments.
  • You can think of unique ways to get the children to clean their room. You can make it a game or give a reward for cleaning the room, or other parts of the house.
  • You know more than one language. This opens up more options to help families that speak another language.
  • You know how to swim. You can teach the kids how to swim, as well as assist in a swimming emergency.
  • You love science. You can help with science projects and homework assignments.
  • You like nursery rhymes. This comes in handy with toddlers and preschool children.
  • You still like puzzles. These can be great for fundamental learning.
  • You know how to plant. You can teach the children the art of gardening.
  • You do crosswords in your spare time. You can make the children crossword puzzles with different themes.
  • You know about time capsules. Making a time capsule with the children, can provide them with something to discover and look back on 15 years from now.
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