Worksheet of the Week: Word Jumble

word-jumbleThese baby monkeys were having a bit too much fun in this mango tree and now the sentence we just wrote got scrambled! Guess that is what happens when you try doing a bit of writing next to a group of pranksters like them! Can you use your writing talents to put these words back in order? Ask a parent for help downloading and printing this Worksheet of the Week to save our story AND practice working on your sentence structure techniques! http://budurl.me/Worksheet130

February Activities: Throwing a Valentine’s Day Bash!

As far as children’s holidays are concerned, Valentine’s Day can often be overlooked albeit the festivity that surrounds this February day. However, it is important to remember the true meaning of the day isn’t just about eating tons of chocolate, it’s about teaching your children about friendship and showing their gratitude towards others. This holiday is a great opportunity to celebrate those you love most at home by throwing a Valentine’s Day party for your children and their friends. Here are some great tips for throwing a Valentine’s Day hangout that can be both fun and educational.

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Photo by hello-julie, ©2007 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

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Counting Down to the Holidays

Looking for ways to get the family excited about the upcoming holiday season? Design a 10-day countdown to allow them to get into the swing of things. To make it more interesting add a level of mystery to the planned activity of the day by writing each down on a piece of paper and tossing it into a festive holiday hat or decorated container. With each passing day, have your kids blindly select an activity to enjoy.

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Short on ideas? Here are some of our favorite Holiday activities that are not only festive but also perfect for the family.

  • Holiday Caroling – Gather your kids and local friends to coordinate a caroling adventure through your neighborhood or a local community center. Pick your favorite holiday tunes and practice a few times before heading out.
  • Cookie Swap Parties – Cookie swap parties are perfect for kids and adults that are big on baking or simply just fans of these festive sweet treats. To get started, get your guest list together and when everyone arrives, guest can swap cookie and recipes to share with their family and friends.
  • Ornament Making – For some hands on fun, invite your kids to make their very own homemade holiday ornaments, using easily found materials like cinnamon scented salt or modeling dough. Use cookie cutters to create festive shapes to hand around your home or tree.
  • Cookie Decorating – A perfect alternative to baking and a much easier feat to manage with younger kids, grab a fun selection of different colored icings, sprinkles and other edible food decorations and lay out some cookies for you kids or holiday guests to enjoy.
  • Holiday Movie Night – Bundle up and snuggle up by the television with your kids by sharing a holiday themed movie with them. You can even set out special treats to make the event feel more special than their average night in front of the TV.

Halloween Ideas for the Whole Family

Photo by Jennifer C., ©2010 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Photo by Jennifer C., ©2010 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Halloween is sneaking up on us faster than a spooky monster in a haunted house. There are tons of different options for how to spend the night with your kids. Trick-or-treating, community events or a get together at your house are just a few options. Read on for our suggestions on how to make the night frightfully fun for your family!

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NFL and JumpStart Have Teamed Up!

All the exhilaration and family fun of a football game is sprinting straight to your mobile device because JumpStart is teaming up with the NFL! We are proud to announce the launch of NFL RUSH GameDay Heroes! Join the team huddle as JumpStart gears up for football season in BIG ways to bring your family a new line-up of action packed games!NFL-Gameday-Heroes-b

Gear up to support your favorite NFL team before rallying for that gameday win! This exciting app allows you to customize your very own football player before taking the field in a series of exciting and fast-paced mini games! Utilize strategy and game-changing power ups to push ahead as you race through round after round of competitive play with your friends and family.

What are you waiting for, Jumpeez? Connect with your friends and play in real time for a chance to rack up points and become the ultimate GameDay Hero! Best of all – this is only the beginning for JumpStart and the NFL! NFL RUSH GameDay Heroes is available through iTunes and GooglePlay (coming soon to Amazon and Windows).

Back to School Lunch Ideas

Transitioning to being back-to-school can be tough for kids of any age. Try to ease them into their new routine, try planning for a few super special school lunch ideas that can lighten the stress load or ease the occasional homesick kid. After all the summer season is one that’s hard to follow! 

lunchJSPinsFollow us on Pinterest to check out some of Frankie and friends favorite lunchtime treats and ideas for improving your brown bag or lunch box game. You will be surprised by how delicious and creative these healthy meals can be!

Popular lunch snacks:
Cheese sticks or slices
Sliced fresh fruit or veggies
Hummus and Pita
Yogurt and granola

Entrees:
Sandwiches and wraps
Soups
Bite Sized entrees – pizza, quiche, and more!

Share your suggestions in the comments below or head to our back to school lunch board on Pinterest for more exciting ideas!

Battling Summer Boredom

While in school, kids are actively engaged in learning and developing new skills for a good part of their day. Whether it is a textbook topic or more in the realm of socialization, it is as if they always have something to do and people with which to chat and play. As a result, it is as it they are almost conditioned to expect the same level of activity year-round, which makes fighting boredom in the summer months quite the challenge. With Labor Day and the start of school just around the corner, here are a few fun family activities to help make these last few days of summer really count!

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Plan a ‘Staycation’ – Are you able to get away from work for a day or two and enjoy a long weekend? Plan a short getaway with the family to a local historical site or nearby city. Exploring a new place, will give you ample opportunity to teach the kids about local history, wildlife, and more! the extended time spent bonding together as a family will be something to cherish year round, especially when schedules pick up at school and work.

Organize a Block Party – Make the ‘end of summer’ season or chose a ‘back to school theme’ as a reason to celebrate, eat and socialize with your friends, family, and neighbors. Designate a location, some activities and a menu. If you want to avoid doing all the extra cooking, consider having a potluck and inviting your guests to bring something to share.

Create a craft – Crafts, art projects and even fun science based experiments and activities can really quench the kids thirst for something fun to do. Best of all they’re easy to organize and a practical source of entertainment that is low maintenance for busy families. Tailor a few crafts to your kids interests and make sure to provide them with the proper materials to complete them. If you’re stumped on ideas, remember that JumpStart.com is riddled with activities, worksheets, and more.

How will you be making these last days of summer count? Share some of your favorite end of summer traditions for fighting boredom, here on the blog!