Sew A Stuffie!

At Explore It!, we love making Stuffies. We have entire programs dedicating week after week to them, we incorporate them into our multidisciplinary programs (Owls in Hogwarts Adventures, Goodall’s Gorillas in Women in Science, and Dragons in D&D Club to name a few) and we make at least one stuffie every single week in Summer Camp. Stuffies aren’t “just a craft”....
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Happy 100 Day!

Today – April 9 – marks the 100th day of 2020. We thought it might be nice to mark the occasion, and to reflect on what we’re grateful for, what we miss with the realities of social distancing, what makes us smile in these trying times, and what unites us, despite the darkness. We encourage you to do the same at home – it’s not making it to 100 that matters,...
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Stay Safe and Sew a Face Mask

During stressful times, we often turn to crafts to fulfill our need to do *something* instead of doing nothing (or watching yet another episode of The Big Family Cooking Showdown on Netflix). Since we know that disposable face masks are on back-order everywhere, a washable fabric mask is a good choice for those of us on the #socialdistancing and #selfisolation trains. In fact, Michael Garron...
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Getting Creative with Trash Puppets

Every year (although sadly, perhaps not this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions), we take a small team to New York City to attend the Broadway Teachers Workshop – where professionals working on Broadway instruct teachers from around the world on the fundamentals of their craft. We’ve taken workshops exploring everything from stage design, wigs and props to theatre curriculum...
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Sweet Strawberry Shortcake

When I started cooking with children over 13 years ago, I went looking (and testing, and tasting) for the perfect go-to recipe. I’d just graduated from culinary school and wanted to impress, with anything and everything from homemade soups and stocks to perfectly flaky pasty and classic sauces — all in programs less than an hour long. (What was I thinking?) What I quickly learned was...
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Learning with LEGO

The word LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt which means “play well”. LEGO has universal appeal and never-ending imaginative possibilities. The design of the block is so perfect that it hasn’t changed in sixty years. A LEGO block from 1958 would interlock with today’s LEGO blocks and the simple blocks can build everything from space stations to castles to mesh suits! Each LEGO...
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