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7 to 12, 12 and up
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$0, Under $10
Duration: 
1 to 60 minutes, Over an hour
Date submitted: 
11/25/2012
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Set up a Homework Station Outside
Sometimes it is hard to do both homework and outdoor time - so why not combine the two?
Materials
  • Homework
  • School supplies, such as containers with pens, pencils, rulers, scissors, tape, glue and erasers
  • Healthy snacks
  • Tablecloth
Steps
Step 1
Set up an inviting spot to do homework outside
We made our deck table more fun for homework by adding an inviting tablecloth.
Step 2
To allow the umbrella to come up through the tablecloth, we cut a hole
This pins show where we needed to put the hole.
Step 3
To keep the edges of the tablecloth from flying up, we put elastic on the corners
Here they are pinned, but we sewed on the elastic - voila! We made a "table cape!"
Step 4
Then we set up our homework materials outside on the table
You might need rocks or bins filled with pencils to keep the papers from flying around.
Step 5
Providing snacks when they get home from school can help with concentration
Plus you get a science lesson - the girls noticed the star in the core of the apples!
Step 6
Another way to get some outside time after school starts is to have dinner outside

While the temperatures are still warm, have a picnic.

Or when the weather gets colder, bundle up for a grill-your-own night.

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