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“Llama, Llama, Saw Ya, Llama” — At-Home Seek-and-Find Game

How to play: Find an object to hide such as a little stuffed animal—even a toy llama! Select one person to hide the object. They must make sure that part of the object can still be seen and isn’t completely out of sight.

The other players hide their eyes until the hider hollers, “Where’s the Llama?” Then the search begins! When a player spies the llama in its hiding place, they do NOT shout, “Found it!” Instead—and this is the fun part—they pretend to keep looking, walking around for at least another ten steps away from the hiding spot. Then they shout, “Llama, Llama, Saw Ya, Llama!” and sit down in a designated spot like the couch or porch steps.

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Where’s the Llama? — High-Res Seek-and-Find Samples

This intrigued and intrepid herd of llamas has decided to ‘alpaca’ their bags and embark on an incredible around-the-world trip in this seek-and-find adventure! Can you find these elusive llamas as they travel the globe? Check out these free high-res samples of Where’s the Llama? and journey to exciting places like a Día de Muertos parade, Miami beach, a modern art gallery, and more, learning lots about each location along the way! Note that files are quite large for optimal finding, so please be patient while the fun loads!

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How to Draw Nessie and a Turtle — Printable Guides

This drawing with simple shapes activity is the perfect antidote for a rainy day. Lulu Mayo’s How to Draw a Mermaid and Other Cute Creatures takes doodlers step-by-step through the creation of adorable characters. Perfect for any age, the easy-to-follow instructions will ignite curiosity and creativity in every budding artist.

You can personalize these quirky creatures to your heart’s content––doing each drawing with simple shapes makes it easy. Whether you want to draw a super-sneaky ninja-sloth, bring a cat-cus to life, or create a hula-hooping avocado, being an artist has never been so accessible (and so cute)! See for yourself just how fun these doodles are by downloading two free How to Draw guides here: a dapper Nessie and an adorable turtle.

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Dream It! — “Drawing with Numbers” and “Superpowers” Print-Out Activities

Dream It! Draw It! Think It! Do It! delivers wonderfully unexpected and entertaining creative adventures that flex kids’ mind muscles and propel them into action. In this free printable activity, you’ll find two sheets of imagination-engaging fun. On one side, learn how to draw a chef with only one type of ingredient: numbers!  Then flip the page to keep creativity going with a superhero activity!

Author and Thinker Upper Courtney Watkins empowers kids to see their world in new and different ways.

Ages 7–12.

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Dream It! — “Create a Critter” and “Rippling” Printable Activities

Dream It! Draw It! Think It! Do It! delivers wonderfully unexpected and entertaining creative adventures that flex kids’ mind muscles and propel them into action. In this free printable activity, you’ll find two sheets of imagination-engaging fun. On one side, a “create a critter” drawing challenge perfect for pepping up an afternoon at home! Just go into the kitchen, choose your favorite gadget, trace around its shape, and turn it into a friendly critter.  Then flip the page to keep creativity “rippling” by extending a design to the very edges of the page. Color it in and share with a friend to keep the “ripples” going!

Other activities from the book include a “boomerang” feature that encourages acts of kindness (because “what goes around comes around”), scavenger hunts for various settings, and poetry slams. Nods to German, French, and Spanish phrases are just a few ways this book aims to stretch readers’ vocabularies and intellects, even as it stays committed to off-kilter creative fun.

Author and Thinker Upper Courtney Watkins empowers kids to see their world in new and different ways.

Ages 7–12.

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Soul Riders: Creative Writing Workshop with Helena Dahlgren

Welcome to a whole new world of creativity! Author of the Soul Riders trilogy, Helena Dahlgren, invites you to join her on a journey through creative writing in this free series of lessons hosted by Star Stable.

If you’ve written stories before, or even if you’re just starting out, Helena will help you unlock a range of secrets, tricks and tips so that you can level up your creative writing skills and create your own adventures! Helena will introduce you to a new concept in each lesson, as well as a range of tasks she’s designed to help you think and feel more clearly and confidently when it comes to putting pen to paper. Find all the lessons for free on Star Stable’s website!

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Indoor Activities — “Friend Collage” and “Indoor Basketball”

Bored indoors? Say no more! These Diary of a 5th Grade Outlaw free indoor activities for kids can activate imaginations anywhere. Using everyday household items, make your own fun that can be shared with friends far away or family right at home. On one side of this free printable activity sheet, find instructions on how to create a cut-and-paste Friend Collage. All you need is a pair of scissors, glue, a few old magazines, and a friend or two in mind. Cut out words and pictures that you feel represent your pals best, then take a picture to share with your own band of Merry Misfits!

Rain or shine, Robin and L.J. are always ready to shoot some hoops. The other side of this free printable activity sheet has simple instructions on how to create a mini basketball court so you can practice your shot… even when inside! Just grab a ping pong ball and a plastic cup to jumpstart a fun game of Indoor Basketball!

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Soul Riders: Jorvik Calling – Discussion Guide

Saddle up for a great conversation with these discussion questions about Soul Riders: Jorvik Calling, the first novel based on the adventure game Star Stable. Tween readers will gallop through the thrilling plot of this book, following four very different friends who share one thing in common: a mysterious and powerful bond with their horses. Don’t rein in the excitement after finishing the book, though. With this free downloadable discussion guide, gather a group and keep the momentum of the story going with a closer look at the plot, characters, and themes.

Lisa, Linda, Alex, and Ann all bring something unique to their magical friend group––while each of their powers make them strong, when they work together they’re unstoppable! When ancient evil forces make themselves known in Jorvik, it’s never been more important for the horse-loving friends to unite. Under the guidance of mystical druids, the girls must band together to save the world and ride into the sunset. After finishing the fantastical first novel, use this free downloadable discussion guide to spark conversation in groups both small and large. Either way, they’re sure to ignite a critical discussion focused on friendship, the struggles of growing up, and the importance of teamwork.

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How to Draw a Mermaid – Printable Guide

This drawing with simple shapes activity is the perfect antidote for a rainy day. Lulu Mayo’s How to Draw a Mermaid and Other Cute Creatures takes doodlers step-by-step through the creation of adorable characters. Perfect for any age, the easy-to-follow instructions will ignite curiosity and creativity in every budding artist.

You can personalize these quirky creatures to your heart’s content––doing each drawing with simple shapes makes it easy. Whether you want to draw a super-sneaky ninja-sloth, bring a cat-cus to life, or create a hula-hooping avocado, being an artist has never been so accessible (and so cute)! See for yourself just how fun these doodles are by downloading the free How to Draw a Mermaid activity here.

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Peanuts and NASA

Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5
Curriculum Connections: STEM, Space Science, Engineering, Language Arts

From Peanuts Worldwide, in partnership with NASA: “This year marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 10, the NASA mission that made Charlie Brown and Snoopy part of the U.S. space program when their names were used as call signs for the command and lunar landing modules. Now NASA and the Peanuts gang are teaming up again to help students explore the history of space flight and the amazing technologies NASA will use to land astronauts on Mars. With separate activity sets for grades K-2 and 3-5, this program is sure to boost your students’ STEM skills as they imagine themselves part of the Peanuts space corps!”

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