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Image Sharon's Friends Cubit
By Lance Gardner on November 4, 2016

Two of Sharon's wonderful online friends, Vic and Arlene, with lots of encouragement from many of Sharon’s other friends, decided to continue the friendships that were so dear to Sharon. Since Sharon is no longer able to manage her own Cubits or posts, there is a new Cubit called Sharon’s Friends. This Cubit has many wonderful memories of Sharon, including a Memorial with an incredible array of her contributions, a section of recipes that were shared (and still are), lots of photos of art (she was an amazing painter), more photos and stories on gardening (she knew more than almost anyone about gardens and botany, especially folklore and medicinal botany), stories about pets (Sunshine is of course in there) and an altogether amazing collection showcasing her many contributions and friendships. Please come and join us as we continue to celebrate all that was Sharon.

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Image Gnome Garden
By Lance Gardner on November 7, 2013

My son's school has some helpers that show up while the children are not around. One of the most helpful are the gnomes, which are about the size of a mouse. We decided to thank them for all of their help and build a gnome garden for these industrious little helpers.

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Image Handmade Christmas: fun for the whole family.
By Lance Gardner on November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving is coming with Christmas right around the corner. I always appreciate hand-made gifts and my son and I have fun making something different to give as holiday presents every year. One of the benefits of hand-made items is that it does not matter what culture or holiday you celebrate, they are almost always appreciated as the thoughtful gift they are. Start planning now so there is plenty of time to have fun with your project and not feel rushed.

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Image Family summer activities, so far
By Lance Gardner on August 4, 2011

The summer is supposed to be more than half over, believe it or not. Here are some of the fun family activities we have done so far. I hope you will share some of your fun from this summer, as well.

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Image Television, video games, and education: Part 2
By Lance Gardner on May 28, 2011

Can life ever be boring with an inventive mind and active body? Read on to find out, as Mr. Phil gives us another look at what we can accomplish without electronic distractions.

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Image Television, videos, and education
By Lance Gardner on May 10, 2011

This is an article recently written by my son's first grade teacher at a private Waldorf school. I have published it here with his permission; it was originally written for the school newsletter. I hope you enjoy it.

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Image Cubits Crossword for Kids - Christmas Fun!
By Kathleen Guagliano (Katg) on December 17, 2010

Crossword Puzzles aren't just for grown-ups and this one was created to entertain the Children in your life. Lance's Cubit seemed the perfect place to host this one! Have fun!

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Image Raising monarchs to help them with their journey south
By Lance Gardner on November 17, 2010

Near the end of this summer, my son and I decided to try a new venture and raise some monarch caterpillars we found around our yard. We had some fun successes and surprising failures, but overall it was a fun project. It was also perfect for our already filled menagerie as it was a temporary pet - the whole adventure lasted maybe two months, after which the butterflies ventured their way south and the supplies for raising them are put away until next year.

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Image I Remember Marbles
By Sharon Brown on September 12, 2010

I was quite competitive when I was growing up, still am, actually. I didn't really enjoy games that I knew I could never win. Most of the kids were bigger than I was, so I stuck with games where size didn't matter. I loved to play marbles, and sometimes I could even beat the big kids.

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Image How much do I really need to take with me?
By Lance Gardner on September 7, 2010

As we get ready to have a grand outdoor adventure, how much do we really need to take with us? You might be surprised, but all your necessities for the day can actually be packed into a bag that is not too big. This is also an announcement of a new title for this cubit: Family Fun - Wireless & Unplugged. So share your ideas, and let's have fun without screens, buttons, wires, headsets, videos and other mind numbing distractions.

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Image Kid Friendly Food
By Arlene Marshall on August 27, 2010

Our grandchildren, ages 2 and 5, were coming to visit and we needed some ideas of what kind of food to have available. Their mother sent a list of foods they liked. After a post at Yum Yum Divas, the Divas dove in offering up suggestions.

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Image Some summertime activities
By Lance Gardner on June 18, 2010

As anyone that knows me even a little bit soon realizes, I want to get myself and family outside as much as possible. One of my 3 cubits is on exactly this topic – getting kids outside, and what to do once you get them there. So, here are a few ideas that I have done over the years.

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Image New craft: solar leaf print t-shirts
By Lance Gardner on May 5, 2010

Here is a fun and easy project to try and it requires very little in materials with some very interesting results. I hope you give it a try and show us some creations of your own when you are done. Here is my model, showing off his latest in fall fashions designed by himself.

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Family Fun - Wireless & Unplugged

I created this cubit to share ways of motivating families, especially children, to get outside, and activities to do once everyone is outside. Being outdoors is a wonderfully fun and healthy activity. Let's share indoor unplugged activities, as well.

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