Dream It, Draw It, Do It! Free Virtual Creative Class

Local author, Courtney Watkins and Executive Editor, Zack Kucharski will be your guides through a series of activities sparking your creativity in a live stream on Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m.

For more fun activities, check out our other articles, printables, galleries and more.

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It's hard to be thankful sometimes. And I have to admit, I am not very good at it. Right now my back hurts and my stomach hurts and my kids are bored. It feels like all the news is bad - people hurting and dying and worried about their jobs. Other people are protesting because of racial in ...

Many specific meditation techniques can be used to help us find stability and cultivate mindfulness, even during times of great stress. One of the most accessible practices is a body scan, during which you focus on your body, noticing different sensations as you scan yourself from head to ...

How yoga can help you relax

Monday, June 01, 2020

Kids can feel just as stressed out as adults. One way to combat stress is to do yoga. There are a lot of yoga studios in the area offering classes online. There are also some great free yoga videos on the internet. And the only things you really need are some comfy clothes and rug or a mat ...

Make your own time capsule

Friday, May 29, 2020

Time capsules are a way to collect and save memories of a time and a place. ...

How to find history online

Friday, May 29, 2020

The internet is one way people try to preserve memories. Across the country, many libraries, historical societies and universities help collect the pictures and memories of the past. ...

Get your pencils and notepads ready for a creative session with Courtney Watkins, author of "Dream It! Draw It! Think It! Do It!"  ...

Get your pencils and notepads ready for a creative session with Courtney Watkins, author of 'Dream It! Draw It! Think It! Do It!' Watkins will take kids through a series of creative projects during a live, 30-minute event at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29. The free event will be online at thegazet ...

Dream it! Draw it!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Drawing is a way to make your imagination come alive. From drawing what you see in nature to imagining new worlds, all you need is a pencil and paper. Here are some writing prompts to get you started. ...

How to make ice cream in a bag

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

With a pair of strong arms and stuff you might already have in your kitchen, you can make your own ice cream. ...

One of the last conversations I ever had with my nana was about her life as an Army wife, which started in 1951 when she was 21 years old. ...

The American Civil War, which lasted four years and ended in 1865, devastated the country. Historians estimate that the number of lives lost was anywhere from 618,000 to 750,000, if you fought in the Civil War, you had a one-in-four chance of returning home alive. ...

With this school year coming to an end, we want to help Eastern Iowa's kids and parents thank their teachers and administrators for everything they've done during the pandemic: We are going to publish your thank you notes in the newspaper! ...

If you've ever used Legos to build a car that can wheel around, a pulley that can lift stuff or a claw that can grab an item, then you've gotten almost halfway to engineering a robot. ...

A slithering good time

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Snakes can make people nervous sometimes. But here is a snake you want to have in your house. All you need to make this snake is a paper plate (Styrofoam plates don't work as well), markers or crayons, scissor and a piece of string.

Draw Your Own Comic Strip

Friday, May 15, 2020

In a comic strip, stories are told primarily through a series of drawings (with a few words to help). Download and print the file below to make your own comic strip. What will it be about? A made-up world? Your real life? What characters will you create? ...

30 Day Bear Challenge

Friday, May 15, 2020

Help your Bear keep their skills sharp by taking on our 30-day challenge with activities to help with adventure and elective requirements! ...

Flex your baseball stats skills

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Do you miss baseball? So do I. ...

If you are bored of all your movies at home, I have some good news. Amazon has a whole bunch of movies and shows for free (if you don't mind a few ads). Because my kids and I watch a lot of TV, I've listed some of our favorites below. You can find the videos online here: amazon.com/gp/vide ...

Since the coronavirus hit Iowa, my kids and I have been watching a lot of movies. We like to pop a big bag of popcorn in the microwave and then dress it up with gummy bears, M&M's or even Reeses' candy. One thing we started doing for fun was popping popcorn in a giant pot on the stove. It' ...

Online games and activites

Monday, May 11, 2020

Here are some fun websites to go to for videos, games and other online fun. Most of these resources are geared toward kids ages 6 through 13 years old. If you know of any other resources that you want to share with us send an email to kids@thegazette.com. ...

Birds of Iowa

Monday, May 11, 2020

As the weather gets warmers, Iowa's birds are ready to come out to play. Here are four birds that you can find in our state and some very cool facts about each of them. All the facts come from National Geographic, University of Michigan and the National Fish and Wildlife Service.

With everyone staying at home all the time, I bet you are running through a lot of toilet paper. Save some toilet paper tubes for this fun bird craft. You can also cut a paper towel tube in half or use it to make a very tall bird. We got this idea from the Dickinson County Conservation boa ...

The history of video games

Monday, May 11, 2020

The first electronic games were invented about 70 years ago, but they looked nothing like video games today. ...

Kids Submissions

Thursday, May 07, 2020