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August 30, 2016
Welcome, this week an article on why inquiry-based STEM education is so important in early childhood and wider society by Heike Schneider from Little Scientists and a selection of Fathers' Day craft ideas, which make great gifts.
STEM education
By Heike Schneider
'I caught my favourite Pokémon today. I am off to the Poke-Gym to train it'. These were my friends' last words before he rushed out of the door. I stayed behind and - slightly confused - decided to go to a real gym to train myself instead of some virtual creature. On my way, I could not help but wonder how much our world has changed since I was a child. And for the record, I am really not very old.

I remember taking a book with me on my way to school or on vacation. Today, iPhones, iPads and Kindles entertain us wherever we go. What did I do when my mum insisted that Canada's capital is Ottawa and not – as I was absolutely sure – Montreal? It took a lot of time and exercise during the long walk to the city library to find out that she was actually right. Ask yourself – when was the last time you used an encyclopedia instead of Wikipedia? Isn't it amazing how easily we can access knowledge today? With modern technology it takes us a few seconds whereas 20 years ago you either knew the answer or you had to confess that you are not sure. Today – one sneaky look at your phone and you are the hero of the party. But who actually guarantees that the information is correct? How can I filter 'good', 'false' or even 'dangerous' information?
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Fathers' Day
craft ideas
Fathers' Day is just around the corner (Sunday 4 September) and this special day is a great excuse to turn your regular craft activities into homemade gift projects. The ideas below are relatively cost effective and there is something suitable for children of every age bracket.

Rugby ball keyring Super quick, super easy and with a bit of help cutting the template, even the youngest children will enjoy decorating one of these balls.

Photo coaster Repurpose all those unused and unwanted CDs and DVDs you have to great effect!

Bits and pieces tray This activity uses polystyrene trays and acrylic paints and is another project which the younger children will enjoy.

Photo frame Purchase a stack of cheap foam photo frames and use pictures you have taken at your service and then let the children decorate the frames to their heart's content for a lovely surprise.

Muffin flower cards You can use photos in this activity as well, or just let the children go crazy with colourful paints and bright sparkly things.

Quote cards These sweet poems are a wonderful way to celebrate the bond between dads and their children, use them as the centrepiece for a piece of art.

Paperweights Hand painted paperweights are very quick and easy to make and can be as simple or as embellished as the children prefer.

Door hangers Guarantee the dads a sleep in on Fathers' Day with these door hangers, which can be personalised to say Do Not Disturb, I Love You or anything else!

These ideas were originally sourced on http://www.activityvillage.co.uk, http://www.dltk-holidays.com

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