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Woodland Message Board

A handy way to help kids stay organized

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You’ve got a message! Kids learn consideration and organization by keeping track of activities, social commitments, and notes to sibs and parents on this compact message board, decorated with an outdoor theme.
What You’ll Need
  • scissors
  • piece of thin cardboard
  • cardstock in various colors
  • twigs
  • hole punch
  • pencil
  • yarn or string
  • small notepad
  • glue
What to Do
  1. Cover thin cardboard with green cardstock.
  2. Draw a cardstock canoe, river, and leaves. Cut out, and glue onto the board.
  3. Glue on twigs for tree trunks. Add a twig at the top.
  4. Punch two holes, and add a yarn hanger.
  5. Tie a pencil to the top twig. Glue on a notepad.
Extend the Fun

For younger kids: Before you glue the notepad to the cardboard, decorate a corner of each page using crayons or rubber stamps. Write your name on the bottom of the message board so everyone knows you’re the artist.

For older kids:  Increase your output! Make individual message boards for each person in the family, decorated with a theme unique to them: your sister’s passion for soccer, your mom’s for pottery, and so on. To make desktop notepads, skip the yarn hanger.

Tell us: What’s your take on homework? Please select the sentence below that best reflects your point of view.

Parents Talk Back
Tell us: What’s your take on homework? Please select the sentence below that best reflects your point of view.
Kids today get too much homework.
30% (14 votes)
Homework is important. Kids need to stay on task to keep up with the pack.
20% (9 votes)
Parents should be encouraged to help young kids with homework.
35% (16 votes)
Parents should encourage kids to complete homework assignments on their own.
15% (7 votes)
Total votes: 46