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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Project Time


 Our latest fun summer project has been to join a swap group and do a geo box. We have been part of swap groups before that were drastically ill run and been burned so I was a little hesitant to join another. That said this one in particular is very active and members are booted if they fail to participate so it makes me a little  more confident in doing a swap. That leads me to where I was when I decided we should do the geo box. What was a geo box? After some questions and googling of the topic I discovered its like a field trip in a box. You fit as much interesting materials from your location into the box and a few treats as well. We are pretty excited to see what is included in our box when it arrives from our partner. Below you will see some of the things we included. I say some because as an afterthought I also tossed in a coin and some rocks from the shores of Lake Superior.
Included above; a Canada bandana, a Canada pencil, a maple leaf shaped maple syrup sucker, maple sugar candy, postcards identifying some Canadian trees, a temp tattoo of an oak leaf, Canada stickers for each Province, a local newspaper, some local maps and brochures. The list of what can be added is endless.
 If you think this box swap sounds like fun but maybe just a bit to pricy there are other great swap adventures to be had. There are flat travelers where kids make paper friends and send them to a family for a visit, penpals, email penpals, sticker clubs, book trades, the ideas for fun swaps is endless and can be as creative as the individuals who make them up. Kids love receiving real mail and this is one way we have found to have some fun. Currently we have penpals as well. Not only is letter writing a fun pastime but also a great way for kids to practice their skills at writing.






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