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Kris Bordessa

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Kris Bordessa is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in more than 50 publications, including FamilyFun, Nick Jr. Family Magazine, and Parenting. She is the author of Team Challenges: Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication, and Creativity. She lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
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Kris Bordessa is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in more than 50 publications, including FamilyFun, Nick Jr. Family Magazine, and Parenting. She is the author of Team Challenges: Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication, and Creativity. She lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
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  • Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself

    Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself
    History comes to life in this interactive guide to the Middle Ages, which explores the fascinating period leading up to the Renaissance—including siege warfare, markets and fairs, medieval medicine, and the feudal system—through numerous hands-on activities. From monastic life and castle living to the Crusades and the Plague, each section provides a vivid glimpse into the daily life of medieval Europeans and ends with one or more fun activities. With little adult supervision and common household objects, children can experience the Middle Ages firsthand by participating in more than 30 projects—such as building a marshmallow cannon, a reliquary, or juggling sticks. Recipes and instructions for creating a medieval feast fit for a king are included, providing kids with an opportunity to step into character and sample traditional fare such as pokerounce, potage, and (nonalcoholic) mead.

    Tools of the Ancient Greeks

    Tools of the Ancient Greeks
    A Kid's Guide to the History & Science of Life...
    Children will learn all about different civilizations and inventions—the way they changed history, their evolution over centuries, and their influence on modern times—through the activities and anecdotes provided in this interactive series. Kids discover the origin of ancient Greek theories, such as anatomy, geography, and democracy, and the ways they continue to influence modern-day thinking with the absorbing time lines, sidebars, and activities included in this guide. Profiles of more than two dozen famous historical figures explain how their inventions are used in the modern world and provide insight into the experimental nature of the Aegean people. Fifteen activities allow children to re-create some of the scientific discoveries while learning how to use scientific reasoning, develop theses, and find supporting evidence.

    Team Challenges

    Team Challenges
    170+ Group Activities to Build Cooperation,...
    This helpful resource is designed to offer teachers, facilitators, and parents a wide variety of activities designed to cultivate children's problem-solving skills while fostering cooperation between group members. These hands-on projects teach children to experiment with building methods, discover new uses for everyday items, try on new personas, and express themselves as they work toward a solution as a team. Team members are required to think outside the box, communicate clearly, and cooperate with each other in order to complete each task. Activities include planning a five-day trek through the mountains; building a bridge out of marshmallows, straws, and paper; and moving a group of ping-pong balls from one location to another without touching the balls directly. Children will learn not only from each other, but also from observing how other teams navigate the tasks.

    Great Colonial America Projects

    Great Colonial America Projects
    You Can Build Yourself
    Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9–12 to colonial America through hands-on building projects. From dyeing and spinning yarn to weaving cloth, from creating tin plates and lanterns to learning wattle and daub construction. Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers a chance to experience how colonial Americans lived, cooked, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbors.

  • Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself!

    Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself!
    From colonial fashions and trades to biographies on key historical figures such as Captain John Smith and Thomas Jefferson, this interactive guide blends engaging activities with facts and trivia about early America. Encouraging readers to explore the daily lives of early colonists, common household items are used for such activities as rug braiding, candle making, weather forecasting, and various Native American games. A colonial time line, common terms used in early American life, and a directory of famous historic sites is also included.

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