Frecklebox Pin To Win Contest

Are you a Pinterest nut like me? Do you spend hours getting caught pinning all your favorite things just for the fun of it? If you’re thinking, “Yep, that’s me”, then enter our Frecklebox Summer Fun Pin To Win contest and pin yourself silly! You’ll have the chance to win a $100 Frecklebox gift card.

Frecklebox Pin To Win Contest

It’s super easy:

1. Follow Frecklebox on Pinterest
2. Create a new board called Frecklebox Summer Fun
3. Pin at least 5 of your favorite Frecklebox products and any fun summer activities, crafts, recipes, etc.
4. Tag each pin with #FreckleboxSummerFun and post a link to your board on our facebook page.
5. Contest ends June 2nd at midnight PST
6. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on June 3.

That’s it!

Here’s a little inspiration for summer fun:
Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids
Summer Activity Checklist
Free (or Almost Free) Summer Fun Ideas

Inspiring Child Authors

What better way to hook children on reading than by introducing them to young authors? From classics like The Diary of Anne Frank, written at age 13, to modern day books like The World Through a Child’s Eyes by Michael Brasier, a compilation of his travel writings from ages 6 to 12, there are plenty of books written by children for children. Read your kids a book written by a young author, and maybe they’ll be inspired to pick up a pen and notebook as well!

The World Through a Child’s Eyes by Michael Brasier

By the time Michael Brasier was 12 years old, he had already visited 13 countries; The World Through a Child’s Eyes is a collection of his observations from his eye-opening childhood travels. His book will give future travelers the opportunity to explore new places and cultures… and will get them excited to plan trips of their own.

Eragon (Inheritance) by Christopher Paolini 

Christopher Paolini began writing this action-packed young adult epic when he was just 15 years old. This fantasy tale centers around Eragon, a young man who finds a mysterious blue gemstone that turns out to be a dragon’s egg. It leads him on a magical journey complete with elves, magic swords and a battle between good and evil.

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The diary of Anne Frank, a 13-year-old Jewish girl forced to hide in an attic with her family for two years during the Nazi occupation, is an honest, beautiful and heartbreaking true story that has been translated into more than 60 languages. Anne writes eloquently about her dreams, frustrations, fears and passions, and through her hardships, she maintains that, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” The book deals with painful subject matter, but pre-teens and teenagers will relate to her familiar struggles with growing up.

She Was Nice to Mice by Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy

At the age of 12, Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy (better known as the actress Ally Sheedy) wrote She Was Nice to Mice, a charming take on the reign of Elizabeth I from the perspective of a mouse who lives in Buckingham Palace. Young readers will love this sweet, inventive version of an interesting historical period.

 The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 

S.E. Hinton wrote this classic story of high school cliques, gangs and rivalries when she was just a teenager herself. Though the book, told from the perspective of the tough-yet-sensitive “greaser” Ponyboy, takes place in the 1960s, it is still just as relevant and poignant for adolescent readers today.

Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek 

Mattie Stepanek, a young man who was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, began writing poetry and short stories when he was only three years old. This collection of his early writing is hopeful, candid, encouraging and often funny, a surefire way to inspire budding poets.

 

Is your child itching to become a famous writer? Read “Fun Activities to Do in Your Journal” to get the creativity flowing!

The Best Backyard Games!

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School is out, and it’s finally summertime, that magical season full of warm weather, long days, family barbecues and, of course, backyard games. Dust off those hula hoops and squirt guns, and get to the backyard for these fun, active outdoor games!

If you have a big group of kids (and grown-ups), why not put together a festive summer Olympic-style competition? You can keep it simple and just divide everyone into teams, or go all out and make matching T-shirts and team flags for each “country.” For more inspiration, check out Scholastic’s Olympic blog post.

If you have a big group of kids (and grown-ups), why not put together a festive summer Olympic-style competition? You can keep score on your Frecklebox clipboard!

Games for Not-Too-Hot Days

Gymnastics: Hit the grass (or a soft tumbling mat) and do your best cartwheels or dance routines.

Bean bag toss/Cornhole: This is a safer, kid-friendly alternative to horsehoes, where you toss corn-filled bags into holes cut in a wooden box or raised platform. Learn the official rules.

Hula hooping: Spend a few dollars on a bunch of hula hoops and get those hips moving! Whoever can keep it going the longest wins.

Games for Scorchers

Water balloon toss: Win or lose, this is a great game for hot summer days. Split the participants into pairs and have each team stand facing each other. Toss full water balloons back and forth, moving teams farther apart with each round. If your water balloon breaks, you’re out, but you may be a lot more refreshed.

Squirt gun fight: Keep this one simple– fill up a bunch of water guns, have a blast and cool off!

Water relay race: Get creative with different water-related relay events, using everything from cups and sponges to ice cubes and T-shirts. Find easy inspiration for water games.

Pool games: If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, it will be hard to keep the kids on dry land. Marco Polo, Colors and Treasure Hunt (diving to retrieve different objects on the bottom of the pool) are always crowd favorites.

What are your favorite summer backyard games?