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#SmartSummer Week 2 Government Linky

Show us how you’re having a Smart Summer!

I had highlighted posts from the previous week’s linky to but for clarity’s sake, I’ve moved the round-ups to their own posts:

I’ve been sharing my family’s Smart Summer activities this week for our Government theme:

exercising our democratic right to vote for our favorite ice cream flavor,

skip counting coins,

We’re also planning on making statue of liberty headbands, finding out more about the symbols of our nation, designing our own flags, and visiting the post office (though we may wait on this last one until after the kids’ birthday party and tie it in with “thank you” notes).

Some other related posts of mine you might enjoy are:

An American Mosaic Flag

Coin Cleaning Experiment

We’d love for you to share your ideas–you can add a link to a post on your blog or even a photo set on Flickr or any types of publicly viewable “journal” entry on a social media or community site.

Not a blogger? If you do not have access to posting entries on any public site, you can also leave a comment on this post, sharing the learning opportunities you incorporated into your week with your children.

Your post (or comment) can be something from your archives that speaks to our theme for the week (Government) or it can just be a general post about how you are fitting fun learning into your summer activities. You can find our weekly themes on our calendar of ideas but ANY learning activities, big or small, are welcomed!

Just add your link(s) (as many relevant links as you would like) to a specific post or page (i.e. NOT to the link widget below.


Every link you enter in the widget below (or your comment) during the week will also enter you to win our AWESOME prize of the week: a $100 Gift Pack of ThinkFun educational games.

ThinkFun’s mission is to Ignite Your Mind! ThinkFun is the world’s leader in addictively fun games like rush Hour and Zingo! that challenge your mind and sharpen your skills. ThinkFun understands the essential link between Think and Fun and is committed to developing products that build reasoning and creative thinking skills through play for people of all ages!

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Official Rules

The linky and giveaway closes at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, July 14…and then we’ll see you back Friday morning for more fun! You may enter as many links as you wish and each will count as an entry. Comment entries are limited to one per person, per site (total of three (3) possible comment entries). US Shipping only for prizes, due to sponsor requests, but international friends are still encouraged to play and add their links! Winner will be chosen at random from valid entries.

You retain the rights to all entries but grant us permission to share your links along with a short excerpt and thumbnail image.

We reserve the right to disqualify entries at our sole discretion and change the rules or prizes without notification beyond updating the page.

Spread the Word!

We’d love you to help spread the word–please feel free to link back and/or grab the code for the button below. And don’t forget to visit us on Facebook where we are sharing some more ideas from the community! Feel free to also post photos, questions, and ideas on the Facebook page, too:

Thank you for taking the Smart Summer Challenge!

Your hostesses,

Candace at, Amy at, MaryLea at PinkAndGreenMama

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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16 Responses to "#SmartSummer Week 2 Government Linky"

  1. What wonderful activities you’ve been doing! I especially love your map work and skip counting coins. Thanks so much for hosting the Smart Summer Challenge – and thanks for sharing my post! :)

  2. artsy_momma says:

    Excited to be joining in!

  3. Kelly Ann T. says:

    We watched the School House Rock preamble to the constitution and now all the kids can sing it.

  4. Christy Staude says:

    We bought the creative girl kits and we do them together.

  5. nicole says:

    We have been playing learning games like fishing for phonics with my preschooler.

  6. Heather McDonough says:

    We’ve been reading books together for all the summer reading programs. My son likes to read the books to me, so that helps with his reading skills.

  7. […] as elaborate as you like! Whatever you do, we invite you to share your experiences each week in our linky, which goes up every Friday during the challenge and stays open through […]

  8. April Bever says:

    Those are all really good ideas..Another idea would be to visit your local capitol bldg or town hall for a field trip.

  9. Debra Hall says:

    i got my grandaughter into a summer reading program and they give little prizes she doesnt care about the prizes a good thing she likes finding books to read

  10. Debra Hall says:

    im a facebook fan

  11. […] as elaborate as you like! Whatever you do, we invite you to share your experiences each week in our linky, which goes up every Friday during the challenge and stays open through […]

  12. I let the kids play with my alphabet and animal stampers!

  13. Diane Baum says:

    Great ideas-We do a lot of projects and games on community helpers

  14. meme says:

    We go to our local childerns museum which is loaded with great opportunities to learn science and history and other great things while thier playing and having fun. Plus if you get a membership not only can your whole family and even a babysitter can go for a year you can also go to other childerns museum and science centers for a whole year all so

  15. DanV says:

    We have been practicing our math and money counting

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