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About kkokkotos

As a Cub Scout mom and busy professional, I want to create fun experiences and memories for my children that don't take a ton of time or require my own craft room and trust fund. Though a trust fund would be nice someday...

How To Start Seeds Indoors Better Than Me

One of my personal vices is that I spend way too much time on Pinterest imagining what my perfect organic, homesteading life would be like.  My chickens would happily produce big beautiful eggs not at all covered in dirt or … Continue reading

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How To Build A Fast Pinewood Derby Car (or: a great way to sneak a science discussion into your car building bonding time)

One of the really neat things about America being such a large country is that seasonally, February and March look very different depending on where you live. Here in Boston we’re still looking at feet of snow still on the … Continue reading

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My (Kind of) Ode to Carabiners

Twas the night before Winter Camp, And all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, Not even a….wait, who am I kidding? The night before Winter Camp in my house is like a twister meeting an outdoor yard sale. … Continue reading

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How To Build A Quinzee Snow Fort In Your Back Yard

So here in the Boston area we got 2-3 feet of snow this week.  There’s so much snow on the ground that I’m measuring it by how far the kids sink into it when they go play outside.    At … Continue reading

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Ice, Ice, Baby

Yes, it’s a throwback Thursday Vanilla Ice Title.  Deal with it. 🙂 After an unusually warm holiday season in Boston winter arrived with sub zero temps this week.  Now, I’m not a fan of the cold myself but for Camp … Continue reading

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Look! Up In The Sky! It’s Some Major Astronomical Events of 2015!

A few days ago a page I follow on Facebook posted a great pic highlighting the major Astronomical events of 2015 and asked people to share with friends and family. I thought it was pretty cool so I’m happy to … Continue reading

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Make New Year’s Resolutions With Your Children This Year!

Ahhhh, New Year’s resolution time.  The most well-intentioned week and a half of my year.   Over the course of my adulthood I’ve resolved everything from the standard “lose weight” to the more adventurous “write a novel” but I’m afraid … Continue reading

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How To Identify Different Evergreen Trees

Yesterday it snowed! Not the very first snow of the year but one of the firsts and it was gorgeous.  It frosted the top sides of the tree branches and, even more beautifully, covered the ugly pots left on the … Continue reading

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Tis the season…for bird migration!

Just about everybody who’s turned an eye to the sky in the past few weeks has had the opportunity to see those familiar V-ish shapes of migrating birds flying south for the winter.  But why do they do it? I … Continue reading

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30 Second Follow Up: Orion Launch Video

In case you missed it you can check out information about the Orion here: NASA’s Orion Page And see the launch itself here: Orion Launch

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“Mom! The Orion Is Launching At 7:05am Tomorrow Morning!!”

That’s the excited shout that greeted me when I picked up my 7 year old little boy from school today.  It’s what he, bouncing up and down with excitement, proceeded to tell everybody he met with huge optimism  for the … Continue reading

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What’s That In The Sky? Let’s Check The Star Chart App!

While I’m not a huge fan of cold winter nights even I have to admit nothing beats a clear winter night sky for seeing the stars.  They just seem clearer and brighter somehow in the crisp evening air.  A lot … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Necklace Idea

Boys Life Magazine had a great craft idea for families to make using the leftover bones from the turkey carcass this Thanksgiving, make a necklace!  Full instructions are at the Boys Life site but here’s the 30-second rundown: Use Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Making Textured Paintbrushes

Well I just sent 30+ little boys home with their own catapults and hard candy “ammunition”…. I’m thinking ahead to Thanksgiving week and the inevitable question that many parents ask themselves right before the holiday, “What can I do with … Continue reading

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Engineering Some Fun

I’ve been tasked with running a STEM activity at Walt’s Cub Scout meeting this Friday. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.  A lot of people think that scouting is all about camping and fire building and knot tying … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey

A couple of years ago we had a flock of turkeys appear in our back yard on Christmas Day.  It was awesome!  For about a week.  The flock took up residence in the woods in back of the house through … Continue reading

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Giving Your Child A Love: 10 Experiences You Can Give Your Child Instead of Stuff

I was in the mall yesterday, November 1st, and I saw Santa. Yes, Santa. And I thought to myself, “not yet!” I love the thankfulness and family togetherness of Thanksgiving before all of the commercialism that invades December every year … Continue reading

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Make a Swedish Torch For A Warm Campfire on Cool Nights!

At Camp Sayre one of the big debates we hear among the boys (and adults) at the Ax Yard and Outdoor Cooking areas is about campfire construction:  log cabin versus teepee style. Personally I was a DuraFlame Log kind of … Continue reading

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Days Getting Shorter, How About Shadow Animals?!

If you looked at a picture of the earth in space it would look pretty straight floating there, right?  Well, it’s not!  The earth actually tilts in relation to the sun at an angle of about 23 degrees.  The result … Continue reading

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Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse Tomorrow With Your Family

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth so that the Moon blocks out all or part of the Sun.  Tomorrow the northern hemisphere, and the West Coast especially, will have good viewing of a … Continue reading

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Why Does Popcorn Pop?

Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks in America and movie theaters have been selling it since 1912! A kernel of popcorn contains just a small amount of water. When these kernels are heated, the water turns to steam … Continue reading

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Picking A Perfect Pumpkin -Six Easy Tips

One of the best parts of Fall is picking out the family’s fall pumpkin.  Farms, Fall Festivals and nurseries all offer a wonderful variety of great gourds to choose from.  Here are a few tips to help you make the … Continue reading

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Spider Identification -Who’s That Guy On The Windowsill?

-Great for Nature Merit Badge or Making the Collage in Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop Spider  identification is a fun way to engage your child in the nature around your house and yard.  The next time you see an 8-legged friend, … Continue reading

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Orionids Meteor Shower Peaks October 21-22

The Orionids is a meteor shower produced by dust grains left behind by Halley’s Comet, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the … Continue reading

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Why Do Leaves Change Color In The Fall?

  A great conversation for Boy Scouts earning Environmental Science Merit Badge and Cubs learning about nature.   Chlorophyll gives leaves their green colour and is so dominant it hides the other colours in the leaves.  But in the fall, … Continue reading

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Shark Tracker

Track Sharks With OSEARCH A fun tool for Science Belt Loop or Oceanography Merit Badge   The OSEARCH Global Shark Tracker tracks close to 50 sharks as they swim in real time across the ocean, teaching researchers about shark swimming patterns, … Continue reading

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Egg Carton Nature Walk

A Fun Activity for Cub Scout Families   The next time you have an empty egg carton take it with you on a nature hike around your neighborhood. In the bottom of each cup, write a description like hard, smooth, … Continue reading

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