Photo of the Bonzano House, used by Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans

Photo by the Detroit Publishing Company, courtesy Library of Congress

Get ideas for banishing those rainy day blues. Gather your family and get started on one of these cool projects.

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Wildlife Migrations

Research the kinds of wildlife that migrate in your area. Map their migration paths.

Go on a Day Trip

Explore free events and local places, such as museums, zoos, libraries, community concerts, and agricultural fairs.

Map Your Products

Inventory your kitchen cupboards and note where each product was made. Use a blank outline map of the world to mark the country in which each product originated. Do most of your products come from one region of the world? If so, why do you think that is true? Which products came from farthest away?

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Create a Recipe

Use locally grown foods. Try not to include anything that wasn't produced in your area. Try out the recipe. How does it taste? Write down the recipe, including information about how and where each product was grown.

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Plant Experiment

Grow two of the same plant in different pots. Use fertilizer and plant food for one plant. Compare the plants' growth. Make sure the sunlight and watering conditions are the same. Keep a journal to record the dates, sunlight, amount of fertilizer, and growth measurements.

Check Labels

Check the labels of your clothing and your family members' clothing to see where it was made. Use a blank outline map of the world to mark the country in which each piece of clothing was made. Do most of your clothes come from one region of the world? If so, why do you think that is true? Which clothes came from farthest away? You can also do this investigation using the online Global Closet Calculator.

Photograph of a tree.

Family Tree

Research your family tree and create a family flag that symbolizes past and present characteristics of your family.

Undergound Inquiry

What would you find if you dug under your family's home? Native American artifacts? Graves of 19th century settlers? The foundations for previous homes in your neighborhood? Sewer pipes and fiberoptic cables? Do some sleuthing in your city's government offices or archives to find out what's really down there.

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