Fun Family Time Activities

These days it seems as though family time is not as prevalent. I’m here to help you change that. All it requires is for you to dedicate one night each week to being with your family. Why not start a tradition of having Family Time once a week? Need some ideas? Keep reading!


Play board games. This is guaranteed to be a fun (and funny) activity. Break out the Scrabble or Monopoly and let the good times roll! You could even play games like Charades that don’t require anything but your imagination. Heck, you could even create a board game with your family. Why not?

Go to the park and fly a kite. Matter of fact, bring some food and turn it into a picnic.

Rainy out? Build a fort indoors.

Camp out in the back yard. Build a fire and roast hot dogs and marshmallows while you take turns telling stories and singing silly songs.

Sporty family? Grab the basketball and head to the court for a rousing game of HORSE. Play a game of Frisbee. Go for a family bike ride. Go hiking on a nature trail. or head outside for a game of Frisbee. You could even do outdoor activities such as bike-riding, skating, or hiking.

Like cooking? Bake cookies and decorate them together.

Love arts and crafts? Why not do some scrapbooking? It’s both an activity and a chance to reminisce about good times you have shared.

Whatever activity you choose to do, it will be sure to bring your family closer together and create memories that you and your children will carry inside your hearts for years to come. The traditions that you set will be something that everyone comes to expect and cherish.


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A Family Vacation Might Be Just What Everyone Needs

Sometimes we just need to get away for a little while. Even just traveling to another city can refresh your mind and your attitude, providing your family with the chance to relax, spend time together, and have fun. Perhaps a bit of a vacation is just what your family needs.

This is especially true during the winter months when we are often stuck indoors for the majority of the day. During the winter months, a change of environment (such as a warmer climate) may be just what you need to rejuvenate your family. In addition, it also provides you and your family with the opportunity to try new things, explore a new place, and meet new people.


Feel that a vacation from work where you stay at home is good enough? Actually, staying at home during your vacation time can be counterproductive. How many times have you gotten some free time and decided that it was the perfect time to do some spring cleaning or reorganize your home. Suddenly your vacation time has turned into yet another job. That defeats the purpose of having a vacation.

If you are a working mom or have small children, chances are after winter, things may be (as some people say) “tap dancing on your last nerve”. You may be easily irritated and stressed out. Let’s face it – you NEED a break. Your entire family does. So, to keep your family sane and happy, the best thing for you to do is take a family vacation. Go somewhere where you no longer have to plan out and prepare meals or run endless errands.

Imagine – you and your significant other, relaxing on the beach. You gaze out across the water as your children run around chasing each other or building a sandcastle. Breakfast is delivered to your room every morning and dinner is eaten at family-friendly restaurants. You get fresh air through a plethora of outdoor activities guided by professionals. You meet new people and engage in a new culture. That, my friend, is a vacation.


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5 Presidents’ Day Activities for School Aged Kids

 

This holiday is a great time for you and your children to reflect on our nation’s rich history. Due to the fact that they were both born during this month and are probably the two most well-known presidents, much focus is placed on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. There are a variety of fun and educational activities that you can plan for your school-aged children.


We all know the story of George Washington and the cherry tree (“I cannot tell a lie”), right? Why not make some cherry themed snacks? For example, you could whip up a batch of Cherry Thumbprint cookies. This is a great activity you can do with the kids. Let them help you mix the dough, and then have them roll the dough into small balls. Place the dough balls on a greased cookie sheet and have them press their thumb into each ball. Finish off by placing a cherry in each thumbprint before baking.

Another fun, simple project is to make finger puppets. Give your child(ren) one penny (Lincoln) and one nickel (Washington) each. Cut squares of black and blue construction for the puppet bodies. Roll each square into a tube that will fit over your child’s fingers. Tape the penny on the black tube and add a small black hat (cut from construction paper) to make Lincoln. To make Washington, tape the nickel to the blue construction paper and add a blue triangle hat.

To learn facts about the presidents, play a game of presidential hangman. Include different details about their lives (such as the cherry tree, the log cabin, the Delaware River, etc) and have them identify which detail is associated with which president.

Another activity would be to build a log cabin from twigs or popsicle sticks. For detailed instructions on how to build a log cabin out of popsicle sticks, go here.

Another idea is to help your kids put together a skit about the presidents’ lives that they could perform at school, at church, or in your neighborhood. Not only will it be fun, but it will help them to retain the information they have learned. Taking the time to celebrate this diminishing holiday can make it more significant for your family.


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Homemade Birthday Presents – PVC Marshmallow Shooter

Has this ever happened to you?  Your kids run up to you excitedly with an invitation to a friend’s birthday party…two days from now…and it’s still a week before payday?  And the best part – the party is for twins?

Well, that’s what happened to me this week.  Usually, I can come up with a goody basket full of bath and body products and other fun things at the drop of a hat, but this party was for twin 12 year old boys, and I didn’t think their parents would appreciate some razors and shaving cream.

So, I decided to make Marshmallow Guns out of PVC pipe for them, and I’m going to share this simple solution with you right now.

You’ll need the following:

  • 38” long section of ½ inch PVC Pipe
  • (2) PVC end caps
  • (2) PVC tee Joints
  • (2) PVC elbow joints
  • A small handsaw
  • Tape measure
  • A Bag of Mini Marshmallows

The total cost for these materials –not counting the handsaw and tape measure I already had – was around $3.00 per marshmallow gun, including the marshmallows.

Cut your PVC pipe into (6) 5-inch sections, and (1) 8-inch section.

Use your fingers to remove the excess burrs from the cut pipe.  After you get them off the exterior, blow into the pieces to get the ones out from inside.

Assemble the gun according to the diagram.

PVC Marshmallow Shooter Diagram

Now, you can take this one step further and use colored duct tape to decorate, or even permanent markers.   We decided to let the kids all decorate their own.

To launch a marshmallow, put one in the upper part of the gun and blow!  I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun this is!  Try putting 3 or 4 marshmallows in at the same time.

We wrapped our marshmallow guns in tissue paper, made homemade greeting cards, and taped some chocolate coins I got at Walgreens as a coupon filler item onto the gift.  My daughter told me that the boys loved their marshmallow shooters, and that she was the only guest that got a hug when they opened their presents.


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