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Have an Indoor

Snowball Fight

Get a bag or two of cotton balls and give everyone in the family a handful or more. On the count of three, everyone tosses cotton balls at everyone else. When your handful is gone, pick up the ones on the floor and keep going. This is serious, warm, non-damaging fun for all ages. Prepare to laugh a lot.


Make a sandwich fun!

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A favorite sandwich at our house has always been an "airplane sandwich". This can have any kind of filling a child chooses but is made on sliced bread. It works best with "square" bread shapes but the rounded top loaves work too. Cut the bread according to the drawing below and then turn the two outside triangles around. There you have an airplane for lunch!

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Strawberry Spray for Sweet Dreams

When our daughter was young, she had some scary dreams and bedtime became a challenge. We got some strawberry scented oil and diluted it with water in a spray bottle. Every night before bed we would make an extensive search for anything scary and spray that wonderful smell under the bed, behind the curtains and and other places where scary things might choose to hide. It worked. She went to sleep feeling safe and special. Of course, any scent could be used, but strawberry was our daughter's favorite at the time.


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Candy Construction Kit for Kids

Make a simple construction kit for a child with a box of toothpicks and a bag of gumdrops! They can have a great time connecting the gumdrops with toothpicks and building all kinds of wonderful things. (Just don't let too many construction pieces get eaten!)


Plant Veggies in the Kitchen

  

 

This is a great time of year to start a kitchen window garden. Suspend a sweet potato in a jar of water so that half of it is under water. (These grow quickly and will take over the entire window before too long. Kids love to watch them grow.) Put a carrot top or avocado seed  in a container with water coming up part-way over the carrot or seed. Stick a pineapple top in some dirt in a clay pot. Keep these watered and watch them grow.


Take a Stone-Kicking Walk

We all hear how good walking is for us, but here's something to make it just a little more fun. As the beginning of your walk, pick out a small stone and claim it as your own. Kick it ahead of you and when  you walk to where it is, kick it ahead of you again. See if you can kick the same rock all the way home.

     If you are walking with someone else, especially a child, you each pick a different rock and make it a contest to get the rock back home. With a little time before the walk begins, some paint or a felt pen can be used for "rock identification". Walk on!


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Build Upon a Child's Experiences.

Let children learn on step at a time. Build a succession of successes. Start small and allow them to feel more capable and confident as they move forward a little at a time. Here is one example of a way to do just that.

Ride a Stick Horse.

Most little ones enjoy animals and horses often have a special appeal. If you aren't lucky enough to have a real horse to ride, ride on a stick horse and let your imagination take over.

Stick horses are available at most toy stores or you can make one using fake fur, stuffing and a broomstick cut to size. A sock or even a brown paper sack can also be used to make a stick horse.

Ride a Rocking Horse.

Most little ones enjoy animals and horses often have a special appeal. If you aren't lucky enough to have a real horse to ride, ride on a rocking horse and let your imagination take over.

Rocking  horses are available at most toy stores. Patterns for making rocking horses are readily available in woodworking magazines for those who have the gift of being able to work with wood.

Ride a Real Horse.

Take a ride on a horse. There are many stables, camps and other places that make horseback riding available to children, with supervision and sometimes riding lessons. There is usually a fee for riding, but it is an experience that gives a child something worthwhile in return.


No time for a picnic?

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With schedules as busy as they are, the old fashioned family picnic is in danger of disappearing. Who has time to fry chicken like my mother used to do? Once in a while, on  a day that is a wee bit less chaotic, it's nice to pick up some fast food and eat in the the back yard or take it to a park. If can can swing by the grocery store before the drive through window, you could even pick up a watermelon and maybe a bag of marshmallows! That's practically an instant picnic! It's also a change of pace that's good for you and the rest of the family. Now just sit for a minute. Breathe in. Breathe out. Ahhhhhh. Now wasn't that great?


Make Time to PLAY!

How can you make time to play with your children? Most of us come home from work too tired to tie our shoes. We  feed our family, transport kids to sports or other activities and then pass out in bed or in front of a television set only to begin again the next morning. Play?? When?

One of the things we have found is that the small times when children receive attention are important. If you don't have time or money for a big memorable experience, it's okay. Spend a few minutes, one-on-one, and do something to make both of you laugh. Cross your eyes and make a funny face. Push up your nose and use your fingers to stretch out your mouth. See, you look like you're having fun already. And a child will have fun watching you and then trying to make a funnier face than you did. These little things make good memories and build relationships and self-esteem. And the more you laugh, the less the tension of your day will dictate how you react to your family. So grab a mirror and see just how silly you can make yourself look.


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Things to do with old family photographs

Give your family roots by sharing old photos. Make color copies to retain sepia tones or scan them into your computer. Pass out copies so that  lots of people can enjoy those one-of-a-kind old prints of relatives. Frame special photos as gifts. 

Print them in a family newsletter or post them on a family web site for everyone to share.

Have them copied and put on T-shirts, mouse pads, key chains or coffee cups and give old photo gifts to those you love.

Have photos copied onto iron-on transfers and make a quilt. (Kits to do this are available in craft stores.)


Decorate a Flower Pot

Decorate a flower pot for mom or grandma. Use paint or glue decorations to the pot. Fill the pot with soil and plant some flower seeds in it. Or make paper or craftfoam flowers, glue them to craft sticks and "plant" your paper flowers in the pot.


 

 

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