RESOURCES TO HELP FAMLIES THRIVE
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BOOKS and RESOURCES
to Help Your FAMILY
Kas Winters, "The Mother of
EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
Spend some time at a park. Run in the grass. Swing on the
swings. Smell the flowers. Tie some ribbons on your wrist and run. Watch
the ribbons fly in the breeze.
A traditional "May Day" activity is to secretly give
flowers to someone. These can be real flowers, paper flowers, or even a
picture of flowers. Leave your flowers in a place where someone special
will find them.
Make a paperplate basket by folding the plate into quarters and adding a
handle. Tuck real flowers, silk ones or flowers crafted from paper,
craft foam, felt, etc. into the openings.
Celebrate a season of flowers. Pick some from your garden or bring home
a fresh bouquet from the garden section at the supermarket. Arrange them
in a vase and enjoy the scent. Take a picture of them, just for fun. Put
a few in a small vase and give them to someone else to brighten their
day as well. Let children put a few flowers in a small basket and leave
them on the doorstep of a friend.
Make a Decorative Birdhouse
sample was given to me by author, Linda Brittain.)
Use 7 seed
packets. (If you can get some cheap seeds, these are great. If you get
more expensive seeds, plant the seeds, and use the empty
packets.) Trim the top two corners off two packets to make a front and
back. Measure the trimmed corners so that the bottom of the cut is the
same height as the short side of a seed packet. Take one of these
two packets and cut out a round hole in the middle of it for a birdhouse
"door". Glue the packets together to form a house. Place one packet on
the bottom, Glue two lengthwise for sides and glue the front and back
packets that have been cut. Attach two more for the roof. Glue a small
piece of a branch to the bottom of the circular opening and then attach
a small decorative bird the the branch perch. (They carry small birds
with feathers in most craft shops.)
Use some clown make-up and become a circus clown just for fun.
inflated balloons under your shirt to make "strong man" muscles and lift
weights made from balloons on the ends of a rolled newspaper pole. Place a
piece of string on the ground in a straight line and walk carefully on it
while holding an umbrella and pretending you are a tightrope walker. Swing
on a swing and pretend it is a flying trapeze. Ride your bike and do some
tricks. Play with a dog and teach it some tricks and do an animal act. Make
some popcorn and enjoy a circus snack!
Victory at the Battle of
Listen to Mariachi Music and Dance
If you don't have any music appropriate for Cinco de Mayo, you
might find some on the radio, on-line or at a local
library. Listen and make up your own dances. Have fun!
Set a dinner
table with bright colors, flowers and Mexican food. Start with a
quesadilla or cheese crisp. Kids can help make a very simple version of
this. Grate cheddar cheese onto a flour tortilla and heat it to melt the
cheese. The easiest way to heat this is to put it in the microwave for a
minute or two until the cheese melts. For a crisp tortilla, heat it in
the oven and spread a little butter over the tortilla before adding the
cheese. Cut the tortilla into pie shaped pieces and spread a little
salsa on top. Have a snack of sliced sweet bell peppers in green,
red, yellow and orange.
Place four sheets of
brightly colored tissue paper on top of one another. Fold them
in half lengthwise and accordion fold them. (see figures a
Cut the folded edge so that it opens.
Pinch together in the center and hold with a
piece of wire or twist-tie. Open and separate the folds to
make it look like a flower. Add wire stems and wrap them with
Make Ojos de Dios
Cinco de Mayo
If you live in the Southwest, such as Arizona, California, New Mexico or
Texas, there will probably be opportunities to attend a local fiesta in
honor of the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Fiestas
are are colorful, music filled and fun. Enjoy some Mexican food. Make
some fiesta tissue paper flowers.
Make Ojos de Dios (God's Eyes). Take two craft sticks
and cross one over the other. Take a piece of bright colored yarn and
tie the sticks together in the middle. Wind the yarn around the sticks,
going behind one and then looped around it, then behind the next one and
looped around it again. Repeat the sequence until the sticks are filled
with wrapped yarn. You can change colors by tying a new piece of yarn to
the old and continue wrapping. For a final touch, yarn tassels can be
added on the ends of each stick.
The Ultimate Collection of
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patriotic picnic with red, white and blue table-cloth, plates and cups.
Watch the clouds and see how many "cloud pictures" you can find. Wear
patriotic hats on your picnic. (Make them using construction paper.)
Play baseball! To remember the reason for the
Memorial Day holiday, write a
letter to someone who is serving overseas. For addresses and names of
soldiers, go to:
Get summer off to a safe and happy beginning by celebrating Memorial Day
with your family. These days it has become a time to picnic, go to the
lake or go camping. When I was young, the focus was on the parade to
remember those who served our country and we always went to visit the
cemetery and place flowers and flags on the graves of family members who
had served and had passed away. It was a tribute that I'll never forget
and a good one for bringing family together. So, while you're
celebrating summer, remember to at least have a conversation with family
members about those who are serving to keep freedom. Talk about people
you know who have done so. Send a greeting of some sort to someone who
is serving today. Support our troops.
Depending on where you live, children may get out
of school in May or in June or they may be in "year-round" programs
where they just get a couple of weeks break in the summer. Get ready for
kids to be home for summer vacation. Sit down with a calendar and plan
special events and vacation time. Make up new chore charts with summer
responsibilities for children. (Work some rewards in there for them
too.) Have children draw pictures around a form with blank lines. Use
this to record books read over the summer. Talk about ways to celebrate
Independence Day and put them with your summer calendar.