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Friday, April 3, 2015

A to Z Scavenger Hunt at Museum


We played a super fun and free game at the museum today. We split up into three teams. My two oldest children are able to go around the museum by themselves so they were on their own team. My husband paired up with our two sons and I was with the two youngest girls. Our mission was to find words in order from each letter of the alphabet. We had 60 minutes to take pictures of words letters A-Z, in order. You could not skip a letter and you could not use a plaque or sign for more than two pictures.   Using our phones, we took pictures of words all the way through Z. Needless to say, my team WON!!! Woohoo for us. The prize was that we get to pick the restaurant the next time we eat out. 

This was a great way to visit a museum and keep it fun for everyone.

What is your favorite free game to play as a family? 

Friday, June 27, 2014

3 More Games to Play Around the Campfire


Here are three more games to play around the campfire:
1.  Word Categories: pick a theme and then a word. For example:
The theme is camping
The word is tent
Taking turns, think of a word related to the theme of camping that starts with each letter of your word
T - tent
E - earthworm
N - night time
T - trees

Now pick a new theme and a new word. 

2.  First and Last
Again think of a theme. The challenge is to say a word and the next person has to say a word that starts with the last letter of the previous word. For example:
Theme - Summer
First Word - hot
Next word must start with a T - towel
Next word must start with a L - lake
Keep going until someone can not think of a word. 

3.   First and Last Name Game
Pick a group of people and see how many first and last names you can remember. We like to play First and Last Names of the school staff. You could do people from a certain state, movie stars, musicians, elementary school friends, etc. 

Happy Camping!!!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pool Noodle Sprinkler


First all sorry it has been so long since my last post. After having our sixth child things have been a little crazy around here. I'm finally getting into more of a routine so hoping to be able to post more often.

When I saw this idea at Teach Preschool at  http://www.teachpreschool.org/2014/06/pool-noodle-water-hose-play/ for a pool noodle sprinkler I knew we had to try it. 

It was so simple to make and the kids really had fun with it. All we did was poke some holes in a pool noodle. At one end of the pool noodle we shoved a bottle cap from a plastic water bottle in to close it off. That's it, attach the hose and you're ready to go. 

I love that the water didn't shoot up that high so it was great for the little ones. Therefore you could just cool off a little bit but you could play with the whole hose and get real wet if you wanted to. 

I give this activity five stars - cheap, fun, quick and good for a large age span. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Slime Puppets

                                

We always have some sort of slime, gak or flubber around this house. The kids were playing with it the other day with google eyes....... 

Slime + Google Eyes = Puppet Show?

Worked for them!  Nice easy entertainment. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Planning for New Year's Eve

For the past several years we have spent New Year's Eve at a hotel with friends.  The kids all swim, we play games, eat a ton of food and watch the ball drop.  On New Year's Day we would head to Lake George for the Polar Plunge - swimming in the icy lake!  Well, for many different reasons we are not going this year so we need to create some new traditions.  

I am starting to plan what we will do on New Year's Eve this year.  Would love to get some input, suggestions or other ideas. Here are my ideas so far (background info - 5 kids age range 3-13 years old and I am a cheapskate):
1.  Go to movies - I have a gift card!
2.  Maybe a food cook off challenge for dinner - two teams same ingredients with judges to see who make the best meal
3.  Fill out our Reflections on 2013 page (we do this every year)
4.  Board games or poker
5.  Chocolate fondue station - received it as a Christmas gift, can not wait to use it
6.  Maybe try an International tradition - race to buy lucky underwear in the mall (Italians say red brings luck, Mexicans say yellow brings happiness and Filipinos say dots to attract money) So maybe first one to find red underwear with yellow dots you win a prize!

My main goal is not to fall asleep before Midnight and to have FUN!  What are your New Year's Eve traditions or goals?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tickets Please


Looking for a cheap idea to add to your pretend play? Buy a roll of tickets from the office store. We have had rolls of these in the house through the years and the kids love them. They create some lovely open ended creative play. Here is what my kids have used them for without any adult suggestions:
1.  Admission to dance shows they put on. 
2.  Admission to art museum they created. 
3.  Pretend money. 
4.  Tickets to use at homemade spa.
5.  Tickets to redeem for prizes at homemade carnival. 
6.  Homemade raffle type games or to pick names out of a hat. 

Great "toy" to add for imaginative play for various ages. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Challenge Game

Since we are not heading out for Thanksgiving dinner until later this year, I created a simple group game for us to play in the morning to help celebrate the day.  My family loves healthy competition where we team up against each other.  Sometimes it is a game of poker, a cook off or other simple challenges, so this is a just a twist with a Thanksgiving theme.  You can print this Thanksgiving game from GrowingPlay at http://www.growingplay.com/freethanksgiving.html