10 minutes/toddlers/elementary Don’t have much time to be amazing today? Pull out the Halloween bin! If your kids are like mine, they plan their costumes for months. (Maybe their mom does, too…). If you don’t keep costumes around, maybe they can dress up in YOUR clothes! Snap some pics, tell them they are adorable, and have a great time. If you want a dose of … Continue reading Dress-ups!
10 minutes/babies and toddlers/elementary/ When one of my teenagers was little, his favorite game to play with me was to pretend he was a lost puppy. I would find him lonely on the beach, ask if he had a family, and take him home with me. (Don’t even try to psychoanalyze that one. I don’t think I’ll come out looking very good…) To add to the … Continue reading Peanut Butter Play Dough
Whole Family/Under 10 minutes/ How we love to play Sardines! Grab flashlights for the weak-hearted, turn off the lights, and have a great time before bed with this reverse game of hide and seek. We had a great time playing tonight, except for our spoiler kitties. They kept stalking the hiders and alerting everyone to where they were! One person hides, while others count to … Continue reading Sardines
10 minutes/Elementary and up/ This is a family favorite! Pass papers around and watch as a twisted story unfolds. Hand out paper and pens Write down the following parts of the story, folding the paper over the previous line, so that no one sees what has already been written. Pass to the next person. A girl’s name (any female, real or fictional, known by everyone … Continue reading Girls Name/Boys Name
Whole Family/5 Minutes/ Don’t smile or don’t blink…it’s your choice. Go for a whole-family round robin tournament and see who has the most willpower. Continue reading Staring Contest
5 minutes Elementary and up Paper and pens This easy activity always brings giggles, especially right before bed when everything is silly. Cut small papers that cut be seen through Sit in a circle On one side, each person writes any WHY question. (Why is the sky blue? Why do Dad’s feet smell? Why do they say “Eh” in Canada?) They turn over their paper … Continue reading Why? Because!
20 minutes Elementary and up What do you get when Yoga Magazine meets Sports Illustrated…with the help of some scissors and creative kids? Magazine Mash-up! Have fun swapping heads and bodies in magazine pages or newspaper ads. This can be done in as little as 10 minutes, but mine spent at least 45 minutes laughing over this project! Continue reading Magazine Mash-up