Sunday, January 29, 2012

Free Family Fun -- Part Deux

Last time we started our list for free family fun. Today, I have come up with a few more ideas to add.

* Tell a Silly Story Ever since my kids realized that "Mommy is writing a book," they have been interested in writing a book of their own. I let them get on the laptop and click away on the keys. But they get stuck and often. Also like mommy. A-hem.

I have found that if we "write" a story together, then it becomes much easier for them to be creative. We pick out a couple of characters and a minimal storyline.

Two worms look for something to eat.

A old, old tree with a tire swing drops it's leaves one by one.

A child thinks a kangaroo is in his closet.

You get the idea.  We try to stay away from scary scenarios, but if a scary scenario can turn into a silly one, then it turns into fun.

It sparks the imagination and yet gives a guide for where the story might go.  Each family member can only contribute one sentence at a time.  It keeps everyone involved and no one has the chance to get bored since their turn is coming up.

* Terrific Taffy Pulling Party  It may sound terribly old fashioned, but one of the best Christmases I remember as a kid is when my dad let all six of us kids (including cousins) pull taffy.  We still talk about it.  It was a bit of a mess for my parents, but it was great fun for us.  I haven't been adventurous enough to try this with my own kids yet, but I plan to.  And I have all the ingredients in my pantry already.  You probably do too.  You can find the recipe for the sticky, stretchy stuff here.  Don't forget to take pictures!

* Bubble Station  Even my tween is into bubbles if they can come out of a plastic gun or a big hoop.  Usually my two youngest like to run around and pop the bubbles even more than making their own, so it works out well for everyone.  In the past, we have even put on music to see how many bubbles they can pop before the music ends. 

The only downer is when the bubble run out.
Well, THIS is the solution to that little dilemma!  And here is the recipe to go with it:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid
Put water and corn syrup in a bowl and microwave for 3-4 minutes.  Stir to combine.  Gently mix in dishwashing liquid.  Put in a nifty dispenser like this -- and viola!

Hope these ideas add to your free family fun list.  What ideas have worked for you in the past?  Please share in the comments!

Counting it all joy,

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