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Basketball Circle Game

My son is just slightly obsessed with basketball.  To entertain him, as well as our whole family, we made up a game to play with our hoop.  We drew circles around our driveway (and then across the street) and wrote numbers inside the circle to show how much each one is worth.  The closer the circle, the least amount of points.  It was lots of fun.  I started with numbers 1, 5, and 10.  Isaiah added ones worth 30 and 90 points!  It is a great way to practice basketball skills as well as addition.  Love it!  Here is a look.

April Fools!

Now that my kids are older, I thought this year I try some April Fools pranks on them…looking forward to seeing how they respond.  Here are some ideas to make this day fun and exciting for them!

* While they are sleeping draw a mustache on them, make sure it is washable marker!!!  I might be chicken and do it on their feet or arm since we have church that morning… we’ll see.

* Rearrange their drawers.  Move them around and watch them be confused.

* Open a jar of canned fruit and put the fruit into another container and refrigerate.  Rinse the can and fill it up with candy.  Watch as your kids are delighted to open up the can filled with candy!!!! (BE CAREFUL of sharp edges on the cans.)

* I am not doing this one since sleep is far to important to me still but it would be fun to move the clocks ahead and have them awaken in the middle of the night…maybe when they are teenagers?

* I am trying to find a whoopee cushions to put on my sons chair..he would LOVE it!

* I will freeze pennies and right before church, slip them into their shoes!

* Another fun idea might be to turn the volume up really loud on your TV so they kids get surprised…not sure my son would enjoy that:)

* I was thinking for our family we might do a dinner that is a mystery.  I did this in youth group awhile back and it was loads of fun.  Decide the menu and separate each item you’d need for the dinner.  Spaghetti: Needed: sauce, cheese, noodles, fork, cup, milk, brownie, green beans, butter, bread, knife, etc.  Type each item up and make enough copies for each person.  Cut each item apart and have each person draw 3 items at a time.  After drawing the 3 items that is what you get for your first course.  Maybe we’ll get dessert first with an empty cup and a knife…who knows!

What fun ideas do you have planned for your family?

Number Game

We have been loving the weather!  Spring is here and it feels great.  Here is something my kids and I have enjoyed doing together over spring break.  Draw several squares with sidewalk chalk joined together and number them (we did 1-12).  Inside each square write a number as well as an activity.  Have your kids roll the dice and do what numbers add up to (mini math lesson!!!).  Our kids really enjoyed the suspense of waiting to see what is rolled and playing some games we haven’t played in awhile.  Here are some ideas for what to put in the squares.

1. Play Duck Duck Goose

2. Play a round of croquet or ladder golf

3. Paint rocks

4. Trace your body with sidewalk chalk and label the parts.

5. Take a family bike ride

6. Eat popsicles

7. Play 4-Square

8. Look for signs of spring

9. Play hide and seek or tag

10. Play a basketball game

11. Roller skate

12. Relay races

Happy playing!

Painting Rocks

Not the best picture, but hopefully you can see our grid!

Cards in the Hat

My kids were off of school for a few extra days (yeah!!) so we came up with some new fun games.  Here is a look at a game that requires no preparation, you just need a deck of cards and a hat (or bowl).  I gave each my kids half the deck and had them stand back and see how many cards they could get it.  Lots of fun!  My daughter got frustrated since she couldn’t get many in so we let her move up.  You could also make it learning by having the kids add up the number cards inside the hat and outside the hat (or even simpler just count the cards).  Easy and fun!  Happy Playing!

Family Fun Friday- Dance

We are going to do some fun activities involving dance, since we love to be active during the cold nights!  Our kids always ask what the theme is for our Family Fun Fridays and really look forward to them.  Here is a look at our night.

* Dance contest: Who can create the coolest new move…you also have to name it:)

* Crazy dance-a-thon: Put on some tune and dance, dance, dance!

* Costumes: Get dressed up and present a special dance

* New Moves: I will teach the kids some of my old moves, could be pretty funny!

* Classics: We will do the YMCA, Twist, Macarena, etc.

* Grab Bag: My kids love things like this.  Pull out of a paper bag a dance type and a music type (2 bags, 1 for type of dance, 1 for music type), then do the moves!

* Dance Tag: Instead of running, dance to get away!

 

Family Fun Friday- Games!

My kids are way into games right now so tonight we are doing a Family Fun Friday involving playing games with a twist! I love our times together the kids chant Family Fun Friday when they go to school, knowing upon pick up the fun begins!! Here is a look at our Friday this week.

Jenga: When you pull out a block you get to choose someone in our family to do an activity (like dance their silliest) or answer a question.

Memory: We will play this with Hershey kisses.  When you get a match, you get to each your kiss!

Twister: Add sight words to the circles and have the kids call them out when they put their hand or foot on them!

Candyland: Play it backwards!

Dress Up Guessing Game

My daughter loves to dress up so today we played a guessing game with her dress up.  She’d dress up and then I’d have to guess who she was…princess, mermaid, a mom, etc!  Then we’d switch and I’d dress up…with what fits me!  This is a fun and simple way to play and have fun with your kids today!

Family Fun Friday- Football

With the superbowl being Sunday I figured what better theme than football?  My son and my husband both love it so I thought this would be a great way to gear up for Sunday’s game.  Here is a look at what we’ll be up to.

1. Make our own jerseys of shirts to cheer for our favorite team

2. We are playing charades!  Acting out football terms, this will help me for the actual game!

3. Play snow football in the backyard

4. Hot potato with the football

5. Hide the football.  Have the kids go on a hunt around the house for the football

6. Contest to see who can make up the best victory dance after a touchdown is scored.

7. Coin Toss: See how many times head verses tails come up.  Who can get 50 heads first?

8. Football toss through the hula hoop inside with the nerf football

9. Make pennants and pom poms out of cardboard and yarn

10. Football drills, complete with jumping jacks and lots of push ups!

Family Fun Friday: Chocolate

With Valentine’s Day coming I thought chocolate would be a great theme…plus I am always up for sweets!  Here are some things we will be doing with chocolate.

* Hot chocolate bar: hot chocolate with add in’s like crushed peppermint, caramel, whipped cream, and lots of marshmallows!

* Chocolate taste test: Give them several different pieces of chocolate and have them determine their favorite

* Paint with chocolate pudding

* We will also play hide the Hershey’s Kiss, like hide and seek

* Break a Hershey bar into pieces and put it together like a puzzle

* Stack the thin mint cookies:  See who can build the tallest tower

* Fondue is on the list too, we will dip fruit, marshmallows, pretzels, chips, etc.

I have a feeling after this night we will need lots of healthy foods, and playtime in the yard!

Family Fun Friday- Minute to Win it!

Okay so I’ve never actually seen the show but I’ve seen some fabulously fun games on Pinterest that I knew we’d love.  Here is what you do in case you’re like me and out of touch with this show.  Each person has one minute to try to complete the task.  Here is our line up.

* Oreo from head to mouth: start with a cookie on your head, and using only the muscles in your face, move it to your mouth…we’ll give it a try!

* Noodling Around: Using an uncooked piece of spaghetti, try to get a piece of pasta (tube) hooked onto it while the spaghetti is in our mouth and the pasta is on the edge of the table.

* Balancing Fruit Loops: Using a popsicle stick, try to balance 5 fruit loops on the edge of it.

* Slimy Nose Relay: Put vaseline on the end of kids noses and have them transfer a cottonball from one paper plate to another plate.  See who can get the most.

* Cups: Stack 15 plastic cups.  Using the air from a blown up balloon try to knock all the cups over, refill air as needed!

* Scrambled Breakfast: Assemble a cereal box that has been cut into 16 pieces.

* Toilet Paper: Unwrap 2 rolls of TP using both hands.

Looking forward to some fun!