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Making Multiplication Fun

I remember a contest our school had when I was in the fourth grade. The challenge was to see which person in each grade could write out the multiplication tables by a certain date, beginning with the ones and going through the twelves. Looking back, I can see I was pretty competitive even then. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. And I

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The Sound Game – What Do You Hear?

This is a fun sound game you can play with just one child or with a group. It takes a little time to prepare, but it will get the kids listening! Before You Start Find a recording device, such as a tape recorder or a voice recorder on your phone. Go through your home and record familiar sounds. They might include: A squeaky door

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How to Create an Activity Board

This summer, we have been on the go almost every day. With summer classes and activities, errands, and visiting with friends and family, each day seems so full. So when we had a rainy day and nowhere we had to go, it was a welcome change. For me, anyway. How to Create an Activity Board But my children got bored. They did a few

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Drawing with Chalk

Usually, when we think about kids using chalk, we picture them drawing flowers or butterflies on a sidewalk or driveway. They might mark out a hopscotch board and play a game or two. But there are a lot more ways to have fun with chalk, especially if your child loves making crafts. Drawing with Chalk These days, you can create a chalkboard-like surface almost

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Let’s Dance!

Some of our favorite games when my children were younger involved dancing. No – it wasn’t formal dancing, and it didn’t matter that I had two left feet. It was a move and jump and twirl and fall down and laugh kind of dancing – the best kind if you just want to enjoy some time with your kids. Here are some ideas to

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Getting Creative with Legos

My youngest loves Legos, and it seems like he has a room full of them. Almost every Christmas and birthday since he was about four years old, he has asked for a lego set. At first, he’ll build the set following the instructions. Then, over time, the set becomes dismantled and turns into something else. Lego Gifts This holiday season was all about Legos

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Plan a Progressive Dinner

If you’re looking for a fun family activity for the holidays or any day, organize a progressive dinner. It’s not only an enjoyable way to spend an evening, but you’ll get to know your child’s friends and their parents better as well. A progressive supper involves a meal made up of several courses – all at different locations. Because you’ll be progressing along with

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101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home

While perusing a home furnishing store with my sister, I came upon a neat little book by David Bordon and Tom Winters: 101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home. With four children of my own, the title alone drew me to open it. What were these 101 things, and had we actually done any of them? The List Upon first inspection,

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Ticket to Ride

One of my family’s favorite board games is Ticket to Ride. We were first introduced to the game by my niece’s husband. He’ll spend a long time strategizing on each turn, and he almost always wins. If any of us can just beat him, we feel we’ve won the game! The box says it’s for ages eight and up, though my eight-year-old got a

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A Great Group Game – Telephone Pictionary

Telephone Pictionary is one of our favorite group games, whether it’s a rainy afternoon, a small party, or a family reunion. The more people playing, the more fun it is! And all it requires is a little bit of writing and a few stick figures. Supplies Here’s what you’ll need: Small sheets of paper (about ¼ sheet of copy paper) Pencils or pens (one

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