Looking for some fun ideas to do with the family around Thanksgiving? Our family has three Holiday traditions that we look forward to every year. I hope sharing them inspires you to start some of your own Thanksgiving family traditions and start racking up those fun memories.
With Thanksgiving coming up, a lot of talk at our dinner table has centered around helping others and being grateful for what we have. My husband and I frequently talk to the kids about giving back but we wanted to find ways to get the kids more involved in activities that help others. So we have started a Pre-Thanksgiving tradition where we do one activity as a family to help others.
In the past we have helped various local charities through my son’s Boy Scout troop or through the YMCA. This year we are going to spend a few hours hand-packing meals at Feed My Starving Children, a charity that provides meals specifically formulated for malnourished children to nearly 70 countries around the world. This is a great activity to do as a family because even young kids can pitch in and help. Here are more ideas on how to give back as a family.
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Race cars and race car birthday parties are always a huge hit with boys. There are so many fun ideas! To make Mom look like a hero, I wanted to share some easy ideas for crafts and activities to host the best race car themed birthday party ever. I even through in some fun gift ideas to share with Grandma or the Aunts.
Party Games and Activities
1. Driveway Race Track. Ask the party guests to bring their fastest Matchbox, Hot Wheel or other car to race at the party. If you have some old race car track from when you were a kid, go ahead and set that up for the race but otherwise, read this post on how to create a race course on your driveway for maximum racing fun. Perfect for 3 to 10 year old kids.
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We host a lot of birthday parties at home. Why? I like to host parties! I jump on the opportunity to get crafty, bake up some fun treats, and create an experience that I hope my kids will remember and cherish. It ends up being a heck of a lot cheaper than paying for a party elsewhere. (Not that you can’t spend big bucks on a home party, if you want to.)
I also want to do something different which makes me feel unique. (That’s right, it’s all about me.) However, it’s meaningful for the kids, too. This really hit home for me when my daughter was invited to a good friend’s 6-year-old party at Chuck E. Cheese. I told her about the invite thinking she would be excited because at that age, they live for birthday parties. But she turned to me and said she wasn’t going because “Sheesh, Mom, I’ve been there 5 times already. I don’t want to go.” Hmmm. Nothing against Chuck E. Cheese but she became bored with the same old, same old.
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Valentine’s Day is coming up! Are you hosting a Valentine’s Day party at home or for your child’s classroom? You probably need some party activities and snack ideas, right? I’m here to help with some fun and easy ideas.
Valentine’s Day kid parties are tough because you need to come up with games and activities that boys will like also. But I think I found some that will appeal to both boys and girls.
Get ready to be Mom or Room Mom of the year.
Decorate Valentine’s Day Brownies
I’ve been to a lot of kids parties where they have the kids decorate cookies as an activity and treat combined, but Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate. So, bring in a sheet pan of chocolate brownies and let the kids cut out a heart-shaped piece of brownie to frost and decorate instead. Here’s how easy it is to make Valentine’s Day brownies and the supplies you’ll need for the party.
Mustache and Lip Sucker Valentines Party Favors
Erin from the Strawberry Mommycakes blog created the cutest Mustache and Lip Sucker Valentines for Iheartnaptime.com that are fun party favors but also make for some adorable party photos, as well. Download the printables for free and grab some suckers. The kids could help make these at the party too.
Valentine’s Day Word Scramble
Here’s an activity perfect for a class room party, write Valentine’s Day on the board and have the kids try to create as many new words as they can from the letters.
Using edible markers and extra large marshmallows kids can make a tasty Valentine for a friend or Mom. Kids can draw hearts, flowers, and loving sentiments on their marshmallow then gift it to their Valentine. You can buy edible markers at craft stores or online at http://www.foodoodler.com/. You can see a sample where the kids and I used the decorated marshmallows to top off a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Mousse for Dad. You can make Chocolate Pudding for the kids and decorate the pudding cups with the decorated marshmallows.
Make a Super Hero Valentine Pop
Head over to the Zakka Life blog and use the free templates to print capes and masks to make this super duper cute Valentine that boys will love.
Valentine’s Day Heart Stacking Game
Here’s a super fun idea from TinyTiaraParties. Have the kids grab chopsticks and see how many candy hearts they can pick up and stack in 60 seconds.
Download the free template to make these Valentine’s Day popcorn boxes for a non-sweet party snack.
Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot
Get crazy and creative taking photos of the kids using these Valentine’s Day photo props courtesy of MomitForward.com. Grab some extra hats, boas, gloves, and anything else you think would add to a funny photo shoot of the kids at the party.
Have a wonderful party!
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The Sochi Winter Olympics start this weekend and it’s the perfect opportunity for some family fun. Invite some friends and family over to watch the Opening Ceremony this Friday Night or spend some quality time with the kids on Saturday and Sunday watching your favorite events.
My family enjoys watching the Winter Olympics together. We love, love, love the skiing, snowboarding and sledding competitions. During the Vancouver Winter Olympics we started having our own fun during the Winter Games with some Olympic treats and family competition. Here are some Olympic-themed ideas to get you in the mood. Some may appeal to younger kids and some to older but you should be able to find an idea or two to make watching the Olympic Games together more memorable. Let the Games begin!
FYI - The Opening Ceremonies are on NBC starting at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday, February 7th.
Winter Olympic Game Activities
1. Host your own Opening Ceremony parade. Have everyone choose a different country and march into the room carrying a flag of that country. You can find world flags to print out here. (You can print a bunch of these out and create a banner to decorate your living room.) You’ll also need to whip up some of these Glowing Tea Light Olympic Torches for the kids. Head over to OhMy-Creative.com for the easy instructions. If you really want to get educational, have each family member do a little online research and share some fun facts about the country when it’s their turn to walk into the stadium.
2. Opening Ceremony Bingo Game - Mique over at ThirtyHandmadeDays.com created these super cute Olympic Opening Ceremony Bingo Cards that you can download for free.
3. Olympic Games Mad Libs. More fun from ThirtyHandmadeDays.com. Print out her Winter Olympic Games Mad Libs for some silliness.
4. Snowball Olympic Rings Toss. MakeandTakes.com came up with a cute game to play while watching the Olympics. It’s super easy to make and yet not so easy to play.
5. Driveway Sled Race. Time to take the fun outside and have a sledding race. If you have a sloped driveway you can host your race there. If not, find a nearby hill. We’ve had races on our driveway with the kids racing and others with my daughter’s stuffed animals or my son’s action figures as the drivers. It’s pretty funny to see which toys stay on the sled longest. My son likes to cheat by spraying Pam Cooking Spray to the underside of his sled. Here are more tips and ideas on how to have fun sledding.
6. Indoor Snowball Fight. During the commercial breaks, why not get up and get active by having an indoor snowball fight. Here are the instructions to prepare and make your family room friendly ammunition.
Treats for the Olympic Games
Here are some super fun and easy Olympic-themed TREATS to make to enhance your viewing pleasure.
7. Olympic Ring Cookie Treats. We made these super easy Olympic Ring Cookie Treats out of Oreos during the last Summer Olympic Games. They will taste just as good in the winter.
8. Winter Olympic Cupcakes. Over at UncommonDesignsOnline.com, they made the cutest cupcakes with the Olympic rings. Check out their easy instructions. If you didn’t want to make their edible snow you could use white frosting and coconut flakes for the snow effect.
9. Cupcake World Flag Toppers. If you want to make it even easier to have Olympic themed cupcakes, just make your favorite recipe or pick up some pre-made cupcakes and top them with these adorable World Flag cupcake toppers from HoosierHomemade.com. Just download the file and print them, for free. Make sure you thank her in the comments!
10. Gold Medal Cereal Necklace. Your little ones will love making and wearing their very own Gold Medal. Why? Because they can eat it while watching the games. Click over to My Sisters Suitcase Blog to see how easy it is to make.
11. Fruit Salad Olympic Rings For a healthier snack alternative, create a beautiful spread by making the Olympic Rings out of different fruits. Colorful, tasty and healthy! It’s a snack for champions. SavvyMom.ca shows you how.
12. Patriotic Fruit Flag. U.S.A! U.S.A! Support your favorite team with these healthy fruit skewers arranged to look like the American flag.
Does your family watch the Olympics? Which sport do you like best? Do you plan anything special to do while watching?